DT Global US
Education: New York University, Bachelor of Arts
Languages: English, Arabic, Turkish
Technical areas of expertise: Program Management, Conflict, Stabilization, Transitions, Democracy and Governance
Neil Durnan serves as Director of Program Excellence within the Learning and Innovation unit at DT Global. In this role, Neil oversees the development and refinement of DT Global’s program management systems and processes from start-up to close-out.
In his current role, Neil draws upon over 13 years of experience implementing and managing international development programs in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe, with an emphasis on stabilization, transition, and democracy and governance programming. Neil has extensive remote management experience, including implementing programs from Turkey, Jordan, and Germany, in addition to program management and business development roles within the home office. He has implemented programs for a number of agencies such as USAID, including the Office of Transition Initiatives and Bureau for Global Health, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, US State Department, and National Endowment for Democracy.
Prior to joining DT Global, Neil worked for Chemonics International, serving in leadership roles on OTI and FCDO Syria programs, including managing assistance to the Syria Civil Defense (“White Helmets”) and serving as Field Director for the Jordan Food Assistance Program, which provided critically needed flour to bakeries in southern Syria. Prior to Chemonics, Neil supported the National Democratic Institute’s work in Egypt and Lebanon, including managing operations for NDI’s offices in Cairo, Asyut, and Alexandria.
What’s the coolest thing about your job?
I am constantly meeting new colleagues from around the world and learning about countries and innovations I would never otherwise be exposed to. One day it might be a WASH project in Ethiopia and the next day it could be an energy project in Kosovo.
What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve travelled?
Iceland. The winter landscape there is so surreal that it feels like being on another planet. I cannot wait to go back.