General Counsel, AFRICA50
Kimberly Heimert is General Counsel of Africa50. Africa50 is an infrastructure investment platform that contributes to Africa's growth by developing and investing in bankable projects and catalyzing public and private sector capital. Africa50's priorities are medium to large scale infrastructure projects in the energy, transport, and ICT sectors that are commercially and environmentally sustainable and offer differentiated returns to investors.
Prior to joining Africa50, Ms. Heimert was appointed by President Barack Obama as the Vice President and General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. At OPIC, Ms. Heimert also served on OPIC’s Investment Committee and Enterprise Risk Management Committee and was Counsel to OPIC’s Board of Directors, Audit Committee, and Risk Committee. During her tenure at OPIC, OPIC committed more than $3.6 billion to projects in Africa.
Before OPIC, Ms. Heimert was the Deputy Chief Counsel for Loan Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she helped oversee legal aspects of a portfolio of renewable energy projects worth over $30 billion. Prior to working for the U.S. government, Ms. Heimert was a Managing Director and Counsel at General Electric Energy Financial Services, where she led legal teams in energy-related transactions and helped to create the company’s energy venture capital group.
In private practice, Ms. Heimert has worked for the esteemed law firms of Shearman & Sterling LLP, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and White & Case LLP in New York, Washington, D.C., London, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Kimberly earned her juris doctorate, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Broadcast Journalism, summa cum laude, from The American University.