Melanie Bittle is a Principal Global Practice Manager in DAI’s Agriculture, Market Systems, and Resilience practice. She has more than 20 years of experience in business and overseas economic development including in agriculture market systems/value chains and policy, public-private partnerships, business analysis, entrepreneurship training and advising, social inclusion, and project team management. Prior to her work at DAI, Melanie served as the Chief of Party for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Private Sector Driven Agriculture Growth Project in Rwanda from 2015 to 2019. Previous field experience includes technical and managerial positions for USAID-funded programs: the Guatemala Nexos Locales program; the Liberia Food and Enterprise Development program; and the Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development program. Prior to her work in international development, she worked for more than 10 years in private sector corporate finance, financial management and analysis, and database development.



Ric Goodman

Ric Goodman’s focus is on solutions to extreme poverty and vulnerability, often in hard to reach areas. He broadened his work to include the provision of goods and services to populations in remote areas, often in fragile ecosystems and environments, where people’s livelihoods are inherently fragile.

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