Hallam Ferguson

Hallam Ferguson
Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator

Hallam Ferguson is USAID’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for the Middle East, with a portfolio that includes Iraq, Syria and West Bank/Gaza. Ferguson also oversees the Middle East Bureau’s efforts to help religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria recover from the ISIS genocide, and to promote religious freedom throughout the region.

Ferguson joined USAID in 2017 after 13 years with the International Republican Institute (IRI), where he began his development career in Afghanistan in 2004. During his tenure at IRI Ferguson helped Afghanistan prepare for the country’s first presidential elections and subsequent parliamentary elections, served as Director of Operations for the Iraq program based in Erbil, and in 2010 assumed overall management of the Iraq program, at that time the largest in the Institute. In 2011 Ferguson became IRI's Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, with responsibility for programs from Morocco to Pakistan, and accounting for one quarter of IRI’s total grant dollars.

Prior to joining IRI, Ferguson completed his Master’s degree in international security at Georgetown University, where he received fellowships to study Central Asia and Afghanistan. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Maine.

Last updated: January 28, 2019

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