Dr. Charles Owubah, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Charles Owubah leads Action Against Hunger USA’s executive team in providing leadership and strategic direction to more than 1,600 staff across eight countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Haiti, and Cambodia. Globally, as the world’s hunger specialist, Action Against Hunger served more than 21 million people in 47 countries in 2018. 

Dr. Owubah is a passionate humanitarian with extensive experience in program design, monitoring and evaluation of relief and development programs. He brings deep technical expertise and analytical rigor in collaborating with local communities on sustainable water and food security programs, delivering emergency relief, and promoting child survival across a global footprint. Dr. Owubah is deeply committed to achieving Action Against Hunger’s mission to end global hunger and save lives by preventing, detecting, and treating malnutrition.

Originally from Ghana, Dr. Owubah earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management and Policy from Purdue University. He was an academic and consultant on food aid management before spending nearly 20 years at World Vision in roles of increasing responsibility, including as Regional Vice President for East Africa from 2009 to 2014 and Vice President and Partnership Leader from 2014 to 2018

From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Owubah was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, a Washington, DC-based think tank on forest conservation. From 2016 to 2018, he served on the Board of Directors for the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities in Washington, DC. Dr. Owubah was honored with Purdue University’s Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus Award in 2013. 

Dr Owubah is based at Action Against Hunger USA's headquarters in New York City. Our USA office is one of eight organizations that comprises the Action Against Hunger International Network. 

Action Against Hunger is the world’s hunger specialist and leader in a global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger for good within our lifetimes. For 40 years, the humanitarian and development organization has been on the front lines, treating and preventing hunger across nearly 50 countries. It served more than 21 million people in 2018 alone.