Donald R. Mickelwait
Senior Development Expert, Economist
Chairman and CEO of Experience International, Inc. 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.