CRDF Global’s 25th anniversary was a year to remember. The COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the world, a dramatic reminder of vulnerabilities inherent in our highly interconnected world. We faced and overcame unprecedented challenges with closed borders, cities on lockdown, and supply chains interrupted. 

 

With prior experience delivering remote engagements with partners in conflict zones, CRDF Global rapidly retooled many of its programs to a virtual format. Over the course of the year, we delivered more than 160 virtual trainings, workshops, conferences, and events. Internally, we quickly adopted an effective business rhythm working remotely and redeployed some staff in our travel and logistics division to other areas. We are proud that we had no layoffs during this time and instead hired 79 additional personnel. The downtime also allowed us to renovate our regional offices in Virginia, Amman, and Kyiv.  

 

25 years ago, CRDF Global’s origin was based on a shared understanding that threats and opportunities often go hand in hand. The fall of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the newly independent states offered tremendous opportunities. But they also posed a threat in the form of the proliferation of WMD scientific knowledge and skills. CRDF Global provided a bridge for many scientists and helped reform institutions that would allow them to prosper and contribute to their national economies and cultures. Over the years, CRDF Global evolved along with the concept and application of cooperative threat reduction, bringing its unique blend of entrepreneurship, grantmaking, technical acumen, and international security awareness to changing challenges in counterproliferation, biosecurity, strategic trade management, cybersecurity, and other areas.  

 

In 2020 we again stepped into the most pressing challenge, a global pandemic on a scale not experienced since 1918. With support from the Centers for Disease Control, we helped partner nations improve emergency health preparedness, conduct effective disease surveillance, strengthen borders, and improve laboratory systems. This work is ongoing and growing.

 

I invite you to go over our year in review and discover our Women in Science and Security initiative, highlights of our work in food security, innovation ecosystems, and international visitor exchange, as well as our security assistance missions. Also, hear from our incredible staff about our work and who we are in their words. I am grateful to lead this enterprise and extremely proud of our growing, resilient, and dedicated team. 

Sincerely,

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MIKE DIGNAM

President and CEO

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2020 ANNUAL REPORT

Tackling Global Challenges
During a Pandemic 

 
A Message 
From Our CEO
 
Who 
We Are

In 2020, CRDF Global continued the journey to embody our values in our processes, policies, and decisions. Despite the challenge of a pandemic and operating in a virtual environment, our intent to do the right thing, the right way, never wavered.

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WE HIT OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2020

MISSION AREAS

CBRNE Security
Strategic Trade & Border Security
Cybersecurity
Global
Health
Innovation Ecosystems
International Exchanges
Agriculture &
Food Security
Women in
Science & Security

OUR CAPABILITIES

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Full-Cycle Grant Program Management

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Curriculum Development

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Risk Detection
& Mitigation

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Institution Capability Development

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Travel &
Logistics

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Physical Security Updates

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Workshops

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Equipment Procurement

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Trainings

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Study Visits

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Fellowships
& Mentorship

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Security Assessments

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Regional

Programing

Remote
Solution

Peer Review & Competition
Management

 
What
We Accomplished

2020 presented unforeseen challenges for everyone, and we were no exception. Despite a global pandemic, we are proud to have continued to grow our impact and establish new partnerships. Identifying innovative solutions, adapting to new systems, and continuing our technology transformations, we collaborated with foreign governments, international organizations, research institutions, and local partners to continue our mission of building a healthier, more sustainable world. 

OUR IMPACT

$56.2 M

TOTAL COMPLETED

PROJECT VALUE
 

$22 M

COMPLETED PROJECT

VALUE GROWTH

920

TOTAL NUMBER OF AWARDS
(GRANTS & CONTRACTS) 

+2,500

PARTICIPANTS
IMPACTED

+20

NUMBER OF

FUNDERS

457

PARTNER INSTITUTIONS

WE WORKED WITH

+140

COUNTRIES
IMPACTED

SELECT PARTNERS & FUNDERS

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OVERCOMING THE PANDEMIC
OUR TRANSITION INTO THE VIRTUAL WORLD

ONBOARDING

SESSIONS

"Despite being in a virtual environment, we continued to focus on people and were able to onboard 79 new employees and 18 interns in a personal manner that stayed true to our culture."

TECHNOLOGICAL

TRANSFORMATIONS

16

New systems
Implemented in 2020

TOTAL NUMBER OF

VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENTS

+160

Virtual Conferences, Events, 
Trainings, and Workshops

CONTINUED
STAFF ENGAGEMENTS

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR YEAR

EMPLOYEE GROWTH AT A GLANCE

OUR GROWTH IN 3 REGIONAL HUBS

189

Total

Employees

Total

Internships

18

79

Total New Employees

WOMEN IN SCIENCE

We promoted the active involvement and leadership of women in STEM and CBRN security fields by opening access to professional development opportunities, creating regional peer networks, and linking women with regional and international role models to serve as mentors. That effort led to the development and publishing of the “Best Practices for the Advancement and Inclusion of Women in STEMM and National Security” guide in English, Arabic, and Russian.   

OFFICE RENOVATIONS

We improved our office facilities in all 3 hub locations, making them more accessible and aligned with our brand image and values.  

STAFF HIGHLIGHTS

As a global organization, we are proud of our cultural diversity. The unique perspective each of our employees bring to each initiative allows us to achieve excellence through empathy and collaboration. 

How
We've Grown
Financial
Overview
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The information presented here is drawn from the consolidated financial statements of CRDF Global prepared in accordance with the US generally accepted accounting principles for the years ended December 31, 2020, and 2019.  The 2020 consolidated financial statements presented in this table are unaudited. The 2019 consolidated financial statements of CRDF Global were audited by RSM US LLP in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.

2020
Board of Directors

Anne Petersen (Chair)

Raymond R. Johnson

Cathy Mannick

Tomas Diaz de la Rubia

E. William Colglazier

Karen Holbrook

Jill Hruby

Raymond Orbach

Gerald W. Parker

Alan I. Leshner 

Mr. Paul Longsworth 

Maxine Savitz 

 
 
 
 
Contact Us
Questions about CRDF Global or this year's Annual Report?
Submit an inquiry via the online form, or please email us at info@crdfglobal.org
GLOBAL LOCATIONS

U.S. HUB

Arlington, USA

1776 Wilson Blvd. Suite 300

Arlington, VA 22209 USA

Tel: +1 703-526-9720

 

EUROPE & EURASIA REGIONAL HUB

Kyiv, Ukraine

15 Leipzigska Street, 2nd Floor (Letter "V-7-9")

01015 Kyiv, Ukraine

Tel: +380 44 287-00-65

 

​MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA REGIONAL HUB

Amman, Jordan

King Hussein Business Park

Building #7, 5th Floor

Amman, Jordan

Tel: +962 6 5860003

CENTRAL ASIA REGIONAL OFFICE

Almaty, Kazakhstan 

Abay Ave 151, Business Center "Alatau"

office 410  

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Tel: +7 727 339 27 91

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