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.



Ejonta Pashaj

Ejonta Pashaj learned of DAI through a public administration program DAI was implementing in Albania. Ejonta says she was impressed with how DAI approaches working with local governments, especially the emphasis on citizen participation in municipal decision making.

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