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Mr. Mitchell Shivers is President of Hughes+Shivers, LLC, an international advisory firm located in Washington, DC.
He is a former Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific (now Indo-Pacific) Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). In that capacity, he was one of the Pentagon’s top officials developing, implementing and overseeing the region’s defense policies for Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates. Previously, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Central Asia, with defense policy responsibilities for Afghanistan, Pakistan and five former Soviet republics.
From November 2004 until November 2005, Mr. Shivers was the senior economics and finance advisor to two United States ambassadors to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad and Ronald Neumann, and was the Economic Sector Chief of the State Department’s Afghanistan Reconstruction Group (ARG) at the United States Embassy, Kabul.
An international investment banker by profession, Mr. Shivers retired from Merrill Lynch as Managing Director and Head of Global Public Credit Origination in 2002. In his almost thirty years in financial services, Mr. Shivers held senior management posts in New York, Chicago, Singapore, Tokyo, London (twice) and Jakarta with Merrill Lynch as well as two major British merchant banks, Samuel Montagu and Kleinwort Benson (where he was the first American member of the main board of directors at each bank).
Mr. Shivers was an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, and is a combat veteran of Vietnam. From 2015 to 2019, he served on the Marine Corps University’s Board of Visitors at Marine Corps Base, Quantico.
He is a Distinguished Alumnus, Distinguished Business Alumnus and former trustee of Monmouth University, and attended New York University’s Graduate School of Business.
Mitch has served on the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, and as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Cultural Trust. From 2013 until 2018 he served as a gubernatorial appointee, with NJ Senate confirmation, on the NJ State Investment Council, and its Investment Policy Committee, overseeing some $75 Billion in official state funds. Mitch recently joined the Advisory Council for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, DC.
He has twice been awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, has received the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award and a Presidential Award for Excellence from President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.

Mr. Mitchell Shivers is President of Hughes+Shivers, LLC, an international advisory firm located in Washington, DC.
He is a former Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific (now Indo-Pacific) Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). In that capacity, he was one of the Pentagon’s top officials developing, implementing and overseeing the region’s defense policies for Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates. Previously, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Central Asia, with defense policy responsibilities for Afghanistan, Pakistan and five former Soviet republics.
From November 2004 until November 2005, Mr. Shivers was the senior economics and finance advisor to two United States ambassadors to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad and Ronald Neumann, and was the Economic Sector Chief of the State Department’s Afghanistan Reconstruction Group (ARG) at the United States Embassy, Kabul.
An international investment banker by profession, Mr. Shivers retired from Merrill Lynch as Managing Director and Head of Global Public Credit Origination in 2002. In his almost thirty years in financial services, Mr. Shivers held senior management posts in New York, Chicago, Singapore, Tokyo, London (twice) and Jakarta with Merrill Lynch as well as two major British merchant banks, Samuel Montagu and Kleinwort Benson (where he was the first American member of the main board of directors at each bank).
Mr. Shivers was an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, and is a combat veteran of Vietnam. From 2015 to 2019, he served on the Marine Corps University’s Board of Visitors at Marine Corps Base, Quantico.
He is a Distinguished Alumnus, Distinguished Business Alumnus and former trustee of Monmouth University, and attended New York University’s Graduate School of Business.
Mitch has served on the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, and as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Cultural Trust. From 2013 until 2018 he served as a gubernatorial appointee, with NJ Senate confirmation, on the NJ State Investment Council, and its Investment Policy Committee, overseeing some $75 Billion in official state funds. Mitch recently joined the Advisory Council for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, DC.
He has twice been awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, has received the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award and a Presidential Award for Excellence from President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.