Piers Bocock

Vice President, International Practice

Piers Bocock is currently Vice President for Bixal’s International Practice, where is focused on building a robust, dynamic, and impactful team that partners collaboratively with agencies working around the world to improve lives and support sustainable progress.  Previous roles have included Co-Founder of Acute Incite and ChangeFunder; Chief of Party for USAID’s LEARN contract; Director for KM and Communications for CGIAR; and Project Director for USAID’s Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project.  He has served as one of the two co-facilitators of the Multi-Donor Learning Partnership (MDLP) since its founding in 2018.

Piers is a recognized international development leader and innovator, with a focus on developing and implementing effective adaptive management, organizational learning, organizational development, and stakeholder engagement approaches that deliver sustainable results. He has advised some of the world’s largest development agencies (including USAID, UNICEF, FCDO/DFID, the World Bank, Sida, GIZ, and IDB) to improve their knowledge management and organizational learning capacity; he has also worked on the front lines with communities in some of the planet’s poorest countries.

In a career that has spanned more than 30 countries, he is known as a thought leader in the fields of adaptive leadership, knowledge management, organizational development, and building effective teams. He was one of the architects of USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) framework, and helped design UNICEF’s Adaptive Programming methodology. He has created dynamic teams and creative solutions in a variety of sectors, including agriculture, economic development, food security and nutrition, natural resource management, and public health.  

He has taught, presented, and published on a variety of topics, and holds a part-time faculty position at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for which he has been acknowledged for “Excellence in Teaching” numerous times; and he has been a guest lecturer and course contributor to a number of other university graduate and undergraduate programs including: Georgetown, William & Mary, the University of Bologna, George Washington University, and SUNY/ Albany Center for International Development, and American University.