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Hervé R. Thomas
Consultant , Public and International Affairs
Philadelphia, PA, United States, - Outside India
Hervé Thomas is a public and international affairs professional with over 15 years of experience in international development, humanitarian assistance, and natural resource management policy eager to sustainably improve lives and ways of doing business. Hervé is skilled in building networks, managing complex objectives, and collaborating across public, private, and civil society institutions.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
Professional Experience:
Over the last 15 years, Hervé Thomas has held extended assignments in several conflict-affected countries and had meaningful exposure to various cultures while living or studying in Egypt, Germany, Haiti, Jordan, Nepal, Syria, or the United States. Such experiences have endowed him with technical expertise in many areas including:

• Climate change, for which Hervé has undergone graduate training to develop a deep understanding of the forces giving rise to the climate crisis and complement work assignments he undertook in Afghanistan, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and the United States in support of climate change adaptation efforts;

• Food security programming in Afghanistan, Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, and Iraq, which Hervé and his technical teams have designed to tackle malnutrition and food shortages using high-impact scalable solutions and policy schemes;

• Forced migration mitigation and response which allowed Hervé to advocate for policy changes as well as formulate strategies that offer critical support to and protection for forced migrants in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Jordan in collaboration with diverse stakeholders such as national authorities, diplomatic missions, donors, and civil society organizations; and

• Health, a field that exposed Hervé to evidence-backed and innovative strategies helping to address gaps in essential health services and promote wellbeing for the most vulnerable communities in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Iraq, and the State of Tennessee in the United States.

Aside from these specialized experiences, Hervé has also lived, studied, volunteered, or worked in Egypt, Germany, Haiti, Morocco, Nepal, and Syria. His experiences in these culturally diverse and politically complex environments have helped cultivate his proven management and leadership qualities. These attributes, coupled with his maturity and demonstrated commitment to cultural sensitivities will allow him to collaboratively build staff capacity while delivering high-quality and cost-effective solutions in support of the mission, vision, and strategy of any organization he joins.

Technical Skills
Strategic planning and coordination | Grant implementation and field operations | Operations management | Collaboration, networking, and engagement | Financial management and donor compliance | Liaison, representation and strategic Partnerships | Staff management and capacity development | Resource mobilization
Education:
Princeton University | Princeton, NJ
• Master in Public Affairs (2017)
• Master’s Certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
• Fellow, Center for Information Technology Policy
• Graduate Associate, Program in Law & Public Affairs
• Teaching Fellow, Princeton University Preparatory Program
• Member, Gender Policy Network
• Financial Markets for Public Policy Professionals -Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance

Fordham University | Geneva, Switzerland
• International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (2006)
• Community Participation & Mobilization in Emergency Response (2010)
• Humanitarian Negotiators Training Course (2010)

The Ohio State University | Columbus, OH
• Bachelor of Arts (honors & distinction), Development Studies
• Bachelor of Arts (honors), Arabic (2003)
• Glenn Fellow, The Middle East Institute
• Kuwait Studies Scholar, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
• Boren Scholar, The American University in Cairo
• Cairo International Model UN & Model Arab League
• Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
• Student Achievement in Research & Scholarship (STARS)
• Research Grantee, Mershon Center for International Security Studies
• Summers abroad in Syria and Jordan
• National Society of Collegiate Scholars
• National Conference on Undergraduate Research
• Freshman Foundation Scholar
• Arts and Sciences Honors and Scholars Program
Affiliations and Achievements:
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
• The Antarctic's Deglacial Evolution Offers New Climate Change Insights. News Landed. 2020
• Pénurie alimentaire… Crise à l’horizon? herverthomas.com. 2020
• Leçons d’actualité de Fatou Diome: Romancière et visionnaire franco-sénégalaise. herverthomas.com. 2020
• U.S. Markets Chart Downward Trend After U.S. Financial Regulators Policy Statements. News Landed. 2020
• L'équipe du Cameroun reste fidèle aux valeurs de la voie IRC. International Rescue Committee. 2019
Payment reform in diverse practice settings. Princeton University. 2016
• Linking Economic Growth with Human Development: The Case of Kuwait. OSU. 2003
• A different look at the Arab World. National Council on Undergrad Research Proceedings Abstract. 2002
• Chronology on Oil, Gas, and the Arab Gulf Region. The Middle East Journal. Volume 56. 2002

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND MEDIA APPEARANCES
• Farmer-to-Farmer Honors Black History Month. NCBA CLUSA. 2021
• Establishment of Band -e-Amir, Afghanistan's First National Park. USAID/Afghanistan. 2011
• USAID's Assistance to Private Sector Veterinary Field Units in Afghanistan. USAID/Afghanistan. 2011
• Veterinary Field Units Provide Beneficial Services for Farmers. Press Release by USAID/Afghanistan. 2011
• Afghans Talk Trash with Paktya PRT. USAF 1st Lt. S. Taunton Paktya, PRT Public Affairs Office. 2010
• Campbell Talks Security, Governance with Team Paktya. U.S. Army 1LT N. Rasmussen, 168th Infantry. 2010
• Forget About the Poor: What Can We Learn About the Wealthy in Developing Countries (with N. Cioppa). American Economic Association Summer Training Program Research Symposia, Duke University. 2006
• Integrating Components of Development Assistance Programs Within Emergency Relief Efforts. International Summer School in Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Center, University of Oxford. 2005
• Linking Economic Growth with Human Development: The Case of Kuwait. Committee on Institutional Cooperation-Summer Research Opportunities Program Forum, The Pennsylvania State University. 2002
• A Different Look at the Arab World. NCUR Research Symposia, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. 2002

Available for:
  • Job opportunities
  • Being headhunted – make me an offer

    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, Arabic (intermediate), French (native), Haitian Creole (native), Spanish (intermediate)
    Nationality:
    Others
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/copticthomas/
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