Career Minister Dr. Dirk Dijkerman recently visited Fort Leavenworth as part of a Simons Center special speakers program. Dijkerman is a retired U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Career Minister with a vast amount of experience in the agency, most notably serving as the Executive Coordinator for the U.S. Ebola Task Force in 2014-2015.
While at Fort Leavenworth, Dijkerman attended various elective courses at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, discussing the various interagency and international challenges and the methods he used to successfully address them. He also spoke at Park University in Parkville, Missouri.
Dijkerman also attended one of the Simons Center’s InterAgency Brown-Bag Lectures, where Mr. Patrick J. Wesner, the Command and General Staff College Distinguished Chair for Development Studies, led a discussion on the roles and missions of USAID. Dijkerman contributed to Wesner’s presentation, speaking about his experience at USAID, particularly about his experience on the U.S. Ebola Task Force.