Advisory Council Member

Gene George

Gene George is an accomplished international development expert with over 35 years of experience leading programs on poverty alleviation and humanitarian assistance in complex settings in developing countries. Skilled at working with private sector, government agencies and NGOs. Strengths in management and strategic planning.

Gene George has a balance of private and public-sector experience, beginning his overseas career as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal and that experience formed his desire to continue working in development. He has worked as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID, starting as a professional engineer, where he was involved with a variety of infrastructure activities, from the basic to the sophisticated. He then expanded his skill set working in a variety of technical areas such as energy, environment, and the private sector. During his work life, he was instrumental in conceptualizing/implementing a number of development activities supporting agriculture, health, shelter and resilience.

He spent the better part of his work life is South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan), learning the cultures, religions and languages. Aside from working in South Asia, he spent time in Haiti and Russia. Exposure to different parts of the world has permitted George to broaden his development perspective. He culminated his USAID career, first as Mission Director in Bangladesh and then as the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Human Resources. These two assignments honed George’s leadership skills.

His key accomplishments include: sustainability of major infrastructure projects; implementing energy reform activities for one of the largest electricity companies in the world; placing Imams front and center as change agents promoting poverty alleviation; working with a host country to formulate and implement a trafficking in persons programs working on source and destination locations; and leading one of the largest recent foreign service staff expansion efforts in USAID.

George has a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in strategic planning from the National Defense University.

George lives with his family in Clifton, Virginia.