Ray Short is an international development practitioner with globally-recognized expertise in the application of innovative information and communications technologies supporting social, economic, and political development. He has served as Chief of Party and Resident Program Director for several leading international organizations in the Middle East, South Asia, and Southern and Central Africa, including for NetHope, Counterpart International, the National Democratic Institute, and Development Alternatives, Inc. He has led complex portfolios spanning multiple countries and has built partnerships with both public and private sector stakeholders, aimed at improving information and technology access for civil society organizations, refugees and IDP populations, media outlets, governments, and activists. He is the recipient of USAID's prestigious Development 2.0 Challenge Award for development of UNICEF's open-source system for child nutrition surveillance in Southern Africa.  Ray holds an advanced degree in international economic and political development from Columbia University.