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AidData’s David Trichler Named Among the World's Top Rising Foreign Policy Leaders

David TrichlerDavid Trichler, operations director for AidData at the Institute for Theory & Practice of International Relations (ITPIR) at William & Mary, has earned recognition from Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) as one of the "99 Under 33,” an international list naming the most influential foreign policy leaders around the globe under the age of 33.

The “99 Under 33” recognizes the distinctive impact the honorees have on their communities today and their potential as leaders in the future. The recipients are categorized according to archetypes: catalyst, convener, influencer, innovator, practitioner, risk-taker or shaper.

Trichler, was categorized as an “innovator,” defined as someone who develops solutions to critical global challenges. Trichler does just that in his role directing AidData operations day-to-day, managing programs and partnerships.

"David Trichler's leadership and 'never-say-it-can't-be-done' attitude have led to a dramatic expansion in AidData's global reach and impact,” says AidData Co-Director Brad Parks.

Director of the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations, Mike Tierney says “David Trichler’s energy and enthusiasm are ‘infectious.’”

“He respects and works effectively with people from all walks of life and is equally comfortable talking to a 19-year-old student, as he is with a grumpy old professor or high-ranking diplomat,” Tierney said. “Given his role as AidData director of operations — and any future role — these are great assets.”

Previously, Trichler served as special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and special assistant to the USAID's Chief Economist as a Presidential Management Fellow. He earned a Master's degree in foreign relations from Georgetown University where he was graduated with highest distinction. During that time he worked as faculty assistant to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and as researcher for former USAID administrator Andrew Natsios. 

Trichler also served as an adviser to the ExxonMobil Foundation and as a consultant for the World Bank. Prior to his time at Georgetown, David worked as a development adviser mapping micro-credit and community network for projects in Namibia, Morocco, Brazil and Bolivia.

Steven Radelet, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Development, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, says "David is remarkable. He is very bright, extremely well organized, and always thinking ahead. He is highly motivated and very energetic — if you want something done quickly, and done well, David's your man. Most importantly, he is a wonderful person and colleague. People love working with him because he is a great team player, and knows how to get the best out of his colleagues. This award couldn't have gone to a more deserving person."

David received his Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, graduating valedictorian.

Learn more at www.AidData.org about how, under David’s leadership, the team at AidData create data and tools to enable the global development community to more effectively target, coordinate, deliver and evaluate foreign aid.

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