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Greg Stephenson

Greg Stephenson

President and Founder at Five Stans Adventures

Washington D.C. Metro Area
International Trade and Development
  1. United States Agency for International Development,
  2. Central Asia Development Group (CADG),
  3. Blue Law International
  1. California State University-Long Beach

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A results-driven, motivated, and innovative civil society specialist and director with a 12-year track record of providing knowledge, reliability, dedication, and expertise achieving program objectives and goals. Consistently delivers program outcomes that adhere to its stated goals. Recognized for the exceptional ability to provide insight into strategic planning and program design; monitor and assess objectives and goals throughout the program’s duration; and provide innovative ideas and suggestions to circumvent all obstacles. Acknowledged for the skill to read and understand budget/accounting procedures and submit suggestions for improvement. Proven multi-cultural communication skills that establish and maintain frequent and reliable contact with donors, embassies, government agencies, NGOs, and host-country nationals to enhance funding and search for collaborative opportunities. Familiarity with food distribution programs. Highly competent working in team-oriented environments or independently.

Specialties:Knowledge of various civil society applications * USAID, U.S. State Department, European Commission proposal/funding procedures * Generating proposal-ready text * Organizing conferences, seminars, and trainings * Manage and direct staff hirings/firings * Strong interviewer skills * Experience with budget procedures * Expertise with Excel and Quicken accounting software * Adaptability to different cultures * Fluent Russian language skills * Election observer *


President and Founder

Five Stans Adventures
– Present (1 year 10 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

Specializing in tours in Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. My office is based in the United States, with partner offices located in Tashkent, Bishkek, Almaty, Dushanbe, and Ashgabat.

Rule of Law Advisor

United States Agency for International Development
(1 year 4 months)Afghanistan

Conducted rule of law activities with judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, lawyers, and law enforcement officials in Logar province. Four trainings were held that included 120 individuals throughout the province to improve public confidence in the judicial system.

In collaboration with U.S. government officials, secured the release of an imprisoned USAID local staff member.

Deputy Reporting Manager

Central Asia Development Group (CADG)
(1 year 2 months)

Write quarterly, monthly reports. Write success stories for submission to USAID.

CIS Consultant

Blue Law International
(2 months)

Gather information for proposal development in Tajikistan.

Civil Society Consultant

CHF International
(1 month)

 Provided field support for World Bank’s RFP for the Bota Foundation in Kazakhstan.

 Gathered and analyzed data on the civil society sector, particularly on social services delivery through interviews with appropriate Kazakh ministry officials, representatives of the civil society sector, various international organizations, and businesses (when necessary in Russian) to identify potential partner organizations.

 Generated proposal text on the status of NGO capacity in Kazakhstan.

 Submitted a list of recommendations regarding program design, management structure, partnering strategy, dynamics of the Bota Foundation's Board of Trustees, social service delivery, and civil society/social sector dynamics.

Country Director, Tajikistan

Relief International
(1 year 7 months)

• Oversee a staff of 38 members.
• Assist with proposal writing.
• Oversee an annual budget of $250,000.
• Provide strategic planning, guidance, and direction.
• Provide fundraising support throughout Central Asia.
• Liaise with international donors (USAID, Soros Foundation, European Union, et. al.).
• Organize activities and liaise with Tajik national and local government officials.

Democratisation Officer, Kosovo

(9 months)

• Oversee an international team of six (6) members in two regional (2) municipalities.
• Provide legal assistance, support, and expertise in democratization and human rights issues.
• Monitor the legal activities of the municipalities.
• Work closely with local partners and counterparts to assure that they adhere to legislative goals set by United Nations interim government.
• Initiate projects and activities beneficial to the development of the municipalities.
• Chair meetings between government officials, EU, KFOR, and other counterparts.
• Represent OSCE at meetings, conferences, and roundtables.
• Organize and arrange collaborative activities between local NGOs, international NGOs and OSCE.
• Provide accurate reporting of activities.
• Acting Regional Director for temporary period.

Media Consultant, Kyrgyzstan

(1 month)

• Oversaw closure of two media programs (Jalalabat, Kyrgyzstan and Dushanbe, Tajikistan).
• Verified equipment transfer from recipient NGOs to qualified sources.
• Worked closely with local staff to assure proper reporting procedures were met and local laws adhered.

Resident Program Director, Uzbekistan

International Republican Institute
(2 years 8 months)

• Opened and operated the first IRI field office in Uzbekistan.
• Oversaw a $250,000 annual budget and managed office staff, consultants, and human resource decisions.
• Organized trainings, seminars, and conferences for all political parties and youth groups.
• Developed annual long-term work plans and prepared monthly financial reports.
• Represented IRI at meetings with representatives from government, USAID, the US Embassy, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and other international organizations and events.
• Provided consultation to political party leaders on party development.
• Collaborated with other international organizations for project implementation.

Civic Education Consultant, Uzbekistan

(2 months)

• Conducted investigative work and heavy research for proposal development.
• Met with high-level Uzbek education officials and local NGOs.
• Assisted in the written proposal to open an office in Uzbekistan.

Outreach Coordinator, Azerbaijan

Eurasia Foundation
(8 months)

• Coordinated, edited, and produced a monthly newsletter.
• Conducted interviews and wrote success stories spotlighting grantees.
• Updated and assisted with new web site design.
• Wrote monthly grant closeout statements and press releases for the public.
• Collaborated with staff to prepare fundraising proposals and conducted fundraising activities.
• Represented the Foundation at meetings and conferences.

Civic Education Consultant, Tajikistan

(10 months)

• Organized and oversaw two democracy summer camps in Dushanbe and Khojand for over 200 students.
• Organized and advised the first student action committees in three cities for over 45 students.
• Organized and implemented a student-local government day for over 50 students in three cities.
• Represented IFES at meetings with government officials, USAID, the UN, and international organizations.
• Conducted fundraising activities to augment program development.
• Served as acting program director for a two-month period.

Outreach Coordinator, Uzbekistan

Counterpart International
(8 months)

• Organized and developed neighborhood/democratic development programs in four regions.
• Assisted in developing long-term goals for the program.
• Served as an active member of the grant-making approval committee.

Volunteer, Uzbekistan

U.S. Peace Corps
(2 years 2 months)

• Served as a volunteer English instructor in Kuvasoy, Ferghana Valley.
• Raised local funds to provide textbooks for a village school.


  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. Russian

    Limited working proficiency


  • Project Reporting
  • Project Management
  • Civil Society
  • International...
  • Program Management
  • NGOs
  • Strategy
  • Government
  • International Relations
  • Proposal Writing
  • Grants
  • Fundraising
  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Development
  • Editing
  • Human Rights
  • Press Releases
  • Budgets
  • Capacity Building
  • Training
  • Community Outreach
  • Policy Analysis
  • Research
  • Russian
  • Intercultural...
  • Leadership
  • European Union
  • Politics
  • Rule Of Law
  • English
  • Economics
  • Policy
  • Democracy
  • International...
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  • Public Policy
  • Foreign Policy
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California State University-Long Beach

M.A., Geography

Master's Thesis: An Economic Study of Selected U.S.-Mexico Border Cities Commercial Spines.

San Diego State University-California State University

B.A., Geography

Activities and Societies: Member, Association of American Geographers

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