Speaker Bios: Development Issues Committee – July 14,2022

Impacts on developing countries of the impending food security crisis exacerbated by climate change, the war in the Ukraine and supply chain issues

Mike Michener

Mike Michener currently serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, where he oversees the strategic direction and implementation of USAID’s work on agriculture-led growth and the bureau’s efforts to engage and build partnerships with the private sector and research community in support of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative.

Prior to working at USAID, Mr. Michener most recently served as Vice President for Product Policy and Innovation with the United States Council for International Business in Washington D.C., and just prior to that as Director of Multilateral Relations for CropLife International in Brussels, Belgium. Mike represented these trade associations before a range of international organizations – including the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Previously, Mr. Michener served with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, first as Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service and then as Minister Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome. Mr. Michener has also worked for the U.S. Department of State in several roles, including senior governance advisor and strategic planner for stability operations, civil-military affairs specialist, and senior advisor for democracy and human rights programs in Iraq. Mike also worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as an Asylum Officer and USAID as a Democracy Advisor in Bosnia and Kosovo. Mr. Michener began his career with the United States Army, serving in Europe as a military intelligence specialist.

Originally from Iowa, Mr. Michener has a master’s degree in public administration from Bowie State University. Mr. Michener earned a bachelor’s degree in East European studies from the University of Maryland by taking night school classes while serving on active duty in Munich, Germany. He speaks fluent Romanian and several other languages.

Paul Dorosh

Director of Development Strategy and Governance Division

Paul A. Dorosh has been the Division Director of IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division since April, 2011. His previous positions include IFPRI Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader of the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program in Addis Ababa (2008-2010), Senior Economist at the World Bank (2003-2008), senior research fellow with IFPRI in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1997-2001) and Associate Professor at Cornell University (1994-97). He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the Food Research Institute, Stanford University and a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, and has published research on agricultural markets, food policy, international trade, economy-wide modeling and the rural-urban transformation.



Dina Esposito 

Vice President of Technical Leadership, Mercy Corps

Dina Esposito oversees Mercy Corps’ Technical Support Unit, which houses a large team of global subject matter experts who provide strategy, leadership, technical knowledge for program design and implementation and program support to country teams in some 40 countries around the world, ensuring Mercy Corps’ initiatives are strategic, informed, and sustainable.

Before joining Mercy Corps in 2017, she was the Director of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, (now part of the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance), where she oversaw the Agency’s $2.8 billion relief and development food assistance portfolio. She has worked for nongovernmental organizations in Ethiopia and Kenya and filled a variety of other positions at the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development working on refugee assistance, conflict and post conflict reconstruction priorities.

(Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian and development organization working in fragile and conflict affected places.  It aims to build more inclusive, resilient communities through it four program pillars of improved food security, water security, economic opportunity, and peace/good governance.  It has a staff of more than 5,000 in 40 countries around the world.)

Comments are closed.