Chair, International Development Concentration, Master of Science in Foreign Service
Visiting Professor, School of Foreign Service
Dr. Michael Morfit has nearly four decades of experience in international development, having served with a wide range of academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, grant-making foundations, for-profit consulting firms, and the U.S. Government. He is currently entering his fifth year as Chair of the International Development Concentration in the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program.
As a commissioned Foreign Service Officer with USAID, Dr. Morfit conceived and developed the multi-billion dollar Multilateral Assistance Initiative to support the Aquino administration after the ‘People Power Revolution’ in the Philippines. At USAID, he also served as the Director of the Office of Strategic Planning, Officer-in-Charge for Central and Eastern Europe, Director of the Office of Caribbean Affairs and the Director of the Haiti Task Force.
For nearly a decade, Dr. Morfit was Vice President of Development Alternatives, Inc., a large U.S.-based for-profit consulting firm, where he launched the democracy and governance practice, overseeing its growth in annual revenues from $3 million to $25 million.
Dr. Morfit has particularly extensive experience in Indonesia, having worked there for eight years, first with the Ford Foundation and later with USAID. In 2007, he was commissioned by the Office of the President in Jakarta to complete an analysis of the Helsinki negotiations that resulted in the resolution of the long-running violent conflict in Aceh. He has also consulted with the Government of Indonesia on developing strategies for public engagement to combat corruption.
More recently, Dr. Morfit advised local governments and the Ministries of Defense and the Interior in the Republic of Serbia on the reform of the legal and regulatory framework for managing humanitarian crises. His current research is focused on risk management in development projects: how to identify, assess and manage risks in promoting social and economic change.