James R. Dunlap

At A Glance

  • Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA, Latin America
  • Oil & Gas, Natural Resource Extraction, Commodities, Financial Markets, Telecommunications
  • Mergers & Acquisitions, Market Entry, Strategic Advisory

A Senior Advisor of The Scowcroft Group, James R. Dunlap advises clients on transactions in the energy, mining, financial, and telecommunications sectors in Africa and the Middle East.  He has sourced and structured numerous African investment opportunities for clients.  Mr. Dunlap has experience representing both the buy and sell-side on several investments in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Tanzania, including oil and gas concessions in East Africa and a mobile license in Kenya.  Since 2003, he has been helping clients make intelligent decisions about divestitures, investments, mergers and private placements of debt and equity.    

Mr. Dunlap served at the U.S. Department of State, as a Special Advisor in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of African Affairs. In this capacity, he was a senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary on U.S. policy for the continent’s energy, trade, and finance issues, and focused particularly on oil and gas and U.S. policy toward the Gulf of Guinea. He also worked with financial institutions, including the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., and the African Development Bank. 

Prior to government service, Mr. Dunlap lived in Angola, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  During this time he held executive management roles in a leading commodities company. While in Africa, he participated in several Tanzanian privatizations, was a board member of both a large distribution company in Namibia and a start-up food ingredient company in South Africa, and worked for a non-governmental organization that provided strategic support to institutions in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Dunlap’s private sector experience is rounded out by his commodity trading experience in London and New York, where he covered Latin American and African markets. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.