Patrick B. White

For more than 13 years, including two years full-time in Liberia, Mr. Patrick B. White has focused on economic development and human rights in Africa.  As the chief education officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Monrovia, Mr. White oversaw a portfolio valued at $87 million designed to increase equitable access to and improve the quality of basic education.  While at USAID, he also served as a desk officer for Sudan and Ethiopia.  Prior to joining USAID, he managed programs at the U.S.

Department of Labor (USDOL) that provided basic education and research to prevent the worst forms of child labor in Sub-Saharan Africa.  While at USDOL, he also managed programs that strengthened labor law enforcement and workforce development systems in collaboration with Ministries of Labor.

Throughout his career, Mr. White has engaged in the entire life cycle of development cooperation projects.  He has co-authored solicitations for grant applications; chaired panels to recommend applications for funding; conducted field visits to assess project performance; advised implementing agencies on contract compliance; prepared performance monitoring plans; reviewed budgets and cost estimates; and organized performance evaluations. Mr. White holds a M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Tufts University and a M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.  His research interests are in education in emergencies, post-conflict recovery, and the intersection between science, technology, and development. His countries of focus are Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ethiopia, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  He resides in Den Haag with his wife and two daughters.