About the Center

Directors & Officers

Kevin M. Cahill, MD

Kevin M. Cahill, M.D. is President of the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC); University Professor and Director of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University; Senior Advisor on Humanitarian and Public Health Issues to the President of the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly; Director of the Tropical Disease Center at Lenox Hill Hospital; Clinical Professor of Tropical Medicine and Molecular Parasitology at New York University School of Medicine; Chief Medical Advisor for Counterterrorism, NYPD; Professor of International Humanitarian Affairs at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Senior Consultant to the United Nations Health Service; and President-General of the American-Irish Historical Society.

Dr. Cahill received degrees from Fordham University, Cornell University School of Medicine, The Royal College of Surgeons in England, and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He holds numerous fellowships, distinguished awards, and several dozen honorary doctorates.

He has written and edited thirty-nine books and more than two hundred articles on subjects ranging from tropical diseases to humanitarian and foreign affairs, Irish literature, and public health.

Lord David Owen

Lord David Owen was a Member of Parliament for 26 years during which, under Labour Governments, he was Navy Minister, Health Minister, and Foreign Secretary. Lord Owen was a co-founder of the Social Democratic Party in 1981 and its leader from 1983-1990. He served as the EU Co-Chairman of the peace negotiations in the former Yugoslavia from 1992-1995. Prior to entering political life, he was a physician and neurologist. Lord Owen has served on a number of independent commissions including: Independent Commission on Disarmament and Security Issues; Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues; Carnegie Commission on Preventing Armed Conflict. He was Chairman of Humanitas from 1990-2001, a charitable organization dedicated to public education on humanitarian issues. Lord Owen was Chancellor of Liverpool University from 1996-2009.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-Ghali is President of the Egyptian National Commission for Human Rights, President of the International Panel on Democracy and Development in UNESCO, President of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law, and President of the Institute for Mediterranean Political Studies, Monaco.

Boutros-Ghali holds an LL.B from Cairo University and a Ph.D. in international law from Paris University. He was Professor of International Law and International Relations at Cairo University, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from 1977-1991, a Member of the Egyptian Parliament from 1987-1991, and Deputy Prime Minister before being elected Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1992.

Francis Mading DengFrancis M. Deng is U.N. Under-Secretary General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. He was also U.N. Special Representative on Internally Displaced Persons for over 12 years. Dr. Deng was Sudan's Ambassador to Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden from 1972-1974, to the United States from 1974-1976, and to Canada from 1980-1983. He was Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from 1976-1980.  He was Distinguished Professor of political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and co-founder of the CUNY Graduate Center-Brookings Institution Project on Internal Displacement.  Dr. Deng has authored, co-authored, and edited almost thirty books, and a great many articles and reports on a variety of topics from anthropological studies to literary works, to law, history, and conflict resolution. Dr. Deng holds a doctorate in law from Yale University.

Richard Goldstone

Richard Goldstone is globally recognized for his contributions to the field of international human rights. He is a former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and the former Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International War Crimes Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Justice Goldstone is chairing the Independent Panel on the International Criminal Court Judicial Elections and is the co-chair of the Rule of Law Action Group established by the International Bar Association. Justice Goldstone has received several international awards; in 2009 he was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Award for International Justice. He currently teaches at Fordham University Law School, where he received a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, the highest honor awarded by Fordham University. He is an honorary member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Justice Goldstone received his B.A./L.L.B., cum laude, from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa..

Lady Helen Hamlyn is the Chair of the Helen Hamlyn Trust, a UK charity. She supports projects involved with humanitarian concerns, medical research, and international and cultural initiatives, particularly in India at the World Heritage Site of Khajuraho and the heritage site at Nagaur in Rajasthan. The Foundation also strives to improve the lives of older people, principally through the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre at the Royal College of Art in London, where she graduated as a fashion designer. Students are encouraged to design with age in mind.

Lady Hamlyn has received the French Government’s Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and honorary degrees from Fordham University, Imperial College, and the Royal College of Art.

Peter Hansen

Peter Hansen is Diplomat-In-Residence at the IIHA at Fordham University. He retired from the United Nations after 28 years of service, the last nine as Commissioner-General of UNRWA. Mr. Hansen has been Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator as well as Executive Director of the Commission on Global Governance, Geneva from 1992-1994. He has also served in numerous other senior positions within the U.N.

Mr. Hansen studied in Denmark and the United States. He completed his graduate and post-graduate work at Aarhus University in 1966. He is the author of several books and numerous articles in scholarly journals.

Eoin O'Brien, M.D.

Eoin O'Brien, M.D. is Professor of Molecular Pharmacology at University College Dublin.

Professor O’Brien has published over 700 scientific papers on hypertension research, and is author of a number of books on high blood pressure. He has written books on the history of medicine, including Conscience and Conflict: A Biography of Sir Dominic Corrigan, and A Portrait of Irish Medicine. He has also written The Beckett Country: Samuel Beckett's Ireland.

Rev. Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. is currently President Emeritus of Fordham University. He was President of Fordham University from 1984-2003, the longest tenure in the 164-year history of the University. Prior to coming to Fordham, Father O’Hare had been the Editor-in-Chief of America Magazine, the weekly journal of opinion published by Jesuits of the United States and Canada. He has been a trustee of the Asia Society. In the public life of New York City, he served for 15 years, as Founding Chair of the New York City Campaign Finance Board. Father O’Hare has also received numerous degrees and awards.

Peter Tarnoff is President of the International Advisory Corporation based in San Francisco. From 1962-1982, he was a career Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State in Nigeria, Vietnam, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and Washington, D.C., where he served as Executive Secretary of the Department of State and Special Assistant to Secretaries of State, Cyrus Vance and Edmund Muskie. He was President of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York from 1986-1993 and returned to government service as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs from 1993-1997.



Larry HollingworthLarry Hollingworth is the Humanitarian Programs Director for the CIHC as well as Visiting Professor of Humanitarian Studies at the IIHA at Fordham University in New York. Over the past few years, he has served as Humanitarian Coordinator on CIHC-supported missions for the United Nations in Iraq, Lebanon, East Timor, Palestine, and Pakistan. After serving as a British Army officer for thirty years, Larry joined UNHCR and held assignments in Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. He was appointed UNHCR Chief of Operations in Sarajevo, during the siege of the city in the Balkan conflict. He is a frequent lecturer on relief and refugee topics in universities and is a commentator on humanitarian issues for the BBC.

Gonzalo Sánchez-Terán is the Deputy Humanitarian Programs Director. He worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service from 2001 to 2012 as Country Director in Guinea Conakry, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire and as a Program Officer in Chad and Ethiopia. During this time, he organized, managed and implemented emergency projects in Refugee and IDP camps in all five countries.

Since 2005, he has acted as a consultant for various international NGOs and in 2010-11, was the Director of the book collection of Oxfam Spain. He has published extensively on African Geopolitics and Humanitarian Assistance through articles and books. Gonzalo is an IDHA 16 graduate and a regular tutor and lecturer for the IDHA program, and for the Humanitarian Cooperation Masters at Comillas University in Madrid. He was a member of the Alumni Council from 2008 to 2013.

Albert J. Marchetti

Albert J. Marchetti is the Chief Financial Officer of the CIHC. He is the Vice President of International and Federal Relations of the Hess Corporation; he held positions in finance and accounting within the International Exploration and Production division prior to his current assignment. Mr. Marchetti is a frequent visitor to Africa and was responsible for leading the Hess Corporation’s West Africa business unit from 1998-2001, and has been the prime contact with Libya for the past decade.

Mr. Marchetti is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta (BS 1973) and Binghamton University (MS 1975). He is a New York State Certified Public Accountant and started his career with the international accounting firm KPMG where he specialized in multinational client service.

Leo F. McGinity, Jr., Esq.

Leo F. McGinity, Jr., Esq. is the Counsel for the CIHC. He is a member of the law firm of McGinity & McGinity, P.C. with offices in Garden City, New York. Mr. McGinity received his undergraduate degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Niagara University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. He has been admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. McGinity resides with his wife, Cindy, in Point Lookout, New York.