Norman D Sheehan is an international risk management and mitigation specialist and advisor and crisis responder to corporations, NGOs, and International Organizations. His expertise spans more than twenty-five years of developing and implementing operational security programs, policies, crisis response, critical situation negotiations and implementing and advising humanitarian assistance initiatives.
His experience has required him to engage with traditional power centers to include the United Nations, NATO, European Union, USAID/OFDA, DFID, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), international and national non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and national governmental military structures. He has also negotiated and coordinated with evolving non-traditional powers such as armed local groups and militias. His experience includes negotiations with diverse elements and warlords in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and local militias throughout central and east Africa such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, the Darfur region and border areas of Chad, Central African Republic and Uganda.
In his past, he served as an emergency responder, trainer, response preparation and planning with Fire/Rescue and Civil Defense in Ireland. In 1985 he joined the humanitarian and development organization GOAL Ireland. With GOAL, he led emergency response deployments for prolonged periods in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sudan, Bosnia, Rwanda, Burundi, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, East Timor, Kosovo and Albania working in coordination with the humanitarian community, the United Nations, USAID/OFDA, DFID, the ICRC and various civilian and military governmental representatives.
In 2003 after spending over 18 years in the field, he was recruited as the Chief Executive Officer of WarChild UK. Dedicated to assisting children affected by war whose mission is to support and strengthen the protective environment for children who, as a result of conflict live with a combination of insecurity, poverty and exclusion.
In 2007 recruited by the Academy for Educational Development who were acquisitioned by fhi360 in June 2011 as the Global Security Director with overall responsibly for the safety and security of all international programs, staff and assets.
In 2012 recruited by Chemonics International, responsible for ensuring security systems and processes are functioning in 60 countries. Lead the security team to design, develop, and improve the performance of corporate safety and security related policies, procedures, training, travel risk awareness, crisis management coordination, external security networking, and mentorship of regionally embedded security staff.
Served from 2009 to 2012 as the Co Chair for the Security Advisory Group of InterAction which is is the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations. Collectively, InterAction’s more than 180 members work in every developing country. Members are large and small, faith-based and secular.
Currently serves as
- Chairman on the Board of Directors of Self Help USA
- International Development Working Group/OSAC committee member since 2011
- International NGO Safety and Security Association board member since 2010
- Guest Lecturer, The George Washington University, International Development Studies 2009 to date
- Served on the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) board from 2013 to 2015