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Jordi Raich Curcó –Barcelona, Spain, 1963– studied Biological Sciences at the University of Barcelona and International Law and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He works in humanitarian aid since 1986 as project manager, researcher and consultant in epidemics, famines and, specially, armed conflicts. He has worked in Equatorial Guinea, Peru, El Salvador, Kenya, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Angola, Mozambique, Mauritania, Georgia, Guatemala, former-Zaire, former-Yugoslavia, Afghanistan –where he lived three years–, Pakistan, in the US Naval Base of Guantanamo –Cuba–, Washington, New York, Tajikistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, The Sudan, South Sudan and Colombia.

In Spain he was the Director of External Relations of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and co-founder of Architects Without Borders. He is also associate researcher, specialized in humanitarian operations, law and ethics, of the Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action (IECAH). He has worked as Protection Delegate and Head of Delegation for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Jordi Raich lectures in many masters, intervenes regularly in seminars, conferences, TV and radio programs, and publishes opinion editorials, features, and essays in daily, weekly and specialized press such as El País, La Vanguardia, El Mundo, El Correo, La Razón, Avui, El Punt, El País Semanal, Papeles de Cuestiones Internacionales, Altaïr, Ara, El Público and Courrier International. He is also a regular contributor at Catalunya Ràdio and www.eldebat.cat.

He is the author of ONGistán (Endebate 2014), Bogotá: Grafiticity. Colombian Street Art (Kindle 2013), El caos sostenible (Península 2012), AfganiSatán. A través de un país maldito (Kindle 2010), Guerres de Plàstic (Cossetània 2008), El espejismo humanitario (Debate 2004 & Random House ebook 2013), Afganistán también existe (RBA 2002) and Evolución ética de la idea humanitaria (Cuadernos para el debate 2002 & Kindle 2012). Co-author of Was Gabo an Irishman? (Papen Press 2015), Humanitarismo militar, militarismo humanitario (Centre Delàs 2007), No a la guerra (RBA & Ara Llibres 2003), Before Emergency: Conflict Prevention and the Media (Universidad de Deusto 2003), Fogo sobre os media (Quarteto 2003) and Guerra y olvido (Intermón-Oxfam 2002). And Co-editor of El laberinto humanitario (Acento 1999).

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