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Hallam Ferguson

RAFDI Working Group Member; Former Public Policy Fellow

Professional affiliation

Vice President for Global Operations, International Republican Institute


  • Democracy
  • Governance
  • Human Rights
  • International Development
  • Middle East and North Africa

Wilson Center Projects

Development Reimagined: The Private Sector as Driver of Foreign Aid

Full Biography

Hallam Ferguson is Vice President for Global Operations at the International Republican Institute (IRI). He was a Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Center. Previously he served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2017 to 2021. While at USAID, Ferguson managed the Middle East Bureau and led the effort to help religious minorities in Iraq and Syria recover from the ISIS genocide. Prior to joining USAID, Ferguson worked at the International Republican Institute from 2004 to 2017, conducting democracy and governance programming throughout the Middle East. While with IRI, Ferguson lived and worked in Afghanistan and Iraq, managed programs in closed societies, and finished his time there as the Director for the Middle East and North Africa. Ferguson holds a B.A. from Colby College and an M.A. from Georgetown University.