Co-founder and Senior International Economist
As a Senior International Economist, Adrian Ng’asi brings over 20 years of foreign assistance policy formulation, delivery, and management in the fields of agriculture, public health, donor coordination, development finance, and aid effectiveness.
A native of Tanzania, Mr. Ng’asi worked for the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture (TCCIA) under the support of the UN Development Program (UNDP/Tanzania) and Oxford University Food Studies Group/Tanzania (FSG) managed smallholder project funded by the World Bank/Tanzania. He joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2006 as an International Economist overseeing the Agency’s relationship with the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), China- OECD/DAC Study Group, and emerging donors. In 2007, Mr. Ng’asi initiated and developed the U.S. Government’s first strategic foreign assistance engagement with The People’s Republic of China (PRC) aimed at influencing China’s foreign assistance program design and delivery in developing countries. He also managed USAID’s interagency consultations and participation in the U.S-China Joint Economic Committee (JEC), Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) and the Comprehensive Economic Dialogue (CED).
Mr. Ng’asi is an expert on official development assistance, private capital flows, trade, foreign direct investments, South-South and Triangular Cooperation, the economics and political economy of bilateral and multilateral assistance from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Australia, China, India, Brazil,The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and regional development banks. In addition, Adrian advised USAID on the changing global aid architecture as well as the aid effectiveness agenda – aid harmonization, fragmentation, coordination and alignment. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Ng’asi was the technical coordinator for USAID’s G-7 and G-20 engagement on development and economic issues.
Mr. Ng’asi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Economics and Planning from the University of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, and a Master of Arts in Monetary Economics from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has lectured and presented on global development assistance architecture and cooperation in the United States, China, Korea, Indonesia, Honduras, Mexico, Tunisia, India, and Japan.