MSI President Emeritus Elected to Lead SID-International

MSI President Emeritus, Larry Cooley, is taking on a new challenge as President of the Society for International Development (SID).

IMG_1705_web GOMSI President Emeritus, Larry Cooley, is taking on a new challenge as President of the Society for International Development (SID).

SID members form a global network of international development practitioners, scholars and policymakers spanning 17 chapters, the largest of which is located in Washington, D.C. (SID-W). Since 1957, SID has facilitated the open exchange of ideas and innovations across the development community, driving dialogue around issues like environmental sustainability, gender equity and global partnerships. MSI and its parent company, Tetra Tech, have long been active members of the SID community.

In the coming years, Cooley believes SID-International will play an increasingly important role as a platform for collaboration and discussion. “In these turbulent and challenging times, we need more than ever a venue for civil discourse, honest debate, and constructive engagement about our common future,” said Cooley. “That has been SID’s contribution to the development discourse for 60 years and the role I hope we can continue to play in helping to shape and advance a global conversation about issues like globalization and protectionism, inequality, financing for development, and global climate change.”

Cooley steps into his new role after 13 years of service in various SID leadership positions, including seven years on the board of SID-W and six years on the Governing Council of SID-International. Cooley takes over from Ambassador Juma Volter Mwapachu of Tanzania who served as President of the Society from 2011, and whose exemplary leadership is deeply appreciated.

Previous SID presidents include former U.N. Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and Mahbub ul-Haq, renowned economist and creator of the human development approach.