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The IRC employs thousands of staff members from around the globe, the majority from the communities we assist, who are on the front lines of humanitarian response. The following are just a few of the IRC experts available for media interviews.

Bob Carey
Bob Carey is Vice President, Resettlement and Migration Policy, of the International Rescue Committee. He represents the IRC in its dealings with government and multinational agencies, including the U.S. State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration; the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and various other U.S. agencies.

In 2005, Bob played a key role in marshalling resources to resettle victims of Hurricane Katrina. He has traveled to the Balkans, Southeast Asia, West Africa, Europe and all 23 national resettlement offices to advocate on behalf of refugees.

Before joining the IRC, Bob worked as the director of immigration for the Tolstoy Foundation and in the private sector.

TOPICS: Resettlement; refugee admissions; U.S. immigration policy.

Emmanuel d'Harcourt
Emmanuel d'Harcourt is Senior Health Director of the International Rescue Committee, where he provides strategic direction for the IRC’s health and environmental health programs. D’Harcourt joined the IRC in 1999 as manager of its first Child Survival Program in Rwanda, and then became the IRC’s senior technical advisor for Child Survival.

Emmanuel provides technical support for IRC's health programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and southern Sudan.

Emmanuel served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal before attending medical school at Johns Hopkins University and completing a pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is on the board of the CORE Group, the main U.S. association of child survival organizations, and presents frequently on child survival and post-conflict topics at forums such as the Global Health Council, the American Public Health Association and the World Bank.

TOPICS: Health programs in countries recovering from conflict; community health; child health; community nutrition

Gerald Martone
Gerald Martone is Director of Humanitarian Affairs at the IRC’s headquarters in New York, where he works on humanitarian advocacy initiatives to influence policy and on generating public support for people affected by political oppression, disasters and violent conflict.

Martone was previously the IRC’s director of emergency response, overseeing emergency operations and assessments in Burundi, Liberia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Congo, Sierra Leone, Congo-Brazzaville, Rwanda, East Timor, northern Uganda, Albania, Angola, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Darfur-Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and tsunami-affected areas of Indonesia.

Gerald has served two elected terms as co-chair of the Disaster Response Committee of InterAction and has been a member of the Sphere Project Management Committee. He has participated in the U.N. Inter-Agency Emergency Mission to East Timor and in the UNHCR Mission to Angola. Gerald is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs. He has published numerous articles and book chapters covering a variety of topics on international aid and is an active spokesperson for human rights and humanitarian assistance.

TOPICS: Humanitarian Assistance, UN Security Council, Human Rights, Humanitarian Futures, Advocacy & Policy


Anne Richard
Anne C. Richard is Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy, of the International Rescue Committee. Based in Washington, D.C., she is also a non-resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS-John Hopkins University. She is the author of: Role Reversal: Offers of Help From Other Countries in Response to Hurricane Katrina (published by the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins/SAIS), Fighting Terrorist Financing: Transatlantic Cooperation and International Institutions (published by the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins/SAIS) and Superpower on the Cheap? The Difficulty of Funding US  Foreign Relations (published by Le Centre Français sur les Etats Unis at IFRI). She previously worked in the US Government at the US Department of State, Peace Corps headquarters and the US Office of Management and Budget. She is a former fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Robert Bosch Foundation and is on the boards of the Henry L. Stimson Center, the US Global Leadership Campaign and Americans for Informed Democracy. She is a graduate of Georgetown University (B.S. Foreign Service) and the University of Chicago (M.A. Public Policy Studies).

TOPICS: Foreign Aid, Congressional and US Foreign Policy, US Budget for international programs, Civilian-Military issues, Governmental response to crises