Green Festival Speakers

Stephen Commins


Stephen Commins teaches courses in regional and international development, and the role of Non-Governmental Organizations, at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. His current courses focus on urbanization in developing countries, NGOs and disaster management. Commins directed the Development Institute at the UCLA African Studies Center in the 1980s, and then worked as Director of Policy and Planning at World Vision International in the 1990s. He was Senior Human Development Specialist at the World Bank from 1999-2005 and managed several initiatives on service delivery in post-conflict countries and the relationships between political reform and improved services. Since 2005, he has continued his work on service delivery programs and is currently Strategy Manager, Fragile States, International Medical Corps, and the co-founder of the Health and Fragile States Network. He also consults on humanitarian emergencies for World Vision International, and disasters and safety nets for the World Bank in Bangladesh.