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The Mission Director

Lawrence Hardy II began his assignment as Mission Director to the Philippines, Pacific Islands, and Mongolia in September 2017. He holds the rank of Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service.

With 26 years of USAID development experience, he has served multiple tours in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and South America. Most recently, he served in Washington, DC as the Agency’s Senior Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer. During this period, he also served as the Director for Human Resources for USAID’s global workforce comprised of more than 10,000 development professionals.

In his most recent overseas assignments, Hardy served as Mission Director to USAID in Brazil (2011 to 2015) and as the Senior Deputy Mission Director to USAID in Pakistan in his fourth tour in Islamabad (2010).

Prior to joining USAID, Hardy developed economic diversification strategies for Asia Pacific Rim countries that spanned from Japan to Indonesia, for a management consulting firm.

Mr. Hardy received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of California/Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, French, and Arabic.