International Expert on Disaster Relief to Speak on Campus

Rabih Torbay, Vice President for International Operations, International Medical Corps (IMC) will speak on campus February 19. An experienced disaster relief manager and program design specialist, Torbay has 15 years of experience working in developing countries. He has implemented projects in complex emergency settings on three continents and worked in all phases of NGO disaster response management.

Rabih Torbay

Rabih Torbay, Vice President for International Operations of International Medical Corps (IMC)

In 2003, Torbay led the Emergency Response Team and served as Acting Country Director for IMC’s comprehensive relief and development initiative in Iraq. IMC was the first non-governmental organization to enter southern Iraq in April 2003 as well as one of the first agencies to enter Baghdad after the war. Currently, IMC has more than 400 staff operating programs in 16 of 18 governed regions throughout the country.

Torbay spearheaded a comprehensive, multi-sectoral relief program throughout Iraq. Hi efforts included primary health services, basic medical supplies and drugs, emergency feeding programs for the most vulnerable, water and sanitation activities, hospital and clinic rehabilitation, and hands-on training for Iraqi medical counterparts. He was invited to speak by Ambassador (Ret.) Joseph H. Melrose Jr., who first met him in Sierra Leone.

Torbay’s lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in Musser Auditorium in Pfahler Hall.