John Sampson has 11 years of experience leading complex, high-speed programs in conflict, post-conflict, and fragile environments, including stability and transition, countering violent extremism, governance, emergency assistance, crisis management, infrastructure, and civil-military coordination programs.

He has worked collaboratively with funding agencies, governments, and the private sector in countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. As deputy of IRD’s Stability and Governance Practice from 2013-2015, John led a global portfolio of emergency and post crisis response, transition, conflict prevention, peace building, and governance projects in 18 countries. From 2008-2010 John was the Chief of Party on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Transition Initiatives program in Pakistan. Prior to that, as Emergency and Post Crisis Officer with IOM, John led emergency and post crisis programs in West and Central Asia, including as head of IOM’s Earthquake response in Kashmir following the 2005 Pakistan Earthquake. John is fluent in Pashtu, Urdu, and Hindi with skills in French and Arabic.



Aaron Sheldon

With a background in conflict management, political science, and governance, Aaron Sheldon brings more than 10 years of experience to technical and operational assignments.

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