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Jill Russell

Principal Associate, Global Business Development Unit

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Jill Russell, a leader in managing complex international development programs for numerous donors across the globe, is director of Abt Associates’ U.K. office. In this role, Russell serves Abt’s growing list of clients in the region, including the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID).

Previously, Russell served as the associate director at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, where she led a multi-disciplinary team in research, monitoring and evaluation in areas such as HIV, health and human rights. She also served as the head of new business development at the organization, where she led the Alliance’s business development strategy. In addition, she has 20 years of experience working with donors, including DFID, USAID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  

Russell holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Kansas, a Masters in Health Service Administration from the George Washington University, and a Masters in Science in International Executive Management from the U.K.’s Lancaster University Management School.
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  • Business development
  • Strategy and organizational development
  • Program management
  • Program monitoring and evaluation


In 2014, Russell graduated with distinction from the International Masters in Practicing Management program (IMPM). The IMPM is a five-stop transcontinental alternative to the executive MBA integrating five managerial mindsets. Modules are delivered by leading business schools from Brazil, Canada, China, India, and the U.K.