Shaun Donnelly

Shaun Donnelly

Senior Advisor

Until his retirement from USCIB in April 2020, Shaun Donnelly led USCIB’s work on foreign investment policy, treatment of multinational and state-owned enterprises and financial services. In retirement, he now serves as a part-time Senior Advisor to USCIB leadership. A career diplomat in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service, Donnelly joined USCIB’s Washington office in 2011 after a thirty-six-year career in U.S. government service. With USCIB, Donnelly became a leading spokesman around the world for U.S. and international business on international investment policy issues.

In his State Department career, Donnelly served as U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Deputy Ambassador in Mali and Tunisia, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs (the third highest economic policy position in the Department) and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative in charge of Europe and the Middle East. After retiring from the State Department in 2008, Donnelly held senior positions at the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University.

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Recent Articles by Shaun

Donnelly Selected for America250, a Multi-Year Commemoration of America’s 250th Anniversary (11/17/2021) - USCIB Senior Advisor Shaun Donnelly has been selected for a role in the prestigious ‘America250,’ a multi-year commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States of America that peaks on July 4, 2026. America250 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deepen understanding of America’s complicated past and ignite shared optimism for our future through engaging programs and experiences.
Wilmer’s Lauren Mandell Speaks for Business on FDI Screening (6/23/2021) - The OECD’s Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) Network organized seminars on the important issue of Government screening of inward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) June 17 and 18. Lauren Mandell, special counsel at USCIB member law firm WilmerHale, was the sole business speaker at the opening session; other speakers were government investment promotion officials, regulators, and OECD policy experts. Investment screening is a growing practice around the world in both OECD member nations, including the U.S., and in developing  countries.
Donnelly, Hampl Help Lead Business Input on OECD China Work (5/5/2021) - USCIB Senior Advisor Shaun Donnelly and member company Dell staffer Eva Hampl led a significant “kick-off” session for Business at OECD (BIAC) and its China Experts Group to elevate and deepen a dialogue with the OECD’s Ambassadorial-level Informal Reflection Group on China on May 3. 

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