David Spiro

Senior Director, Learning, Energy, and Environment for Development


  • MA, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • BA, Colby College

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As director of international strategy and initiatives for Asia, David Spiro focuses on long-term growth and diversification of RTI’s regional presence and portfolio, while also supporting the further development, coordination, and integration of broader international growth initiatives. He works to leverage our international presence, share knowledge, engage our global research staff, and further develop our business practices and operational processes to meet the needs of increasingly diverse clients.

From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Spiro served as RTI’s Asia Regional Office Director, based in Indonesia. He provided overall leadership and management of the corporate operations team, serving a US$300 million portfolio of programs. In this role, he represented RTI regionally in all aspects of program development and expansion in the Asia region. He was responsible for working with home office and other internal stakeholders to formulate strategy, develop opportunities, and lead proposals.

Mr. Spiro is an career professional in international development who has worked as country director in Indonesia for RTI and in Nepal for Helen Keller International. In these roles, he created and drove country strategies to develop programs in evidenced-based research, governance, and policy while leading partner development, financial management, and fund-raising activities. He recently relocated to the United States after 13 years living and working abroad.