Mr. King leads international research and development project management for the Conflict and Development Foundation. He works to understand the nexus of conflict and development by studying issues related to agricultural development, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, and socio-economic disparities. The Conflict and Development Foundation and Mr. King are currently engaged with programs in Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Ghana.
Mr. King’s international career began at Georgetown University where his academic programs included work in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Yemen, and Kuwait. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University with a concentration in International Economics. While pursuing his MBA at Texas A&M University he interned for Halliburton/KBR on the US Army’s LOGCAP III contract in Kuwait. He joined the Borlaug Institute at Texas A&M University in 2004 and served as international business manager, chief of staff, regional director for Africa, and associate director. He provided coordination of Borlaug Institute operations and leadership for strategic initiatives of the Institute.
Mr. King is a scholar in the areas of institutional innovation, stability operations and market systems for agricultural development. He explores the necessary frameworks to create enabling environments for productive agricultural development. Such tools involve targeted investment policies, institutional partnerships, institutional strengthening, human capital development, and policies that are devoted to agricultural science. His doctoral research involved developing frameworks for intellectual property institutional innovations for broad-based agricultural development.
Mr. King serves on the board of directors of the Norman Borlaug Foundation, a non-profit committed to the legacy of Dr. Borlaug by supporting international agriculture research.