John Maris explores ways in which DAI can invest in enterprises that align with the company’s mission and create value for people around the world. DAI’s corporate venturing approach involves examining new business models and investment opportunities, making direct investments, and attracting capital into emerging and frontier markets. John’s team also serves as DAI’s in-house resource for mergers and acquisitions.

John joined DAI from Relief International, where he was Senior Vice President for Programs, overseeing program design, project execution, and technical assistance. Prior to that he worked for tech startup Aeromesh, private equity firm H.I.G. Capital, and in the corporate strategy department of The Walt Disney Company.



Kristi Ragan

Kristi Ragan leads The Invest Project, a flagship USAID program to research, develop, and build “blended finance” solutions for development challenges.

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