Duke Burruss joined DAI in November 2010, bringing 30 years of experience centered on agricultural and rural development, marketing and distribution, competitive value chains, international trade and public-private partnerships. He has extensive field experience, including in Afghanistan, Armenia, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Qatar, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka. As Director of Inclusive Economic Growth for Africa, Duke provides leadership, management, and oversight for the successful financial and technical delivery of DAI’s larger economic growth projects, including the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub; regional Feed the Future programs in Sub-Saharan Africa such as the Liberia Food and Enterprise Development project; and the Leadership Training and Capacity Building Programs for African Agricultural Transformation I and II (Africa Lead). Before joining DAI, Duke worked for five years with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where as a senior managing technical adviser, he provided financial and technical oversight in the implementation of the Ghana and Namibia Agriculture Projects. From 2001 to 2005, Duke served as a senior planner and economist at Wilbur Smith Associates, where he was responsible for proposal and new business development and management and delivery of projects.

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