Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award

April 7, 2017

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative will award the 2017 Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award to Nancy Lindborg, president of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), at a celebration and reception on Friday, April 7, 2017. 

Nancy Lindborg has served since February 2015 as President of the United States Institute of Peace, an independent institution founded by Congress to provide practical solutions for preventing and resolving violent conflict around the world.

Ms. Lindborg has spent most of her career working in fragile and conflict affected regions around the world. Prior to joining USIP, she served as the Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at USAID. From 2010 through early 2015, Ms. Lindborg led USAID teams focused on building resilience and democracy, managing and mitigating conflict and providing urgent humanitarian assistance. Ms. Lindborg led DCHA teams in response to the ongoing Syria Crisis, the droughts in Sahel and Horn of Africa, the Arab Spring, the Ebola response and numerous other global crises.

Public Events

Building Peace in a Turbulent World Lecture
Harvard Kennedy School | WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman Building, 1st Floor
Friday, April 7, 2017 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM

This event is hosted by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and co-sponsored by the Women and Public Policy Program, the Future of Diplomacy Project, and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Lunch will be provided.

The Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award

The late Elisabeth B. “Betsy” Weintz, who passed away in 2007, and her husband, J. Frederick Weintz, were early supporters of creating a strong program at Harvard focused on identifying ways to improve humanitarian response to crises globally and improving training for humanitarian aid workers. They provided the initial funding for the FXB Program on Complex Humanitarian Emergencies at the Harvard School of Public Health (now the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), and as a result of their ongoing support, the Program evolved into the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, an academic and research center. Since 2011, HHI also includes an educational arm, which was established to build knowledge and skills among humanitarian leaders and aid workers on the front lines of relief work. “The humanitarian efforts at Harvard would not have been possible without the early and steadfast leadership and commitment of Betsy and Fred Weintz,” said VanRooyen. “Mrs. Weintz was a dedicated community leader in her hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut, but she also had a global vision. She was a passionate advocate for advancing the research and training of humanitarian leaders around the world. As one of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s founding benefactors and most loyal supporters, she helped build the academic humanitarian community at Harvard University.

In 2015, J. Frederick Weintz established the Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award to celebrate the memory, compassionate spirit, and transformative leadership of Betsy Weintz. The Award is to be bestowed annually upon a visionary public figure who has demonstrated superior leadership in a time of humanitarian crisis. The Award Fund also provides a grant for a faculty member or postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University whose work aligns with that of the awardee. 

The recipient of this year's research grant is Delia Wendel, Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Delia's work addresses how communities rebuild and recover from conflict and disaster, and she teaches a course titled "Architecture of Peace" in the Department of Urban Planning and Design.  

Award Recipient Nancy Lindborg
President, United States Institute of Peace