Monday, October 11, 2010

Chemonics announces key leadership changes, about time!{7FC25DCA-AA9F-45CC-9F1C-923D7FA70A4A} 

Chemonics announces key leadership changes, about time!

In recent weeks, several members of Chemonics' leadership team have assumed new roles and undertaken new professional challenges.

Doug Tinsler, senior vice president for Strategic Programs, is transferring from the company's Washington, D.C., headquarters to take the helm of a recently awarded, USAID-funded project in Egypt designed to increase the country's business competitiveness. In this role, Tinsler returns to familiar territory: He previously served as the chief of USAID/Egypt's Office of Local Administration and Development, where he led the design and implementation of an $800 million rural development and decentralization program. Most recently, he has been leading the firm's indefinite quantity contract portfolio. Tinsler joined Chemonics in 1995 and also has served as the chief of party for a large project in Peru.

While Tinsler is heading to the field, President and CEO Richard Dreiman announced that Senior Vice President Chris Scott would be returning from the field at the end of the year to lead the Middle East division. Scott, who has been a senior vice president since 2007, has been serving as chief of party of a successful government capacity-building project in West Bank/Gaza since 2009. A lawyer, Scott joined Chemonics in 2006 as a director in the company's Middle East division.

"Both Doug and Chris are fine examples of the flexibility and commitment to our work that all of our leaders embody," Dreiman said. "Chris has done an exceptional job leading his team in West Bank, and we know Doug will do great things in Egypt."

Scott fills the vacancy created with the announcement that Eric Reading

has been named senior vice president of the Afghanistan and Pakistan division. Reading joins the group after leading the Middle East division for the past four years. Reading assumes leadership of the region from Tim Beans, who announced in September he was leaving the firm. Reading has been working with the Afghanistan and Pakistan team since June, when he joined the group to provide strategic guidance to the growing stabilization and governance portfolio.

"Eric has proven that he is adept at guiding teams to achieve on-the-ground impact in sometimes challenging environments," Dreiman said. "Together with his significant experience in economic growth, infrastructure, democratic governance, and institutional strengthening, he is the ideal choice to lead the division in our critical efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan."

Reading joined Chemonics in 1994 in the Europe and Eurasia division, where he managed local governance activities in Bulgaria and Romania. He also managed business climate reform programs in Georgia and Bosnia. As chief of party in post-war Kosovo and deputy chief of party in Egypt, he led programs to improve public utility management, and conducted numerous short-term assignments in finance, infrastructure, and local governance worldwide.

To support the unique challenges of the Afghanistan and Pakistan portfolio, Tracy Shanks has been named senior vice president within the group with specific responsibilities for the projects in economic growth. Shanks returns to the firm's headquarters after completing her masters in business administration at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Shanks joined Chemonics in 1999 in the Global division, focused on the diversification of Chemonics portfolio. In her first long-term overseas posting in 2003, she simultaneously managed a municipal finance and a business development project in Paraguay. She then led a business development project in Azerbaijan and went on to serve as chief of party on an MCC threshold program focused on business climate reform and anti-corruption efforts in Paraguay. Earlier this year, Shanks worked with a Chemonics project Afghanistan to develop an entrepreneurial business development initiative in Kandahar. 

--- On Thu, 15/7/10, Tbilisi, TDY4 (Martha Dye) <> wrote:

From: Tbilisi, TDY4 (Martha Dye) <>
Subject: RE: Rustry Shutz back working with USAID, how is that possible?
Cc: "Young, Peter" <>
Date: Thursday, 15 July, 2010,


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Subject: Rustry Shutz back working with USAID, how is that possible

Need all what USAID can provide, current TOR and status two USAID tenders/proposals, and anything of public information on

1) Georgian New Economic Opportunities

2) Georgian Economic Prosperity Initiative

This request is related to corruption in USAID programs, Rustry Shultz (fired in Afghanistan for giving a 3 million dollar loan to one drug dealer, war lord, and who had earlier worked in Georgia with USG funded rural credit program, USDA that was used to fund Chechen fighters and pay for weapons.  It is interesting to note how US governmental funds have been used by ACDI/VOCA in both Georgia and Azerbaijan for things that are illegal under American and local law.

This organization was basically run out of both Georgia and Azerbaijan based on earlier track record and may soon be back to working here - with the same kind of wasting of US tax money operations, used and mechanisms as implemented for other purposes.



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