Adele Waugaman is Senior Advisor, Digital Health, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). An affiliated expert and former fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, she is also a frequent commentator on technology and development trends, having appeared in news outlets including the BBC, Financial Times, New York Times, National Public Radio, and Wall Street Journal.
Previously she was founder and managing director of Catalyst Advisory, LLC, which provided strategic, technical, and advisory support to organizations using communications technologies to strengthen global health, humanitarian assistance, and global development work. Prior to that she was Senior Director of Technology Partnerships at the United Nations Foundation, where she managed a $30 million partnership with Vodafone that leveraged digital technologies to strengthen global health and humanitarian work. In that capacity she oversaw the award-winning Access to Communications publication series, including Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies. Together these reports charted how advances in digital technologies created opportunities to make aid and development work more inclusive and effective.
Her earlier work included providing strategic and communications support to technology companies as well humanitarian and human rights groups. She also has worked as a journalist and editor covering U.S. foreign policy and international affairs.