Amaury Cooper is Deputy Director for Risk Management and Global Security at International Relief & Development (IRD). He is responsible for the development and implementation of corporate-wide policies, protocols, and procedures, as well as advancing an enterprise-wide strategy to mitigate risk; safeguard employees and assets; as well as ensure continuity of operations for the organization around the world. He oversees all aspects of security, crisis, and business continuity management for the organization’s international programs, including: administrative, personnel, and facility security; security & crisis education and training; contingency planning, crisis management and emergency preparedness; and internal investigations.
He has over ten year’s professional experience in international crisis and security analysis, planning, and management in both private and non-profit sectors. Prior to IRD, he was Technical Manager for Security and Field Operations at Creative Associates International. Before that, Amaury held positions in crisis response, security management, and analysis at CHF International, Control Risks, and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. He has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
In addition to his role on the International Leadership Council of Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), Amaury is a founding member and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the International NGO Safety & Security Association (INSSA); a founding member and Chair of the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) International Development Working Group (IDWG) and active member of InterAction’s Security Advisory Group (SAG) and the Board of Advisors of the American Mandarin Society.
Amaury holds an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with an emphasis on the nexus of terrorism and transnational crime, and its effects on security and development of post-conflict/failed states. He earned a BA in International Relations with minors in Global Peace & Security and East Asian 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, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.