Program Director, Applied Innovation
Tom Purekal manages a cross section of programs within the Applied Innovation Division. Purekal comes to NDIGD following a long career of working overseas with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and other organizations. His places of work include posts such as India, South Sudan, and Myanmar to name a few. Purekal has an eclectic background, having worked as an advertising executive in New York City for three years, sub-director of an orphanage in Honduras, director of operations and business development for a small agriculture manufacturer’s distributor in Florida, followed by nine years with CRS. His extensive programming and project design experience encompass sectors such as peacebuilding and governance, education, disaster risk reduction, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
Purekal holds a bachelor's in government from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business.