This is not a time for waiting. It is a time for action.

by John Hurley | May 19, 2016

As CRDF Global continues its leadership transition, our Interim President & CEO reminds us that global challenges don’t observe changes in leadership.
 As many of you may know or read last week, CRDF Global’s President and CEO, Cathy Campbell stepped down after 10 years of inspiring leadership. While our Board of Directors continue its search for our next President & CEO, I stepped away from my duties as Senior Vice President, to assume the role of Interim President and CEO. In this role, I intend to do all in my power — with the help of our experienced and talented staff — to reinforce what is good about our organization and identify ways that we can continue to improve and grow. This is not a time for waiting. It is a time for action.
 Global challenges do not observe changes in leadership, so as our leadership transition unfolds at CRDF Global, we will continue to address the issues that we have identified as priorities such as global health, nuclear/biological/chemical security, opportunities for women, and technological innovation that creates jobs. These and other issues are critical to the future of our societies, and are well-suited to intervention from science and innovation. 
 In Central Asia we continue to encourage careers in information technology for women. In Algeria we are pushing forward with chemical security training for the transportation industry. With Georgia’s Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, we are managing and evaluating research grant applications. We are fostering the next great generation of technology entrepreneurs in Ukraine. With funding from the U.S. Institutes of Health and the Indian Ministry of Health, we enable collaborative research programs between U.S. and Indian scientists. Yes, CRDF Global is in a time of transition, but it will not stop us from providing high-quality programs and services to the global scientific community. While the nature of our work always differs according to the specific needs of grantees and partners, the common theme binding it together is collaboration: people working together to use science and technology to solve the problems that affect us all.

John Hurley is the Interim President & CEO of CRDF Global. Throughout his career, John has worked in international programs on four continents focusing on issues ranging from education and human rights to conservation and science and engineering. Prior to coming to CRDF Global, he was Vice President for Global Security and Sustainability at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, directing the Foundation’s international grantmaking in over 60 countries. Before that, he was director of the Board on Science and Technology for International Development (BOSTID) at the National Research Council. John earned a BA from DePauw University and MA from Virginia Tech and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Originally published at on May 19, 2016.

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