Assistant Director, Head, Sub-Saharan Africa Division
Anne Bennett has spent the past decade designing and managing international development programmes in countries emerging from conflict or faced with humanitarian crisis. Her extensive field experience includes assignments in India, Algeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, and South Sudan. As Country Representative in Myanmar for the Swiss NGO Fondation Hirondelle, she led a team of experts working with ethnic armed groups participating in the peace process as well as the Myanmar parliament to address issues of transparency and credibility. She has served as a consultant to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and United Nations Office in Geneva.
Anne is a Senior Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) where her research includes lessons learned from the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis. She is also President of the Board of Directors, and former Executive Director, of Hirondelle USA, a non-profit organization that helps to build and sustain independent media in post conflict countries.
Anne graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in history and holds a Masters in international history and politics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in Geneva, Switzerland.