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Wendy Cue

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Chief of Environmental Emergencies, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Full Biography

Wendy Cue is Head of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean within the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. She has more than 20 years of international and UN experience in humanitarian affairs, human rights, and sustainable development. Cue joined the OCHA in 1999, reporting on the conflict and coup d’état in Guinea-Bissau. During her time in OCHA Geneva, she successfully coordinated the multi-city launch of the global humanitarian appeal. She has led UN emergency teams to coordinate initial response to the tsunami in Sri Lanka, floods in Pakistan, volcano eruption in Cabo Verde, and hurricane in Haiti. Cue monitored human rights in Rwanda in 1997 and joined the United Nations’ human rights mission to Haiti in 1992. In her previous assignments she also served as the Head of the OCHA Office in Nepal, Chief of the Emergency Preparedness Section, Coordinator for the Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium, Chief of the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit, Field Manager for the Pandemic Influenza Contingency, and Team Leader for human rights investigations in Rwanda and Haiti. She holds a degree in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University.