Duke Burruss joined DAI in 2010, bringing deep technical expertise in agricultural and rural development, marketing and distribution, competitive value chains, international trade, and public-private partnerships, all of which complement his impact-driven approach to managing program operations, finance, and partner relationships. He has more than 30 years of experience delivering results through a unique combination of hands-on leadership, teamwork, resourceful management, partnerships building, and technical competency.

Duke has managed numerous complex regional projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, including the East and Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hubs; Leadership Training and Capacity Building Programs for African Agricultural Transformation (Africa Lead); and Southern Africa Seed Trade. Before joining DAI, Duke spent five years as a senior managing technical adviser with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where he provided financial and technical oversight to agriculture projects in Ghana and Namibia. From 2001 to 2005, Duke served as a senior planner and economist at Wilbur Smith Associates. His geographical experience spans Africa, South Asia, and Eastern Europe.



Kent Piper

Kent Piper has more than 25 years of professional experience, largely in senior or executive management roles. Steeped in various aspects of corporate finance and operations, he also has direct program management experience in client engagements.

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