Josh DeWald has spent the past 15 years involved with humanitarian interventions and managing projects that have benefitted 7 million people. He has worked across the world, in partnership with a range of governments, local and national non-governmental organizations, and private sector actors.
Josh graduated in 1996 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature and an additional concentration in Economics. He studied abroad in London, rowed on the men's crew team and was involved with two student publications. Between his Junior and Senior years, Josh made up his mind to join the Peace Corps after graduation, and wound up in a small village in Northeastern Kyrgyzstan working as a school teacher and helping to form a community development committee to implement school construction, water system, and agriculture projects.
After volunteering, Josh was hired by the Peace Corps as a consultant, assessing new sites and projects in Kyrgyzstan. There, he met officials from Mercy Corps, an international relief and development agency, which he later joined as an Emergency Program Officer in Kosovo in 1999. Over the next two years, Josh worked to serve victims of the Kosovo War, both in Kosovo and in neighbouring Montenegro. Since 2003, he has worked on long-term assignments in Eritrea, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, as well as on short-term assignments in, or related to, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Southeast Asia. He is currently Mercy Corps' regional director for South and Central Asia, supporting work in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka.
Josh is married to Basman Towfique, whom he met at Clemson University when he earned his M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics in 2001-2. They have two daughters: Daria, 7 and Noor, 5.