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John Yates, Chief Information Officer, Information and Technology

"What I really appreciate about working at Chemonics is that we have a group of very dedicated, energetic professionals. It's a group of people who I think keeps me at the top of my game and challenges me. And when you look at the work that we do and the results that we get, we all feel inspired by this."

As chief information officer, Mr. Yates is responsible for IT strategy, planning, investment, and implementation. Throughout his career, he has worked in either international development or information technology. Before becoming chief information officer, he spent nearly 15 years as a long-term advisor on USAID projects in the roles of IT advisor, component leader, and chief of party. He has consistently taken on roles with increasing levels of responsibility and advised senior government officials in public financial management and IT systems. Highlights of his work include implementing a comprehensive tax information system in Armenia, supporting the rollout of value-added tax in Serbia, introducing e-government systems in Georgia, managing the procurement of multi-million-dollar IT systems in Egypt, and reforming the collection of social contributions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously as a home-office director, he provided technical leadership in public finance and wrote Chemonics’ successful proposal for USAID’s Public Financial Management indefinite quantity contract. Mr. Yates holds master’s degrees in international economics and computer systems management.


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