William S. Chemaly

William S. ChemalyVisiting Fellow

William Chemaly brings a practitioner’s perspective with his hands-on involvement in several large-scale data processes in humanitarian and development response operations, including Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, DR Congo, Haiti, Serbia and Yemen. William is the Representative of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in Geneva and has an avid interest in the area of humanitarian policies, the linking of humanitarian and development work, and politics of data in disaster management. Prior to his work with DRC, William set up and headed the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) which negotiated and facilitated the set-up of data processes in several humanitarian operations. JIPS has been central to help shaping some of the concepts around profiling in internal displacement contexts worldwide. William previously worked as an emergency expert during crises in Lebanon, Uganda and Kenya. He earned degrees in Economics, International Relations and Human Rights Law from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon, the University of Malta and the National University of Ireland in Galway.