Erik Bethel is a global finance professional with experience in the private and public sectors. In 2020 he was nominated to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Panama. Previously, he was nominated by the President and confirmed unanimously by the Senate to represent the United States at the World Bank. At the World Bank, Mr. Bethel participated in the analysis and deployment of over $100 billion of capital in the developing world through grants, loans, equity investments, and other financial products. In addition, Mr. Bethel promoted multiple initiatives including spearheading the use of new technologies such as AI and blockchain and streamlining World Bank operations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bethel held a variety of emerging markets-focused private equity and investment banking positions at Franklin Templeton, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley in New York, Latin America and China. Bethel is currently a Distinguished Fellow at Chamber of Digital Commerce and Senior Fellow at CSIS where he specializes in digital currencies. Mr. Bethel earned a BS in economics and political science from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin.