Washington, D.C. – Today, Futures Group announced that Ruth R. Berg, Ph.D., will return to the company in February as Vice President of Strategic Growth Initiatives. In this role, Dr. Berg will be responsible for Futures Group’s efforts to pursue and penetrate new and emerging markets. Dr. Berg will report to Chief Operating Officer Ed Abel, and she will serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Berg back at Futures Group to lead strategic business growth initiatives,” said CEO Chris LeGrand. “She brings a superb combination of business development, management, and technical skills, and a proven track record of success. With our recent merger with GRM International, Futures Group is now equipped to aggressively compete for a wide range of development projects providing innovative solutions for a better world. Dr. Berg will help us take advantage of this opportunity.”
“Dr. Berg will drive Futures Group’s diversification and contribute to the company’s growth,” added Chief Operating Officer Ed Abel. “She will help us build on our expertise predicting future health and development trends, uncovering barriers to well-being, and forging on-the-ground partnerships to ensure lasting change. She has a wealth of experience engaging the private sector in effective and efficient development solutions – a crucial skill in the current economic environment.”
Dr. Berg has more than twenty years of professional experience in international health with an emphasis in private sector strategies, policy, and evaluation. She has worked in more than 20 countries spanning Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
“I am pleased to be returning to Futures Group to lead strategic growth initiatives,” said Dr. Berg. “With the merger with GRM International, the company is well-positioned to meet the growing needs of its partners and the people we serve. I look forward to leveraging the substantial talent at Futures and GRM to reach more people in need around the world.”
Dr. Berg joins Futures Group from Abt Associates, where she led the establishment of the company’s international private sector health practice and the development of its evaluation business strategy in international health. She served as a Senior Advisor to the USAID-funded Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Project, Co-Director of Abt’s Evaluation Center, and Senior Evaluation Advisor to the DFID-funded Partnership for Transforming Health Systems Phase II Project. Previously, she served as the Project Director for the $95 million SHOPS Project, Project Director for the $60 million USAID-funded Private Sector Partnerships-One Project, Abt’s Indefinite Quantity Contracts Director for the USAID-funded Private Sector Program, and Research Director for the USAID-funded Commercial Market Strategies Project. She also served as an Abt Fellow from 2008 to 2010.
Prior to joining Abt Associates, Dr. Berg worked for seven years at Futures Group as Research Director for the Social Marketing for Change Project, Senior Associate on the Policy Project, Evaluation Specialist on the Evaluation Project, and Country Manager on the OPTIONS II Project.
Dr. Berg holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology and Demography from The University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from The University of California at Davis.
About Futures Group
Futures Group, the global consulting firm, helps to protect and promote people’s well-being around the world. For 40 years, Futures Group has created lasting solutions to some of the most pressing public health challenges facing nations. For more information, please visit www.futuresgroup.com, www.facebook.com/FuturesGroup, and www.twitter.com/FuturesGroupGbl.
About GRM International
GRM International is a leading international development management company specializing in the provision of project design, management expertise and technical assistance to development projects for bilateral and multilateral funding agencies, governments and corporations. For more than 45 years, GRM has been bringing expertise in managing large-scale projects, and sourcing and managing high quality experts covering all disciplinary skills required to implement development projects. For more information, visit www.grminternational.com.
Jennifer Peterson, Futures Group