Lecture by Mark Andrew Meassick

Event Date
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - 1:00pm
Event Info

The Department of History has  invited Mark Meassick to give a public lecture at the one of the Department's lunch time seminars. The lecture is titled:

'Reflecting on the challenges of Uganda's development'

The lecture will be presented on the 22nd November from 1:00pm to 2:30 PM in the School of Liberal and Performing Arts Lower Lecture Theatre.

Mark Andrew Meassick was sworn in as Mission Director to Uganda on July 26, 2016. He has worked for USAID in various capacities since 2005, most recently as the USAID Uganda Deputy Mission Director.

USAID's Uganda program is among the largest in sub-Saharan Africa and includes projects to support each of the U.S. mission's foreign policy objectives in peace and security, governing justly and democratically, health and education and economic growth.

A Senior Foreign Service Officer, Mark joined USAID/Afghanistan in 2005, where he created new programs for rural finance and small and medium enterprise development, the two largest such USAID programs in the world at the time.  In late 2006, he went to Juba, Southern Sudan to open the USAID Mission Program Office after a decade of closure. He later became the first Supervisory Program Officer to be based in Khartoum with a staff of one, supporting an $800 million program.  In September 2008, he became the Supervisory Program Officer for USAID Kenya’s $480M program, and in 2013 assumed the position of USAID Uganda Deputy Mission Director.

Mark started his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland and served as a contractor for USAID in Lesotho in 1986-87. For the next 17 years he worked in Latin America, first co-founding an NGO in Nicaragua focused on capacity building in community empowerment, leadership training and gender equity,and then working for the Organization of American States (OAS) in the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) from 1993-2005.  In his time with the OAS, he carried out policy work on rural development and poverty reduction throughout the Americas.

Mark was born in Charlotte, North Carolina.   He received his BA from Wake Forest University, and earned an MBA and MEd from University of Massachusett-Amherst. He is fluent in Spanish.

Event Venue
School of Liberal and Performing Arts Lower Lecture Theatre
Category by Unit
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Charlotte Karungi ckarungi@chuss.mak.ac.ug