Dr. Alex Dehgan is the Science and Technology Adviser to the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and heads the Office of Science and Technology within the new Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning. As the S&T Adviser, Dr. Dehgan serves as the key focal point for implementing the Administrator’s vision to restore science and technology to its rightful place within USAID and ensure that USAID is the global leader on employing science, technology, and creativitiy to help solve traditional and persistent development challenges in novel ways. Working closely with USAID’s Counselor for Innovation, Dr. Dehgan is working to elevate the role of science and technology in shaping development strategies, identify and coordinate novel science-based initiatives to better advance the Agency’s mission, support and help advance existing technical personnel at USAID and bring in new specialized expertise, and develop novel relationships with nontraditional partners in academia, the private sector, and USG technical agencies in support of these goals.
Dr. Alex Dehgan also was the founding Afghanistan Country Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Afghanistan Biodiversity Conservation Program. Dr. Dehgan holds a Ph.D and M.Sc. from The University of Chicago’s Committee on Evolutionary Biology, where he focused on extinction and adaption of 12 lemur species during the environmental change in tropical forests in Madagascar, a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and B.S. in Zoology and Political Science from Duke University.