Ricel Valdes is an international development professional, focused on democracy and governance, with more than 14 years of experience working with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other donors across 25 countries and more than 30 projects, in technical and operational project management, business development, grants management, and advisory services. She has worked with an array of government contracts, particularly focused on global projects throughout Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Ricel has held leadership roles on USAID-funded projects in the Dominican Republic and Peru. Currently, Ricel is responsible for overseeing DAI’s Central America and Mexico Region. Her specific areas of expertise include global health, democracy, and governance—specifically rule of law, access to justice, integrity, transparency, and anti-corruption—grants under contract management, and local capacity building.



Ahmed Hassen

Ahmed Hassen has 14 years of experience in conflict resolution, economic resilience, local governance, and citizens’ empowerment throughout East Africa and the Horn, and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Party for USAID’s Somalia People-Centered Governance Activity (PCG).

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