Elise Ford joined Humanity United as a director of Investments in October 2013 and is responsible for Humanity United’s Thematic Work in the field of Building Peace. Over the last year, she has been leading a strategic review for Humanity United’s work in this space, exploring how they organization can support efforts to respond quickly to escalating risks of violence, as well as scoping the foundation’s potential role in building peaceful and inclusive societies in the long-term.
Prior to joining Humanity United, Ford held a number of senior policy and campaign positions in Oxfam International in Europe, East Africa and West Africa. As the policy and campaign lead within Oxfam’s emergencies team, Ford led policy analysis and campaigns on humanitarian crises and conflict. She has extensive experience in Africa, including Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Ford has authored and co-authored a number of publications on international engagement in Somalia, the impact of conflict in Mali and food security.
Ford has previously worked for the EU and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She holds a degree in social and political science from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in public administration from the College of Europe.