Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration-University Lecture Series - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, January 21, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Binta Brown: Political Advisor; Humanitarian; Award-Wining Corporate Attorney; World Economic Forum Global Leader

Monday, January 21, 2013     |     5 pm, McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Binta Niambi Brown is a Partner in the corporate practice of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. During her ten year legal career, Binta Niambi Brown has represented corporate clients in connection with over $66.5 billion in transactional litigation (including the then largest oil & gas merger in US history), public and private debt and equity offerings, and secured debt financings. She was named as one of the 2011 "40 under 40" business professionals in Crain's New York Business and was a recipient of the National Organization for Women's "Women of Power & Influence" Award. In 2012, she was named as a Truman National Security Fellow and was named as a Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Queen Rania of Jordan.

Ms. Brown has also advised general counsel and other senior management officials of Fortune 100 companies with respect to corporate governance matters, corporate social responsibility and other special situations, in addition to providing general corporate advice to early stage businesses (including a business focused on African disarmament and a different business focused on fostering entrepreneurship on the African continent). Ms. Brown's pro bono practice has included involvement with economic development initiatives assisting women in war-torn regions, advocacy on behalf of human trafficking victims, representation of immigrant women in connection with Violence Against Women Act petitions, advising a group of NGOs with respect to submitting a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee regarding the ongoing exclusion of indigenous people from the constitutional rafting process in Nepal, drafting a shadow report on the treatment of women in Cambodia in connection with CEDAW requirements, and work with the New York City public schools.

Ms. Brown was an informal national security advisor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, where she focused in particular on human rights and international institutions, and has advised several other senior elected officials and their staffs on transportation policy and foreign economic policy. In 2005, the U.S. Army and Fifth Division, Iraqi Army honored Ms. Brown for outstanding pro bono support of a military operation that resulted insecuring emergency medical care in the U.S. for a young Iraqi civilian. In 2006, Ms. Brown served as a member of Governor Eliot Spitzer's Transition Team as a member of his Transportation Policy Advisory Committee. In 2010, Ms. Brown served as a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Transition Team, again as a member of his Transportation Policy Advisory Committee.

Ms. Brown is the youngest Trustee of Barnard College, Columbia University, and serves on several other charitable and civic boards including the Young New Yorker Patrons for the New York Philharmonic (of which she is a founding member). She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She previously served as a member of the board of directors of Opus 118, Harlem School of Music, the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee (of which she was Vice President) and Riverkeeper (of which she was a member of the Executive Committee) and Project Enterprise, a micro-finance organization serving New York.

Ms. Brown graduated with honors from Barnard College, where she studied political science, economics and history, and from Columbia Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctorate. She also attended the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia, where she studied international economic policy.

She is an amateur photographer, plays the piano, guitar and electric bass and is a half marathoner pursuing her black belt in tae kwon do. Binta was recently awarded a Pipeline Fellowship, which trains women philanthropists to become angel investors through education, mentoring, and practice.