May 28-30, 2024

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May 28-30, 2024

Dina Esposito

Global Food Crisis Coordinator



Dina Esposito is the United States Agency for International Development Global Food Crisis Coordinator and Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security. In this capacity she also serves as the Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s food security initiative.

In response to the global food security crisis exacerbated by Putin’s war in Ukraine, Feed the Future rapidly accelerated high-impact activities to offset rising fuel and fertilizer prices, helping farmers with improved seed and agronomic practices. Previously, Dina served as the Vice President for Technical Leadership at Mercy Corps, leading strategy, program design, and technical support for Mercy Corps’ global vision for country teams in more than 40 countries.

Before joining Mercy Corps, Dina was the Director of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace where she oversaw the Agency’s then $2.8 billion relief and development food assistance portfolio, providing strategic direction for the delivery of life-saving food assistance globally, including in Syria, Yemen, Somalia and the Sahel. She also served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian response overseeing Sudan, South Sudan, the 2015 El Nino agency-wide drought response, and the food assistance portfolio.

Throughout her career Dina has focused on the challenges of delivering relief and development assistance in fragile and conflict-affected states and worked to advance collective action and multi-disciplinary solutions to complex challenges.