Pablo Maldonado Promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer 


October 27, 2021

Chevy Chase, Maryland – Creative Associates International has promoted Pablo Maldonado from Chief Operating Officer to Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, a newly formed office at the social impact company. 

Leland Kruvant, President and CEO, praised Maldonado’s 12-year success as COO and leadership that allowed Creative to develop new lines of programming and introduce groundbreaking innovations.   

“Pablo is a visionary,” Kruvant says. “He has an incredible ability to recognize and capitalize on emerging development opportunities well before anyone else – and we want to capitalize on his tremendous talent to help drive Creative’s future.”  

As the Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Maldonado will lead efforts to develop breakthrough solutions to some of the most intractable development challenges that will lead to even greater development results for our clients and beneficiaries.  He will report to the President and CEO. 

“Pablo has done it before,” Kruvant says. “Numerous times Pablo has placed Creative at the forefront of the world’s most demanding foreign policy and development challenges by offering innovative ideas that resulted in outstanding programs.”   

Most recently, Maldonado had the foresight to lead to our groundbreaking research on migration that ultimately resulted in the launch of the Center for Migration & Economic Stabilization, which has provided clients with unique insight into this challenging situation.   

“The expectation is that Pablo will be more centrally dedicated to generating new ideas and new ways to address the challenges of our beneficiaries,” Kruvant says.   

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maldonado has been with Creative for nearly 35 years. He will continue to serve on Creative’s Board of Directors.  Maldonado will be replaced as COO by Sani Daher who has more than 20 years of leadership roles in the development industry.  


About Creative Associates International 

Creative Associates International works with underserved communities by sharing expertise and experience in education, elections, economic growth, governance and transitions from conflict to peace.    

Based in Washington, D.C., Creative is a social impact company that has active projects in nearly 30 countries. Since 1977, it has worked in nearly 90 countries and on almost every continent. Recognized for its ability to work rapidly, flexibly and effectively in conflict-affected environments, Creative is committed to generating long-term sustainable solutions to complex development problems. 

Creative has grown to become one of the leaders among the U.S. private sector implementers of global development projects. Creative is minority owned and operated.   

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