The Society for International Development welcomes Larry Cooley as its new President

The SID Secretariat is pleased to announce that Larry Cooley has been elected President of the SID International Governing Council.

Larry Cooley founded MSI, now a part of Tetra Tech, in 1981 and served as its President until March 2015. Mr. Cooley is a specialist in strategic management, public sector performance and organizational development. He has served as an advisor to cabinet officials in a wide range of federal agencies and in more than a dozen countries. In addition to his new role in SID, he serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration, Elma Philanthropies, and World Learning; curates a global community of practice on scaling up development outcomes; and serves on the Advisory Boards of Millions Learning and Georgetown University’s program in Democracy and Governance.

In the coming years, Mr. Cooley believes that SID 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.”

Mr. Cooley steps into his new role after 13 years of service in various SID leadership positions, including seven years on the board of SID Washington Chapter and six years on the Governing Council of SID International. He 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.

Mr. Cooley holds a master’s in Economics from Columbia University, an MPA in Public Policy from Princeton, and an M.Phil. in Management from the UK’s Cranfield School of Management.

About SID

The Society for International Development (SID) is an international network of individuals and organizations with an interest in people-centered development policy, governance, research and dialogue. Since its creation in 1957, SID has consistently been at the forefront of reappraising prevalent development ideas and has confronted the theory and practice of development, challenging existing practices and suggesting alternative approaches. Over the years, three values have been – and remain – at the core of the Society’s work – respect for diversity, participation and equity, all framed in the overall context of human rights. The SID International Secretariat has offices in Rome, Italy and Nairobi, Kenya.

For further information, please contact the SID secretariat:

Mr. Stefano Prato, Managing Director | Tel: +39 06 4872172 | Email: