Arnaud Quemin is a creative leader in international development and humanitarian relief, with nearly two decades of experience working in complex emergencies across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.
He is known for skilful management in times of transition, guiding large teams in new strategic directions, and delivering effective programming in the face of major operational challenges. He joined Mercy Corps in 2015 as Middle East Regional Programme Advisor, and has since served as Country Director in Jordan, Iraq and Syria. As Syria Country Director, he oversaw the consolidation of four major cross-border teams into a single, cohesive programme structure that delivered food, supported the livelihoods and built the resilience of 1.5 million Syrians each year.
He previously worked with the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) in South Sudan, with UNICEF in Chad and Afghanistan, and with Handicap International in Iran, Russia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Arnaud holds a master’s degree in international humanitarian aid from Aix-en-Provence and a bachelor’s degree in contemporary history from Montpellier University. He also studied Chinese at Beijing University on a scholarship.