Unparalleled knowledge of Asia.
Like the iconic fishermen using his distinctive rowing style to navigate the difficult waters of Inle Lake, Inle Advisory Group utilizes our unique knowhow and capabilities to steer our clients through the many investment challenges found in emerging markets. The strength of Inle Advisory Group is unparalleled knowledge of Myanmar and Asian emerging markets. This deep expertise equips us to provide clients looking to invest in the world’s newest emerging market with a tailored package of the best possible tools and strategies for long-term growth and desired results.
Inle Advisory Group’s goal is to help clients find creative solutions to emerging challenges and capitalize on opportunities. We work with our clients to connect them with the right people to ensure their projects and investment are protected and successful. Inle Advisory Group specializes in identifying challenges that could arise with client projects, including political transitions, legislative policy changes, capacity issues, local community concerns, and potential sanctions violations. Inle Advisory Group has provided consulting services to clients across sectors, including health, energy, infrastructure, and consumer product industries. We have successfully guided clients in mitigating reputational risks and adhering to U.S. sanctions and regulatory requirements. Inle Advisory Group’s principals are regularly solicited for their views and input by CNN, CNBC, CCTV, Channel News Asia, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Reuters, Associated Press, and Myanmar Times. They also have authored pieces published in The Huffington Post, The Diplomat, Fletcher Forum, National Bureau for Asian Research, and Myanmar’s Crossroads.
Founder and Principal
Erin Murphy is the Founder and Principal of Inle Advisory Group, an emerging market-centric strategic advisory firm supporting businesses and organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits, enter and successfully navigate challenging markets. Ms. Murphy brings to her clients a wealth of private, public, and academic sector experience attained on the ground in Asia and through her tenure with the U.S. government.
Ms. Murphy’s access to political, business, and civil society leaders and decisionmakers in Southeast Asia is grounded in her career with the U.S. government and working in and around Asia for more than 15 years. Most recently, Ms. Murphy served as the Special Assistant to the Office of the Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Myanmar. In that capacity, she participated in the most significant U.S. policy shift on Myanmar in decades that included supporting and joining Secretary of State Clinton on her historic trip to Myanmar in December 2011, playing an integral role in overseeing the easing of economic sanctions, and advising and supporting the Office of the Special Representative during the unprecedented warming of U.S.-Myanmar ties. Prior to her U.S. State Department appointment, Ms. Murphy served in the U.S. Embassy in Yangon in 2009 and as an analyst in the Central Intelligence Agency.
These professional and academic experiences have enabled Ms. Murphy to guide multinational corporations and trade associations in energy, mining, healthcare, telecommunications, and food and beverage sectors to develop relationships with business and government leaders. Her understanding of the investment and legal and regulatory environment has led to successful market entry and meaningful risk management for her clients, particularly in Myanmar’s frontier economy.
Ms. Murphy is frequently solicited for her views and input by Channel New Asia, CCTV, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and The Washington Post and her views have been published in The Huffington Post, The Diplomat, China-US Focus, and Myanmar’s business journal, Crossroads. Ms. Murphy is a graduate of Tufts University and holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.
Senior Advisor, Science and Technology
Mike Hsieh is an experienced technology innovator with about two decades of engineering and management experience in industry, academia and government.
He previously served as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he managed over $143M in technology R&D budgets in multiple programs in secure computation, secure communication and large-scale data analytics. His research portfolio spanned over 30 research groups in North America, Europe and Asia. He led several successful technology transitions to the defense and intelligence communities, as well to private sector enterprises and non-profit organizations.
He is a member of the advisory group on Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare at the Foundation of Defense for Democracies, where he was previously a National Security Fellow. He has served as an invited speaker and panelist at multiple fora on emergent technologies sponsored by the investment community, the critical infrastructure industry and the defense industry.
He has previously held senior technical positions at Science Applications International Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton, where he provided engineering consulting support for R&D programs for DARPA and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). He was also a staff researcher at HRL Laboratories and the Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology at the University of Southern California.
He is a nonresident affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, where his research focuses on the application of technology to transformative social applications. He has authored 17 publications in peer-reviewed technical journals, and several public commentaries on the impact of technology on national security and national economic competitiveness.
He received a dual B.A. in mathematics and economics at the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in chemistry at Princeton University, where he was an NDSEG Fellow. He has received the Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and an International Affairs Fellowship (Japan) from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Senior Advisor, Sanctions
Peter is a regulatory and sanctions expert who has focused on Myanmar issues since 2007, including with the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), before joining Inle Advisory Group in March 2014. He is frequently solicited for his views and input by The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Reuters, and Associated Press, and has appeared on CNN’s World Business Today. His extensive experience from nearly seven years at OFAC, which administers and enforces U.S. economic and trade sanctions, ranges from assisting humanitarian and NGO activities in Myanmar, to implementing the recent easings of U.S. financial, import, and investment restrictions, and drafting the current U.S. sanctions regulations published in June 2014.
Peter and Erin closely collaborated throughout 2012 on the recalibration of U.S. sanctions, and have worked together on Myanmar issues since 2008.
Beyond his consistent focus on Myanmar, as a Senior Sanctions Policy Advisor at OFAC, Peter worked with senior officials throughout the U.S. Government on policy options for employing sanctions to address threats to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. He assisted in the development of new sanctions programs regulatory schemes to respond to and implement policy changes across OFAC programs, with concentration on Cuba, Counter Narcotics, Iran, Libya, and Non-Proliferation sanctions. During the 2011 Libya conflict, he worked to impose highly effective sanctions against Muammar Qadhafi and his regime, and to then remove those sanctions once the new government was in place. Peter wrote the regulations implementing President Obama’s 2009 and 2011 Cuba policy changes to increase contact between the American and Cuban people by easing restrictions on travel and remittances, and worked to devise the most recent Cuba sanctions changes that were implemented in January 2015.
Prior to OFAC, Peter worked for Congressman Chris Van Hollen. He received his law degree from William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree in American Government from the University of Virginia.
Thiri Thant Mon
Senior Advisor, Myanmar Investment and Development
Thiri Thant Mon is a founding Managing Partner at Sandanila Investments, an investment banking advisory firm that advises on foreign investment, equity and debt financing, joint-ventures, sales, mergers and acquisitions. She is a leader within the Myanmar business community and is actively involved in promoting Myanmar as a destination for foreign investment. She serves as a board member of NEXlabs and ThitsaWorks Inc. and of non-profit organizations Turquoise Mountain Foundation, Kite Tales Foundation, Phandeeyar Foundation and the British Chambers of Commerce Myanmar.
Thiri is a native of Yangon and was educated in Myanmar, the US and the UK. She was previously an executive committee member at Yoma Strategic Holdings where she headed corporate development. Before returning to her home country in 2013, she was a seasoned investment banker at Morgan Stanley in the UK specializing in multi-billion debt financings and interest rate hedging for large European financial institutions. She started her career with Capital One in the US and managed credit risk forecasting for the UK and European businesses. Thiri holds a degree in Economics from William & Mary and a MBA from the London Business School.
Thiri is passionate about education, empowerment and the transition of Myanmar into a vibrant member of the global community. She is an active supporter of a number of initiatives including being the organizer of TEDxInyaLake 2016 and TEDxYangon 2017. She has also served actively as class representative of LBS MBA2006 for the last 11 years. She is a proud mother to two sons, a large dog and two adopted cats, is an avid reader and a certified yachting skipper.
Board of Advisors
Peter W. Gaudet
Mr. Gaudet has served as an Alternative Investment Executive on Wall Street for twenty years. He has built and led many businesses throughout his career. Mr. Gaudet has investments in several businesses and is currently President of Campfire Capital, an SDVOSB investment bank, specializing in alternative investment capital raising, M&A, debt and equity banking and venture capital. Until 2013, Mr. Gaudet was the President of Axonic Capital LLC, a $1.5 billion structured credit hedge fund business and institutional asset manager in New York City. Prior to Axonic, Mr. Gaudet worked as a consultant for Flintlock Capital (a Paul Tudor Jones spinoff commodities hedge fund). Before Flintlock he was a Senior Managing Director and COO of ICP Capital in the US and UK. Prior to ICP, Mr. Gaudet ran Alternative Investment businesses at Credit Suisse Asset Management (CSAM) and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ) Asset Management. He started his financial career at Merrill Lynch. Gaudet also served as a Director for Global Ports and Infrastructure Limited in Hong Kong.
Mr. Gaudet graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1991 with a B.S. in economics. He went on to serve as a Field Artillery Officer at Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Camp Casey, Korea, and Fort Lewis, Washington. Upon leaving active duty in 1994, he joined Merrill Lynch while concurrently continuing to serve as a Reserve Officer for the West Point Office of Admissions as a Military Academy Liaison Officer. During this time Gaudet also served on Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Academy Appointment Board, as well as the West Point Association of Graduates Board of Trustees as a Class Trustee and a member of the West Point Society of New York’s Board of Governors. Mr. Gaudet enjoys scuba, guitar, golf and squash. He lives in Chappaqua, New York with his wife and their two children.
Bertrand Laurent is an agricultural anthropologist with over thirty years of senior management experience in agricultural and rural development, farming systems, integrated conservation and development, workforce development policy, governance and community security in Africa and the Caribbean. He has managed nine long term (1 year or more) assignments in Madagascar, Senegal, Mali, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, USA; and over six short term (less than 1 year) assignments in Barbados, Suriname, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts, Haiti, St Vincent, Dominica, and Egypt.
Bertrand’s international career began with an assignment as Associate Director for Agriculture and Rural Development for Peace Corps Mali, after which he was the Peace Corps’ first Country Director in Haiti. This established a shuttling between Africa and the Caribbean that would define the rest of his career. After Peace Corps Haiti, Bertrand returned to Africa to manage a rural credit project in Senegal that became a standalone credit cooperative at project end, and then moved to Madagascar to manage an economic development program that linked endangered species preservation with sustainable village industries. Realizing that the common feature of success in all of these programs was his ability to build on citizen ownership of both process and results, Bertrand focused increasingly on governance issues, and over the past fifteen years has led programs that require high levels of civic engagement and public-private partnerships.
Whether the challenge involves mitigating conflict over natural resources in Haiti, addressing high crime rates in Jamaican neighborhoods, economic inclusion of a marginalized group in Mali, or identifying public health solutions for labor shortages in Malagasy rainforest communities, Bertrand has successfully used governance approaches and social science skills to create winning solutions and long term partnerships.
Bertrand is currently developing a youth crime reduction program in a New Orleans neighborhood and has launched an integrated local governance/food security program that focuses on fruit production and agri business development for women gardeners in a hurricane-impacted area of southern Haiti.
Tom Malinowski was US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 2014 to 2017. Prior to that he was Washington Director for Human Rights Watch from 2001 to 2013. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Senior Director for Foreign Policy Speechwriting at the National Security Council, and as a speechwriter to Secretaries of State Albright and Christopher.
He began his career as an aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York. He was educated at Oxford University and the University of California at Berkeley.
Tom Platts is the Head of Corporate for Southeast Asia at international law firm Stephenson Harwood. Tom, who is based in Singapore, also leads the firm’s Myanmar practice. He has extensive experience of advising on complex cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions, particularly within South and South East Asia. Clients value his commercial, pragmatic advice and his energetic approach to developing long-term client relationships.
In recent years, Tom has worked on transactions in every jurisdiction in ASEAN, with a specific expertise of advising on transactions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Tom is a legal adviser to the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Myanmar, and was a director on the board of Indigo Energy – a solar micro-grid company operating in Myanmar.
Tom is currently ranked in Myanmar as a leading individual by Chambers Asia Pacific and as a recommended lawyer by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He was also listed in ‘Singapore’s 40 Most Influential Lawyers aged 40 and under’ by the Singapore Business Review.
Sandee Pyne is Chief Executive Officer of Community Partners International (CPI), which delivers health services to conflict-affected and remote communities in Myanmar. Prior, she was program manager in the Asia regional office of USAID where she managed a portfolio that included maternal child health, civil society strengthening, non-formal education and health programs. She has over 11 years of executive management and project implementation experience. She was awarded BBC’s 100 Influential Women of 2014, an award that recognizes women change makers around the world.
Sandee received her doctorate in International Education Policy from University of Maryland, her master’s degree from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University.