David Hall is a consultant in higher and vocational education and a former senior university administrator with more than 25 years of professional experience specializing in engineering, science, and technology (S&T). He has developed many new S&T programs in developing countries, and is experienced in the start-up, funding, accreditation, and management of new university centers, and management and program development in existing universities.
He has served as Dean of Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddersfield, UK; Dean of Engineering and Information Technology (IT) at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE); and Director of the Appropriate Technology Center at Kenyatta University in Kenya.
Currently, Dr. Hall is Chief of Party for the USAID Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program in the Philippines. Prior to this he was Chief of Party for the USAID/Liberia project Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD), managed by RTI.
He has extensive experience in working with counterparts in host-country governments where he was stationed, forging partnerships among universities and between universities and private companies for specific initiatives and projects. With the University of Huddersfield, he led a regional innovation strategy in collaboration with a consortium of 13 universities. In the UAE, he was responsible for income generation, industrial links, strategic planning, and academic provision in engineering and IT.
In Kenya he led curriculum development for a master’s program in appropriate technology. He is a skilled communicator, presenter, negotiator, facilitator, and arbiter, with an inclusive and consultative approach, and sensitive to cultural aspects of communication. Dr. Hall’s success in assisting technology-based programs to get started and thrive is measured by private funding his programs have attracted.