With a career spanning over four decades in humanitarian and developmental roles, Jamie McGoldrick possesses a wealth of experience in global crisis management, coordination, and leadership. Currently, he serves as a consultant with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and holds the position of technical adviser for USAID's Global Executive Leadership Initiative. McGoldrick is recognised for his leadership roles in UN missions to Yemen, Nepal, and Palestine, among others. Beyond his fieldwork, he has significantly contributed to academia as a lecturer at Bournemouth and Fordham Universities, where he imparts knowledge on conflicts and disasters. He also hosts the podcast "Humanitarian Fault Lines" for Fordham University.
Throughout his distinguished career, McGoldrick has held pivotal positions, including Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Resident Coordinator in Nepal, and the Resident Representative in Georgia. His roles have primarily centred around coordinating humanitarian responses, overseeing UN programmes, and engaging with local governments and international bodies to ensure access, security, and the mobilisation of essential resources.
Earlier in his career, McGoldrick served as the Chief of OCHA's Humanitarian Reform Support Unit in Geneva, a delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross, and as a representative for the International Federation of Red Cross in Liberia. He has been instrumental in responding to major global events including the Lebanon war, earthquakes in Nepal, and crises in Sierra Leone, Bosnia, and Somalia.
In addition to his humanitarian endeavours, McGoldrick has a strong background in media, having worked with various UK TV broadcast companies. He holds educational credentials from renowned institutions such as Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of North Carolina, and Columbia University.