Over the last two decades Rob has been a co-founder, director, and senior representative for humanitarian and education institutions. He began his career as a grant funded researcher in West Africa, where he studied strategies for resolving conflicts across context. He has worked for Save the Children/US and the American Red Cross in field and headquarters positions on four continents, including as Regional Manager for the Balkans during the Kosovo Crisis.
In 2001, Rob co-founded McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, Massachusetts and served as its executive director for seven years. This 300-student school was designed to emphasize social and emotional skill development along with academic achievement, and included a peace studies curriculum based on his early research. Rob then co-founded a unique after school program for a private equity backed educational venture.
He was the first-ever Town Appointed Facilitator in Stow, MA where he co-led a process that overcame a 15+ year stalemate on education funding, culminating in a near unanimous town vote to finance new school construction.
He later returned to the American Red Cross to be director of planning and performance management for international services. He then joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to revitalize a program for pandemic preparedness, where he led the scaling of operations from one country to 94 countries in ten months. Rob opened a new office for the IFRC in Tel Aviv and later led the international relations team, where he directed strategy and outreach to diplomatic missions in Geneva, Switzerland.
Rob played a key role in several organizational development and performance management initiatives at the IFRC, including the design and launch of a secretariat-wide Business Performance Improvement Process. At the request of the Secretary General of IFRC, Rob re-launched the One Billion Coalition for Resilience (1BC), a global initiative to inspire one billion people to take action that builds resilience. Rob established a global steering committee of corporate leaders and heads of UN agencies, and led the formal re-launch of the 1BC at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in 2016 and the World Humanitarian Summit, of which the UN Secretary General highlighted as a key achievement of the event.
Rob established a global steering committee of corporate leaders and heads of UN agencies, and led the formal re-launch of the 1BC at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in 2016 and the World Humanitarian Summit, of which the UN Secretary General highlighted as a key achievement of the event.
Rob went on to serve as the Deputy Regional Director for IFRC in Africa for four years, leading teams that support advocacy, fundraising, planning, communications and operations for a portfolio of 30-plus humanitarian and development programs, an annual budget of nearly CHF 200 million and 500+ staff. Rob later served as the IFRC Head of Delegation in the Philippines, mobilizing global support to severe weather storms, the pandemic and Super Typhoon Goni, before being appointed Executive Director of the Abaarso Network.
As Executive Director, Rob helped to increase fundraising and expanded the Network from three to five schools within 12 months. He was the lead sponsor for an unprecedented visit from representatives of the US Congress to Somaliland and testified at US Congressional Hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on improving education in Africa.
Registration is now OPEN for the annual EAHS AFRICA Nairobi Summit & Expo, taking place at UN headquarters in Nairobi from 07-09 December 2022. Position yourselves at the forefront of the international aid and development sector at EAHS Africa Nairobi 2022.
The EAHS Events are Africa’s longest established humanitarian summits, presenting a unique opportunity for you to join humanitarian leaders, hear from high profile speakers, and engage in private one to one matchmaking meetings with senior attendees from the United Nations, Government Agencies, Development Banks, National & International NGO’s, Civil Societies, Research Institutes, and all Key Stakeholders, in attendance to source goods & services & to learn more about new innovations.
With over 80 leading UN bodies/NGO’S looking to attend once again this year, EAHS AFRICA Nairobi 2022 will enable you to showcase & present your solutions directly to key decision-makers, Heads of Procurement, and Partnership Specialists, in attendance to source goods & services & to learn more about new innovations.
The covid-19 pandemic really highlighted the crucial role of global partnerships, and with the importance of partnerships and global cooperation in mind, the theme for this year’s conference would be “The impact of COVID-19 & the role of cross-sector collaboration in achieving the SDG’s”.
Join humanitarian leaders, hear from high profile speakers, showcase your latest products and technologies, and engage in private one to one discussions with key senior officials & procurement experts from 07 – 09 December 2022, at EAHS Africa Nairobi 2022, Africa’s Longest Established & Premier Humanitarian Conference.