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Manager, Agriculture and Economic Diversification Programs
Chris Gray is a Manager, Agriculture and Economic Diversification Programs. In this role, he is responsible for a portfolio of grants and research programs that inform the Foundation’s global strategy to transform agricultural value chains in Malawi and other tobacco-dependent countries.
Chris is a business strategist and economist specializing in the inclusive design of social programs in developing countries. As a researcher, Chris’s experience has spanned industries including agriculture, finance, education, tax policy, and nutrition.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Chris worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute, where he collaborated on several projects to promote market-led solutions to development challenges. Chris led market research on agricultural input markets in Myanmar, population nutrition studies in Bangladesh and Burkina Faso, and data accessibility initiatives in Bangladesh, Zambia, and Ghana. Earlier in his career, Chris was a financial analyst with Capital One, where he was responsible for designing and evaluating credit products for small business owners. Chris has consulted on projects with the World Bank, Mercy Corps, Innovations for Poverty Action, and the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation.
Chris is based in Washington, D.C. He holds a Master of International Development Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.