Amaury Cooper is a security and operations professional with more than twelve years of experience in international security, crisis, and business continuity analysis, planning, and management in the academic, private sector, and NGO humanitarian aid & development sectors. He is a frequent speaker and subject matter expert on NGO security issues and how geo-political risk affects international humanitarian aid and development assistance organizations implementing programs in underdeveloped and post-conflict, failed states.
Currently an independent security, risk, and crisis management consultant, he was most recently Deputy Director for Risk Management and Global Security at International Relief & Development (IRD), he oversaw all aspects of security, crisis, and business continuity management for the organization’s international programs, including: personnel and facility security; pre-deployment security training; contingency and emergency planning & management; and internal investigations.
Prior to IRD, Amaury held positions in crisis response, security management, and threat analysis at Creative Associates, CHF International (now Global Communities), Control Risks, and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Early in his career, Amaury worked in China for six years, where he ran marketing and business development for IT/Telecom advisory firm and was a consultant to several business intelligence and retail companies. Prior to living in Asia, Amaury held research positions at multiple non-profit think tanks and helped research and edit portions of the book Terror in the Mind of God, by Mark Juergensmeyer.
He is a co-founding Board Member and Secretary of the International NGO Safety & Security Association (INSSA), a non-profit global membership association of individuals, supported by organizations, committed to improving the quality and effectiveness of safety and security for humanitarian relief and development assistance workers operating in complex and hostile environments around the world. He is a founding Chair of the Overseas Security Advisory Council’s (OSAC) International Development Working Group (IDWG) and a member of OSAC’s Pan-Asian Regional Council (PARC) steering committee; an active member of InterAction’s Security Advisory Group (SAG), the International Leadership Council of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and sits on the Board of Advisors of the American Mandarin Society.
Amaury earned his MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies focusing on the nexus of terrorism and transnational crime, and its effects on security and development of post-conflict/failed states. He received a BA in International Relations with minors in Global Peace & Security and East Asian Cultural Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned 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, has a working knowledge of Spanish. When not traveling for work he resides near Washington, DC.