“According to the IMF, non-US markets hold 95 percent of the world’s consumers, 80 percent of the world’s economic growth through 2017 and 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power.”

IMF

MATT KENNEDY

MATT KENNEDY

Matt is a founder of Kennedy Merchant Partners (KMP) and has worked in over 20 countries on six continents. Previously, Matt served in senior roles in the Obama Administration at the Department of Commerce, Department of the Treasury and the White House. As the Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships at Commerce, Matt worked closely with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Export-Import Bank of the United States to develop innovative public-private partnerships with leading Trade organizations and several Fortune 500 business. These partnership have enabled over 5000 small businesses to learn about overseas markets and being exporting. Prior to his service in government Matt managed Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s 2006 reelection campaign and the MoneySite, a nonprofit financial services initiative that leverages tax preparation as a vehicle to create personal financial plans for low-income households. Matt graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in management science and engineering, where he was also captain of the lacrosse team and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University. He sits on the board of Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

MICHAEL KENNEDY

MICHAEL KENNEDY

Michael began his career at BCP Securities, a boutique investment bank specializing in commercial lending to small and medium sized businesses in emerging market countries including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Russia. Michael has since worked at a variety of public, private, and academic organizations focused on international finance, business, trade, and development including the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Albright Stonebridge Group, Frontier Strategy Group, and the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Michael currently works for the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (“SEED”), where he researched and writes case studies on private equity and entrepreneurship in emerging and frontier markets. Michael holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University, and a Masters of Science in Foreign Service and an MBA from Georgetown University.