New USAID Mission Director Sworn In For Georgia

Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:01pm EDT

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) today announced the swearing in of Jock
Conly as its new Mission Director for Georgia.  Acting USAID Administrator
Alonzo Fulgham presided over the event and administered the oath to Conly.

"We are very fortunate that Jock has returned once again to USAID in order to
lead our mission in Georgia.  It was critical that we select a very
experienced officer with seasoned judgment, extraordinary interpersonal
skills, and strong diplomatic instincts to lead USAID's efforts there and Jock
is the embodiment of those qualities." said Acting-Administrator Fulgham.

Conly began his development career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone
and he entered the USAID foreign service in 1978.  During his foreign service
career he has served in Niger, Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan and Kenya, where he
also served as Mission Director. 

In addition to serving as a Mission Director, Conly has held positions as
Director of the Program Offices in Egypt and Pakistan, as a Senior Desk
Officer in the Africa Bureau, Director of Office of Program Coordination and
Strategy in the Europe and Eurasia Bureau, and most recently as Senior Deputy
Assistant Administrator for the Economic Growth, Trade and Agriculture Bureau.

Conly has had a very impactful career, during his time in Bangladesh Conly
managed a major project that privatized the importation, wholesaling, and
retail sales of fertilizer, thus making fertilizer cheaper and more widely
available to tens of millions of farmers in that country. As Mission Director
in Kenya, he led the program response to the terrorist bombing of our embassy
in Nairobi.  Conly retired from USAID in 2004 and continued to work in
international development in the NGO and private sectors.  

Conly received a B.A. in History and Political Science from Union College in
New York, an M.P.A. in Development Economics from Princeton University and an
M.S. in National Security Studies from the National War College.

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