Steve Smith - Acting Chair


Steve Smith - Acting Chair

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Steve Smith has been Chief Executive of International Refugee Trust since May 2016. IRT funds projects for refugees and internally displaced people in Jordan, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. Prior to joining IRT, Steve was, for four years, Chief Executive of Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) - a UK-based, international NGO, with the mission of reducing the global incidence and impact of armed violence. Here, he oversaw programmes in Burundi, Sierra Leone, Western Sahara, Liberia and DRC, while conducting advocacy work with major institutions, such as the UN, World Customs Organisation, British Houses of Parliament and the international Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons.

Steve came to AOAV from a military background, which saw him serve on operations in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and several other unstable regions. He therefore brings a broad spectrum of operational experience in conflict zones and fragile states to Keeping Children Safe. These are areas where children are perhaps most at risk – not just from armed violence, but also from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Steve holds Master’s degrees in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management (MSc - Leicester) and War in the Modern World (MA, King’s College London). He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1993 for his work to counter terrorism in Northern Ireland.