Andrea Burniske has more than 24 years of experience (including 16 years overseas) providing leadership and managing development projects as Chief of Party, Country Representative, and other leadership positions for US universities, US NGOs, the UN system, and as a technical advisor for a foreign government donor. Ms. Burniske excels in strategic leadership with national university, government and NGO teams with strategy that responds to sectoral and cross-cutting needs identified through participatory processes. She has held Chief of Party and Country Office leadership positions for more than 20 years, supervising as many as 25 staff. Ms. Burniske was embedded as COP in a Russian university for a USAID-funded business development project, and later again as program manager and head of the Russian regional office working with and through two Far Eastern Universities and the Russian Academy of Sciences. She has managed applied research grant programs, and led and facilitated research teams in collaboration with NGOs, universities, government leaders, and private sector partners in international development research to translation solutions. Besides USAID, Ms. Burniske had led projects funded by the US Department of State, the US Department of Education, the European Commission, UNICEF, Irish Aid, the World Bank, the Nike Foundation, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).