Board of Directors

Kevin Cahill, M.D. is the President of the CIHC. He has 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 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. 


On March 1st, 2013, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser assumed the post of UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. Prior to that, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser assumed the Presidency of the Sixty-Sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly from September 13, 2011 to September 17, 2012. A veteran diplomat, Mr. Al-Nasser has the rank of Minister, granted by His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar. He has contributed to advancing the multilateral agenda in the realms of peace and security, sustainable development and South-South cooperation over a career spanning nearly four decades.

Francis 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. Dr. Deng holds a doctorate in law from Yale University.

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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. He currently teaches at Fordham University Law School, where he received a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, the highest honor awarded by Fordham University.

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.

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. 

Geraldine Kunstadter is Chairman and President of the Albert Kunstadter Family Foundation. Geraldine is a former President of the National Institute of Social Sciences and recipient of the Silver Medal for Distinguished Service from the National Institute of Social Sciences.  For eighteen years Geraldine served on the National Committee on United States-China Relations.  Geraldine is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Hospitality Committee for U.N. Delegations, Inc.

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 also served for 15 years, as Founding Chair of the New York City Campaign Finance Board. years, as Founding Chair of the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

Ms. Argentina Szabados is currently the Regional Director for  International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Ms. Szabados began her career with the World Council of Churches where she led Emergency Programs covering war zones in former Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan. She has received national and international awards, written and contributed to many publications and studies on migration and humanitarian aid topics, and she is also a frequent lecturer for the IIHA at Fordham University in New York.


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 various Secretaries of State. He returned to government service as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs from 1993-1997.

Founding Members

Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1922-2016) was the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations; the first Secretary-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie; Professor of International Law at Cairo University; and Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Egypt. He was 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. He received an LL.B from Cairo University and a Ph.D. in international law from Paris University. 

Paul Hamlyn (1926-2001) was an entrepreneurial publisher and philanthropist. He made his fortune in publishing, and is often considered among the leading publishers of the 20th century. His success was built on challenging traditional approaches to publishing, innovating in the development of new products that took high quality to a mass market. Famously, these included the first illustrated cookbooks, a series of classical music recordings (Music for pleasure) and high quality arts books, among many others. Born Paul Hamburger in Berlin, he came to the UK as a migrant in 1933. Like many Jewish families, the Hamburgers left Germany to escape Nazi persecution. He served during the war as a Bevin boy, working in coal mines. He started his first book-selling business in 1949, selling volumes out of a wheelbarrow in Camden. From these beginnings, Hamlyn Books eventually grew. He later created Octopus and other successful imprints.

John Cardinal O'Connor (1920-2000) served as Archbishop of New York from 1984 until his death in 2000, and was created a cardinal in 1985. He previously served as auxiliary bishop of the Military Vicariate of the United States (now the Archdiocese for the Military Services) (1979–83) and Bishop of Scranton (1983–84).

Cyrus Vance (1917-2002) was an American lawyer and United States Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1980. Prior to that position he was the Secretary of the Army and the Deputy Secretary of Defense.  As Secretary of State, Vance approached foreign policy with an emphasis on negotiation over conflict and a special interest in arms reduction. Vance also served as a trustee of the New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Yale Urban Institute and the Yale Corporation, and was chairman of the board of the Rockefeller Foundation. He was vice chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations until 1987, and a member of the United Nations Association and the Trilateral Commission.



Brendan Cahill

Executive DirectoR

Larry HollingwortH

Humanitarian Programs Director

Albert J. MarchettI

Chief Financial Officer

Gonzalo Sánchez-TeráN

Deputy Humanitarian Programs Director

Leo F. McGinity, Jr., Esq.


Alumni Council

Argentina Szabados

Laura Perez

Peter Ophoff


Lejla Hrasnica

Mark Little, M.D

Florian Razesberger

Andrea Tamburini