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Principal Associate, International Development

James Grall serves as deputy chief of party in Bangkok, Thailand, for the USAID Clean Power Asia Program, which aims to accelerate Lower Mekong and other developing Asian countries’ transition to low emission, high-performing economies through environmentally friendly power development.
Grall has more than 20 years of international leadership and development experience, including post-conflict and political transitions, democratic reform, economic development, health, education, climate change and civil society development. He has a track record of successfully managing large, multicomponent projects, including a five-year tenure as chief of party for the highly successful USAID SERASI Program for post-conflict community development in Indonesia, implemented by IRD. Grall also served as country director and director of global operations, both for IRD, based in Indonesia.

Prior to joining Abt, Grall was the deputy chief of party for the USAID Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests program, which strengthened the capacity of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia to achieve meaningful and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry-land use sector.

While based in the U.S. with DAI, Grall undertook more than 30 short-term assignments in the field, including Southeast Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, in a wide range of technical and operational areas.


  • Conflict mitigation
  • Civil society and community-based development
  • Public/private sector partnerships and programs
  • Value-chain analysis and development
  • Economic development
  • Grants under contract
  • Languages: German (fluent), Indonesian (proficient)