Erin Murphy


Erin Murphy is the Founder and Principal of Inle Advisory Group, Myanmar and emerging market-centric strategic advisory firm supporting businesses and organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits, enter and successfully navigate challenging markets.  Ms. Murphy brings to her clients a wealth of private, public, and academic sector experience attained on the ground in Asia and through her tenure with the U.S. government.

Ms. Murphy’s access to political, business, and civil society leaders and decisionmakers in Southeast Asia is grounded in her career with the U.S. government and working in and around Asia for more than 15 years.  Prior to founding Inle Advisory Group, Ms. Murphy served as the Special Assistant to the Office of the Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Myanmar. In that capacity, she participated in the most significant U.S. policy shift on Myanmar in decades that included supporting and joining Secretary of State Clinton on her historic trip to Myanmar in December 2011, playing an integral role in overseeing the easing of economic sanctions, and advising and supporting the Office of the Special Representative during the unprecedented warming of U.S.-Myanmar ties.  Prior to her U.S. State Department appointment, Ms. Murphy served in the U.S. Embassy in Yangon in 2009 and as an analyst in the Central Intelligence Agency, garnering awards for excellence in analysis and interagency collaboration. 

Ms. Murphy also has extensive experience in Japan and was a 2017- 2018 Council on Foreign Relations- Hitachi International Affairs Fellow Japan.  Her research focused on creating a trilateral coordinating mechanism among the US, Japan, and Myanmar that would find new ways for the US and Japan to move beyond the security aspect of the alliance and cooperate on development and infrastructure projects to assist Myanmar’s economic growth and political trajectory.                             

Ms. Murphy is frequently solicited for her views and input by Channel New Asia, CCTV, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and The Washington Post and her views have been published in The Huffington Post, The Diplomat, China-US Focus, The Raddington Report, and Myanmar’s business journal, Crossroads. Ms. Murphy is a graduate of Tufts University and holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies with a focus on Japan Studies.

Sofia Bonilla