Timothy D. Adams, President and CEO
Timothy Adams is currently President and CEO of the IIF. As the Institute’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Adams is responsible for developing and executing the Institute’s programs under the guidance of the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the IIF, Mr. Adams served as Managing Director of The Lindsey Group, an economic advisory firm based in Washington, DC. Previously, he served as Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs. As Under Secretary, Mr. Adams was the Administration’s point person on international financial issues, including exchange rate policy, G-7 meetings, and IMF and World Bank issues. He regularly interacted with counterparts in key emerging markets including China, India, and Brazil and traveled extensively throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
Prior to assuming his post as Under Secretary, Mr. Adams had served as Chief of Staff to both Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and Treasury Secretary John Snow. Mr. Adams also served in the White House under the first President Bush at the Office of Policy Development.
In 1993, Mr. Adams co-founded the G-7 Group, a Washington-based advisory firm. He later headed their Washington operation as Managing Director.
Mr. Adams holds a B.S. in Finance and a Masters in Public Administration and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Kentucky.
Hung Q. Tran, Executive Managing Director
Hung Q. Tran is Executive Managing Director at the IIF. Before assuming these responsibilities assisting the CEO in the overall management of the IIF on December 1, 2009, he was Counsellor and Senior Director, Capital Markets and Emerging Markets Policy. In this role he was responsible for the Institute’s emerging market policy work as well as global capital market analysis. Prior to his work at the IIF, Mr. Tran served for six years at the International Monetary Fund as Deputy Director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, where his responsibilities included the overall management of the Fund’s semi-annual Global Financial Stability Report. He also served from 1998 to 2001 in London as the Managing Director, Chief Economist/Global Head of Research for Rabobank International. He had spent the prior 12 years with Deutsche Bank with assignments in New York, Frankfurt and Singapore including serving as Director of Global Fixed Income Research from 1987-1990 and as Co- Managing Director of Deutsche Bank Research from 1991-1995. Earlier in his career he had worked in international fixed income research for Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers in New York.
Kristen Silverberg, Managing Director
Ambassador Kristen Silverberg is a Managing Director at the Institute of International Finance, where she leads the Political Risk team. She also launched the IIF’s Innovations team, which focused on developments in digital finance. She served in the George W. Bush Administration as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from 2008 to 2009 and as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 2005 to 2008. Prior to her time at the State Department, she held senior positions at the White House, including Deputy Assistant to the President and Advisor to the Chief of Staff. She previously served as Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor.
Ambassador Silverberg served in 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq for which she received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. She formerly practiced law at Williams and Connolly, LLP in Washington, DC and served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals. She attended Harvard College and the University of Texas School of Law, where she graduated with High Honors.
Ambassador Silverberg serves on the Board of Directors of the CDC Foundation, the Board of Directors of the International Republican Institute, the Board of Directors of Vorbeck Materials, the Advisory Board of Beacon Global Strategies, the Advisory Board of the Texas National Security Review, and was recognized by the World Economic Forum in 2009 as a Young Global Leader.
Andrés Portilla, Managing Director
Andrés is the Managing Director of the Regulatory Affairs Department at the IIF. He is in charge of leading the activities of the Regulatory Affairs department which cover a wide range of issues, including topics related to prudential standards (both on capital and liquidity) for banks and insurance companies, systemic risk, resolution, financial infrastructure, international accounting, securities and issues around emerging markets regulatory practice. The Department also spearheads the dialogue and interaction with international regulators and policy makers in the above areas.
Mr. Portilla has over 18 years of experience on financial regulatory issues. In his native country, Colombia, he occupied positions in the regulatory affairs departments at the national Banking Association as well as commercial financial institutions. He also practiced law in the area of banking and financial markets.
Mr. Portilla holds a JD and a Specialized Degree on Banking Law from University of Rosario in Colombia, a Masters in Comparative Law LL.M from Pennsylvania State University in the US and a MBA from Bocconi University in Italy.
Robin Brooks, Managing Director and Chief Economist
Robin Brooks is Managing Director and Chief Economist at the IIF.
In his role, Mr. Brooks oversees the IIF’s macroeconomic analysis and serves as part of the IIF’s senior management team.
Previously, Mr. Brooks was the Chief FX Strategist at Goldman Sachs based in NY, where he was responsible for the firm’s foreign exchange forecasts and publishing international macro research. Prior to joining Goldman, Mr. Brooks was the FX strategist at Brevan Howard. Before joining the private sector, Mr. Brooks spent eight years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund, where he worked on the IMF’s fair value models for FX, published academic research and participated in missions to IMF program countries.
Mr. Brooks earned his PhD in Economics from Yale University in 1998. He earned a BSc in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics in 1993.
Loren Bushkar, Managing Director, Global Membership
Loren Bushkar is the Managing Director of the Global Membership Department at the Institute of International Finance (IIF). She is responsible for the retention of the IIF’s almost 450 members and recruitment of new members throughout the 70 countries where the IIF has members.
Previously, Ms. Bushkar was an Executive Director and Investment Strategist on the J.P. Morgan Private Bank Investment Strategy team. She was responsible for economic and investment-related analysis, and multi-asset class analysis spanning global equities, global fixed income, foreign exchange, structured investments, hedge funds and hard assets.
Ms. Bushkar was the chief of staff to the CEO at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association from 2008 to 2010 throughout the passage of the Dodd-Frank legislation. Before joining SIFMA, she spent four years at J.P. Morgan Securities in Structured Credit and Securitized Products originating consumer ABS and CDO transactions.
Ms. Bushkar received a B.S. in Systems Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia, where she was a Rodman Scholar and graduated with distinction. She sits on the Board of Directors of Eastern Market Main Street.