Dave Harden
Managing Director, Georgetown Strategy Group
Dave Harden is the Managing Director of the Georgetown Strategy Group, a Washington, D.C. next generation firm that leverages talent, technology, and capital to help solve some of the world's most complex problems. Working with the private sector, local communities, and governments, the Georgetown Strategy Group seeks to promote trade and investment, advance security and stability, develop economic opportunity, and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the Middle East and Africa. The Georgetown Strategy Group represents leading technology and financial firms in the Middle East and partners with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Laboratory to bring pre-commercial innovations to complex crises.

In May of 2019, President Trump awarded Mr. Harden the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service, the highest award in the Foreign Service, for “sustained extraordinary accomplishment in the conduct of the foreign policy.” In 2016, President Obama nominated and the Senate confirmed Mr. Harden to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. In that capacity, Mr. Harden led a bureau focused on global crisis response and political transition with an annual budget of $4.8 billion and a staff of nearly 1,200. Mr. Harden spearheaded all USAID efforts to respond to global crises and stabilization efforts – including responses in Haiti, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, the West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen.

Prior to his Senate confirmation, Mr. Harden served 17 years overseas in the Foreign Service in the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia, including as Minister Counselor for Yemen, Mission Director in the West Bank and Gaza, and Deputy Mission Director in Iraq. Mr. Harden also served for three years as Senior Advisor to President Obama’s Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. In September 2011, Mr. Harden helped reopen the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli and established the first USAID presence in Libya. Prior to senior management, Mr. Harden was the Regional Legal Advisor in South Asia and Central Asia from 1999-2005. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Mr. Harden developed outreach programs to Muslim clerics in Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

Mr. Harden earned his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University, Master of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University, and Bachelor of Arts in Government from Franklin and Marshall College. He served in the Peace Corps in Botswana from 1984-1986.
Dave Harden