Carl Hammerdorfer

Title: Chief of Party for the Transformational Leadership Program-Scholarships and Partnerships

Department: Exchange and Training

Carl Hammerdorfer is chief of party for the Transformational Leadership Program-Scholarships and Partnerships in Kosovo. Funded by USAID, the project supports more than 300 promising Kosovars in U.S. master’s degree and certificate programs and helps remake the University of Prishtina into a high-functioning public research university. 

Prior to this position, Hammerdorfer was chief of party for Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF), a global impact investment and advisory firm. While there he developed and oversaw an agribusiness investment portfolio, technical assistance programs, entrepreneurship training, and strategic partnerships in Tanzania.

Over the past 25 years, Hammerdorfer has worked in international development, entrepreneurship, higher education, and impact investment. He began his career working in water resources development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. He then worked for Cooperative Housing Foundation in Côte d’Ivoire, where he developed a public-private partnership solution to manage human waste in Alladjan. He later served as the country director and director of agribusiness and trade for ACDI/VOCA, where he focused on agriculture, agribusiness, and cooperatives. Hammerdorfer was also a Peace Corps’ country director in Bulgaria. At Colorado State University, he served as the director of the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA. While there he also founded and was executive director of the Center for Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise.

Hammerdorfer has also served in multiple capacities with a variety of start-up ventures, including as a co-founder and CEO of Cooperative Solutions and Mainstreet Cooperative Group, two of America’s first cooperative incubators.  

Hammerdorfer has bachelor’s degree in English literature and an MBA.

Expertise: entrepreneurship, cooperative development, social enterprise, organizational development