Manfred Schweitzer, Director Mi-8 MSB Program

Manfred is an international business consultant with more than 10 years’ experience working for companies in the Middle East, Mexico and Latin America, Africa, and Europe. Before that he was a career diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. Among his successful projects are assisting US and Canadian firms to enter new markets for office supplies in Africa, airlines in Spain, the import of alcoholic beverages into the U.S, and the export of US agricultural machinery and products, and telecommunications regulation and government procurement in Mexico, and business strategy and development throughout Latin America.  He has resolved international environmental cases and property disputes and has worked in international crisis management and public messaging.  Finally, he is experienced in trade policy and government relations, successfully persuading US Senators, Congressmen, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to support US interests on a variety of issues in several countries.    

His government service included work in international strategic security policy, including analytical work on nuclear strategy and military space strategy, as well as U.S. international economic policy.  His overseas experience includes living and working in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Morocco, France, the U.K., and Switzerland. He speaks fluent French, Spanish, and German as well as Russian.  

You can read an assessment by Manfred of the outlook for Venezuela, immediately following the death of Hugo Chavez