Brian McCotter is a strategic communications and project management expert with over 15 years of experience leading institutional and organizational change, conducting communication strategy design, development, and execution, as well as undertaking a wide variety of stakeholder mapping, analysis, and outreach campaigns. Working extensively in the areas of corporate communications and marketing, political risk management, and external communications, Mr. McCotter has undertaken a diversity of USAID, World Bank, and donor-funded projects. He has met with continued success in a wide variety of challenging cultural, political, and business environments including post-conflict zones. He also possesses a wide-ranging background in managing institutional and training needs assessments, and crafting and delivering capacity building programs as well as facilitation in a wide variety of sectors including: stakeholder research and participation, business communications, public relations, advocacy, and political risk. Prior to working in international development, he worked for the Promotions Department of Time Inc. in New York City overseeing a graphic design team for the marketing of magazines/publications. Mr. McCotter is a founder Member and Corporate Secretary for Partners for International Development, an Emory University/Atlanta-based NGO implementing USAID-funded programs in health sector reform in Tbilisi, Georgia (2003-present).
Sector Focus: Democracy and Governance, Economic Growth and Trade, Energy and Environment, Water and Sanitation, Public Health, and Pandemic Influenza and Emerging Threats.
Technical areas: Strategic Communications, Project Design and Management, Stakeholder Outreach and Awareness, Institutional Development and Capacity Building, Behavior Change Communications, Civic Education and Community Development, Political Risk Management, Advocacy, and, Social Marketing.
Recent favorite accomplishment: “Conducting a focus group under a massive baobab tree in Awiel West in Northern Bahr el Ghazal (South Sudan) to field test a civic education tool I drafted and designed for payam and boma officials with limited experience and literacy.”
Geographic Emphasis: Sub-Saharan Africa, Former-Soviet Union and the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa, and Asia (SE, Central and South).