Denise Wales specializes in the design and delivery of democracy and governance programs in fragile and conflict-affected areas.  She is dedicated to addressing issues of social inclusion and empowering under-recognized and underestimated actors to foster peaceful, just, and sustainable societies. Denise has held management roles at both the headquarters and field levels for non-profit and for-profit implementers such as: DAI; International Relief and Development; Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; and the International Foundation for Election Systems. She has worked in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe and served long-term assignments in Afghanistan, Indonesia, and Kosovo. She started her career in international development as US Peace Corps Volunteer serving in the Slovak Republic.

Currently, Denise works as an independent consultant and is affiliated with GameChangers 360, LLC, a women-owned social enterprise, and Steve Kroll and Associates, LLC, a small business consulting firm. She is also a trainer for Humentum, conducting workshops on USAID rules and regulations and financial management.