David Stewart is the Operations Manager at the PeaceTech Lab. PeaceTech Lab works to reduce violent conflict using technology, media, and data to accelerate and scale peacebuilding efforts. Before joining the Lab, David worked in operations for microfinance institutions and humanitarian organizations in Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and Turkey.
After spending several years working in market research in Germany, David decided to join the Peace Corps to re-orient his career towards international development. David was placed in Kyrgyzstan and worked with a women’s handicraft cooperative to help improve their supply chain and quality control systems. David decided to stay in Kyrgyzstan after his time in the Peace Corps to work with the Aga Khan Development Network’s microfinance arm. Here, David worked on loan outreach programs for businesses suffering from the effects of a political revolution and a spate of violent unrest in the summer of 2010 in southern Kyrgyzstan.
After leaving Kyrgyzstan, David spent a year in Kabul, designing development programs with War Child Canada, specifically working to improve women’s access to finance and vocational training. Prior to joining PeaceTech Lab, David managed logistics and procurement of humanitarian supplies for IDPs in northern Syria, and managed overseas operations at University Research Co., a public health focused organization in Bethesda.
David has a BA in psychology from the University of Rochester and an MBA from George Washington University.