Team Lead, Securing Water for Food, Grand Challenges for Development, USAID Global Development Lab
Washington D.C. Metro Area
AAAS Fellow, Grand Challenges for development
Office of Science and Technology, USAIDSeptember 2012 – August 2014 (2 years)The Grand Challenges for Development initiative focuses on removing critical barriers to development progress and facilitates innovative approaches, particularly those based in science and technology. The initiative will encourage a wide array of solvers to focus their attention on developing sustainable, effective solutions. This approach will inspire foundations, corporations, and individuals to engage in solving these challenges. USAID is likewise committing its resources to finding solutions and scaling them.
Each Grand Challenge for Development has a different set of partners and different programmatic responses to manifest USAID’s commitment of funding toward breaking down the critical barriers. Each engages a part of the Agency with technical expertise and funding in the target area. These resources will support all of the Grand Challenges for Development, both to catalyze their creation and their ongoing role to spur collaboration and action by the global community. Funding supports external engagement/convening around these important development issues as well as the development of new methods for engaging the community of solvers and stakeholders, including prize competitions.
We have launched Saving Lives at Birth, All Children Reading, and Powering Agriculture. In December 2012 we are planning on launching Making All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development, inspired by the Open Government partnership.
Assistant Professor of Research/ WA-WASH Program Executive Officer
Florida International University Department of Environmental Health & Occupational Health and GlobalOctober 2011 – August 2012 (11 months)Miami, FL• Managed the WASH-related technical and programmatic aspects of the $28million USAID West Africa Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program from HQ.
• Worked together with the Country Director and the GLOWS director to put together the budgets of the program for HQ, the field office, and review those of 9 partner organizations (based on the USAID approved Work Plan).
• Helped manage contractual issues for WA-WASH within FIU and between FIU and WA-WASH partner organizations
• Taught WASH-related courses in the EOH department and for GLOWS
UNC-Chapel Hill Environmental MicrobiologyMay 2007 – September 2011 (4 years 5 months)Work to develop Hydrogen Sulfide water quality testing and other low cost methods/strategies for developing countries.
Research Project Manager
East Meets West Foundation2009 – 2009 (less than a year)
Ku is results and detail-oriented, strategic and from what I could see an excellent manager. Ku worked on a short-term project for EMW and though he was only in my office for six months, I could see that his team was well-coordinated, hardworking,...View
Research Project Manager
WaterSHED-Asia2009 – 2009 (less than a year)Researcher
UNC-Superfund Basic Research ProgramJune 2006 – May 2007 (1 year)Worked to develop framework for community involvement near US Superfund sites. Developed survey of community information needs.