John B. Harris, Jr., is a former senior banker, executive and director of Deutsche Bank (including the predecessor firm of Bankers Trust), where he worked for 29 years in investment and commercial banking.
He spent his entire banking career in global finance where he had a record of success in building and managing businesses on five continents. John has broad expertise in global banking, emerging markets, risk management, compliance, regulatory affairs, international trade, structured finance, cross-border lending, cash management and African markets. He has extensive managerial experience in business origination, portfolio management, transaction management, asset distribution and advisory services. His clients were financial institutions, corporates, governments and NGOs.
John conducted business “on the ground” in over 60 countries and transacted business with entities located in over 180 countries. His career highlights include spearheading his firm’s re-entry into South Africa after the end of apartheid and establishing a global risk management and regulatory affairs group to address risks in a post-9/11 world and 21st-century economy. He was based in New York, London and Johannesburg and had long-term assignments in Lagos and Frankfurt.
He is a Manhattan Community Board Five (CB5) member and New York City official who was appointed by the Manhattan Borough President. He addresses, advises and votes on economic, financial, social, educational, regulatory and urban issues facing midtown Manhattan and New York City. He works closely with community, civic, business and government leaders at all levels. John is a campaign field organizer with public policy expertise and operational experience in highly competitive elections at the presidential, national, state and local levels.
He is an educator with experience as a Pace University adjunct professor of public administration, an executive education trainer and a CB5 member with oversight responsibilities for public school matters in midtown Manhattan. Furthermore, he has broad experience as a nonprofit board member, officer, advisor, fundraiser, event planner and volunteer in the social services, civil rights and education fields.
John is a co-founder of Harvard University’s undergraduate economics organization and its journal. He is also a co-founder and former chair of The Harriman Cup, which is a Yale University and University of Virginia affiliated nonprofit corporation that funds collegiate athletics.
His professional recognitions include a lifetime service award for his contributions to the economic growth of Ghana, a Trade Finance magazine deal of the year award for the most innovative Latin American transaction, and an appointment to the Switzerland-based Wolfsberg Group committee that drafted the Wolfsberg Group Anti-Money Laundering Principles for Correspondent Banking in response to the events of 9/11. His academic honors include his selection to serve as a Harvard University commencement class marshal, his initiation into the University of Virginia’s Raven Society, and his recognition by the University of Virginia’s Society of Artemis as its Bethune-Roosevelt Award recipient.
John has an A.B. in economics, cum laude, from Harvard College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.