Lisa Doughten

Lisa Doughten joined OCHA in May 2013, as Chief of the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) secretariat.

Ms. Doughten overseesthe daily operations of the CERF, which is a global fund that disburses over US$450 million annually to global humanitarian operations in support of country-level leadership, coordination and accountability to affected people. 

From 2008 until her appointment to OCHA, Ms. Doughten served as Senior Advisor for UNICEF’s public sector fundraising office based in New York, where she mobilized resources for the organization’s humanitarian and development programmes for children in more than 190 countries and territories.

Prior to working with UNICEF, Ms. Doughten served as Senior Emergency Response Officer for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), where she managed a project to strengthen WFP’s capacity to respond to emergencies, as well as having been deployed on long-term emergency missions in Africa and Asia.

Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Doughten was a Senior Manager with a Washington, DC-based consulting firm where, for 5 years, she managed multi-million dollar international contracts for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and travelled extensively to support emergency operations worldwide.   From 1993 to 1998, Ms. Doughten worked throughout the Former Yugoslavia for USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance on the Disaster Assistance Response Team.

Ms Doughten has worked in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.  She received her Master of Science degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in International Studies.