InterAction Vice President Joel Charny Selected to Lead Norwegian Refugee Council USA

WASHINGTON – On Dec. 17, 2015, InterAction Vice President of Humanitarian Policy & Practice Joel Charny was selected as the first director for Norwegian Refugee Council USA.

One of the world’s most respected and experienced humanitarian NGOs, the Norwegian Refugee Council was established in 1946 to assist refugees in Europe after World War II. The organization now has staff operating in 25 different countries, including the United States. Norwegian Refugee Council USA will base its new U.S. operations in Washington, D.C.

Upon the announcement of Charny's selection, InterAction CEO Sam Worthington said, "The Norwegian Refugee Council couldn't have made a better choice in selecting Joel to lead their new U.S.-based efforts. And on behalf of the entire InterAction community I want to both thank him for his service and congratulate him on this exciting new opportunity."

Charny added, "The upcoming World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul this May will be a crucial opportunity for our community to focus world leaders on the need for action to help the historic number of people seeking refuge from war and conflict. I look forward to working with InterAction and its members as the summit approaches."

Prior to joining InterAction in 2010, Charny served as the vice president for policy with Refugees International, where he conducted humanitarian assessment missions to Pakistan in the aftermath of 9/11, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, the Chinese border with North Korea, Indonesia and Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the tsunami, the Central African Republic, Burma, Syria, Kenya, and Sudan.