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Stephen Cornish

Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Canada

Stephen Cornish is the executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada. During more than ten years of field experience, Cornish managed several major MSF humanitarian interventions in contexts such as Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Georgia and Peru. Cornish holds a master’s degree in global risk and crisis management from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris, and a post-graduate diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford. He has successfully negotiated humanitarian access to vulnerable populations in active conflict settings across the globe and has played key roles in resolving aid-worker abduction crises and other emergencies.

Cornish has served in management and advisory roles for the Canadian Red Cross and CARE Canada, and also serves on the boards of directors for several charitable organizations in Canada. His work has been published in academic and policy journals, including the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies and Policy Options. Cornish has helped spur public debate in Canada on pressing humanitarian issues, both as an analyst and contributor to news outlets such as the Globe and Mail, National Post and others, and by delivering keynote addresses to thought leaders in the humanitarian, international development and global-health sectors.

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