Mr. Edward Burrier is the senior advisor for private sector engagement in USIP’s Africa Center. In this role, Burrier examines the intersection of economic growth and peace and security. Prior to joining USIP, he served as executive vice president of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). Beginning in July 2017, he served as chief operating officer and vice president of External Affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) before its transformation to DFC. Before arriving at OPIC, Burrier served on Capitol Hill for 18 years, including as deputy staff director of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In this role, he advised the chairman on all policy matters before the committee and provided leadership on formulating legislative and communications goals. Burrier earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Mary Washington College and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.