Annual Benefit 2014

Key Policy Challenges

in International Economics



Roger C. Altman is Founder and Executive Chairman of Evercore, which, in most years, is the most active independent investment bank in the United States.Mr. Altman began his investment banking career at Lehman Brothers and became a general partner of that firm in 1974.  Beginning in 1977, he served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for four years.  He then returned to Lehman Brothers, later becoming co-head of overall investment banking, a member of the firm’s Management Committee and its Board.  In 1987, Mr. Altman joined The Blackstone Group as Vice Chairman, head of the firm’s advisory business and a member of its Investment Committee. Beginning in January 1993, Mr. Altman returned to Washington to serve as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for two years.  In 1996, he formed Evercore.  Today, the firm has 74 partners, 1,000 employees and has handled over $1.3 trillion of merger, acquisition, recapitalization and restructuring transactions. In its other role, Evercore also manages over $13 billion of third party assets.

Ted Sorensen Award

Lena Sene

President and CEO of Developing Capital for Africa

Lena Sene is a founding member of Network 20/20.  She is a member of its Board of Directors where she co-chairs the Network 20/20 International Entrepreneurial Diplomacy program. Lena Sene is a former White House Fellow with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was appointed by the U.S. President in 2006 to the forty-four year old non-partisan leadership program, along with 13 other nationally selected Americans.
Currently President and CEO of DCA, Developing Capital for Africa based in Senegal, Lena Sene serves also as the Senior Advisor of Business/Government Relations working with the International Economic Alliance’s Heads of State, Ministers, CEOs and institutional investors on year-round investment symposia in the US and abroad. She has a B.A. from Bates College, an MBA from Harvard and a Mid-Career Masters  in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was selected a Mort Zuckerman Fellow. She was raised in Senegal, Russia, and Ukraine and is fluent in English, French, Russian, and Wolof.




Benefit Co-Chairs
Roberta Schneiderman & Martin R. Trautmann



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