Our Hon. President, Harry Richard Leefe
Harry Leefe is currently working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as the Global Staff Accommodation Manager in HQ Geneva (Staff Health and Welfare Service), responsible for ensuring minimum standards of living and working conditions of UNHCR staff working in remote and insecure locations globally.
Prior to this posting, Mr. Leefe was responsible in 2010 for starting the UNHCR Fleet Management Project, part of the Supply Management Logistics Service, Budapest, with the objective of modernizing the UNHCR global light vehicle fleet, including new GPS tracking technology. He handed over this responsibility when taking on the new Global Staff Accommodation Managers role in February 2012.
Mr. Leefe was posted to Chad in 2009 at the request of the Representative to assist the operation on establishing deep field office and accommodation compounds particularly in Eastern Chad, close to the refugee camps.
In February 2007, Mr. Leefe was posted for two years as Head of Sub Office Gulu and Internally Displaced Persons Coordinator (IDP) for UNHCR in northern Uganda, overseeing the UNHCR operations in seven districts where there were 109 IDP camps. He managed a programme of IDP camp closure and return of IDP’s to their villages of origin in the region.
Prior to this posting Mr. Leefe was attached to the Peace Building, Partnership and Livelihoods Section, in the Division of Operational Support in Geneva and was also attached to the UN Joint Logistics Unit in Beirut during the Israeli bombing of Southern Lebanon in 2006.
Mr. Leefe is a graduate of Cranfield University UK with a Master of Science in Transportation and a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK). He joined UNHCR in 1993 after working in the private logistics sector and also as a consultant with the UN World Food Programme in Kenya (Life Line Sudan).
Mr. Leefe has worked with UNHCR as Senior Logistics Officer in Geneva Headquarters; Senior Military Liaison Officer to NATO/SFOR in Sarajevo BiH and Head of the Southern Regional Office in Mostar BiH and acting Deputy Chief of Mission BiH. He has also been involved in emergency programmes including Rwanda 1994, Kosovo 1999, Somalia (Tsunami) 2005 and Lebanon 2006.
Much of his work has involved refugee emergency and repatriation programmes and he has traveled extensively in Africa and other parts of the world in support of this work. During the period 2004 to 2006, he was UNHCR Mine Action Focal Point and worked closely with other UN agencies and non government organizations (NGO) on mine action programmes globally.
Mr. Leefe is often requested to provide expert advice at training courses specifically designed for military and police forces that are likely to be attached to NATO, European Union and UN missions, in support of humanitarian peace keeping operations.