Heidi Lehmann, MPH, Senior Director of the International Rescue Committee's (IRC) Women's Protection and Empowerment Unit, holds an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health Care from the University of South Florida and brings fifteen years of experience working in conflict, post-conflict and complex emergencies in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. As an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Heidi lends her expertise to a future cadre of activists and practitioners. She actively contributes to cutting edge research on response to and reduction of violence against women and girls in conflict zones. At IRC, she oversees a team of 25 technical experts, researchers and advocates, and in collaboration with grassroots women's organizations, Heidi plays a pivotal role in integrating the protection and empowerment of women and girls into the fabric of IRC's mission in humanitarian assistance to displaced populations.
In recognition of her expertise and leadership role in shaping the humanitarian agendas of peer NGOs, UN agencies and donor governments, Heidi was selected in 2013 as one of Womens eNews.org's 21st Century Women Leaders who carve global pathways in advancing equality and safety for women and girls around the world.