DT Global US
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and beginner Arabic
Technical areas of expertise: Stabilization and Transition, Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism, Local Governance, Youth
Juan Pablo (JP) Castro serves as DT Global’s Senior Program Excellence Advisor as of November 2020. In this role, JP supports all of DT Global’s program start-ups and close outs and oversees Program Management System and other high priority Program Excellence processes and systems.
Before joining the learning and innovation team, JP worked for several years on crisis-response and political transition programs, many of which were funded by USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). JP served in a variety of leadership positions across multiple programs, most recently as DT Global’s Chief of Party in OTI’s Transition to New Sudan Program. Previously, he served as a Senior Transition Advisor and a Deputy Chief of Party for OTI programs in Lebanon and Syria. Throughout his professional career, JP has successfully navigated security, linguistic, and political challenges to create impactful programming in different parts of Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Beyond leading, crafting, and adapting programmatic strategies in challenging environments, JP is well versed in remote management and has overseen complex program startups and closeouts. He has built high-performing teams that have overcome challenges time and again, delivering timely and pertinent assistance in often unforgiving time horizons. Many of the people he has mentored throughout the years have moved on to senior roles in other OTI programs.
If you could meet any living person for a chat over a shared dinner, who would you pick and why?
Patti Smith. Her talent, artistic journey and ability to draw inspiration from what may seem ordinary would lead to an enlightening and also entertaining dinner.
What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve travelled?
Lebanon – it is friendly, hospitable, and scenic, with an incredible cultural offer and some of the best food in the world.