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George Biddle is a humanitarian and development expert with over three decades of experience in crisis response, grassroots development, peace building, and conflict mitigation. Mr. Biddle is currently the chairman of World Connect, a nonprofit organization that invests in local leaders in the global South who design and implement their own self-sustaining community development projects.
From 2000 to 2015, Biddle was the executive vice president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a leading humanitarian organization that responds to conflict and natural disasters across the globe. He served as the IRC’s acting president from May to July 2002 and is now a board member. Previously, he served as the vice president of the International Crisis Group, an organization that works through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. Biddle was also president of the Institute for Central American Studies, an organization he founded in 1989 to assist post-cold war Central America in its transition from violent conflict to peace and democracy.
Biddle has testified before Congress and presented at the UN Security Council and the European Parliament, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on several nonprofit boards. He received his AB from Harvard and MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
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