Press Release: DevGlobal Selects Io Blair-Freese as Chief Executive Officer

DevGlobal, a leader in data and innovation services for social impact, is proud to announce Io Blair-Freese as our Chief Executive Officer. Io is the first CEO of DevGlobal, succeeding founder Matt Manning who will continue to advise the partnership.   

Under Io’s leadership, DevGlobal will accelerate our commitments to democratizing cutting-edge technologies and connecting often siloed communities. Her experience funding digital public goods at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gives her a unique perspective on scaling with impact. Io joined DevGlobal in July 2022 to strengthen our strategy and grow our partnerships and has seen firsthand what the team can accomplish, whether delivering accessible machine learning models or convening leaders with a bias for action.

“I wholeheartedly believe this decision is the best move for DevGlobal,” said Matt Manning. “With Io on board, our collective impact has no limits. She brings an intimate understanding of our clients and the challenges they face day to day, as well as how to creatively collaborate to move the needle. It’s an exciting new era for our partnership.”

With impressive growth year over year, DevGlobal is poised to continue its impact trajectory alongside our clients across the public and private sectors. Io takes the helm as DevGlobal is gaining even more traction across our global health, geospatial, agriculture, and events practices. This integrated services model is what drew Io to DevGlobal, and her vision to further champion local experts is the anchor of DevGlobal’s partnership model.   

“It’s an exciting time to lead such innovative, talented experts. DevGlobal, DevAfrique, and DevIndia are forging a new model that centers in-country leadership and puts the last mile first,” said Io Blair-Freese. “These are the approaches that will deliver for our clients’ missions and continue to bring together the best minds to solve the most pressing challenges.”

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