George McGuire

International Committee of the Red Cross

George Mc Guire, born in Austria, was a volunteer with the Austrian Red Cross where he trained as an emergency medical technician and also rendered services as conscientious objector. He trained as a nurse, practiced for five years in intensive care and published a specialists' book on intensive care nursing in 1994 ("Pflegeprobleme Intensivmedizin", Springer). He earned a MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University in 2000 and was awarded a doctorate from the Institute of Transport and Logistics Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business for his thesis “Development of a supply chain management framework for health care goods provided as humanitarian assistance in complex political emergencies” in 2006.  He started humanitarian work in two small primary health care projects in the north of Vietnam in 1995, participated in an emergency vaccination campaign in Liberia the same year and then worked in Afghanistan for more than two years. In 1999 he worked in north Kenya, providing services to a surgical field hospital as well as health programmes in South Sudan. In 2001 he undertook various short field assignments to Sudan, Kenya, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Russian Federation, Rwanda and Kenya. Following the war in Afghanistan in 2001, he worked at a logistics centre in Pakistan for two years with a short assignment to Baghdad at the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003. Following some consultancy for the Austrian Red Cross, and after a field assignment during the Darfur crisis (Sudan) in 2004, he worked at a regional logistics centre in Nairobi with short field assignments to Rwanda, Uganda and Somalia. Since 2005 he is responsible for worldwide Medical Logistics services at the head office of an international humanitarian organization in Geneva and has undertaken numerous field assignments, among others, to Kashmir (Pakistan) after the earthquake in 2005, Liberia, to Beirut during the Lebanon war in 2006, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Kenya, Guinea, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ivory Coast and during the Swat Valley crisis (Pakistan) in 2009. In 2010 he participated in the initial emergency response to the Haiti earthquake and was part of the emergency response team during the conflict in South Kyrgyzstan. Following assignments to Colombia, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan he worked in Malta and Tripoli during the Libya war in 2011. Further short assignments to Pakistan, South Sudan, Yemen, Gaza, Jordan as well as the emergency response to Typhoon Hayan (Yolanda) in the Philippines in 2013 and the South Sudan crisis in 2014 followed. After field assignments to Kenya, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, he participated in the emergency response in the Ukraine in 2014. In 2015 he started participation in the implementation of an ERP (Enterprise Resouces Planning) application for logistics services so far in six countries in the field as well as the implementation of a Business Intelligence tool. Except for his studies, between 1995 and 2019, he has been working in humanitarian assistance for 24 years without interruption, spending 12 years
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