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Richard Greene joined USAID’s mission in Bangladesh in July 2011. As the mission director, Greene oversees one of the largest USAID development assistance programs in the world in terms of funding and staff size. Currently, U.S. assistance to Bangladesh includes support for free, fair and credible elections, and more transparent and accountable governance; support for a better educated, healthier and more productive population; and resources to increase economic opportunities through equitable economic growth, improved food security and disaster mitigation.
Before assuming his current position, Greene served as director of the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition in USAID's Bureau for Global Health since 2003. He previously served in Bangladesh as deputy chief of the Agency's Office of Population, Health and Nutrition from 1994 to 1999. He also has served in Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Sudan.
At Richard Greene’s swearing-in ceremony last year, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah cited Richard's "exceptional work on the design and launch of the President's Malaria Initiative, a lifesaving Initiative, which earned him the honor of being named the Federal Employee of the Year in 2008."
During his remarks at the ceremony, Greene stated, "I would like to thank the Administrator for giving me the opportunity to work in Bangladesh for USAID. This is both a great honor and a tremendous responsibility. I also look forward to working closely with the Government of Bangladesh on all aspects of its development agenda."
Greene received a master's in history from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1976 and a master's in public health, with a specialty in epidemiology, from UCLA in 1982. From 1978 to 1980, he was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer to Ivory Coast.
Last updated: July 23, 2013