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Joakim Parker has served as USAID's mission director in Vietnam since September 2012. In this capacity, and as primary development adviser for the U.S. embassy, he oversees activities related to HIV/AIDS, avian influenza and other emerging pandemic threats, governance for broader-based and more inclusive growth, higher education, dioxin remediation at Da Nang Airport, climate change and support for persons with disabilities.
Parker joined USAID in 1997 as a legal adviser after several years of practice with an international law firm. A member of the Senior Foreign Service, he has worked for USAID in Georgia, Peru and Ukraine. Parker also served in the U.S. Peace Corps and the United Nations Environment Program in Africa.
He holds degrees from Stanford University, the University of California's Hastings College of Law, and the University of the West Indies' Institute for International Relations.
Last updated: April 25, 2013