John Varley

Principal Consultant


M.A., International Economics, Johns Hopkins University
B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service


A respected project manager and trainer in macroeconomic and financial sector reform, Mr. Varley has worked in international development for more than 26 years. Most recently, as Chief of Party for USAID’s Trade Facilitation Project (TFP) in Egypt, he worked with the ministries of trade and finance on one of USAID's first technical assistance projects since the Arab Spring revolution of 2011.  

Earlier, he directed the firm's Sri Lanka Competitiveness project, helping export clusters to improve their competitiveness in global markets. In 2005 he worked with USAID to use the project's private sector linkages to help promote recovery and rehabilitation of livelihoods in areas affected by the tsunami. While living in Sri Lanka, he also served as Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Varley has worked in more than 15 developing countries on projects for USAID, the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the United Nations Development Programme, and on assignments for private companies. From 1988 to 1991, he led a project to assist the two major development finance institutions of Bangladesh in restructuring their portfolios of nonperforming loans. From 1985 to 1987, he led a project to assist with loan workouts and restructuring for the Central American Bank for Economic Integration.
His earlier work includes supervising the firm's Development and Economic Policy Reform Analysis (DEPRA) project in Egypt and its advisory work with the newly created Indonesia Bank Restructuring Agency, the Jakarta Initiative Task Force, and Bank Indonesia.
Mr. Varley led Nathan's emergency response provided to USAID/Indonesia in the wake of the Asian Financial Crisis.  He worked closely with Mission staff and Indonesian agencies to define tasks and respond to urgent requests for assistance covering a range of matters—from social safety nets and improvised measures of industrial output to tax revenue forecasts.

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