Jim Winkler

Vice President, Economic Growth Division



Jim Winkler, Ph.D., is a veteran development leader specializing in trade and investment, economic policy reform and strategic management. He oversees Creative’s work to support the private sector, create jobs, attract investment and improve livelihoods as Vice President and Senior Director of the Economic Growth Division.

Before joining Creative in 2020, Jim supervised development programs in more than 50 countries, including as a Chief of Party in Vietnam, Croatia, South Africa and West Bank and Gaza.

He started his development career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. After completing his two-year assignment and finishing his post-graduate studies, he spent 30 years at DAI. Jim currently serves as a Board Member of the Corporate Council on Africa.

He holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and M.A. in International Business from Tufts University and earned his B.S. in Business Administration at Georgetown University.

Born in Santiago, Chile, and raised in the United States, Jim is the middle child of seven children. Jim’s parents migrated from Austria and Germany to Chile and eventually to the United States.

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“I share Creative’s strong belief in supporting local-led initiatives and equipping all stakeholders with the tools to flourish and improve their communities.”

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