Cecilia Brady

Lead, Scenario Planning

Cecilia believes that better solutions emerge from diverse points of view. Collaboration and creative thinking are critical for solving complex development challenges; this was especially illustrated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2017, Cecilia has advised organizations such as the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development and the United Nations Development Programme, among others, on creating partnerships with the private sector and building staff skills necessary for effective collaboration. Cecilia spent seven years at USAID as a Senior Partnerships Advisor, focusing on local partnerships, building internal collaboration capacity, and supporting the partnership-building process at the country level. While at USAID, she advised other institutions on private sector engagement, including established and emerging bilateral donors, multiple US Government agencies, the Government of Mexico, and the African Union. Ms. Brady is fluent in Thai and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French, Indonesian, and Mandarin Chinese.


  • Certificate in Foresight (2021)
    University of Houston College of Technology, Texas, USA
  • M.A. International Relations, Emerging Markets Concentration (2004)
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, DC, USA
  • Southeast Asia Studies Summer Institute (1985)
    University of Michigan, USA
  • B.A. Government (1985)
    Oberlin College, Ohio, USA
  • Social Science Research, Language Studies (1983-84)
    Chiang Mai University, Thailand