Dan Negrea is the Senior Director of the Atlantic Council’s Freedom and Prosperity Center.

He served as the State Department’s Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs between 2019 and 2021. He pioneered and led the Deal Team Initiative, a coordination mechanism between 14 U.S. government agencies, the NSC, and the NEC to help U.S. companies win business abroad, especially by leveling the playing field with China.

He was a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff between 2018 and 2019 where he was responsible for the economic portfolio.  He coordinated the Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in The Hague in 2019 that was attended by 2,000 leaders from government, business, and international organizations.

Prior to that, he was a founder and managing partner of MTN Capital Partners, a New York private equity firm associated with over $500 million in transactions.

Between 1981 and 2003 he held senior positions in leveraged finance with top Wall Street firms.  He raised over $15 billion in financings in the United States and abroad, in a broad range of industries.

In his youth, he defected from Communist Romania where he had been an official in the Ministry of Finance involved in negotiating government loans with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

He holds an MBA from Cornell University and an MBA from the School of International Economic Relations in Bucharest, Romania.

He is a member of the Order of Malta, a Catholic charitable organization.