John Beed – Mission Director, USAID, India

John Beed began serving as USAID’s mission director for India in July 2013, overseeing a program designed to support sustainable development led by innovation and partnership. He previously served as deputy mission director in Egypt.

Beed’s background includes serving as the counsellor for international development at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, where he was responsible for promoting U.S.-Japan global aid coordination and development collaboration in such areas as Afghanistan reconstruction, maternal and child health, and public-private partnerships.

A Senior Foreign Service Officer, Beed has served with USAID for more than 20 years in a variety of program and mission management positions. From 2006-2009, he served as USAID’s mission director in Paraguay, where he led a significant expansion of U.S. assistance and economic cooperation during a historical political transition. The expansion included two Millennium Challenge Corporation programs supporting the country’s efforts to combat corruption and spur economic growth. In Mexico City, Beed served as deputy mission director and supervisory program officer. In the Russian Federation and Egypt, he served as a private enterprise officer. In Washington, D.C., Beed was chief of USAID’s regional economic growth programs for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Beed was a legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Frank Wolf, R-Va., responsible for projects and legislative analysis related to the Federal budget, tax policy, banking, trade, commerce and transportation.

Beed has a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Tulane University and a Master’s Degree in Slavic and East European studies from Florida State University.