Daniel FitzGerald Runde

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Daniel Runde
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Director of the Global Development Alliance, USAID
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Daniel Fitzgerald Runde

(1972-01-21) January 21, 1972 (age 47)
Andrews Air Force Base
Maryland, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Sonia Cavallo Runde (m. 2001)
ResidenceMcLean, Virginia
EducationDartmouth College (BA)
Harvard University (MPP)
Alma materJohn F. Kennedy School of Government
OccupationSchreyer Chair for Global Analysis at the CSIS
ProfessionPolicy Advisor
Known forInternational Development
AwardsOrder of Isabella the Catholic
WebsiteOfficial Webpage DanRunde.com

Daniel Fitzgerald Runde (born January 21, 1972) is a senior executive, strategist and expert in international development, international trade, investment, global business and organizational change who builds dynamic partnership alliances among governments, multi-lateral institutions, corporations, and philanthropies.

Currently, Runde is the Senior Vice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis.[1] He is also the director of the Project on Prosperity and Development. His work centers on America leveraging its full set of soft power instruments and the central roles of the private sector and good governance in creating a more free and prosperous world. CSIS provides strategic insights and bipartisan policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. His priority is to ensure that the United States possesses the tools necessary to remain the preeminent player in global development in the twenty-first century and is positioned to achieve its foreign policy and national security goals.

He has advised several governments, including the United States, Australia, Canada, South Korea and Denmark as well as the World Bank and United Nations, on development policy. In 2011, he played a central role in persuading the United States Congress to renew U.S. support for the World Bank and other multi-lateral banks.[2] Runde has developed, led, and managed outreach efforts to successfully position the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as a partner of choice for private and corporate philanthropy.

Runde has worked in various capacities with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where he managed a $20 million annual budget for partnership activities internationally. He has represented the U.S. to senior leaders of foreign governments, corporations, and foundations. Runde led the Global Development Alliance initiative by providing training, networks, staff, funds, and advice to establish and strengthen alliances while personally consulting to 15 USAID missions in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. His efforts leveraged $4.8 billion through 100 direct alliances and 300 others through training and technical assistance.

In 2010, Runde was named one of “40 under 40 in International Development in Washington” by the Devex Group.[3] Runde was also awarded the Order of Isabella the Catholic (Orden de Isabel la Católica) by the Spanish Government in 2017.[4]


Early Years (1994-2002)[edit]

Runde began his career in financial services and corporate finance at Alex. Brown and Sons (now part of Deutsche Bank) in Baltimore, Maryland from 1994 to 1996. Between 1999 and 2000, Runde worked in Argentina as a consultant to corporation foundation of BankBoston. Later, from 2000 to 2002, he worked as an assistant vice president for commercial banking at Citibank in Buenos Aires.

Bush Administration (2002-2007)[edit]

Runde joined the USAID in 2002, under the Bush Administration, during the early stages of the Global Development Alliance initiative. From 2005 to 2007, he headed the Office of Global Development Alliances (GDA) as the director. At the USAID, he led the GDA partnership initiative by providing training, networks, staff, funds, and advice to establish and strengthen alliances. Under Runde, the GDA initiative was recognized by Harvard University as a runner-up for the Innovations in Government Award.[5] Runde stated that public-private alliances were key to the success leading to this award. He is quoted in the report on public-private alliances that the GDA put out on exactly this matter.[6] The Journal for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the OECD Observer, also utilized Runde to explain this idea to its readers.[7]

World Bank (2007-2010)[edit]

In 2007, Runde joined the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group, the IFC, where he was the head of the Foundations Unit for the Department of Partnerships and Advisory Service Operations. In this role, he successfully positioned IFC as a partner of choice for private and corporate philanthropy. Runde was also responsible for leading IFC’s relations with senior policymakers throughout the U.S. government.[8] His work facilitated and supported over $20 million in new funding through partnerships with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and Visa International among other global private and corporate foundations.

CSIS (2010-present)[edit]

Runde joined CSIS in 2010, where he currently holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis. In addition to that, he leads the Project on Prosperity and Development and the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development as its director, where he focuses on private enterprise development, the role of private actors in development (philanthropy, business, diasporas, and others), and the researches the role of emerging donors, such as the members of the G20.

Dan Runde, speaking at an event at the CSIS.

In a bi-partisan manner, Runde has influenced leading development issues including the trade and aid nexus, domestic resource mobilization, governance and corruption, and development finance. He disseminated research and championed recommendations for the reallocation of U.S. assistance resources for developing country financial management systems rather than direct service and social infrastructure, which can be funded through in-country tax dollars. Runde’s evidence based approach was central to persuading the Department of State to allocate aid resources to promote domestic resource mobilization (the use of tax revenue) to pay for social sector spending, since emerging economies generate significant taxes and recurring fees to fund programs important to local citizens.

Runde’s contributions at the CSIS were an important factor in the World Bank President’s decision to retain the Doing Business Index in 2013, a central pillar of the World Bank’s work.[9] Runde spearheaded a parallel independent review of the Doing Business Indicators, which persuaded World Bank stakeholders, the Obama Administration, and other influencers to maintain the current state of the indicators. He provided in-depth analysis and framed the debate by convening top thinkers, hosting an in-depth conference on the topic, providing testimony in front of an official World Bank review committee, and initiated several opinion editorial pieces.

Role in policy design[edit]

Runde has been a long-standing member of the board of directors for the Society for International Development-Washington (SIDW) and served as its president between 2011 and 2012. He also served as chair of the July 2011 SID World Congress in Washington, DC.[10]  Runde is also a life member of the Council of Foreign Relations.[11] 

As an expert on international political affairs, and a staunch advocate of American leadership in global economic development, Runde has significantly contributed and discussed these issues through Forbes and Foreign Policy, and has also been quoted in Bloomberg, the Financial Times, Politico, and NPR.[12] He writes and speaks extensively on global development and U.S. foreign policy at symposia including the World Economic Forum for which he also serves as a member of its Global Agenda Council on the United States.

At CSIS, Runde has hosted several public and private discussions that sought to influence governments (both the United States and foreign) on various policy issues, including general capital increases for multilateral institutions, reorganization of the State Department and USAID and ongoing development projects such as Power Africa.[13][14][15]

Runde, in May 2017, during his Congressional testimony on Global Philanthropy and Remittances and International Development.

Runde’s role in policy design also includes public testimonies to national legislative bodies. In October 2011, Runde testified before the House Committee on Financial Services committee, subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade to speak about the role of multilateral institutions.[16][17] Additionally, Runde joined a congressional delegation, led by Senator Norm Coleman and organized by the ONE Campaign, and visited Liberia and Ghana in 2012.

In July 2016, he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development.[18] He appeared, again, before the Senate's Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic Policy to discuss the issue of Global Philanthropy and Remittances and International Development.[19] In November 2017, Runde also testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, where he emphasized the role of development finance and U.S. federal agencies like United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in securing American leadership in Asia.[20] In the international space, Runde has testified before the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on the role of the private sector in achieving Canada's international development interests.[21] He has also testified before the Australian Parliament, where he emphasized the role of Australia’s international development policy in the Asia Pacific region.[22] He is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.[23]


Having served during the Bush Administration, Runde is very active in Republican politics. Runde served as a key foreign policy advisor and fundraiser for Governor Scott Walker’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. Runde serves as the chairperson for the international assistance working group within the John Hay Initiative (JHI), a network of foreign policy experts who have briefed or are advising many of the Republican candidates in the 2016 presidential election. In October 2011, Runde was named as member of Governor Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory team as Co-Chair of Governor Romney’s International Assistance Working Group.[24] He has also authored the international assistance chapter in the recently released JHI Book, Choosing to Lead: American Foreign Policy for a Disordered World. From 1999 to 2000, Runde had chaired Republicans Abroad in Argentina.


Dan Runde is the son of James A. Runde (former partner of Morgan Stanley) and M. Barbara FitzGerald. Runde went to Dartmouth College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in Government in 1994. He also received his Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is married to Sonia Cavallo, the daughter of Domingo Cavallo, former Argentine Economy Minister and Foreign Minister.[25] He and his wife have three sons.


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  2. ^ "Taxes and Development". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Devex list of young aid leaders in DC is announced". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Daniel Runde (CSIS), awarded the Cruz De Oficial de Isabel la Católica". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  5. ^ "USAID's Global Development Alliance Selected as One of Government's Most Innovative Programs". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  6. ^ "THE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE PUBLIC-PRIVATE ALLIANCES FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL DEVELOPMENT" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  7. ^ "How to Make Development Partnerships Work". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Riding a Wave of Goodwill". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  9. ^ "The United States can't let China scuttle the Doing Business index". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  10. ^ "SID-Washington". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
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  12. ^ "Ahead Of Summit, Obama Underscores Growing Exports: NPR". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  13. ^ "U.S. Global Leadership in 5 Critical Payments: The U.S. and General Capital Increases for MDBs". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  14. ^ "A Consensus View on State Department and USAID Reorganization". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  15. ^ "What Lessons Can Be Learned from Power Africa?". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Hearing entitled "The World Bank and Multi Lateral Development Banks' Authorization"". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  17. ^ "The Impact of the World Bank and Multi-Lateral Development Banks On National Security". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Public-Private Partnerships in Foreign Aid: Leveraging U.S. Assistance for Greater Impact and Sustainability". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Global Philanthropy and Remittances and International Development". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Development Finance in Asia: U.S. Economic Strategy Amid China's Belt and Road". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Evidence - FAAE (41-1) - No. 17 - House of Commons of Canada". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  22. ^ "ParlInfo - Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade : 02/10/2014 : Role of the private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the Indo-Pacific region". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
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