Mr. Chris Jurgens leads the Center for Transformational Partnerships at the U.S. Global Development Lab, which champions USAID’s efforts to engage the private sector to advance development outcomes. His office manages the Global Development Alliance, the Agency’s flagship model for building shared value partnerships with global corporations, local businesses, investors, philanthropic partners, and diaspora communities.
Jurgens also oversees the Agency’s Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing portfolio, which aims to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems in developing countries and unlock the potential of entrepreneurs to serve as engines of economic growth and innovation. This portfolio includes the Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) initiative, under which the Agency is partnering with impact investors and accelerators to catalyze private investment into promising entrepreneurs and support their growth.
Prior to joining USAID, Jurgens served as Director of Global Programs for Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), Accenture’s not-for-profit consulting practice, where he oversaw ADP’s global portfolio of work with over 50 NGOs and donor agencies and led efforts in North America to engage its corporate clients in global development issues via cross-sectoral partnerships. He has a masters’ degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and a BA in Economics from Miami University.