Amy E. Hepburn

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Amy E. Hepburn


Part-time Faculty


Amy E. Hepburn is a globally recognized expert on social impact with a focus on intersectional gender equality and inclusion, humanitarian action, human rights and building social capital through cross sectoral partnerships. She is a seasoned strategic advisor who has spent 20 years driving social change globally in the private, non-profit and public sectors. Amy has researched, published, and programmed extensively on issues affecting children in complex humanitarian emergencies including armed conflict and HIV/AIDS in the Balkans, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Republic of Georgia. 

Her projects include extensive work with international and local NGOs, the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Geneva, the United States Department of State, Displaced Children and Orphans Fund, and the United States Agency for International Development, Office of HIV/AIDS. Her research and programming interests include increasing the access and quality of education for girls in resource-poor settings and the holistic care of children in complex humanitarian emergencies-- particularly those orphaned by HIV/AIDS in eastern and southern Africa and/or affected by armed conflict. 

Ms. Hepburn is the Founder of the Children in Adversity Program at Duke University and a social impact advisor focused on driving resources and attention to the world’s most marginalized. In addition, she is a Professor of Humanitarian Action for the Duke University Program on Global Governance and Policy in Geneva, Switzerland and is a Senior Research Fellow in the Duke University, Health Inequalities Program, where she consults on programming and research for children living outside family care. She is Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in International Affairs, at Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy and The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs. 

Ms. Hepburn currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her family.  She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees with highest honors from Duke University.

IAFF 6138 The Care of Children in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies