Jeremy Konyndyk

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Jeremy Konyndyk serves as Senior Advisor coordinating agency-wide COVID efforts at USAID.

For the past four years he worked as a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, leading research on pandemic preparedness policy and humanitarian reform. He also taught as an adjunct professor in the Global Human Development program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and served on the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the World Health Organization’s emergency programme.

He previously served in the Obama Administration from 2013-2017 as the director of USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), where he led the US government’s response to international disasters. He led major US government humanitarian responses to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the 2016 Ethiopia Drought, the complex emergency in Northern Nigeria, the Nepal earthquake, the Iraq crisis, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the conflict in South Sudan, and the ongoing war inside Syria, among other crises. He also led the Agency’s preparations for the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.

Konyndyk previously worked in the NGO sector leading humanitarian response and advocacy for a variety of organizations, and served as a refugee officer in the State Department.

Last updated: March 15, 2021

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