Refugees International elects 3rd president


Refugees International (RI) has appointment of Dan Glickman as its new president.

The refugee lobby group says he will join them as from April 2010.

Glickman brings a long history of public service, fighting hunger and helping underserved people in the US and around the world. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), RI says.
“While I have truly enjoyed my experience at the MPAA, it is time for me to return to my true passion: public service,” says Glickman. “Refugees International has important work to do and I can’t sit on the sidelines as the world sees more and more people forced from their homes every day. I am very excited about this extraordinary opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world.”

He succeeds the late Ken Bacon who became president in 2001 and led the RI organization until his death in August 2009. His appointment comes at pivotal moment as the organization seeks to promote solutions to a growing number of refugees globally.

Currently 41.2 million people are displaced by conflict in Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan, Colombia, and the DRC. In addition, tens of millions of people could be displaced by climate change over the next 50 years.

Farooq Kathwari, chairperson of RI welcomed the appointment saying that, “I could not be more enthusiastic that Dan has chosen to lead Refugees International. Dan’s passion and extensive network will strengthen Refugees International’s base of support and help us become even more effective at bringing attention and action to refugees and displaced persons worldwide,”

Glickman is also a member of bipartisan study for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs entitled: Renewing American Leadership in the Fight Against Global Hunger, Poverty and Friends of the World Food Program, Genocide Prevention Task Force, chaired by former Secretaries Madeleine Albright and Bill Cohen and the Council on Foreign Relations.

He served for 18 years in the US House of Representatives representing Kansas’ 4th Congressional District. Throughout his time, he was a member of the House Judiciary Committee, and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

In 1995 he stayed until the end of Clinton’s term where he was appointed as Secretary of Agriculture, significantly improving America’s diet and nutrition and fighting hunger.

He received his BA in history from the University of Michigan and his JD from The George Washington University.

Catherine Bertini, former Executive Director of the WFP and Glickman’s co-chair on the Chicago Council, said that “Dan has a true humanitarian passion for helping people and his knowledge of the challenges of combating hunger is extensive. He is smart, intuitive, and committed to helping people.”

In March, Glickman will be receiving the Global Child Nutrition Foundation’s 2010 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition.

Pic: Refugees from the DRC