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April 21, 2021

A Conversation with Lisa Carty: From a Diplomat in the Foreign Service to a Problem-Solver in the International Humanitarian World Blog Post

by Keerat Singh (SFS'23)

On Tuesday, April 13, Lisa Carty, the director of humanitarian financing and resource mobilization at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) joined the Conversations of Global Health class for an enlightening discussion. She began by sharing the tale of her career, starting at her unemployment following her graduation from Georgetown, something that I, and I’m sure many of my peers, fear about in the future. However, Ms. Carty found a volunteer posting in Southeast Asia, jumped at the opportunity, and found it to be an eye-opening experience. As she told us, that experience defined the rest of her career. Having grown up in New York City and suburban New Jersey, teaching English in a different country opened her eyes to a world of possibilities.

April 15, 2021

A Conversation with Ms. Lisa Carty: The Role of Multilateral Organizations in Addressing the Fragmentations in Secondary Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic Blog Post

by Velen Yifei Wu (SFS'24)

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Ms. Lisa Carty, the director of the Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), and a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, joined the Conversation for Global Health class. During Ms. Carty’s 25 years in foreign service, she worked in both multilateral organizations as well as the private sector in the United States and abroad. Her wide span of experiences provided her with a deep understanding of their contrasting yet somewhat complementary roles in addressing today’s global health challenges. Focusing on the responsibility and potential of multilateral partners, Ms. Carty stated that while multilateral systems are not perfect, “they hold tremendous resources and influence... to solve problems at scale.”