Experience International, Inc. is a US veteran-owned small business, managed by Donald Mickelwait, Founder and 30-year CEO of DAI, and Eugene (Tony) Babb, previously DAI’s Director of Agriculture and Natural Resource Development.  It is headquartered in the center of Bangkok, with easy access to all of Asia and the Middle East.  EI is the parent company of Experience Consultants (Thailand) Ltd.  Registered  since 1996, Experience Consultants performs contracts for which bidding is only open to Thai companies.


Donald Mickelwait



Donald R. Mickelwait

Chairman and CEO


Don Mickelwait founded Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) and was its CEO for 30 years.  He is a rural sector economist who has had extensive experience designing projects for USAID.  24 of these have been funded for a total of more than $750 million, including four economic growth projects (January-March 2008) for USAID/Pakistan and three projects in that country’s agriculture sector (January-March 2009).  The Pakistan projects have dealt with employment, enterprise development, trade, microenterprise promotion, horticulture exports, food security, field crops, and livestock and dairy development.  Mr. Mickelwait provides management oversight through regular visits to EI’s ongoing USAID and USDA-funded contracts and private sector initiatives.  He holds advanced degrees in economics from the University of Oregon, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the George Washington University.  He has completed advanced management courses from, and is an alumnus of, the Harvard Business School.  He has lived in Bangkok for 20 years and travels extensively throughout Asia.

Kathy Wei

Kathy Wei

Director and Vice President


Kathy Wei provides HR and operational oversight at headquarters and project administration to EI’s field teams.  She is responsible for EI’s global human resource functions, including benefits, compensation, employee relations, recruitment, and training and development.  She has managed USAID, USDA, and other donors’ projects in conflict zones and has an in-depth understanding of project procedures and management.  She speaks English, Chinese, and Thai, and lives in Bangkok.

Guillermina Durst

Guillerma (Emma) Durst

Financial Manager


Having come from many years’ employment with DAI, Emma Durst has handled the special accounting requirements of development projects in the Philippines, Pakistan, Thailand, and the USA.  She has worked with donors that have included USAID, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and various United Nations agencies, as well as independent NGOs.  She has a Business Administration degree in Accounting, is a Certified Public Accountant in the Philippines, and lives in Bangkok.