Alex Mahoney is the Acting Office Director for Middle East, North Africa, and Europe (MENAE) in the new Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He was formerly Acting Deputy Division Chief for the Asia, Latin America, and Eurasia (ALE) Response Division in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).
As acting head of the MENAE leadership team, Mr. Mahoney guides disaster response programming, contingency planning, and disaster risk reduction and resilience work across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. As a member of the Senior Management Team, Mr. Mahoney leads a staff of approximately 141 humanitarian experts based in offices worldwide and represents the MENAE region in BHA.
Mr. Mahoney has over 22 years of experience in the humanitarian field, including approximately 18 years at USAID. During his career he has worked on over 20 major international crises, through regional teams, field assessment teams, Response Management Teams, and 13 Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America, as well as serving multiple rotations as a Humanitarian Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. In recent years he led the Syria and Iraq humanitarian responses as Response Manager, Response Director, and Deputy Response Director, including two rotations as Turkey DART Country Team Leader. He has also acted as ALE Division Chief and Deputy Division Chief, and contributed to BHA’s Transformation Effort by leading the Management Integration Team (MIT) Workstream, which developed the structure and functions for BHA’s MITs, and the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) sub Workstream which developed recommendations for integrating MEL into the new bureau.
Mr. Mahoney also spent four years at American Red Cross, where he oversaw disaster response and risk reduction programming in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Mr. Mahoney holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a Master of Science in National Security Resource Strategy from National Defense University.
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