Humanitarian: Lisa Doughten ’85

Lisa Doughten '85

• Summer exchange student in Chile
• Senior Project in Chilean copper mine
• Tennis, Cheerleading, Softball, Track & Field
• Double Tennis State Champion
• Honor Roll all semesters

After GDS:
• BA in International Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
• MS in International Relations, London School of Economics
• US government award for “Extraordinary dedication, commitment, and personal risks taken.”
• Coordinates aid following international disasters

Lisa Doughten oversees the daily operations of the CERF, which is a global fund that disburses over US$450 million annually to crises wherever needs are most urgent, with the aim to save lives and protect people affected by emergencies.

Ms. Doughten has dedicated her professional life to humanitarian action. Prior to joining the CERF
secretariat in 2013, she served for five years as Senior Advisor for UNICEF’s public sector fundraising office based in New York, where she mobilized resources for the organization’s humanitarian and development programs for children in more than 190 countries and territories.

From 2004-2008, Ms. Doughten served as Senior Emergency Response Officer for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), where she managed a project to strengthen WFP’s capacity to respond to emergencies, as well as having been deployed on long-term emergency missions in Africa and Asia.
In addition to her 12 years working for the United Nations, Ms. Doughten also designed and implemented disaster preparedness and response plans for governments in Africa and Latin America. She began her humanitarian career working throughout the Former Yugoslavia for USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance on the Disaster Assistance Response Team.

Ms. Doughten has worked in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. She received her Master of Science degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in International Studies.

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