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Ian Solomon

Founder & CEO of Solomon Global

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Ian H. Solomon is the Founder and CEO of SolomonGlobal, LLC, (www. solomonglobal.net) a training and consulting firm devoted to building capacity for negotiation, collaboration, and conflict resolution in complex situations around the world. Solomon is also a Lecturer on Negotiation Theory and Practice at the University of Chicago Law School and a non-resident Fellow on Africa at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

A businessman, policy maker, diplomat, and educator with over 20 years of experience in more than 40 countries, Solomon created SolomonGlobal to advance the art and science of cooperation to address our greatest challenges. SolomonGlobal offers unique learning experiences and strategic advisory and facilitation services to individuals, organizations, governments, and partnerships worldwide, to foster innovation in collective problem solving and to build local and global capacity for collaboration and peace.

Previously, Solomon was Vice President for Global Engagement at the University of Chicago, where he led teams in Chicago, Beijing, New Delhi and Hong Kong to support international programs, overseas centers and campuses, research collaborations, and innovative global education opportunities. While at UChicago, Solomon launched the Global Engagement Office and the University’s Centers in Delhi and Hong Kong, and collaborated with deans and faculty across all professional and academic disciplines to expand and enhance the University’s strategy, visibility and impact in the U.S. and abroad.

From 2010 to 2013 Solomon served as the U.S. Executive Director for the World Bank Group (WBG). Nominated by the Obama administration and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. senate, Solomon represented the United States in multilateral diplomacy and multi-stakeholder agreements. In this role, he championed open data, institutional innovation, and increasing private sector investment in Africa. He also served on the WBG Audit and Governance Committees and actively advised on numerous development initiatives.

Prior to his role at the WBG, Solomon worked as Senior Advisor to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. As part of the initial Treasury team handling financial crisis response, Solomon focused on TARP restructuring, foreclosure prevention initiatives, and regulatory reform. He also worked to strengthen Treasury’s policy role in global anti-poverty and food security efforts with U.S. and multilateral development agencies.

Before joining the Treasury team, Solomon served as Legislative Counsel to then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama, where he helped with various legislative initiatives on economic policy and government reforms, including the landmark Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (P.L. 109-282).

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