Who We Are
Multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary to the core—global in outlook and approach—DAI’s technical leaders are steeped in the challenges of delivering development solutions in the field. They are committed to sharing our innovation and experience to inform international development practices worldwide.
Agnes Luz is an accomplished international development practitioner with more than 24 years of experience managing and providing technical assistance to value chain and agribusiness development programs in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Albert Cevallos has more than 17 years of experience in democratization, governance, media, human rights, conflict resolution, and youth programs in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Cyprus, Rwanda, Cuba, Ecuador, Venezuela, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.
Alexander Kitain is a Harvard-trained public administration professional with a unique combination of skills in tax policy, tax and customs administration, tax and financial accounting, trade, economics, and public finance.
Alia Afshar-Gandhi works in the area of food security and agriculture, where she specializes in rural livelihood creation in post-conflict countries. She manages the Food and Enterprise Development Program in Liberia and the Strengthening Sustainable Ecosystems in and around Nyungwe National Park program in Rwanda.
Allen Hollenbach works in the water practice area of the Environment and Energy group. He specializes in governance and the environment, with an emphasis on environmental services finance and local government administration.
Alma Porciuncula has been leading DAI’s work in the Philippines on innovative financing for water supply and sanitation projects, policy, and regulatory and utility reform since 1994.
Andrea Chartock’s work at DAI focuses on promoting economic growth. She is currently Team Leader on the Agricultural Competitiveness and Enterprise Development (ACED) program in Moldova. She has also worked in Serbia, Indonesia, Ghana, Moldova, Haiti, Georgia, Kosovo, and Cambodia.
As a graduate student in geomorphology, Andrew Watson worked on desert soils in Tunisia and Namibia. Over the past 30 years, his focus shifted from the earth sciences and remote sensing to environment policy and impact assessment, natural resource management, and biodiversity conservation, and now, climate change adaptation.
Starting out on her career path, Anne Simmons-Benton wanted to be a lawyer and work in international affairs. After 15 years of practicing commercial law in Virginia, she moved to Russia with the U.S. Agency for International Development and got hooked on development work.
Dr. Baba Soumare is a veterinary epidemiologist with a Ph.D in animal health economics.
Barb Lauer has more than 15 years of international field experience in government capacity strengthening, policy formulation, program development, program management, and monitoring and evaluation in post-conflict and transitional settings.
Bertrand Laurent is Chief of Party of Feed the Future’s flagship program in the region, AVANSE, which works to catalyze inclusive, sustainable economic growth in a potentially highly productive agricultural area in Haiti.
Bill Gardner has been working in development for more than 30 years, specializing in effective tax policies, tax administration systems, and financial management systems for economies in transition.
For some, international development is a walk on the wild side. For Bill Grant, it is the family business. His family has been involved in international health and economic development for more than 120 years.
Nearly 40 years ago, Bill Parente earned multiple degrees in civil engineering with no intention of ever working internationally. His goal was a career with state highway authorities or the consulting firms that served them.