New USAID Hires: Batson, Dehgan, Garwin

The U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah is slowly, but surely putting together his leadership team. The latest hires: Amie Batson, Alex Dehgan and Tom Garwin.

Batson has been tapped as deputy administrator for global health, with responsibilities that include coordinating the agency’s support for the Global Health Initiative. Batson previously served with UNICEF, the World Health Organization and, most recently, the World Bank, whose work in vaccine financing she led.

Alex Dehgan, meanwhile, will be USAID science and technology advisor. He will serve as the agency’s point person for implementing Shah’s vision to strengthen the role of science and technology within the agency. Before this appointment, Dehgan served was a senior scientist and policy advisor at the Department of State.

Tom Garwin will serve as Shah’s senior advisor on impact planning. He will provide guidance on various government programs, management processes, policies and analytic methods that are of particular interest to the administrator. Garwin was a former director of impact planning and improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Devex previously reported that Sean Carroll, former program director of the Club of Madrid, was named USAID chief of staff and Ruth Levine of the Center for Global Development was appointed director of evaluation, policy analysis and learning.

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