Chidi Blyden has been appointed as the next Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), according to a statement released today. Blyden joins MCC from the United States Department of Defense, where she most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs and the principal advisor on international security strategy and policy issues across the continent.
MCC CEO Alice Albright expressed her excitement about Blyden’s appointment, stating that “Not only will Chidi bring tremendous expertise and depth of experience in the region, but her inclusive, people-oriented leadership style will be an excellent match as this agency continues to lean-in and step-up its ambition following twenty years of excellence” .
Blyden’s distinguished career has spanned government, academia, and non-profit sectors. Her work has focused on the impact of culture in developing policy and community-centric approaches to security and stability, with a particular emphasis on underscoring the critical role of women and youth. She has received multiple awards for her time in public service, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.
“I am thrilled to join the dynamic MCC team as they continue to lead the way on innovative development programs and partner alongside governments to promote economic growth,” said Blyden. “MCC’s ambitious agenda to align U.S. and global interests in the 21st century world requires a collaborative approach, working hand-in-hand with governments and the private sector to establish holistic, whole-of-society solutions that foster prosperity worldwide” .