Regional Mission Director USAID Central Asia
Lawrence Hardy II began his assignment as Regional Mission Director for USAID/Central Asia in September 2021. He holds the rank of Career Minister in the Senior Foreign Service. Prior to this assignment, he was the Regional Mission Director to the Philippines, 12 Pacific Islands, and Mongolia where he was assigned in September 2017. With more than 28 years of USAID development experience, he has served tours in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, South Asia, as well as in South America. Prior to assuming his position based in Manila, he served in Washington as the Agency’s Senior Deputy Chief Information Officer as well as the Agency’s Director for Human Resources for USAID’s global workforce of more than 10,000 development professionals. Mr. Hardy was a Management Consultant for a boutique, California-based private sector firm, before he joined USAID, that developed economic diversification strategies for Asia Pacific Rim countries that spanned from Japan to Indonesia. Mr. Hardy received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of California/Berkeley’s Haas School of Business as well as his Bachelors of Arts degree from Harvard University. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, French, and Arabic.