John Grayzel

Dr. John Grayzel worked twenty-seven years in the U.S. Agency for Intentional Development, with assignments focused on local governance, legal reform, education, conflict mitigation, land tenure, resource and environmental management, agriculture, poverty, private sector development, science and technology, and heath. Places he has worked include Mauritania, Mali, Congo, India, Philippines, Mongolia, the Pacific islands, and the Middle East.  As a Senior Foreign Service officer, he served as Mission Director in the Congo, Director of the USAID Office of Policy, Program Coordination and Director of  the USAID Office of Education in Washington. He was the US Educational Representative to UNESCO and to the “Education for All Initiative” and co-Chair of the OECD Poverty Alleviation Network. After retiring from USAID, Dr. Grayzel became research professor and occupant of the Baha’i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland. At Maryland he taught courses in international development with an emphasis on understanding the interplay between conflict and development, and rethinking the lessons of sixty years of foreign assistance in ways that can better help societies create sustainable, peaceful and prosperous futures for themselves and a globalizing world. While still an adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Maryland, currently he is primarily involved as a private consultant on a variety of development activities. Dr. Grayzel holds a law degree from Stanford University and a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Oregon. He also served in the US Peace Corps Senegal.

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