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Jay L. Knott

Executive Vice President & Chief Business Officer

Jay L. Knott Jay L. Knott
Jay L. Knott oversees all of the company’s business operations, including its wholly owned subsidiaries, Abt Associates-Australia and Abt Britain. He is a member of the Management Advisory Group. Knott also serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for International Development, Washington chapter (SID-W).

Before joining Abt, Knott was the USAID Mission Director in Jordan, leading one of the largest U.S. economic assistance programs in the world. During early 2010, Knott served as Acting Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs. Knott also served as USAID Mission Director in Mozambique, one of the largest U.S. assistance programs in Africa. He joined USAID in 1988 and worked in a number of leadership roles in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

Prior to joining USAID, Knott worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice focusing on the enforcement of U.S. environmental laws. He was also an attorney at the private firm Fox, Weinberg, and Bennett, where he worked on issues related to the environment and food and drug law.

Knott holds a B.A. from Yale University in Political Economy and African Studies and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Expertise/Skills

  • Capacity building
  • Program management
  • Policy analysis
  • Economic Development
  • Languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese