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2018 Featured Development Speakers
Stay tuned for the 2019 Speakers. Take a look at last year's speakers below!
Mark Green was sworn in as the 18th USAID Administrator in August 2017. Prior to joining USAID, he served as president of the International Republican Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing democracy and human liberty around the world. He has also served as president and chief executive officer of the Initiative for Global Development, a nonprofit organization that engages corporate leaders to reduce poverty through business growth and investment in Africa.
U.S. Representative (D-VA 11th District)
Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly is serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District. Prior to his election to Congress, he served 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including five years as Chairman.
Director, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources
Eric M. Ueland serves as the Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, an Assistant Secretary equivalent. He was appointed to this position on October 1, 2018. As Director, Mr. Ueland manages the Department of State and USAID foreign assistance budget. Most recently, Mr. Ueland served as a Senior Strategy Officer at the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Chief of Professional Development, USAID
Stephanie Fugate is currently Chief of the Office of Acquisition and Assistance Professional Development and Training division where she is helping develop and support USAID's acquisition and assistance (A&A) workforce worldwide through training and education on all aspects of A&A. Ms. Fugate has worked in the international development field for over 15 years, including previously serving as an Agreement/Contracting Officer with USAID's Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA).
Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL), USAID
James "Jim" Richardson is the Assistant to the Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) and is concurrently serving as the Coordinator of USAID’s Transformation Task Team, where he is leading the Agency’s historic reorganization. Mr. Richardson has nearly 20 years of government and the private sector experience. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, he was Chief of Staff for then-Congressman Mike Pompeo (KS-04)—overseeing Pompeo’s offices in Washington, DC and in Wichita, Kansas, as well as the campaign organization. Throughout his years in Washington, Mr. Richardson has spearheaded numerous complex operations and developed an extensive background in public policy and the legislative process.
Chief Data Officer, USAID
Brandon Pustejovsky has been leading international development and humanitarian assistance operations for over 15 years, in cooperation with organizations such as UNHCR, the International Red Cross, the World Food Programme, and multiple non-profits. His experience spans six continents and over 50 countries. Prior to working at USAID, he spent several years establishing humanitarian assistance operations in post-conflict and post-disaster environments.
Acting Director, Office of Acquisition & Assistance, USAID
Mark A. Walther serves as Deputy Director for Operations in Washington for the Management Bureau’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA). He leads more than 100 contracting and agreement professionals in their collaboration with USAID’s bureaus and operating, helping to implement Agency-wide programs and initiatives through acquisition and assistance (A&A).
Chief Innovation Counsel, Global Development Lab in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and the Environment (E3), USAID
Gayle is the Chief Innovation Officer at USAID, covering legal issues for the Global Development Lab and E3 , as well as issues related to open data and intellectual property. Gayle joined the General Counsel Office at USAID in May 2011.
GeoCenter Deputy Director, USAID
Michael Crino has worked for 20 years in support of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs and is currently the Deputy Director of USAID’s GeoCenter. In this role, Michael oversees how geographic analysis strengthens USAID’s development programs and assesses emerging and novel geospatial technologies to help the Agency maximize the impact of its work in support of developing countries.
Deputy Coordinator, Transformation Task Team
Deputy Program Management Improvement Officer, USAID
Roman Napoli currently serves as the Deputy Coordinator in USAID’s Transformation Task Team and the T3 lead for Effective Partnering and Procurement Reform. As part of this position, he is the lead on USAID’s reforms which attempt to make USAID more efficient and effective by respecting the taxpayer’s investment in USAID.
James Randall Tift
Senior Adviser, Office of Acquisition and Assistance, USAID
James Randall (Randy) Tift is currently Senior Adviser for the USAID Office of Acquisition and Assistance and Co-Senior Leader Champion for Effective Partnering and Procurement Reform (EPPR) under the USAID Transformation. EPPR seeks to elevate excellence in program design, partnering approaches, and aid delivery mechanisms to enable more effective locally-led development, flexibility, innovation, and diversification of the USAID partner base.