Christopher Lockyear joined Action Against Hunger as Director of Operations in January 2015. He oversees the strategy and implementation of Action Against Hunger’s field operations. He has a deep understanding of critical issues affecting access to populations at risk and has a decade of experience working and leading operations in some of the toughest humanitarian emergencies with Médecins Sans Frontières.
In his role, Mr. Lockyear manages the Operations, Technical & Research, Advocacy, Security, Logistics, and Donor Relations departments of Action Against Hunger. He provides policy and practice-level representation to United Nations agencies, NGO corsortia, and donors, and oversees donor engagement strategies. Mr. Lockyear also keeps a focus on security and crisis management and policy development, and is a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Emergency Directors Group.
He started his career in 2005 as a logistician and water, sanitation, and hygiene engineer in South Darfur. He next held the positions of Field Coordinator in Darfur and Somalia, Country Director in Somalia and Pakistan, and Emergency Coordinator in South Sudan, Chad, Haiti, and the Philippines. Directly prior to joining Action Against Hunger, he served for several years as an Operations Manager for programs in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, South Sudan, and Uganda.
Mr. Lockyear holds a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering and a Masters of Engineering from Cambridge University, and was selected as one of the 2014 Yale World Fellows. This prestigious program selects 16 global leaders annually, providing them with open access to the university’s resources to explore new ways of thinking about problems in their area of interest.