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Josef Korbel School of International Studies Humanitarian Assistance Program

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Dr. John Ambler

Vice President, Strategy, Oxfam America

Guest speaker, Vice President Strategy for Oxfam America, Dr. John AmblerDr. John Ambler, an alumnus of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, spoke to students on May 13 about his life and career as a Vice President of Strategy at Oxfam America.

Dr. Ambler participated in talk co-hosted by the Office of Career and Professional Development as a Professional in Residence. When it comes to career choice, Dr. Ambler encouraged students to follow their consciences, and reminded students that based on his experience, "Things will look up; your status is temporary." Regarding the structure of humanitarian aid positions, he said, "If you're concerned about poverty, you need to be concerned about policy."

Dr. Ambler also gave a public talk titled, "Averting a Worldwide Humanitarian Food Crisis: Response, Resilience and Realignment for Our Agricultural Systems."  Dr. Ambler argued that the new looming crisis in world food production has a different character than past crises and that confronting it will require a different and more diverse response to avert humanitarian catastrophe, especially for the world's most vulnerable people. A successful response demands reform in national and international policies, key agricultural institutions and foreign aid.

For a full review of Dr. Ambler's visit to the Josef Korbel School, check out our Spring 2013 Newsletter.  To learn more about Oxfam America, click here.