Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Henry Mgbemena

Henry Mgbemena

Doctoral Student, Strategic Leadership

Henry has been in the international humanitarian assistance and development sector for over two decades. Throughout his career, he has been at the vanguard of critical decision-making needed to ensure vulnerable populations access assistance in critical moments.  Henry joined the United Nations in 2000 and worked in different capacities with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations Development Program, World Food Program and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security at policy and operational levels. His work with the United Nations entailed assignments and deployment to mostly crisis, conflict and disaster settings where he supported the implementation of lifesaving humanitarian and development efforts. Henry also worked for the International Monetary Fund as Chief, International Security Operations in Washington DC before joining World Vision as Global Security Adviser. He is now the Head, Safety and Security at VisionFund International—a global Microfinance Institution with thousands of staff deployed in about thirty countries in the World.

Henry volunteers as the Board Chair for Every Village Matters Inc; a UK based INGO that aims at alleviating poverty in rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa through opportunities for education, skills training, employment, trade and enterprise. He is also a pro bono Faculty member at Tekedia Institute, Boston USA.

Henry has a Masters degree in Political Science-International Relations; Masters in Cybersecurity-Cyber Intelligence and presently a Doctoral Student in Strategic Leadership.

Research focuses on Strategic Leadership; Security Risk Management; Disaster Management; Conflict Resolution; Negotiation, and Humanitarian Access.