Luca Crudeli is a senior technical director providing technical support and backstopping to several of ACDI/VOCA’s projects in Central Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Before joining ACDI/VOCA in 2021, Luca designed, implemented, and evaluated private sector development projects for 20 years across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific for multiple donors, including USAID, the World Bank, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and the Australian Agency for International Development. Luca started his career in 2003 as an economic advisor to the president of Tanzania, gaining a deep understanding of the challenges governments face when implementing socio-economic reforms. He holds a PhD in economics and institutions from the University of Bologna (Italy) and an MS in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (United Kingdom). He is pursuing an MS in international marine science from the Heriot-Watt University (Scotland) and working to extend the use of systems thinking to sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors, known as “blue growth.” He holds certificates from the Springfield Center, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School.