Academy for Educational Development

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The Academy for Educational Development (AED)

"Founded in 1961, AED is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to solving critical social problems and building the capacity of individuals, communities, and institutions to become more self-sufficient. AED works in all the major areas of human development, with a focus on improving education, health, and economic opportunities for the least advantaged in the United States and developing countries throughout the world." [1]

Board of Directors

  • Edward W. Russell - Chairman of the Board, Former Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Roberta N. Clarke - Vice Chairman of the Board, Associate Professor and former Chair, Department of Marketing, School of Management, Boston University
  • Stephen F. Moseley - President and Chief Executive Officer,
  • Robert O. Anderson - Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Richfield Company
  • J. Brian Atwood - Dean, Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs, University of Minnesota;former Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Sarah Carey - Partner, Squires, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.
  • Harriet Mayor Fulbright - Former Executive Director, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities; Former Executive Director, Fulbright Association
  • Frederick S. Humphries - Regent Professor, Florida A&M University; Former President, Florida A&M University
  • Fredrick J. Iseman - Chairman and Managing Partner, Caxton-Iseman Capital, Inc.
  • Walter F. Leavell - Health Advisor, former President, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Sheila Avrin McLean - Strategy Consultant; Former President and CEO, Boyden World Corporation; Former President, Association of Executive Search Consultants
  • Rita M. Rodriguez - International Finance Writer, Researcher, and Advisor; Former Member of the Board of Directors, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Adel Safty - Founder of the UNESCO Leadership Chair and President of the Global Leadership Forum; Distinguished Visiting Professor and Special Advisor to the Rector, The Siberian Academy of Public Administration, Russia
  • Alfred Sommer - Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • Niara Sudarkasa - Scholar in Residence, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center; Former President, Lincoln University


AED Center for Global Health Communication and Marketing

"The AED Center for Global Health Communication and Marketing (CGHCM) is dedicated to bringing about positive changes in the actions of individuals, communities, and institutions that will improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations around the world. The Center, part of AED's Global Health, Population, and Nutrition Group, employs more than 75 staff and manages more than 20 international health projects. These have been funded by a range of clients, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the World Bank, Department for International Development (DFID), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and others." [1]


NetMark is a corporate and government funded project of the Academy for Educational Development. According to its website, "The NetMark project is dedicated to reducing malaria in Africa by building commercial markets for insecticide-treated bed nets. ... Since 1999, NetMark has joined forces in eight African countries with more than 40 commercial partners-including four of the world’s largest suppliers of ITNs and over 30 African manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors-to ensure that affordable ITNs are available to all socio-economic groups. ... NetMark is a true cross-sector partnership: in addition to the $30 million USAID has invested to date in NetMark, the private sector has contributed $16.8 million." [2]


Accessed November 2008: [2]



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. History, AED, accessed November 17, 2008.
  2. Experts, AED, accessed November 17, 2008.