This session will include presentation and Q&A. The topics will include: IRC history and work, plight of refugees, including Internally Displaced People; Ms. Smith’s personal journey into international humanitarian relief, issues that she is currently working on – North East Nigeria including the plight of displaced and diminishing the vulnerability of women and girls; and how to develop a career solving social problems.
Ms. Smith is responsible for establishing and managing new country programs for the IRC. Her areas of expertise include emergency preparedness and response, country-program management, refugee policy and advocacy, and strategy and change planning.
Ms. Smith joined the IRC in 2003. From 2007 to 2010, she was a member of the IRC’s Washington, D.C. office, working to educate policy makers and the public about the importance of providing resources for humanitarian and development assistance in Africa and Asia, and promoting programs that prevent violence against women and girls. From 2003 to 2007, she worked in some of the organization’s most sensitive situations, including managing the IRC’s single largest country program, Sudan, and serving as the IRC country director in Liberia during a key moment in the peace process. Before joining the IRC, Ms. Smith worked for Doctors Without Borders and Children’s Aid Direct in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan and Nepal.
Ms. Smith is a graduate of Fordham University.