U.S. Foreign Assistance in a Changing World
Mr. Natsios will speak about international development and the key issues that will define U.S. foreign assistance going forward, including democracy and governance, the risk of global pandemics, and food security. He will share first-hand accounts of his experience working with the U.S. Government, religious organizations, and universities.
Mr. Natsios is currently Director and Executive Professor at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs. He served as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2001 to 2006, where he managed reconstruction programs in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sudan. Earlier in his career, Natsios served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and as the chief financial and administrative officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He also served as the CEO of Boston's "Big Dig," the largest construction project in American history, after a cost overrun scandal. Retired from the U.S. Army Reserves with the rank of lieutenant colonel after twenty-three years, Natsios is a veteran of the Gulf War. He has a Master's in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. in History from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.