Allan Reed, USAID mission director for Bosnia-Herzegovina, has over 40 years of international relations and development experience. Before arriving in Sarajevo, he served as the Agency's development counselor in Tokyo. He has also served as the mission director for Southern Sudan in Juba, and as director of the Sudan field office in Nairobi. Prior to that, Reed was mission director in Zambia, and he has served in Agency missions in Senegal, Sri Lanka, Russia, Guinea, Swaziland and Mauritania.
Reed has spent over 32 years with USAID designing, implementing and managing development projects and initiatives in Africa, South Asia and Europe. Highlights of his career include the development of USAID's first multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS country strategy during his tenure as Zambia mission director (2000-2003), and developing the New Partnership Initiative in Sri Lanka, linking the private sector and NGOs (1995-1997). Reed
received the 2008 Presidential Rank Meritorious Award for his work as mission director for Southern Sudan (2003-2008).He also served as a development officer in the Bureau for Africa, helping to expand the Sudan program to become the largest in Africa, including increased assistance from the Food for Peace program and an innovative Petroleum Initiative (1982-1986).
Before his work with USAID, Reed started his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1966-1969) in Ethiopia. He then spent several years working in Sudan during and after the first civil war. He spent nearly a year walking throughout Southern Sudan with the Anya-Nya Liberation Movement, producing a documentary film for NBC-TV and conducting research on cross-border humanitarian assistance for World Council of Churches-affiliated NGOs. He also worked as an area coordinator for the Sudan Council of Churches, managing the reconstruction of schools and clinics destroyed in Sudan's first civil war (1972-1974).
Reed received his bachelor's in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and his master's in public administration from the University of California, Irvine/UCLA.
Last updated: May 25, 2012