Rae McGrath

Associate

Rae McGrath is a specialist in conflict, post-conflict and natural emergency response. Having served for 18 years in the British Army as a military engineer he began working with NGO's, initially in Darfur Province of Sudan during the famine of the mid-1980's. He worked throughout Africa and Asia and established community-based landmine clearance programmes in Afghanistan in 1988. He was the founder of the UK-based NGO Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and the author of many key reports and two books on the impact and effective response to landmines, cluster munitions and unexploded ordnance. McGrath has also run field programmes responding to natural emergencies, including Indonesia following the 2004 tsunami in Aceh, and in Yogyakarta following the 2006 earthquake. He is an active civil society campaigner and was a founder member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), representing the campaign when it was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, he delivered the Nobel Lecture. McGrath played a key role in the Cluster Munition campaign which resulted in the treaty banning the weapons in 2008, author of some of the key technical papers and a member of the coalition international steering committee he held the position as International Spokesperson on Cluster Munitions for the Handicap International Network. Rae now works as Director of Mercy Corps for North Syria and Turkey.

 

Rae McGrath