- May 5-6, 2017. IGD Frontier 100 Forum, Durban, South Africa
- May 3-5, 2017. World Economic Forum on Africa, Durban, South Africa
- March 20-24, 2017. Land and Poverty Conference 2017: Responsible Land Governance—Towards an Evidence-Based Approach
- September 26, 2016. Trade, FDI, and Global Value Chains. The World Bank, Washington, D.C.
- September 21-22, 2016. "Global Symposium on Innovative Financial Inclusion: Harnessing Innovation for Inclusive Finance,” Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
- February 1 - 10th Biannial U.S.-Africa Business Summit 2016 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- November 2 - African Economic Conference - Kinshasa, DRC
- October 19 - New Perspectives for Closing Africa's Infrastructure Gap - Washington, D.C.
- October 9 - World Bank Annual Meetings - Lima, Peru
- July 13 - Financing For Development - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- October 2014 Empowering Africa's Future Event
- 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Information
- June 17 - Engaging African Smallholder Farmers in Public-Private Partnerships
- October 21 - Partnership/AGRA/Syngenta/TechnoServe/New Market Labs Panel Discussion on Opportunities for Accelerating Public-Private Partnerships in Africa: Agriculture, Business Development & Infrastructure
- October 16 - Partnership/AGRA/Syngenta Half-Day Symposium on Developing Strong Public-Private Sector Partnership in African Agriculture, Food Security & Nutrition
Frank Young is a veteran of the Senior Foreign Service Officer with extensive overseas experience in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. His last position was with USAID’s Bureau for Africa as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator from April, 2004-May 2005. He joined Abt Associates as Practice Manager for Agriculture in January 2006 and later served as VP Strategic Planning, specializing in economic growth markets and Sub-Saharan Africa.
From 2002-2004, Dr. Young served as a Visiting Professor at the National War College. From 1998 to 2002, he was USAID’s Mission Director in Ghana, managing a $400 million portfolio, and was one of the architects of the West Africa Gas Pipeline, a $500 million project that brings flared gas from Nigeria to power plants along the Gulf of Guinea coast. While in Ghana he also helped initiate the first national anti-corruption coalition involving both local civil society organizations and major donors. Under his leadership, the USAID Mission provided substantial funding and logistical support for the country’s 2000 Presidential elections that witnessed the first civilian transfer of power from one elected leader to another. When the government of President John Kuffour took office in 2001, Dr. Young and his staff provided critical transition assistance to the President and his senior staff.
Other field positions included Bangladesh, where he was Deputy Mission Director from 1992-1994 and Program Officer from 1988-1994. Dr. Young’s tenure there coincided with historic flood and cyclone disasters and he served as the Mission’s disaster relief officer during these crises. He helped organize the massive Operation Sea Angel in May 2001, which witnessed 8000 US military personnel participate in the Bangladesh cyclone relief effort and designed the first domestic disaster response project to increase Bangladeshi government capacity to respond to these crises. From 1981-1984, Dr. Young served in India where he helped design the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) program which is still operating today, and designed and oversaw the PL 480 supported Anand oilseeds development program in Gujarat state with Dr. V.V. Kurien’s National Dairy Development Board.
Dr. Young’s assignments in USAID/Washington included a series of top management posts. These included Director of the Office of Operations and Resource Allocation for Asia/Near East Affairs where he directed budgeting and program operations for the Agency’s largest geographic bureau, and the Director of the Office of Management Planning in the USAID Bureau for Management where he headed a task force on procurement systems reform in the late 1990’s. Dr. Young is a three-time recipient of the USAID Superior Honor Award and upon retirement received the Agency’s Distinguished Career Service Award. Prior to coming to USAID, Dr. Young was a legislative assistant to Congressman John J. McFall (D-Calif.) from 1972-1976. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations (University of the Pacific) and MA and a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is also a distinguished graduate of the National War College, receiving an MS degree in National Security Studies in 1997. He continues to lecture at the National War College on African economic issues and provides orientation training to US Special Forces personnel going to Africa as part of the Trans-Sahel Counterterrorism Initiative.