Dave Harden is the managing director of the Georgetown Strategy Group, a consulting firm that seeks to promote trade and investment, develop economic opportunity, advance security and stability, and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the Middle East and Africa. 

Before founding the firm, Harden was a minister counselor in the career Senior Foreign Service. He recently served as the assistant administrator for the USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance in the Obama Administration. In that capacity he spearheaded all USAID efforts to respond to crises and stabilization efforts, including responses in Haiti, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, the West Bank, and Yemen.

Prior to that Harden served 17 years overseas in the Middle East, Central and South Asia. He was the USAID mission director to the West Bank and Gaza and also spent nearly a year and a half as the deputy mission director at the USAID Mission to Iraq. Additionally, Harden served for three years as senior advisor to President Obama's Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. In September 2011, he helped re-open the U.S. embassy in Tripoli and established the first USAID presence in Libya.

Last Updated: June 15, 2018