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Fordham University, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) hosts ACUNS’ New York Liaison Office

Officer: Brendan Cahill

Brendan Cahill is the Executive Director of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University. For nearly twenty years he has created, directed and taught humanitarian programs throughout the world, including South Africa, Kenya, India, Egypt, Myanmar, Kuala Lumpur, South Korea, Nepal, Sudan, Colombia, Nicaragua, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, England and the United States. He established one of the first Masters programs in Humanitarian Action in the world, and, to date, has trained over 3,000 mid career aid professionals from over 135 countries. Recently, New York State Department of Education has approve a new Master of Science program in Humanitarian Studies, a program that will bring skills and experience to those interested in working in the humanitarian sector.

Mr. Cahill designed and implemented a full undergraduate program at Fordham University which has grown quickly. This program, which includes a summer session, is among the fastest growing in the University’s history; it combines academic rigor with applied knowledge and experience, especially through carefully managed internships at partner institutions in New York City.The Institute, which he helped create, acts as a bridge between the University and humanitarian practice, hosts lectures and symposia on a regular basis, and is the US partner for NOHA, a consortium of 12 European universities offering humanitarian education. Mr. Cahill also sits on the editorial board of their academic journal.Mr. Cahill is the Series Editor of the Humanitarian Affairs Series at Fordham University Press. He is currently co-authoring a textbook in Humanitarian Studies, to be published by University of Toronto Press. He received his BA from Colby College and his MBA from Fordham University.

Besides his work for the IIHA and the CIHC, Brendan sits on the boards of the American Irish Historical Society, the Bartow Pell Conservancy, and the Pelham Preservation Society. He is a member of the Advisory Board of The Humanitarian Centre of University College Dublin, the Executive Board of the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network, and on the Curriculum Oversight and Steering Committee of Jesuit World Learning (JWL). He is an active member of the Strategic Planning Committee for Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He is a Trustee of The Helen Hamlyn Trust in London and a Director of the KMC Foundation in New York.