< Distinguished speaker series

Jeremy Konyndyk

President of Refugees International

Gaza, Ukraine, and the Rising Tide of Refugees: Is the Refugee Convention Fit for the 21st Century?

DATE: April 4, 2024 6:00 pm

LOCATION: World Trade Center Baltimore

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President of Refugees International, 2023-Present

Member of the World Health Organization’s high-level Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee,2024

U.S. representative to the board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance,2024

U.S. representative and chair of the OCHA Donor Support Group,2024

Lead Official of the US Global Monkeypox Response, USAID, 2022

Executive Director for COVID-19, USAID, 2022

Agency Review Teams for Biden Presidential Transition, 2020-2021

Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development, 2017 – 2021

Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, 2017 – 2020 

Director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, 2013 – 2017

Director of Policy and Advocacy, Mercy Corps, 2008 – 2013 

Country Director, American Refugee Committee, 2003 – 2008 

Refugee Officer, The U.S. State Department  2002 – 2003

Program Manager in Albania and Program Director in Kosovo, International Aid Inc, 1999 – 2001 

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Calvin College

Master of Science in Foreign Service, Georgetown University


Publications and interviews 

U.S. Policymakers’ Lessons from Yemen for Gaza

To Fix the COVID-19 Testing Gap, Take a Lesson from GM (or the Pentagon)

Lessons Ignored: John Bolton’s Bogus Defense of “Streamlining” Away Our Bio-Readiness


Related Publications about the topic

The Refugee Convention is dead: let’s bury it and start again

The World Needs a New Refugee Convention.

The 1951 Refugee Convention is falling short of its mission. Could the Global Compact on Refugees help?

The End of the 1951 Refugee Convention? Dilemmas of Sovereignty, Territoriality, and Human Rights

Other Readings:

Three lessons from Europe’s response to Ukrainian migration

Gaza’s Famine is Underway

Abuse, Corruption, and Accountability: Time to Reassess EU & U.S. Migration Cooperation with Tunisia

Protections for Climate-Affected Refugees and Other Climate-Displaced Populations Dear President Biden