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Mark A. White, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, was sworn in as USAID/India Mission Director on February 24, 2017. A former United States Peace Corps volunteer, Mr. White has worked in over 30 countries across four continents. Prior to arriving in New Delhi, Mr. White was assigned to the U.S. Army War College as a Professor --teaching a course in International Development, as well as working on selected peace-keeping and stability research topics and academic seminars. After the academic year, Mr. White was Acting Mission Director of USAID/Angola.
In April 2013, Mr. White was assigned as the Deputy Mission Director of USAID/Haiti. There he served as Acting Mission Director and led a number of important development assistance initiatives such as building local organizational capacity, economic growth and agriculture and promoting local business capacity.
Known for his strong commitment to working with the U.S. government interagency, in 2012, Mr. White was named as USAID's Senior Development Advisor to the Department of Defense's United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) based in Stuttgart, Germany. In this role Mr. White helped coordinate development projects and advised the four-star Commander and his staff on strategies to integrate and synchronize defense activities with development and humanitarian assistance.
Mr. White was sworn in as USAID Representative to Timor-Leste in 2008. After only three months of working in his position, he was directed to upgrade the Timor Office to an operational USAID Mission. There he established strong relationships with both host country officials and other donor nations. In Afghanistan, he served as the USAID Director of the Office of Social Sector Reform from 2006-2008, managing a $590 million portfolio, the largest health and education project of any development mission at that time.
From 2002-2005, Mr. White served as the Director of the Public Health Office in Cambodia, where he facilitated contractual relationships between USAID and indigenous organizations to promote public-private sector development. Mr. White began his career with USAID in 1995 and served as a health officer in both Zambia (1996) and Egypt (2000).
Mr. White has received numerous awards and citations for his development work including a Meritorious Honor Award, the Award of Collaboration from the U.S. Navy/Seabees, the Department of Defense Medal of Recognition, the Franklin Award, and several awards of achievement. He also received the Presidential Gold Medal of Achievement for his work in Cambodia and a Special Achievement Award in Health for team work in Afghanistan.
Mr. White received a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is married to Mrs. Chan Theary White.
Last updated: March 07, 2017