Biden picks former UN Envoy Samantha Power to lead USAID

Samantha Power with a group of students in Jaffna during a visit to Sri Lanka. (AFP/GETTY)

US President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday has named Samantha Power, the former US Ambassador to the United Nations, as his choice to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAID), citing her deep experience addressing crises around the world, Reuters reported today.

Biden’s transition team in a statement said Power will rally the international community and work with US partners to confront the biggest challenges of our time — including COVID-19, climate change, global poverty, and democratic backsliding.

“A crisis-tested public servant and diplomat, Ambassador Power has been a leader in marshaling the world to resolve long-running conflicts, respond to humanitarian emergencies, defend human dignity, and strengthen the rule of law and democracy,” it added.

The longtime human rights advocate served as US Ambassador to the United Nations under Democratic then-President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Biden from 2013 to 2017.