Assistant Director for International Development
As Assistant Director for International Development, Diana is responsible for expanding the role that the College of Engineering can play in identifying innovative technological solutions to solve emerging market challenges. She has significant experience developing projects in collaboration with multi-lateral development banks, U.S. and foreign public and private industry stakeholders, as well as identifying and organizing policy-projects associated with the Indo-Pacific Strategy, Power Africa, APEC, ASEAN, WTO and Free Trade Agreements among others. Prior to joining Purdue, Diana held a variety of positions over the course of 15 years at the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), an independent federal Agency tasked with supporting U.S. jobs through U.S. exports for infrastructure projects in emerging markets. She most recently served as Director of the Monitoring and Evaluation Office providing advice on all aspects of the Agency's program, including identifying where programming was most effective. Mrs. Harbison previously served on programmatic teams managing multi-million dollar portfolios supporting infrastructure project development in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Pakistan. Mrs. Harbison earned a Master's Degree in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and a Bachelor's degree from Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia.