Dr. Edward Jay Allan has some 40 years of development-related work, with a primary focus on sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East/North Africa; he has also managed a range of activities in South and Southeast Asia. At IBTCI, Dr. Allan is Senior Technical Advisor; his key areas of interest are education/human capacity development, services for highly disadvantaged populations, environmental awareness, and the strengthening of civil society. Since 1988, he has been working on the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of projects funded by USAID, the State Department, the World Bank, and other donors. Examples of his work include the redesign of all curricula and textbooks for all subjects for Yemeni schools grades 1-6 from reconceptualization through production of printing plates; design and oversight of programs to improve access to education and other services for Ethiopian girls and OVC (orphans and vulnerable children); design and implementation of legislative training programs for Nepal and MENA countries; and management of evaluating activities as diverse as disaster prepararedness in Serbia, workforce development in El Salvador, textbook development by five different implementers in six African countries, and USAID support to Ethiopian pastoralists in time of drought with respect to food support, livelihoods, animal husbandry, natural resource management, and health. Dr. Allan holds a B.A. from UCLA and a Ph.D. from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.