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Jeff Brown is the Director of USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), a new initiative that is helping to identify, test, and scale development solutions that can drastically improve outcomes and at a lower cost. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. Before joining DIV at the beginning of 2011, Jeff held positions at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where his portfolio focused on evaluation and oversight of the development efforts of each of these institutions. He has also conducted domestic economic research at the Federal Reserve and at Dartmouth College. Jeff has a MA in International Development from Harvard University, a MA in Economics from Brown University, and a BA in Economics from Colby College. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffhbrown.
Maura O’Neill is the former Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Counselor to the Administrator at USAID and Cofounder of USAID's Development Innovation Ventures. At USAID, Maura was responsible for inspiring and leading breakthroughs innovations in foreign assistance and development worldwide. In addition, she co-led USAID Forward, the Agency's major reform initiative as well as created ground-breaking public-private partnerships in supply chain sourcing, mobile money, gender equity, entrepreneurship and new models for sourcing and scaling development interventions. She served on the White House Innovation Cohort assisting the Administration in innovation across federal government. Maura through her work in the public, private and academic sectors, she has created entrepreneurial and public policy solutions for some of the toughest domestic and global problems. Before coming to USAID, she authored President Obama's Biofuels Strategy while at U.S. Department of Agriculture, and as Chief of Staff for Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) tackled the 2008 financial crisis, oil price explosion and renewal of clean energy tax credits. O’Neill has started four companies in the fields of electricity efficiency, customer info systems and billing, e-commerce and digital education. In 1989, she was named the Greater Seattle Business Person of the Year. O’Neill has master's degrees in business administration from Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley, and currently serves on the faculty of the latter's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She earned her PhD at the University of Washington, where her research focused on narrow-mindedness and the errors it leads to in science, medicine, business and political decision making. Follow Maura on Twitter @MauraLOneill.
Development Innovation Ventures was founded under the vision of cofounders Michael Kremer and Maura O'Neill and with the leadership of USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. Leveraging their respective expertise in development econmics and venture capital, Michael and Maura sought to combine evidence and innovation into a new approach to seeding and scaling evidence-based development impacts around the world. USAID officially launched DIV in October 2010.
DIV was founded on the belief that the next big development solution could come from anyone, anywhere. To find the best ideas, DIV holds a year-round competition that opens the door of USAID to both traditional and nontraditional partners everywhere. For DIV, innovative solutions can be new technologies, new business models, applications of behavioral economics, and beyond, in any sector and any country in which USAID operates. With DIV support, selected competition winners in various stages then gather rigorous evidence of their projects' social impacts and their cost-effectiveness relative to traditional approaches. The most promising ideas leverage this evidence of high impact at low cost to eventually reach sustainability and widespread scale without long-term DIV support.
Since 2010, DIV has engaged with partners inside and outside USAID to support this mission, including the Gates Foundation, the UK Department for Interntional Development (DFID), and USAID's Latin America and Haiti programs. As of August 2013, DIV's model of open-source innovation, rigorous evidence-gathering, and staged-financing has resulted in over 70 investments in in 24 countries and counting.
Last updated: November 04, 2013