Josh Powell

Chief Executive Officer

Josh Powell is the Chief Executive Officer at Development Gateway. Josh joined Development Gateway in 2010, and served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 2017-2018. In January 2019, the DG Board of Directors asked Josh to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Josh leads DG's organizational partnerships, program innovation, and corporate strategy. He also coordinates DG’s Results Data Initiative, which supports evidence-based decision-making within the Governments of Tanzania and Malawi, and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Over the past decade, Josh has managed programs and supported teams in more than a dozen countries. He led DG’s digital development innovations for the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network, under the AidData Center for Development Policy consortium; and oversaw the major re-architecture and implementation of DG’s Aid Management Program — the best-in-class, country-owned aid information management system deployed in 25+ countries worldwide. Josh also helped lead the design of DG’s Agile software development methodology, an adaptation of the SCRUM approach.

A leader in GIS and data for development, Josh also coordinated the geocoding of World Bank, African Development Bank, and Asian Development Bank portfolios; co-authored the International Aid Transparency Initiative geocoding standard; led country-level GIS programs in nearly 10 countries; and led open contracting programs across East Asia.

Josh holds a MS in Public Policy from Brigham Young University, and a BS in Finance from the University of Baltimore.

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