George C. Biddle
WomenStrong International Board Member
Chair of World Connect, supporting local leaders in the developing world; Former Executive Vice President, the International Rescue Committee
George Biddle is the chairman of World Connect, a grassroots organization that supports local leaders in the developing world to undertake innovative, sustainable and scalable community development projects. In the process, World Connect engages young Americans to think and act globally and philanthropically by engaging them in its projects and partnerships. To date, World Connect has launched over 1,000 projects in more than 20 countries.
From 2000 to 2015, Mr. Biddle was the executive vice president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a leading humanitarian organization that responds to conflict and natural disasters across the globe. He is now a member of the IRC’s Board of Directors and served as acting president of the IRC from May to July 2002. Prior to joining the IRC, Mr. Biddle was Vice-President of the International Crisis Group, an organization that works through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. He was also President of the Institute for Central American Studies, an organization he founded in 1989 to assist post-cold war Central America, in its transition from violent conflict to peace and democracy. He serves on several nonprofit boards, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds an A.B. degree from Harvard and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins.