Rui Lopes is Senior Director of Technology at HIAS, an international nonprofit that protects the most vulnerable refugees, reuniting them with their families and helping them build new lives in safety and freedom.  HIAS also advocates for the protection of refugees and assures that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve.  As the leader of IT for HIAS worldwide, Rui aligns technology vision with business strategy by integrating organizational processes with the appropriate technologies to ensure effective and efficient operations. Rui is very proud of having assisted founders Edward Happ and Dipak Basu in the genesis of NetHope in 2001.