Audio: Thomas Staal on Moving Beyond Famine Relief - Podcast
- Jan 16, 2014
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In this Careers in Development session Thomas H. Staal discussed his career working with USAID, focusing on his experience working to improve health and food security outcomes in Ethiopia. As USAID's mission director in Ethiopia, Staal oversaw a budget totaling $800 million annually to help Ethiopians strengthen their democratic institutions, promote economic growth, and improve education and health services. He spoke on lessons learned throughout this assignment and also offered advice for young people entering the field of international development today. Staal began work with USAID in 1988 as an emergency program officer in Sudan. In the early 1990s, he worked in USAID’s regional office in Kenya, managing food aid and doing project development throughout eastern and southern Africa. In 2009, he returned to East Africa as mission director for Ethiopia. He has also served as Director of the Office of Iraq reconstruction and Mission Director for Iraq. Prior to joining USAID, Staal worked for World Vision International as their representative in Sudan and in the government relations department for ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia. He holds a Master’s Degree in Comparative Politics (Middle East focus) from Columbia University, and a M.S. in National Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University.
Thomas H. Staal
Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, Office of the Administrator, U.S. Agency for International DevelopmentProgramsTopics