Chief, Applied Innovation & Acceleration
USAID Global Development Lab
United States Agency for International Development
Alexis Bonnell is the Division Chief of Applied Innovation and Acceleration in the U.S. Global Development Lab of USAID. Alexis has developed and delivered over a billion dollar of humanitarian and development programming in over 25 conflict, post-conflict, and emergency countries, in almost every sector from education to stabilization, for more than 30 International Bi-lateral donors, 10 UN agencies, the military, and private sector. She has held positions with every side of development including: implementers, donors, policy makers, and beneficiaries and is proud of her “360 degrees” of development experience. Her more than 20 years of experience in management and communications has provided her incredible opportunities to work on/with: Wall Street, “Dot.coms”, Middle East Peace Plan, Afghan and Iraq Elections, Global emergency response coordination and major logistics operations. Her current focus is how to leverage science, technology, innovation, and partnership for great development outcomes. Alexis is the founding visionary behind the Global Innovation Exchange. Alexis brings passionate leadership to leveraging the private sector, entrepreneurial ecosystems, impact investing and believes in driving a “voracious appetite for excellence and evolution” in international development at USAID.