Deputy Director & Secretary
Amaury Cooper is an enterprise risk, security, crisis, resilience, & operations professional with over 15 years’ experience in analysis, planning, and administration in the academic, private, and humanitarian aid & international development sectors. As a subject matter expert on NGO safety and security, Amaury has been interviewed across multiple news media platforms, is a frequent speaker at conferences, and serves on numerous US government and association working groups. He is currently Deputy Director of Global Security at Global Communities, a global development organization committed to working in partnership with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable, impactful changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. Before joining Global Communities, Amaury held positions in security management, crisis response, and threat analysis at Education Development Center (EDC) 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), 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 previously served on the International Leadership Council of the Monterey Institute.
He earned an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and 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 speaks fluent in French and advanced Mandarin Chinese, with a working knowledge of Spanish and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.