(Photo: Kesi A. Gardner)
Director of Business Development
and International Programs
Eric Lundgren is the director of business development and international programs at Africare where he manages a portfolio of international initiatives and works closely with our African country offices. Prior to joining the DC headquarters team, Mr. Lundgren was the Africare country director in Mozambique from July 2010 until December 2012. He has over 15 years of experience managing development projects and organizations, with experience in a broad range of sectors and geographic areas. During his time as country director in Mozambique, he led an expansion in programming that increased annual revenue from $1.3M per year to $3.2M per year and increased the total value under contract from $3.1M to $10.4M. Significantly, he led Africare’s engagement with the private sector, securing funding from non-traditional donors to dramatically diversify the Africare Mozambique portfolio. At the same time, he led a successful upgrade of administrative and financial systems.
Prior to joining Africare, Mr. Lundgren worked on the environment and social assessment team at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). In his four years there, Mr. Lundgren held positions as an intern, program officer, senior program officer, and associate director, and won numerous awards for his work. At the time of his departure, he was responsible for managing the environmental and social impacts for $1.3 billion worth of investments in sectors as diverse as infrastructure (roads, energy, water and sanitation, port rehabilitation, etc.), agriculture and natural resource management, property regularization, and improving financial services for poor households. During his tenure with MCC, Mr. Lundgren worked on programs in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Namibia, Cape Verde, and Tanzania, and also served on multiple working-groups, receiving particular attention for his inputs to defining how MCC should design and implement resettlement projects and how environmental and social issues should be incorporated in large works procurements.
Before joining MCC, Mr. Lundgren held various positions with the adventure company Sail Caribbean, where he was ultimately the Founder and Director of Sail Caribbean’s environmental conservation and education program in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). In this position, Mr. Lundgren was responsible for the design and implementation of environmental conservation projects to be implemented by Sail Caribbean’s students, as well as general program management activities.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Lundgren was the associate director of Proyecto Camino Seguro, a non-profit education program for children living in the garbage dump community in Guatemala City. He was responsible for all aspects of the day to day management of the program, and worked with the founder to improve programming by designing and implementing incentive-based programs for parents, the community, and students. Mr. Lundgren also spearheaded the founding of their vocational education program and affiliated orphanage.
Mr. Lundgren holds a master’s in public policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, where he studied international and development economic policy and was the 2006-2007 Whittington Scholar, and a bachelor’s Degree in economics from Princeton University. He was born and raised in New Jersey, is a passionate climber, and is happily married to his wife, Sarah.