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Nancy Aossey
Nancy A. Aossey is President & CEO of International Medical Corps, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through medical relief, health care training, and development programs that build self-reliance. Aossey joined International Medical Corps as its startup CEO in 1986, shortly after its founding in 1984. She went on to establish the organization as a leader in medical crisis response and recovery and helped launch International Medical Corps’ early humanitarian activities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Honduras, Nicaragua, Angola, Somalia, Mozambique, Cambodia, Bosnia, Thailand, Rwanda, and Kosovo. She has transformed International Medical Corps into one of the largest relief and development humanitarian organizations delivering more than $1.2 billion of assistance, health services, and training to tens of millions of people in 70 countries since 1984. Today, International Medical Corps’ 4,500 staff and thousands of volunteers continue to work in the world's most challenging places, including low-income, fragile, and post-conflict states like Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, South Sudan, Iraq, Northern Uganda, Haiti, and Libya, among others. International Medical Corps currently provides more than $180 million in disaster response, recovery, and training programs annually.
Aossey has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and has briefed the White House on humanitarian issues. Her expertise in emergency medical relief, global health and health care system recovery in post-conflict and fragile states is frequently solicited by the major media. She also has spoken at international gatherings including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Chautauqua Institution, and the Milken Institute Global Conference.
Elected by her peers, Aossey served as Chair of the Board of InterAction, the United States’ largest coalition of more than 190 private and voluntary organizations working in international development, refugee assistance, and disaster relief. She serves on the Board of Directors of InterAction, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah’s Jordan River Foundation/USA, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Advisory Board of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. In addition to the Council on Foreign Relations, she is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization/World Presidents’ Organization, and the Chief Executives Organization.
Aossey has received numerous awards for her work including: the Young Presidents' Organization's Global Humanitarian Award, as well as its Legacy Award; the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Leadership Excellence Award, as well as its Non-Profit CEO of the Year/Women Making a Difference Award; InterAction’s Julia Vadala Taft Outstanding Leadership Award; and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Distinguished Alumnus Award. In recognition of her humanitarian contributions, she was awarded the UCSF Medal in 2010 as well as several other honorary doctorate degrees, and accepted the UC Berkeley Public Health Organizational Hero Award in 2008.
A resident of Santa Monica, California, Aossey was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and holds a BA, an MBA, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Northern Iowa.

Entries by Nancy Aossey

Redefining First Response

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 11:18 AM

You've been in a bad car wreck. Your life hangs on one hope: that first responders arrive fast, knowing exactly what to do. In a world beset by conflict and natural disaster, international relief agencies are also first responders, albeit on a larger scale. They respond to emergencies thousands of...

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Silent Crisis in the Developing World

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 3:53 PM

Burn injuries in the United States are usually easily treatable with cool water and a first aid kit. But in the developing world, millions of impoverished women and children each year suffer debilitating injuries or die from burns.

More than a billion women still use open flames to cook...

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Marking a Month In Haiti Relief

(6) Comments | Posted February 13, 2010 | 4:06 PM

It's been a month since one of the modern era's deadliest earthquakes struck Haiti on January 12th. As Haitians mark this milestone with three days of mourning, remembering the 200,000-plus who perished, international relief groups who rushed to help the stricken and tend the injured also pause briefly to take...

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