Joe Banavige
Strategy, Business Development and Economic Policy Specialist, Security and Peace-keeping

Joe Banavige has over 20 years of experience as a business leader, Department of Defense civilian, Department of State diplomat and US Army officer. Joe's primary areas of expertise are strategy formulation and planning, financial management and economic policy development and implementation.

Joe is currently Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for 3M's Industrial Business Group and has also been appointed Co-Chair of the 3M Military Support Network. He joined the company in 2011 and additional positions with 3M have included Director of Strategy and Business Development for the Industrial Business Group (where he supported the strategic planning process), Director of Strategy and Business Development for the Defense Markets Division, (where he led strategic planning and external growth initiatives focused on selling 3M products to the US defense industry), and Director of Corporate Development (where he led corporate development activities for the Safety, Security and Protection Services business unit).

In Afghanistan, Joe served in the Department of Defense Civilian Expeditionary Workforce and deployed to the country for a year in early 2010 as the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command (IJC) expert on sub-national governance issues related to finance and economics. Joe served as the Economic Policy Advisor to the IJC Commander and provided advice to the IJC leadership on economic reform in areas such as finance, banking, reconstruction and private sector development. For most of his deployment, Joe also simultaneously served as a Provincial Budgeting Advisor embedded in the Afghan Ministry of Finance and worked with ISAF, subordinate commands, US Embassy, Provincial Reconstruction Teams and other international organizations to improve their overall understanding of Afghanistan's budgeting processes and procedures and synchronize counterinsurgency efforts.

From 2006-2008, Joe served in multiple capacities with the Department of State focused on Iraq economic policy.  Joe was the Business and Economics Affairs Officer of the Joint Strategic Planning & Assessment (JSPA) office in Baghdad and was the first team member in Iraq seelcted to mobilize the Office of the Coordinator for Economic Transition in Iraq (CETI) as the Chief of Staff of this newly formed organiation focused on Iraqi budget execution, ministerial capacity and job creation.  Joe returned to Washington, DC in 2007 as a Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in the Secretary of State's Office of Senior Advisor and Coordinator for Iraq (S/I) where he led and coordinated projects to ensure a range of strategic Iraq initiatives were successfully executed and also provided detailed advice on implementation of the Provincial Reconstruction Team program.

Joe also brings extensive additional private sector experience including a number of key leadership roles and positions. From 2013 to 2010, while not working for the US Government, Joe was a Vice-President and Senior Vice-President of Corporate Bsiness Development for Sanmina-SCI Corporation.  From 2000 to 2002, Joe was Vice-President of Investment Banking for JPMorgan Chase and Company.  Prior to 2000, Joe was an Investment Banking Associate and Equity Research Analyst with US Bancorp Piper Jaffray and also a Senior Cosnultant and Manager with Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group.

Joe is a former US Army officer who deployed to the Gulf War as a military intelligence officer with the 1st Armored Division and has received a number of awards for his public sector service.  He is a frequent guest speaker on economic policy issues in Iraq and Afghanistan, leadership development and veteran related issues.  He is also proud to be an Air Force dependent for the last two decades.  Joe received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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