Russell Duke is a global financial executive bringing in two decades of international finance, leadership, and economic policy expertise to National Standard. Mr. Duke is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of National Standard, and is a member of the company’s Management and Investment Committees. Mr. Duke officially joined National Standard as part of its management team in 2008 and was later promoted to Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Duke is the architect and voice of the Duke Global Initiative, a 21st century Marshall Plan policy initiative for infrastructure and monetary system strengthening. Since joining National Standard in 2008, Mr. Duke has provided creative and transformative financial solutions to governments, financial markets and the infrastructure industry around the world. He brings highly skilled experience in structured finance, credit structuring, sovereign debt, infrastructure finance, political risk management/insurance and asset-based leasing. He brings almost twenty years of experience in the international finance industry and economic policy expertise to National Standard. During this time Mr. Duke has worked in more than 70 countries worldwide across all continents.
Mr. Duke is a leading authority in the areas of international infrastructure financing and international public finance for Sovereigns and public sector markets. He is widely recognized as an industry leader in the use of private sector capital to achieve public policy objectives related to economic development and infrastructure development by the public sector internationally across developed and emerging markets.
Mr. Duke is a life time investment banker, financial executive, policy maker and hands-on CEO, active in the company’s most important transactions, assignments and client relationships. He routinely advises heads of state such as Presidents, Prime Ministers, Finance Ministers, Central Banks, Secretaries of State and global financial CEO’s on monetary and economic issues as well as related geopolitical policy. Mr. Duke has also participated in numerous G2G negotiations, trade delegations, foreign direct Investment matters and economic policy matters.
During his tenure at National Standard, he has developed proprietary financial products that have helped the company become a participant in global sovereign and infrastructure debt finance. He began his career working in structured finance and project finance in the United States, China and other parts of Asia. Prior to joining National Standard, Russell was a Director and Board Member of a European family office based in Zurich, Switzerland for one of Europe’s most notable families in addition he served for six years as Managing Partner of a merchant bank, specializing in structured finance, lease finance and project finance of real estate and energy related infrastructure assets with a focus on the United States and Asia markets.
Mr. Duke has authored dozens of published articles in major media outlets such as Bloomberg, The Guardian and other global news sources. Mr. Duke has also been the subject of numerous interviews on economic, banking and geopolitical matters and is a regular speaker at public and private sector conferences and events globally. Mr. Duke also serves as Secretary General of Economic Council of Nations, a non-government organization that provides policy guidance and advisory to Central Banks and Treasurers across an array of sovereign economic issues.
Russell is based in Atlanta, Georgia.