Director

James Phillips

Mr. Phillips has held a variety of leadership positions for more than 20 years of professional experience in various economic sectors. He has extensive experience in monitoring and evaluation (M&E), capacity building, training, and agricultural value chains. Most recently he served as M&E Team Leader for the USAID funded “Feed the Future Integrating Nutrition into Value Chains” project in Malawi.  He has also served as Team Leader for the Feed the Future System Design and Initiation (FMSDI) project with Weidemann Associates, in Bangladesh serving as the primary capacity building mechanism for the USAID Mission staff and Implementing Partners. Mr. Phillips has served as Team Leader Agribusiness for the USAID funded Southern Region Agricultural Development project in Afghanistan and also conducted an assessment to assemble an inventory and database of 240 USAID funded agricultural value chain projects World Wide between 1998 and 2010 to assess indicator commensurability, project impacts and indicator utilization for the USAID Bureau of Food Security. Mr. Phillips has worked in many Asian and African countries and he is fluent in English, Krio, and Susu with knowledge of French and Spanish. He earned his Master’s Degree in Agriculture Economics from Michigan State University, and his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from Oregon State University.