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Stephen Cornish

Stephen Cornish is currently the CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, he was the former Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada. During more than ten years of field experience, Cornish managed several major MSF humanitarian interventions in contexts such as Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Georgia and Peru. He has successfully negotiated humanitarian access to vulnerable populations in conflict settings across the globe and has played a lead role resolving aid-worker abduction crises and other emergencies. Cornish sat on MSF Canada’s board of directors before serving as executive director. He also worked with the Canadian Red Cross as manager of programs for countries in armed conflict, and for CARE Canada as a policy and advocacy advisor. Currently, he is director of the board for Youth Challenge International, is an honorary director of Canadian Physicians for the Environment and is a member of the steering committee for Pathways to Peace, an international peace-building initiative in Afghanistan. Cornish holds a master’s degree in global risk and crisis management from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris, and a post-graduate diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford. He speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian. His work has been published in academic and policy journals, including the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies and Policy Options. In Canada, he spurs public debate on pressing humanitarian issues as an opinion contributor to several national news outlets and through public speaking.