Mr. Hirsch brings 20+ years of professional experience resident in S.E. Asia, responsible for The Louis Berger Group’s Integrated Development business unit for over a decade. Following retirement as a Partner and Sr. Vice-President, he established a local firm, Applied Planning & Infrastructure, Inc. to participate in the Philippines Public Private Partnership program. Mr. Hirsch managed acquisition and delivery of a diverse portfolio of sustainable development and infrastructure planning contracts in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Sudan in partnership with USAID, JICA, ADB, World Bank and private firms.
Mr. Hirsch led pioneering initiatives in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao including oversight of large multi-disciplinary contracts to facilitate economic growth, improve transport systems, build vocational training capacity, reduce conflict and Islamic insurgency. This included livelihood training to more than 28,000 former combatants of the Moro National Liberation Front to facilitate re-integration to civil society after signing of the peace pact, oversight of construction of over 1,000 community infrastructure projects, and numerous agricultural production and marketing capacity expansion initiatives. He also helped establish the first Ministry of Transport in South Sudan and build its capacity, visited ISAF forces in Afghanistan to provides lessons learned in Islamic Mindanao, and oversaw teams throughout Indonesia to plan roads, seaports and other transport infrastructure.