Director, Center for Financial Markets
Christopher Lee is a Director at the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets, where he leads deal structuring efforts for the center’s innovative financing practice. In this role, he identifies and develops new ventures and initiatives of strategic interest to the Institute, its affiliates, as well as its external partners.
Lee joined the Institute after his tenure as deputy director of the Development Credit Authority at the U.S. Agency for International Development. For this $5 billion global credit platform he oversaw strategy and product development as well as investment origination involving more than 75 countries. In previous government roles and as an entrepreneur, private equity investor, and investment banker, Lee has been involved with launching many novel transaction structures, including funds for African agriculture private equity and environmental investments, financing facilities for global health commodities and sharia-compliant education funding, and growth capital products for emerging market suppliers of multinational corporations. Over his career he has completed transactions across nearly 30 countries and more than 10 sectors ranging from healthcare to garments, technology, real estate, financial services, and telecommunications. Lee earned a B.S. in finance and a B.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He works in the Institute’s Washington office.