Beeck Collaborator, Associate Professor of the Practice, GHD

Holly Wise

Holly Wise is an Associate Professor in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Global Human Development Program. There she teaches graduate-level courses on policy and practice in global development, social enterprise, innovation, and enterprise development and leads the Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellows Program.

Ms. Wise also serves as a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a senior fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, and served as a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2006-2011). She sits on the boards of FHI 360, WRAP, GlobalGiving, LivingGoods, and Grassroots Business Partners. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Through her consultancy practice, Wise Solutions LLC, she has delivered international development, corporate social responsibility, public-private alliance, and business development expertise to corporations, foundations and non-profits.

Holly Wise spent 26 years in the Foreign Service with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), achieving the diplomatic rank of Minister Counselor. She is the founder and first Secretariat Director of the Global Development Alliance, USAID’s business model that forges strategic alliances between public and private partners in addressing international development issues. Under her leadership 300 alliances were formed with $1.1 billion in USAID funding. In addition to overseas tours in Uganda, Kenya, Barbados, the Philippines and China, Ms. Wise served as USAID chair at the National Defense University where she taught political science, environmental courses, and published research on China.

Ms. Wise is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College and holds advanced degrees from Yale University and the National Defense University.

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