Nora Brown is an international development professional with 19 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing innovation projects for a variety of clients including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and International Finance Corporation (IFC). Throughout her career, she has focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment to achieve development outcomes and has held a variety of technical, operational, and leadership roles.

Nora currently serves as Chief of Party on INVEST, the USAID flagship initiative to align the resources and capital of donors, investors, and corporates to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In this role, Nora provides project-wide management and technical direction for a portfolio of blended finance initiatives with multiple USAID buy-in clients and works closely with the Operations and Finance team to ensure fiscal and operational efficiencies.

Prior to this role, Nora served as Chief of Party of USAID Vietnam Urban Energy Security, a project focused on deploying advanced and distributed energy solutions in urban settings through technical assistance and investment mobilization. Nora previously served as Chief of Party for the USAID Center for Development Innovation project and the USAID Grand Challenges for Development contract.

Before joining DAI, Nora served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Business School Network, a nonprofit she helped found, and worked in the field of finance, managing the investment portfolios of private clients for UBS.



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Brianna Cole is a Global Practice Specialist in DAI’s Private Sector Development and Skills practice.

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