Dan Murphy


Vice President, Project Development Middle East

Dan Murphy is Vice President, Project Development Middle East for Alcoa’s International Project Development and Asset Management group. In this role, he is responsible for the identification, evaluation and development of downstream opportunities, partnerships and projects in the Middle East. Prior to his current role, he was the Senior Vice President, Business Development for Alcoa Defense with leadership responsibilities for the Alcoa Defense group. He was accountable for the creation of new business opportunities and for the stewardship of existing relationships between Alcoa, the U.S. Department of Defense and original equipment manufacturers in the defense sector. Dan also led the Alcoa Defense international business portfolio including pursuit and capture of opportunities in the Middle East.

Prior to his time at Alcoa, he served for more than twenty years as an officer in the United States Navy. As a naval aviator, he flew five different models of Navy aircraft and completed operational deployments flying the SEAHAWK helicopter from the decks of cruisers, destroyers and frigates of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. In overseas assignments, he directed security cooperation activities for U.S. Naval Forces in the Middle East (Bahrain) and he was Chairman of the KITTY HAWK Strike Group Sea Combat Plans Cell in the Western Pacific (Japan). In Washington DC, he served as a team leader at DEEP BLUE, the Chief of Naval Operations’ in- house think tank and in policy positions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Additionally, he served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), one of the countries’ leading international security policy think tanks. Dan holds a B.S. degree in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy, and a M.A. degree in National Security Affairs/Middle East Regional Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.