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Charles Higgins

Charlie Higgins became NetHope’s Director of Disaster Preparedness & Response in July 2022. This culminates a long and winding career path starting with Hamleys Toy Shop, passing through the British Army, the civil services of the UK and New Zealand governments, 7 UN agencies and NGOs, an international development consultancy, and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. His most recent appointment was as Head of Middle East & North Africa for the Danish Red Cross where he oversaw projects and managed relationships with partners and donors in this conflict prone region. Program management roles mainly in humanitarian response, disaster preparedness, recovery and resilience have taken him in a roughly westerly direction from the Pacific, through the Far East, South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East, ending up in Lebanon where he lived with his family for most of the past 13 years, finally returning home to the South of England in 2022. Before his military training at Sandhurst and the Royal School of Military Engineering, he got an MA in History at St. Andrews University, having spent most of his time mountaineering.

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