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Message from Our CEO

Established in 1995, CRDF Global is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes safety, security, and sustainability through international development and foreign assistance missions in over 120 countries. We are a recognized leader in strategic capacity building programs that combine technical expertise with flexible, locally driven solutions across the areas of CBRNE security and nonproliferation, global health, strategic trade controls, cybersecurity, innovation, and international professional exchanges. 

This year marks CRDF Global’s 25th anniversary. Our original name, the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation for the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, reflected our initial mandate to stop the brain drain of the region’s scientists and engineers, prevent the proliferation of weapons technologies, and create mutually beneficial economic and development opportunities between U.S. and post-Soviet states.

It was a bold idea but seen as a short-term, crisis-driven response to the fall of the Soviet Union. There was little reason to believe that the organization would exist for more than a few years.​ 

 

Twenty-five years later, I am proud to say that we have surpassed those early expectations. CRDF Global has grown from its initial staff of four to nearly 200. We have extended our geographic reach beyond our early days in Eurasia — first to the Baltics, followed by the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Over the years, we have also expanded the lens of our mission to include areas beyond threat reduction — entrepreneurship, international exchanges, global health, and higher education institution-building to name a few.  

I am extremely proud of our history and what we have accomplished alongside our partners and customers, but our world today demands that we focus more on our future than our past. We continue to fight new threats to the health and safety of our communities, whether from dual-use material, food insecurity, cyber attacks and disinformation, or the global spread of infectious disease.  

Our 25-year history has taught us that there are very few short-term solutions for stanching international emerging threats. It requires innovative and consistent engagements that are mutually beneficial and sustainable. Our team is always pushing to do more. We are training and mentoring more future leaders, building deeper relationships across borders, and ensuring that new knowledge and behaviors gained through our programs exist well after they end.

To all our employees, customers, partners, and friends — thank you for your continued dedication to collaboration, science, and innovation to promote global security and stability. We are in this for the long haul and I hope you join us for decades to come.

Mike Dignam

President and CEO

 

10,000

Projects Initiated
Since 1995

$570M

Value

Delivered

86,000

Participants

Engaged

120

Countries

of  Work 

EVOLVING PERSPECTIVES FROM LEADERSHIP

 

Gerson sher, former president and ceo

cathy campbell, former president and ceo

Celebrating Natalia Artiukhovskaya

 

About Our Organization

Established in 1995, CRDF Global is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes safety, security, and sustainability through international development and foreign assistance missions in over 120 countries. We are a recognized leader in strategic capacity building programs that combine technical expertise with flexible, locally driven solutions across the areas of CBRNE security and nonproliferation, global health, strategic trade controls, cybersecurity, innovation, and international professional exchanges.