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Ray Offenheiser

Oxfam America

Raymond C. Offenheiser returned to the US in 1996 to join Oxfam America as its President. Oxfam America, a Boston-based international relief and development agency, supports organizations committed to developing solutions to poverty and injustice in more than 30 countries. Oxfam America is the US affiliate of Oxfam International—a confederation of 15 Oxfam's which collectively works in 120 countries, and has annual revenue of $1.0 billion. Oxfam complements its grassroots work with far-reaching programs to engage world public opinion and influence decision makers on such issues as food security, climate change, trade, debt relief, foreign aid, HIV/AIDS, et al, and as such, brings a unique and informed perspective to those critical issues that directly affect the lives of the world's poor.

Under Offenheiser's leadership, Oxfam America more than quintupled in size, and repositioned itself in the US as a leading voice on international development and global trade. Offenheiser has worked his entire career in the non-profit sector, and is a recognized leader on issues such as poverty alleviation, human rights, foreign policy, and international development. He has played a critical leadership role in shaping the development of the Oxfam International confederation and is a founder board member of both the ONE Campaign here in the US as well as the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). He brings more than 30 years of international development experience as a field programmer, grant maker, and executive in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the US. Prior to joining Oxfam America, he served for five years as the Ford Foundation Representative in Bangladesh and, prior to that, for five years in a similar role in the Andean and Southern Cone Region of South America. He has also directed programs for the Inter-American Foundation in Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador and worked for Save the Children Federation in Mexico.

He serves as a resource and frequent commentator in the media and before diverse public fora on such issues as foreign aid, global poverty, humanitarian relief, international agriculture, human rights, climate change, global trade policies and corporate social responsibility. He has appeared in programs on CNN, NPR, and the BBC, and published op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe and other major American newspapers. He recently stepped down as the Honorary President of Wetlands International, a global conservation organization dedicated to the protection of wetland regions. In addition his membership on the Board of Oxfam America and Oxfam International, he also serves or has served on boards, advisory bodies and working groups with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the World Agricultural Forum, the Gates Foundation, Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Interaction and the Kellogg Center at the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow.