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Eric J.

Senior Vice President, International Development Division

Reading is a senior global development executive with more than 25 years of experience in all facets of international development. He specializes in governance, water and sanitation, agriculture and watershed management, economic development, energy, and political transitions. He is widely recognized as a leader in the field of international development.

Reading is responsible for more than 1,600 staff working on health, energy, governance, agriculture, and economic development programs in 45 countries.

He joined Abt Associates in 2020 from Chemonics International. In his last position there, he was executive vice president overseeing operations, including business development, project implementation, compliance, and risk management. He also led the company’s digital transformation initiatives and client engagement with USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives.

Reading has served in a number of roles in overseas assignments. He held senior management positions overseeing complex projects in the Middle East, Europe, Eurasia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.


  • Governance
  • Water and sanitation
  • Agriculture and watershed management
  • Economic development
  • Energy
  • Political transitions
  • Business development
  • Project implementation
Eric J. Reading