Christopher Burns, Director, Center for Digital Development, USAID

Christopher leads technical teams focused on digital finance, development informatics, digital inclusion, and advanced data and geospatial analysis, as well as the role they play in driving an inclusive digital economy. During his ten years with USAID, he has spearheaded and served as technical lead for a number of public-private partnerships, including with DIAL, the GSMA Connected Women Program and the Alliance for Affordable Internet.

Christopher previously served as Senior Coordinator, Digital Development for Feed the Future, working alongside the Bureau for Food Security, to integrate a suite of digital technologies into the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative. He also served as Acting Director for the Digital Development team and as Senior Advisor for Digital Inclusion, within the Lab. In these positions, he led a fast-growing and multidisciplinary group focused on widespread adoption of mobile and digital technologies in the developing world.

Christopher spent nearly 10 years with the Peace Corps, as Program and Training Officer for Peace Corps/Niger, Country Desk Officer for Central Asia, and Agro-Forestry Advisor in Ghana. He has supervisory and management experience and technical background in mobile technology, natural resources management, agro-forestry, food security, gender equality and solar power design/installation. All told, he has 20 years of international development experience, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, including 6.5 years living on the continent.

Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts in international development and environmental management from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and a Master of Science in development management from American University in Washington, D.C.