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2020 OFA Recipient Kirsten GelsdorfKirsten Gelsdorf

 Practice of Public Policy and Director of Global Humanitarian Policy

University of Virginia

Rising Star

Kirsten Gelsdorf

As a professor in the Batten School and director of global humanitarian policy, Ms. Kirsten Heidi Gelsdorf brings decades of experience both researching humanitarian effectiveness and working in the humanitarian response sector. Her career has included field postings with the United Nations and other organizations to support responses to the Ethiopian famine, South African regional food crisis, Liberian war, tsunami in Indonesia, Hurricane Katrina, Pakistan earthquake, Timor-Leste security crisis and the Haiti earthquake.

She also has engaged in long-term research initiatives and led major policy processes implemented by international organizations and governments. She has published peer-reviewed articles and been the guest editor of humanitarian journals. Most recently, in May 2019 together with Daniel Maxwell, Ms. Gelsdorf published Understanding the Humanitarian World (Routledge Press). She teaches both large lectures, small seminars and develops experiential learning opportunities on global humanitarian aid and public policy development.

K. Gelsdorf nomination packet



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