Melanie Bittle is the Principal Global Practice Specialist for DAI’s Agriculture and Market Systems practice under Economic Growth. She has over 20 years of experience in business and overseas economic development to include agriculture market systems/value chains and policy, PPPs, business analysis, entrepreneurship training and advising, social inclusion, and project team management. Prior to her work at DAI, Ms. Bittle served as the Chief of Party for the USAID Private Sector Driven Agriculture Growth Project in Rwanda from 2015 to 2019. Previous field experience includes technical and managerial positions for USAID-funded programs: the Guatemala Nexos Locales program; the Liberia Food and Enterprise Development (FED) program; and the Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development (ASMED) program. Prior to her work in international development, she worked for over 10 years in private sector corporate finance, financial management and analysis, and database development. She has a M.A.in International Affairs, a B.B.A in Finance, and served in the Peace Corps Nicaragua as a Small Business Development volunteer. Ms. Bittle is fluent in English and Spanish.