Judith Payne, USAID

Judy Payne is USAID’s e-Business Advisor where she helps USAID missions and their projects around the world use information and communications technologies as a tool for economic growth and, especially, agriculture development.  Her work includes helping USAID’s implementing partners find ways to use ICT-enabled approaches to increase their projects’ success in sustainable and scalable ways.  Applications include mobile enabled agriculture extension services, mobile money, market price information systems, and applications to help large buyers deal with 1000s of producers. She is USAID’s manager for the mFarmer Initiative, a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation implemented by GSMA (www.gsma.com/mfarmer) and the USAID FACET Project (www.ICTforAG.org) which provides briefing papers, learning events, and short-term technical assistance regarding ICT applications in agriculture. 

Prior to joining USAID, Judy worked for over 25 years in the US private sector, including 15 years working in all aspects of e-business, electronic commerce, and e-government:  from strategic planning to hands on implementations, marketing, and pricing; from grappling with the details of transaction standards to software design and development.   For five years, Judy was Vice President, Products and Services, at a small business in the US, a venture capital backed electronic commerce company specializing in services to government suppliers.  

She has also been a management consultant to business and government at Coopers & Lybrand and AMS and led research projects related to electronic commerce usage by governments while at the RAND Corporation.   Judy holds a BA from Stanford University, a master’s degree from Harvard and she was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany.