DR. RUSSELL J. DIONNE
Blue Wana Place, # 707
243 Sukhumvit 89, Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok 10260, Thailand
Mobile Thailand: (+ 66) 08 8885 3707
International management and management consulting
General and operations Management
E-commerce start-up and operations
IT and MIS experience
International logistics planning and implementation
Local government and democracy
Multidisciplinary technical experience
National scale program design and implementation
Project design and implementation
Public health, population, family planning
Rapid assessment of technical needs and key cultural considerations
Strategic and tactical planning
Turnaround of troubled projects and programs
Armenia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, Hong Kong, India,
Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia,
Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.
English (native), French (fluent), Hindi (fair),
Japanese (fair), Urdu (basic), Nepali (basic), Arabic (basic).
PhD Duke University, USA, History of Science, 1973
MA University of Southwestern Louisiana, USA, Economic History, 1967
BA Tulane University, USA, English Literature, 1963
Jan 2002-Present Independent Consultant Bangkok, Thailand
My primary client is an art brokerage firm in Los Angeles, California.
I am a business development and management consultant for the brokerage,
and for the first five months of 2007 I worked as the firm’s operations
manager implementing a reorganization plan. I undertake production
management for the brokerage. In 2002 I established the Kathmandu Art
Foundry in Nepal for the production of bronze sculpture offerings under
contract with the brokerage. I contracted with art metal foundries in
Thailand for the production of sculpture offerings, and explored jewelry
design and production possibilities in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos.
In addition to the technical and management work, my work required the
mastery of import and export realities in these South and Southeast Asian
countries, import - export finance, business registration, and government
policies and laws.
Additional clients include 1) a magazine publisher and entrepreneur in
Kathmandu, Nepal for whom I advise in many areas and serve on his board
of directors; 2) a Thai businessman and entrepreneur in Bangkok for whom
I advised on the implementation of a hydro electric power generation
project in Laos and the establishment of an energy investment bank;
3) the SD Research Center in New York, New York, in which I serve on the
Board of Directors and consult on systems development.
Aug 2000-Dec 2001 PADCO, Inc. Washington, D.C.
Position: Senior MIS-IT Advisor Location: Armenia
I was hired by PADCO to serve as Senior Resident MIS-IT Advisor
to the USAID-funded Armenia Social Transition Project. The objective
of the project was to assist Armenia in its transition from Soviet
style health, administrative, and financial systems to systems
appropriate to Armenia’s changed circumstances. My general job
functions were to develop, monitor, and update strategies for the
development of management information systems for the Government of
Armenia, Marzes, and local administrative offices to deliver health
care, social assistance, and social insurance services.
My specific job functions include the implementation of a Personal
Identification Number system for the population of Armenia, the
development of a Personified Records Keeping System for use by
all government agencies responsible for pensions, social insurance,
health insurance, family benefits, and other social assistance programs,
to introduce computer-based cost accounting and inventory control
systems for Armenia’s health programs, to design and implement electronic
data transfer systems between all levels of public health and social
service delivery offices in Armenia, and to assess and design upgrades
for Government of Armenia computer systems within the Ministry of Health,
State Health Agency (health finance), Ministry of Social Security,
Social Insurance Fund (pensions), Ministry of Justice (civil registry),
and National Statistics Service.
In addition to the IT aspects of the project’s work, I also participated
in the drafting of legislation and normative acts on data privacy and
data sharing protocols.
Aug 1999 - Aug 2000 Mediafloor, Inc. Los Angeles, California
Position: Acting General Manager Location: U.S.A.
Mediafloor was a business-to-business internet start-up company serving production
managers and service and product vendors in the media industry. Beginning in
early 1999, I served as a consultant to this company, assisting the founders
in preparing business plans and venture capital proposals. With the successful
raising of $12.5 million in initial venture capital funding in November, 1999,
I was asked to act as general manager during the start-up phase of the enterprise.
My duties included all general management and administration, office management,
and human resource aspects of the start-up, as well as various additional tasks
that were necessary in the building of a company in the fast-paced internet
I examined dozens of incubator facilities. The building in which Mediafloor
was started had recently been acquired as an expansion site by an incubator
facility company. I played a significant role in designing the wiring and
layout of the property before its renovation and Mediafloor’s occupancy.
I participated with the founders in preparing and revising venture capital
presentations to fifteen firms. In the end, the start-up was funded by three
firms, two from Silicon Valley and one from San Diego. I met regularly with
the venture firm managers on administrative and senior recruitment matters,
and prepared the initial meetings of the board of directors. I also met
regularly with our venture capital bank officers.
June 1997-July 1999 Independent Consultant U.S.A
My principal clients during this period included: 1) a public health management
and consulting firm in San Luis Obispo, California, for which I served as a
business development consultant and proposal writer in its international public
health consulting services; 2) a Hartford, Connecticut movie poster production
company and archive for which I upgraded its management, financial, production,
and inventory systems. I worked on computer-generated marketing tools and catalogs,
and productivity enhancement. I also served as a consultant in the design and
implementation of its business web site; 3) a Los Angeles, California art gallery
for which I provided technical and strategic assistance in developing art businesses
on the internet. I was asked to assist in the selection of the most appropriate
art auction software, to advise in the design of the website, and in identifying
the best firm to integrate the auction software with the website. In doing this,
my time was divided equally between the art gallery, the software development
firm, and the software integration firm.
1997 IRIS (Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector)
University of Maryland College Park, Maryland
Position: Consultant Location: Nepal
I was hired by IRIS to participate in the design of USAID / Nepal’s new women’s
economic and social empowerment program. I was selected for this strategic and
program design activity because of my prior successful work in the LOGOS Project
(see entry below) toward the empowerment of village women in Nepal (April, May).
My work with village women, recognized by IRIS and USAID/Nepal in my being hired
for program design, included the formulation of women’s groups for income
generation purposes, providing seed funds, management advice, training in
democratic decision-making and in the technical skills necessary to conduct
the projects they selected. In addition, I encouraged and assisted in the
formation of village and district level associations of women’s groups and
provided them with training in accessing what government line ministry support
was available to them (e.g., agricultural, veterinary, and forest development
services) and participating in the village and district level political processes.
By the end of the project, fifty women’s groups and three women’s group
associations were functioning in pilot villages and districts. These groups
functioned in areas of Nepal in which there were no roads, telephones, or
1994-1996 MetaMetrics, Inc. Washington, D.C.,
Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, Georgia
Position: Project Director Location: Nepal
The Local Government Strengthening (LOGOS) Project that I managed as Chief of
Party was the Local Government Strengthening component of the USAID-funded
Nepal Democratic Institutions Strengthening Program. My responsibilities
included: project management; project technical direction (development of
work plans, technical assistance, delivery strategies, local government
training strategies, village group training strategies, local resource
mobilization efforts, community self-help development activities, and
rural development activities); supervision of subcontractor personnel
assigned to field operations; and coordination for USAID/Nepal of information
on and activities of other international donor agencies working toward the
strengthening of multi-party democracy and the decentralization of local
governments in Nepal. LOGOS Project transfer of technology combined various
aspects of the disciplines of strategic planning, public policy and
administration, decentralized legal and judicial systems, public finance
and local resource mobilization, social science research, local government
information systems, training methodologies, community mobilization, and
an array of techniques for supporting the growth of political awareness,
commitment to community self-help, and for the empowerment of women and
I was the only expatriate on this $3 million project, and
supervised an office staff of twenty people and an NGO subcontractor
with forty field staff for activity implementation. As the sole expatriate,
I was responsible for meeting all USAID process requirements and reporting
mechanisms. My work plan was adopted as the model for all other
USAID/Nepal democracy program grantees (Nepali NGOs), as were my
methods of quantifying behavioral changes realized by program participants.
1990-1994 E. Petrich & Associates San Luis Obispo, California
Position: Senior Associate Locations: Egypt, USA
My work was done within and for Egypt's National Population Council and
Ministry of Health (Family Planning and Maternal-Child Care Sections)
under the umbrella of the USAID-funded Egyptian Population Project II.
I was responsible for the conceptualization, design, installation,
testing, and refinement of computerized bilingual (Arabic-English)
management information systems for health care delivery systems
integrating four thousand service delivery units with the national
centers. My work included: institutional analysis and design of
information requirements to support new or improved managerial and
program decision-making practices; the preparation of data and other
information specifications and record design; the selection and
design of computer hardware and software specifications; the selection
and design of computer hardware and software configurations; the
preparation of procurement documents; supervision of hardware and
software installation and testing; development, conduct, and
evaluation of training; and overall assessment of the quality of
the health information system.
1987-1990 DAC International Washington, D.C.
Position: Deputy Chief of Party Location: Cairo, Egypt
I was Deputy Chief of Party in the central ministry component of the
USAID-funded Egyptian Local Development II Program. This was a US$100
million/year rural and urban water and waste water infrastructure development
program. In addition to administering this ministerial-level (five
Egyptian government ministries) project, my duties included the
assessment of training needs for the management of Egypt's Local
Development II (LD II) Program as well as the conceptualization
and development of three Management Information Systems (MIS) for
the LD II Program. My project had a budget of $4 million and had
a staff of six expatriates, thirty-five Egyptians, and an Egyptian
subcontractor organization with twenty employees working on NGO
management and technical training.
1986-1987 RONCO Consulting Corporation Durham, North Carolina
Position: Senior Information Location: Middle East/
Systems Consultant North Africa
In this USAID-funded project, I conducted Health Information Systems
(HIS) needs assessments in cooperation with health ministries in Egypt,
Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, and (North) Yemen. I also
conceptualized, designed, implemented, and evaluated micro-computer
based HIS for the Ministries of Health. This was a USAID-funded PAC II
Family Planning Training Project, a project responsible for training
doctors, nurses, and paramedics in North Africa and the Middle East.
1984-1985 Microelectronics Center of North Carolina,
Research Triangle Park, N. C.
Position: Corporate Planner Location: USA
As a member of the Corporate Planning Division of the Microelectronics
Center of North Carolina (MCNC), I was responsible for the planning
and coordination of research programs among the constituent parts of
this applied research and manufacturing organization. My primary duties
included the management of institutional liaison, the development of
research programs, the development of institutional proposals, the
negotiation of research contracts, the management of research programs,
corporate planning and development, and industrial software business
development and sales.
My experience with Research Triangle Park was in working in one organization,
networking with counterparts in other organizations within the Park, and
being aware of the state and national politics of support for the technology
park and its various entities because of my responsibility for writing
Congressional testimony for the president of MCNC.
MCNC clients were either members of the Semiconductor Manufacturers’
Association or the United States Government. I wrote or edited the
research proposals and technical contents of research contracts.
Because MCNC was owned jointly by three universities, each with
their own intellectual property rules, and entered into research
contracts with private businesses and government agencies that also
had very specific rules for intellectual property ownership, I assisted
in the resolution of the complex intellectual property issues before
the research contracts were signed.
1983-1984 S.C.I. Development Corporation Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Position: Corporate Secretary Location: USA
My position in this North Carolina biomedical engineering company
grew out of consulting contracts to write research proposals, clarify
research design and protocols, identify funding sources, write business
plans, and secure research and development funds.
1979-1983 Self-Employed New York, New York
Durham, North Carolina
Position: Independent Consultant Location: USA
My consulting work focused upon research planning, research design, and
development support for electrical engineering, biomedical engineering,
and medical research. This work also included solar energy applications
research, small business development, agricultural modernization, institutional
communications, and television series development.
1977-1979 National Science Foundation Washington, D.C.
Position: Research Fellow Location: England
I was an NSF Research Fellow, concurrent with being a Visiting Research Fellow,
School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Sussex (Brighton,
England), and Adjunct Professor of History, Duke University (Durham, North Carolina).
My research, conducted in England, focused upon the international relations of
science and technology.
Positions: Faculty Member or Research Fellow at various universities
in North America, South Asia, Europe, and Japan.
Each assignment was a discrete one year activity.
During this period, I was also a research fellow for the National Endowment
for the Humanities (1974-1976) in its program on The interrelationships
between human values and science and technology. I was investigating topics
in agricultural development in Pakistan, India, and Nepal, and was also
affiliated with the University of California at Berkeley South Asia Program.
1967-1970 Duke University Durham, North Carolina
Position: Graduate Student Locations: USA, India, UK
My studies in the history of science focused upon the issues involved
in the transfer of technology in Asia. My doctoral research was on
agricultural and rural development in South Asia.
1965-1967 University of
Southwestern Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana
Position: Graduate Student Location: USA
My general studies were of world economic history. My master's research
was on the European Economic Community.
1963-1965 United States Navy
Position: Supply Officer Location: Persian Gulf/
I was the Supply Officer for the U.S. Navy's Middle East Force Flagship,
and as such was responsible for all financial and supply activities, as
well as accounting oversight, of U.S. Navy ships and shore facilities in
the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean.
1959-1963 Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana
Position: Undergraduate Student Location: USA
My initial training was in the Tulane University School of Architecture, but I
received my bachelor's degree in English Literature.