Michael Sweikar

Executive Director, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD)

"My career today in the field of international development was advanced through comparative and international courses taught by exceptional professors at William & Mary. These professors not only helped develop my perspective on the legal practice in the classroom, but also taught me how to apply this expertise in the real world."

Michael Sweikar oversees the operations and management of NDIGD, including strategy, staffing, academic integration, and programs. In this role, Sweikar provides oversight of externally funded global development research and education projects spanning five continents. He has overseen global development partnerships with multiple federal agencies, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of State, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Labor, in addition to numerous corporations and foundation partners.

Prior to joining the University of Notre Dame, Sweikar was a program manager at the National Center for State Court's International Division in Arlington, Virginia where he supported the management and administration of USAID-funded rule of law projects, including the Kosovo Justice Support Program that supported the improvement of court administration, legislative drafting, and judicial training in Kosovo.

Sweikar has worked on proposal development in response to USAID, U.S. Department of State, and United Nations Development Programme request for proposals, particularly those in Eastern Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East. He served as a research analyst in British Parliament and has designed and implemented several studies in conjunction with the Carter Center, CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere), and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Sweikar holds a J.D. from the College of William and Mary Law School and an M.A. in public policy from the Thomas Jefferson School of Public Policy at the College of William and Mary. He earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame.