David Hall is senior technical advisor for Economic Development at RTI International. He was formerly the chief of party for the USAID Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development Program. He holds a PhD from Loughborough University, UK. He has more than 30 years of professional experience specializing in engineering, science, and technology. He is experienced in industry-university collaboration as well as the creation, funding, accreditation, and management of new university programs and centers. He has served as dean of Computing and Engineering at universities in the UK and United Arab Emirates. He has also served as the director of the Appropriate Technology Center at Kenyatta University in Kenya. More recently, he was chief of party for the USAID/Liberia Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development Project. In universities, he has supervised six research PhDs, has 50 publications, and has generated or managed grant and private sector funding in excess of USD 30 million.