Mike Walsh’s credentials as DAI’s leading watchdog were earned over a 30-year career of scrutinizing procurement worldwide. During tenures as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) contracting officer in Bangladesh, Egypt, and East Africa, Mike managed some of the most successful and innovative projects in the USAID portfolio. As the agency’s Chief Acquisition Officer and procurement executive from 2004 to 2007, he directed 125 professionals in Washington as well as more than 250 staff overseas. He was responsible for approximately $8 billion in contracts and grants per year, and resolved contracting issues in Iraq, Afghanistan, and 75 other missions.

“Doing a development project is about improving lives, it’s about managing the project well, not just complying with the rules and regulations but being responsible with money and how it is spent.” — Mike Walsh

Mike began his development career after college as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. “It came at a time when I was figuring out what I wanted to do, and it put a human face on development. I realized then that this was very important work and worthy of a career,” Walsh said.

Today, Walsh works with DAI’s project and management teams worldwide to uphold our firm’s—and our clients’—ethics and compliance standards.



Jakob Zeidler

As Vice President of DAI’s European Union business, Jakob Zeidler leads the business unit’s integration, growth, and diversification.

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