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Daniel Smolka has been USAID Mission Director for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean since August of 2012 and has been responsible for leading the United States Agency for International Development’s programs in Barbados and six other countries within the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. USAID programs in Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, and Guyana are also managed by the USAID Mission in Barbados. Mr. Smolka came to Barbados from Panama where he directed the program through its final year of operation as a bilateral Mission.
Prior to Panama, Mr. Smolka served three years in Honduras as USAID Deputy Mission Director following the completion of a Master’s Degree program at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington D.C. He also served as the Regional Executive Officer for the Eastern Caribbean while based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and in Washington as Chief of USAID’s Overseas Management Support Division. Earlier assignments with USAID included tours as an Executive Officer for USAID Nepal and USAID Honduras while based in Kathmandu and Tegucigalpa respectively.
Prior to joining USAID, Mr. Smolka worked with the U.S. Peace Corps as an Associate Director in Nairobi, Kenya and as Manager of the Peace Corps Recruiting Office in Chicago, Illinois. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa.
Mr. Smolka holds a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois.
Mr. Smolka is in Barbados with his wife Ligia and son Jose Fernando. He also has two daughters, Katarina and Julianna.
Last updated: October 16, 2013