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Dulce ZahniserDULCE ZAHNISER

Ms. Zahniser is Managing Director and CEO of Towpath Group International, LLC (Towpath) and has represented private and public sector clients involved in global technology solutions, manufacturing, energy, agribusiness, real estate development, communications and the entertainment industry. She focuses on providing client support for international business expansion in global trade and investment with an emphasis on export strategy, trade compliance and export and investment financing.

Through Towpath, Ms. Zahniser is an OPIC Enterprise Development Network originator for both the agency’s finance and insurance products. Dulce has been the Finance Technical Advisor on a number of United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Reverse Trade Missions (RTM) including: Chile Magallanes Region Gasification; Nigerian Electrification Distribution Companies; Libya Natural Gas Fired Power Generation; and Morocco Solar Power. She was also the Finance Structure Advisor for the USTDA sponsored East Africa Power Definitional Mission and the Latin America Caribbean Orientation Visit. She was an advisor to the Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations for investment in Afghanistan, building investment in the extractive industries and manufacturing sectors. Ms. Zahniser has also been an advisor to USAID’s Powering Agriculture Support Task Order (PASTO) to support Clean Energy and Agriculture incubation and acceleration. In addition, she is an International Trade Advisor for High Tech Rochester's Export Assistance Program. HTR is the Finger Lakes regional affiliate of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

From 2001 to 2009, she was a senior executive of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). In her capacity at OPIC she was responsible for initiatives focused on investment in Russia, Eastern Europe, Turkey, MENA, Central Asia (including Afghanistan and Pakistan), West Africa (with a focus on Liberia), as well as Latin America. Ms. Zahniser worked on a number of project finance restructuring in the energy area in Turkey, India and Indonesia. In addition, she provided support to a variety of access to finance initiatives in both the SME and housing space in such countries as Croatia, Serbia, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Lebanon, Jordan, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. She worked on projects in manufacturing, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, housing, financial services, and a number of other sectors resulting in significant access to private investment capital through OPIC supported private equity, structured finance, direct loans and political risk insurance products.

She has a Master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy and a Certificate in Global Trade Management from George Mason University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from American University.

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Mark Garfinkel

MARK GARFINKEL

Mark A. Garfinkel is a Director of Towpath Group International, LLC and also works as a part-time general counsel for a number of international companies assisting them with global legal and business strategy.

From 2001 to 2009, he was Vice President and General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), an independent and self-sustaining U.S. Government agency in Washington, DC, which operates as a developmental investment bank. OPIC provides loan financing and political risk insurance to structured finance and SME projects in over 160 emerging market countries, as well as support to more than 40 emerging market private equity investment funds. Mark was also Chief Compliance Officer of the corporation with responsibility for managing the risks presented by hundreds of OPIC’s international transactions and workouts, and for ensuring that OPIC maintained best practices in due diligence and compliance matters.

Mark has over twenty years of federal government, law firm and in-house legal and management experience with a focus on corporate, real estate and international business and finance law. Immediately prior to joining to OPIC, Mark was Vice President and General Counsel of Wheat International Communications Corporation, a defense contractor in Reston, Virginia. His previous U.S. government experience includes the executive position of Chief of Staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in Washington, D.C. from 1994 through 1996, where he managed agency legal, financial, and administrative matters. He has a business background in real estate development, construction and retail.

Mark Garfinkel is currently an international mediator and is on the roster of international mediators for the American Arbitration Association.

Mark Garfinkel can be reached via email at MAGarfinkel@towpathgroupintl.com.

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Chris Coughlin

CHRISTOPHER COUGHLIN

Mr. Coughlin brings over 20 years of diversified and senior government relations experience at the nexus where government policy and politics meet international business.
 
From 2001-2009, Mr. Coughlin served as Vice President of External Affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) where he was responsible for the agency’s congressional, public policy and communications and grassroots outreach. Under his leadership, OPIC received its first unanimous reauthorization from Congress in over a decade. 
 
In addition to his OPIC experience, Mr. Coughlin brings hands-on knowledge of emerging markets having worked for, and eventually run, the first US company licensed to operate in Vietnam. The US consulting firm, VATICO helped US businesses to develop market entry strategies for Vietnam in sectors as diverse as energy, automotive assembly and telecommunications. Mr. Coughlin was also a founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce of Vietnam and one of its first Directors.
 
Earlier in his career Mr. Coughlin worked with the Department of Defense, developing US policy on dual-use exports of high technology, as well as Defense activity with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS). For his service in the Defense Department, Mr. Coughlin was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
 
Since 2009, Mr. Coughlin has served as Principal of Frontier Development International, LLC, a boutique government affairs firm focused on technology and trade. He currently serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for a California-based manufacturer of intelligent energy management systems, which reduce fossil fuel use and Greenhouse Gas emissions in the trucking industry.

Mr. Coughlin resides in Arlington, VA.

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JULIE HASLER

Julie Hasler became a Director of Towpath in 2010 and brings a host of professional experience to the organization. For nearly 20 years, Julie served in a number of positions in the Legislative Branch, including the Ways and Means and House Administration Committees, the Bipartisan Medicare Commission, and on the Congressional staff of former U.S. Representative Bill Thomas (CA-22) and former U.S. Senator David Durenberger (MN). Immediately prior to entering the private sector, Julie served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 2007-2009 and acting Director of Legislative Affairs in 2008 to 2009, where she directed one of the most visible and demanding offices at the Department. Her responsibilities at HHS included working with Congressional staff, external stakeholders, private sector organizations and agencies within HHS on myriad Congressional, policy, regulatory, personnel and managerial issues to advance the Secretary’s health care priorities. Julie is currently the Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for a privately held company in the healthcare sector.

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Jennifer FaustJENNIFER FAUST

Jennifer Faust has over ten years of institutional investment, international development and emerging market private equity experience.

Mrs. Faust is a Director of Towpath Group International, LLC. She is also the Managing Member of Faust Global Partners LLC (“FGP”), a global investment, marketing and advisory business. In these capacities, she advises domestic and international private equity funds on investment, marketing and fundraising strategies and assists funds with investor relations. She also selectively acts as a placement agent for international and domestic private equity funds raising institutional capital.

Mrs. Faust was a Manager, Private Equity in the Investment Funds Department at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). She joined OPIC in 2002 and was responsible for the monitoring of OPIC’s private equity portfolio of over 40 private equity funds with nearly $8 billion in emerging market, private equity commitments. Moreover, she was directly responsible for the relationship and management of a portfolio of private equity funds with a total fund capitalization of $500 million, across various sectors and regions. Mrs. Faust also participated in and led the selection process for international private equity fund managers for OPIC’s new investment funds.

Mrs. Faust briefly left OPIC from late 2007 to early 2009 to serve as a Senior Vice President at 57 Stars (fka PCGI), an investment manager focused on partnership and co-investment in select private equity markets outside the United States. In that role, she was responsible for the design and execution of the firm’s marketing plan, with regard to both fundraising and client relations. She developed and managed relationships with key institutional investor accounts in the U.S. and globally, including public and corporate pension funds, foundations and endowments, gatekeepers, sovereign wealth funds and government investment agencies.

Before joining OPIC, from 2000 to 2002, Mrs. Faust was a leading European equities analyst with SG Securities (SG Cowen) in London, England.

Mrs. Faust holds a B.A. cum laude in Political Science and German Language from Furman University in Greenville, S.C. She holds a M.S.C. in European Studies with an additional concentration in European Policy Making from the London School of Economics (“LSE”) in London, England.

Mrs. Faust is a Series 22 Registered Representative.

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