Senior Research Economic Development Specialist
- MS, Agriculture, University of Guelph
- BS, Agriculture, McGill University
- Associate diploma, Canadian Bankers Association
Ken Smarzik serves as value chain advisor for Haiti LEVE (Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement). In a career that spans more than 40 years, he has specialized in private-sector development, particularly agribusiness, providing long-term technical assistance and short-term technical design, implementation, and assessment work.
For Haiti LEVE, Mr. Smarzik guides and shapes the strategy and technical activities that form the basis of our effort to spur private investment in Haiti’s economy. The USAID-funded project focuses on technical assistance and capacity development for the sectors of agribusiness, apparel and textiles, and construction.
Mr. Smarzik joined RTI in 2014. He began his career as an agricultural extension agent in his native Canada, and later moved overseas, working with Tetra Tech ARD, Cardno Emerging Markets, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, and other international development companies. He has previous experience in Haiti, having lived and worked there during the post-Duvalier era of 1987 to 1994, helping to establish financial institutions lending to micro, small, and medium enterprises.