US Board of Directors

Michael Dixon
Over 30 years experience at the World Bank Group, including assignments as the International Finance Corporation’s Regional Representative for Eastern and Southern Africa, Belarus and Ukraine, and the Middle East.

James Bishop
Former Director of Humanitarian Policy and Practice at InterAction from 1995 to 2010. Founding member of the Sphere Project Management Team. Former US Ambassador to Niger, Liberia, and Somalia, as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa (81-87) and Principal Deputy Assistant for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (91-93).

Harry Cohen-Bensimon
Founding partner at HDCB Advisors LLC (USA), a financial risk advisory firm. Over 20 years experience in the international financial sector, working in Paris, London, Madrid and New York for major financial institutions, including Credit Suisse, BBVA, Bankers Trust, CIC and BNP.

José María Figueres Olsen
President of the Carbon War Room. Former President of Costa Rica (94-98), and former CEO of the World Economic Forum. DARA Trustee.

Steven Hansch
Several decades experience in teaching and lecturing courses in the field of humanitarian aid at Stanford University, Hopkins, Georgetown, George Washington, and other American Universities. Led evaluations of crises in Somalia, Rwanda, the 2004 Tsunami, and Central America in the 1980s.

Susan Martin
Long-time expert on immigration and refugee policy. Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Former Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.

Ed Schenkenberg van Mierop
DARA Chief Executive. Former Executive Director of ICVA and has been involved in the humanitarian response to a number of crises including Syria, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

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