Mike Thayer is a senior director managing ACDI/VOCA’s Rice and Diversified Crops (RDC) Activity, funded by USAID in Bangladesh. He also serves as a technical lead on new business opportunities, including a recent successful bid for a large, complex food security project that ACDI/VOCA is implementing in Burkina Faso. Prior to joining ACDI/VOCA in 2010, Mike worked on food security projects and international exchange programs for multiple non-profit organizations and a private sector company. He holds a BA In sociology from American University and studied abroad in East Africa through the School for International Training. He also completed graduate short courses in food security and rural livelihoods at the University of London. He has received several Presidential Awards from ACDI/VOCA.