Carl Hammerdorfer

Chief of Party, Kosovo Up to Youth

Carl Hammerdorfer has been Chief of Party for the Kosovo Up to Youth program since July 2021. He has lived in Prishtina, Kosovo for over six years and was previously COP on USAID Kosovo’s Transformational Leadership project.

Although much attracted to entrepreneurship during his time at university, in 1988 Carl was drawn to international development and joined Peace Corps as a water-management resources volunteer in Mali. In 1991, he transitioned to Eastern Europe, working in cooperative development and agribusiness for ACDI/VOCA for almost ten years. In 2000, he launched an innovative cooperative incubator in Phoenix, Arizona that built and supported several national purchasing groups made up of hundreds of SMEs across the United States. A combination of development and entrepreneurship experience led Carl to build the Impact MBA program at Colorado State University. He also established SEAF’s first African agribusiness investment fund in Tanzania.

Carl has a Bachelor of Art from Arizona State University, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Colorado State, and spent a year on a DAAD scholarship in Heidelberg, Germany.