Piet deVries, MSTechnical Director, Crisis Response
Areas of expertise
- Fragile states
- Crisis response
- Humanitarian assistance
- Capacity building
- Program development
- Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)
Piet deVries leads FHI 360's crisis response initiative where he develops and manages the organization's emergency response programs. This initiative addresses the increasing number of armed conflicts, unprecedented flow of refugees and greater frequency of natural disasters around the world. The crisis response team works in fragile states to provide integrated humanitarian assistance to those in urgent need.
Before joining FHI 360, deVries managed programs in more than 10 countries across Asia and Africa. His most recent international posting was leading Global Communities' response to the Ebola ouitbreak in Liberia. In that capacity, he managed a nationwide program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose budget grew from US$750,000 to US$40 million in less than a year. Former USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah recognized this program as being key to stopping the outbreak.
deVries has also led and supported responses to humanitarian emergencies in Pakistan, the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, the genocide in Rwanda and conficts in South Sudan and Somalia. In addition, he has run programs focused on infrastructure, health, education, livelihoods and environment in several countries, including Indonesia, Kosovo, Laos, Liberia, Pakistan and Thailand. Throughout his career, deVries has drawn upon the lessons learned from his extensive on-the-ground experience to strengthen relationships between international development agencies and research institutions.
deVries has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at San Diego and a Master of Science in international development technologies from Humboldt State University.