Catalysts for Change: A New Role for Development Agencies

October 22, 2015 • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT

The Project on U.S. Leadership in Development presents Careers in Development:

Catalysts for Change: A New Role for Development Agencies


Earl Gast
Senior International Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP

Moderated by:

William J. Garvelink
Senior Adviser, Global Strategy, International Medical Corps

Thursday, October 22, 2015
1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Join us for Careers in Development with Earl Gast. Mr. Gast will speak about his experience exploring new strategies for financing development, including public-private partnerships and innovative government programs such as Power Africa and Feed the Future. Mr. Gast will also offer advice to young professionals who are interested in opportunities in a rapidly changing international development ecosystem.

Earl Gast is a senior international advisor for Africa at Covington & Burling. Mr. Gast formerly served as Assistant Administrator for Africa at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) prior to joining the firm, where he oversaw development policy for Africa, contributing to President Obama’s Strategy for Africa. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gast served as USAID's Mission Director in Afghanistan, overseeing the Agency's largest program in its history, which was providing $4 billion in assistance to increase stability through agriculture, economic development, education and governance. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1984 and received his master's degree in political science and Middle East studies in 1987 from George Washington University.

Light refreshments will be available.

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“Careers in Development” is a monthly series featuring U.S. senior-level government, multi-lateral and NGO officials who have worked in the field of development for at least twenty years. The series is aimed at young professionals who are interested in working in development. Through a roundtable discussion, each speaker offers remarks on their area of interest as well as their career path and influences along the way.