Mitchell Shivers

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Adjunct Senior Fellow

Expertise Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Mitchell Shivers is a former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). In that capacity, he was one of the Pentagonʼs top policy officials developing, implementing and overseeing policy for the region for Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates. Mr. Shivers also served as the regionʼs Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense toward the end of the George W. Bush Administration. Previously he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Central Asia (with policy responsibility for an area that included Afghanistan, Pakistan and five former Soviet republics).

From November 2004 to November 2005, Mr. Shivers was a Senior Advisor and the Economic Sector Chief of the State Departmentʼs Afghanistan Reconstruction Group (ARG) at the United States Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan. As such, he was the principal American advisor on economics and finance to American ambassadors to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, and his successor, Ronald Neumann, as well as to the Afghan ministers of Finance, Economy and Commerce.

An international investment banker by profession, Mr. Shivers retired from Merrill Lynch as Managing Director and Head of Global Public Credit Origination in 2002 – then the industryʼs top team in that highly competitive field. Also at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Shivers played a key leadership role earlier in the global initial public offerings of Indonesiaʼs first privatized state-owned enterprises – at the time the largest-ever IPOs to come out of non-Japan Asia. In his almost thirty years in financial services, Mr. Shivers held senior management posts in New York, Chicago, Singapore, Tokyo, London (twice) and Jakarta with Merrill Lynch as well as two British merchant banks, Samuel Montagu and Kleinwort Benson (where he was the first American member of the main board at each bank). He is a Distinguished Alumnus, Distinguished Business Alumnus and former trustee of Monmouth University and attended New York Universityʼs Graduate School of Business.

New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman appointed Mr. Shivers to the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and later Vice Chair of the New Jersey Cultural Trust. Mr. Shivers was an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps and is a combat veteran of Vietnam. He has twice been awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service (by secretaries Rumsfeld and Gates) and has received the State Departmentʼs Meritorious Honor Award and a Presidential Award for Excellence from President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.


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