James F. Bednar was sworn in as USAID's mission director to Sri Lanka and Maldives in December 2010. Bednar manages programs in economic growth, democracy and governance, humanitarian affairs and transition initiatives. In April 2011, he began implementation of the Mission’s three-year Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), focused on equitable and sustainable social integration and economic growth following the end of Sri Lanka’s nearly 30-year civil war in 2009. Bednar also oversees mission humanitarian assistance activities, which provide food, agricultural implements, emergency medical assistance and other assistance to the nearly 300,000 displaced by war.
Prior to this assignment, Bednar served as resident country director for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Accra, Ghana. In this capacity, he managed a five-year agriculture program, which included infrastructure, agriculture and rural development components. Bednar also served as USAID mission director to Zambia from 2004 to 2007, Morocco from 1998 to 2004, and the Czech Republic from 1994 to 1997. In these roles, he managed the overall strategic direction of multi-million dollar portfolios, implementing programs in a diverse range of areas, including economic growth, water, health, HIV/AIDS, basic education, and democracy and governance.
During his career with USAID, Bednar has received numerous Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards, an Ethics Award, and a “Spirit of PEPFAR” award. Bednar holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, both from George Washington University. He also holds a degree from the American University in Paris (AA).
Last updated: June 28, 2013