Brian Atkinson is a an experienced director and senior manager for innovative peacebuilding, conflict mitigation and development programs with MSI, A Tetra Tech Company and previously with Mercy Corps. He has served for over 20 years in Latin America, the Caribbean & Africa, including 14 years in Colombia. He has held a variety of regional and country-level positions leading large teams for implementation of USAID and other donor programs focused on empowering community and government stakeholders in complex and rapidly changing political and conflict contexts. Since 2015, Brian has served as Chief of Party for the Colombia Transforma program with USAID OTI, now in its third phase supporting implementation of the Peace Accord with government and community stakeholders in regions most impacted by the 50 year armed conflict. Brian holds a Master’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. He is fluent in Spanish and he currently resides in Bogota, Colombia with his family.