Neil Boothby

Specializes in child rights and protection, especially in refugee contexts

Dr. Neil Boothby is a Professor and Director of the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child at the University of Notre Dame. He is an internationally recognized expert and advocate for children affected by war, displacement, and abject poverty and has published extensively on the subject. As a senior representative of UNICEF, UNHCR, and Save the Children, he has worked for more than 40 years with children in adversity in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. He has also held professorships at Duke and Columbia universities, where his research focused on how to create pathways out of adversity for children and youth. He is the recipient of several awards for his fieldwork, including the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award, for his work with child soldiers; the Mickey Leyland Award, for his work on behalf of uprooted people; the United Nation’s Golden Achievement Award; for excellence in social sector activities; the USAID Group Leadership Award, for developing the first whole of US Government Action Plan for Children in Adversity; the Lyndhurst Leadership Award, for his work with migrant children; and Duke University’s Humanitarian Service Award.