James A. Bever, formerly the Director of the Independent Office of Afghanistan-Pakistan Affairs for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was sworn in today as the Director of the Agency’s Mission to Egypt.
“This is a key time for our mission in Egypt,” said USAID’s Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. “Our relationship with Egypt is an important one so we are sending one of our most talented leaders to oversee this program.
Bever holds the rank of Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service, and has extensive experience in international development in the Islamic belt of the Middle East, North Africa/Sahel, South Asia and East Asia.
Previously, Bever served as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East, providing leadership for $2.5 billion in U.S. assistance to the Middle East and North Africa where he lead the reconstruction efforts in Iraq.
Bever has volunteered to work in some of USAID’s most challenging assignments. He served as the Division Chief for Energy in Islamabad, Program Director, USAID/Jakarta; Deputy Mission Director in India. This will be Bever’s third posting as Mission Director. He has previously served as Mission Director in Afghanistan and West Bank/Gaza. In his recent capacity of Director of the Independent Office of Afghanistan-Pakistan Affairs, Bever was responsible for more that $5 billion of U.S. assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan
He also served as the Director for Energy, Environment and Urban Development, Bureau for Europe and New Independent States and the Director of USAID’s Office of South Asian Affairs.
Bever received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Cornell University and earned a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.