Brian Lee

Program Director for Eastern Europe, CIPE
Brian Lee is the Program Director for Eastern Europe at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). At CIPE, Brian oversees the organization’s engagement in Ukraine, working to ensure that the Ukrainian private sector is fully engaged in the country’s recovery and reconstruction process, supporting anti-corruption and business integrity efforts, workforce development initiatives, and mentorship for business leaders, in particular for women. 

Prior to CIPE, Brian worked in the U.S. Congress, advising Members on issues related to foreign affairs and national security, trade and commerce, and financial services and entrepreneurship. In addition, Brian has over a decade of experience working across the globe. He spent the majority of this time working on rule of law and security issues with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Europe, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia, in addition to projects that focused on elections and civil society development in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. He also spent a couple years in Latin America, where he advised a variety of start-ups on development and market entry and assisted boutique wineries to enter the U.S. and other markets. 

Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics, German, and International Relations from the University of Arkansas, and received a Master in Advanced International Studies degree from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and University of Vienna, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar.