Steve Cornish, Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson
on May 03, 2015
Guest Speaker: Friday, May 8, 2015
Topic: Managing Insecurity/Humanitarian Crisis
Location: At the National Club - 303 Bay Street
Stephen Cornish is the executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Canada. With over ten years of direct field experience, Cornish has managed major MSF humanitarian interventions in Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Georgia, Peru and elsewhere. Cornish holds a Masters degree in global risk and crisis management from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris and post-graduate diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford. He has successfully negotiated humanitarian access to vulnerable populations in active conflict settings across the globe and played key roles in resolving aid worker abduction crises and other emergency scenarios.
Cornish has served in management and advisory roles for the Red Cross and Care Canada, and also serves on the boards of directors for several charitable organizations in Canada. His work has been published in academic and policy journals, including the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies and Policy Options. In Canada, he spurs public debate on pressing humanitarian issues as an analysis contributor to national newspapers and by delivering keynote addresses to thought leaders in the humanitarian, international development and global health sectors.