Amaury Cooper is an enterprise risk, security, crisis, resilience, & operations professional with over fifteen years’ experience in analysis, planning, and management in the academic, private, as well as the for-profit and nonprofit humanitarian aid & international development sectors. As a subject matter expert on NGO safety, security, and crisis management issues and how geo-political risk affects international humanitarian aid and development assistance organizations implementing programs in underdeveloped and post-conflict, failed states, Amaury is a frequent speaker at conferences, has been interviewed by CNN and other news outlets, and serves on numerous US Government and INGO panels and working groups.
He is currently Director of Global Safety & Security at Education Development Center (EDC), an NGO that designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Before joining EDC, Amaury held positions in crisis response, security management, and threat analysis at International Relief and Development (IRD), Creative Associates, CHF International (now Global Communities), Control Risks, and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
He co-founded and is Secretary of the International NGO Safety & Security Association (INSSA); he is a member of the of U.S. State Departments Overseas Security Advisory Council‘s (OSAC) Pan-Asian Regional Council (PARC) and Middle East/North Africa Regional Council (MENA-RC) Steering Committees and was a founding member and Chair of OSAC’s International Development Working Group (IDWG). He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the American Mandarin Society and is an active member of InterAction’s Security Advisory Group (SAG).
He earned an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies focusing on the nexus of terrorism and transnational crime, and its effects on security and development of post-conflict and failed states. He earned a BA in Political Science (International Relations emphasis) with minors in Global Peace & Security and East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has certificates in Project Management from Georgetown University as well as Advanced Mandarin Chinese from Tsinghua University and Beijing Normal University, in Beijing, China. He is fluent in French and Mandarin Chinese, with a working knowledge of Spanish and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.