Richard Haselwood, Director of Operations
Richard Haselwood joined Action Against Hunger in 2017 as the Director of Operations, bringing to the organization's leadership team nearly 15 years of experience designing and implementing multi-sector relief and development interventions in complex and insecure environments around the world. In his role, Mr. Haselwood is responsible for global programming, tasked with operationalizing the organization's strategy in targeted countries of intervention, ensuring both impact and the safety of all team members. Additionally, he oversees the global logistics and advocacy teams.
Mr. Haselwood has led diverse teams in Central Asia, the Middle East, East and West Africa, working with communities in the midst of complex emergencies, as well as those transitioning out of conflict and violence. In leadership positions with both non-profit and private sector teams, as well as on behalf of the donor community, his work has focused extensively on finding new and innovative ways to partner with local organizations and institutions - helping local actors to build their organizations and identify local solutions to address the problems that affect their communities.
From 2006 to 2009, as the head of a leading international NGO in Sudan, Mr. Haselwood oversaw relief and development programming in the south, the three areas, and Darfur during a critical period in that country's transition. Prior to that, he worked in post-conflict Liberia and conducted research with former child soldiers in Sierra Leone. He has worked with ICT associations across the Middle East, and evaluated youth empowerment programming in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
From 2010 to 2017, Mr. Haselwood worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Central Asia, leading a number of teams to develop partnerships with ministries and local government to improve the delivery of basic services, to support the work of local civil society and media groups as they monitor government performance, and to advocate for improved policies and transparency.
Mr. Haselwood holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, with a focus on Human Rights, Security Policy, and African studies. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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 more than 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 17 million people in 2019 alone.