Based at Action Against Hunger USA’s international headquarters in New York City, Andrea Tamburini leads the organization’s executive team in providing hands-on technical expertise and strategic direction to more than 1,500 staff who serve 4.7 million beneficiaries
across seven countries in Africa and Asia. Tamburini oversees an annual operating budget of $154 million. Since being appointed CEO, he has led major initiatives to chart a long-term strategic plan, develop a new global brand, streamline operations and management structure, and strengthen the organization’s influence and partnerships with United Nations agencies, policy makers, academic institutions, peer and technical networks, and the private sector.
Tamburini joined Action Against Hunger in 2010 as a member of the senior leadership team, overseeing international programs and operations. He was appointed CEO in July 2014. Tamburini serves on the International Executive Committee of the Action Against Hunger International Network, which implements programs in 49 countries and delivers humanitarian assistance to more than 14.7 million people.
Tamburini is a passionate humanitarian, committed to upholding Action Against Hunger’s mandate to end global hunger and save lives by preventing, detecting, and treating undernutrition.
Prior to joining Action Against Hunger, Tamburini spent more than 16 years leading emergency response programs on the front lines of major humanitarian crises, as well as in diplomatic service and academic posts. He began his career during the crisis in Kosovo, as a program manager for the international humanitarian organization Cesvi, and held subsequent field management positions with international NGOs—including ACTED and Oxfam—in India, Vietnam, the West Bank and Gaza, Iraq, Jordan, Darfur, and Lebanon.
Tamburini also served as Head of the Projects Unit for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Darfur, Sudan, and consulted for the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). He is a Visiting Professor and Lecturer at Fordham University’s International Institute of Humanitarian Affairs. Tamburini is a Board Director of InterAction, the United States alliance organization of non-governmental organizations.
Originally from Milan, Italy, Tamburini received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science and International Politics from the University of Milan. He completed post-graduate studies in International Humanitarian Assistance at Fordham University, and is also a graduate of the Columbia Business School’s Senior Leaders Program.
Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children. We ensure everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare. We enable entire communities to be free from hunger.