Andrew Alspach holds an advanced academic degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and International Development. He has 17+ years of professional experience focused on improving response to individuals affected by humanitarian crisis by building UN, national, and international capacities to mitigate the effects of natural and complex emergencies.
He currently works for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as the deputy head of a regional office responding to the crisis in Syria. Andrew is committed to bringing individuals affected by a crisis into decisions and solutions while building capacity of national governments, other UN Agencies and civil society to improve humanitarian and development initiatives.
He grew up in the Midwest United States and later married into a wonderful Peruvian family. He is a skilled potter, plumber and beekeeper to keep life interesting and totally reliant on his wife and family for maintaining the true North in life. His work has taken him to Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe. He is fluent in English and Spanish and a bit shaky with his Tunisian Arabic.
Andrew Alspach teaches Crisis Information Management at MASHLM.