Gregory A. Dolan
Greg Dolan has held a variety of senior management positions with the Methanol Institute over the past 18 years. In June 2014, he was appointed as permanent CEO of the global methanol industry trade association, after serving as Acting CEO for four years. Mr. Dolan manages MI’s offices in Washington, Singapore, Beijing and Brussels, while directing international governmental relations, media relations, public education and outreach efforts. He has presented papers on methanol-related topics at over 50 international conferences, authored magazine articles, and written book chapters on the methanol industry. Mr. Dolan came to MI after spending a decade in a variety of public information positions in New York State, including the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Transportation, and the Energy Research and Development Authority. Mr. Dolan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston University, and did extensive post graduate work in Political Communication at the State University of New York-Albany.
Director of Government & Public Affairs – Asia Pacific/Middle East
Dom LaVigne joined MI in September 2011. With more than 20 years of senior management, government relations, and foreign direct investment (FDI) experience in the Asia Pacific region, Dom has lived and worked in Asia since June 2000. Dom’s role with MI is to support the methanol industry in Asia and the Middle East, by developing government relations initiatives and outreach, and in helping to raise the visibility of the Institute and its members among policymakers, media, the private sector, and consumers. Dom’s experience in Asia includes eight years of senior management roles at the American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) in Singapore, Malaysia, and Afghanistan. Prior to this, he had lived and worked in Washington, DC for more than seven years at The White House and for a leading North American trade association.
Senior Manager of External Affairs and Operations
Larry Navin joined the Methanol Institute in June 2013. Larry’s background includes having worked for the US-India Business Council, the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and in the US Senate. Larry’s role with MI includes supporting the Institute’s government and public affairs activities in the Americas and Europe, and to manage the Institute’s Washington interns. Larry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Arts degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.
April Chan joined MI in August 2012 on a part-time basis and was elevated to a permanent position as Executive Manager in March 2014. April brings a wealth of experience working in non-profit organizations to MI, having formerly served as Office Manager at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham) for more than 12 years, including four months as Acting Executive Director. Prior to joining AmCham, she was a Treasury Support Manager and Compliance Officer with several of America's largest banks. April assists Dom LaVigne in the day-to-day running of MI's Singapore office and provides support for MI's operations around the globe.
China Chief Representative
Patrick Zhao has 12 years of experience in business development, foreign investment, and government affairs in China and Southeast Asia Region. He has assisted multinational firms in strategic planning, government affairs, investment placement and partnership development. Patrick started his career as a diplomat in the Chinese government, and has served in both central and provincial governments. In 2005, he was a Research Associate with the Strategy Unit of Harvard Business School, focusing on China-India comparative studies. Patrick received a Master of Arts in International Development from Brandeis University in Boston.