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Raymond C. Offenheiser

President, Oxfam America

"Oxfam distinguishes itself because we ask the right questions. We ask hard questions. Not just of the US government, corporations, and political leaders in the countries where we work—but of our partners around the globe and, most important, of ourselves. We also pursue answers vigorously and develop innovative approaches to reducing poverty."

Ray Offenheiser joined Oxfam America as its president in 1996. Under his leadership, Oxfam America has grown more than sevenfold, and repositioned itself in the US as an influential voice on international development and foreign policy.  

Prior to joining Oxfam, Ray represented the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh and the Andean and Southern Cone regions of South America.  He has also directed programs for the Inter-American Foundation in both Brazil and Colombia and worked for Save the Children Federation in Mexico. At the 2012 G Meeting, he was appointed by the Obama administration to represent civil society interests on the Leadership Council of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa.

Ray serves and has served on numerous boards and advisory bodies for a diverse array of both national and international institutions including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the World Agricultural Forum, the Gates Foundation, Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Cornell University, Interaction and the Kellogg Center at the University of Notre Dame.  He was a co-founder and board member of the ONE Campaign, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and the Food Policy Action Network and served as honorary President of Wetlands International.

Speeches and interviews

Great Expectations: The Test of Multilateralism 
The World Bank
Preston Auditorium, WBG Headquarters, Washington DC
October 6, 2016

Making Politics Work to Meet the SDGs
International Food Policy Research Institute
September 28, 2016
Video | Presentation

Commencement speech for Warren Wilson College
Asheville, NC
Video | Speech

Address at the Inauguration of President Kerry Healey
Babson College, Wellesley, MA
October 19, 2013
Video | Speech

Collaborating and Innovating to Improve Development Outcomes
Bretton Woods Committee 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting
March 15, 2013

Gun violence threatens peace -
Interviewed with Djimon Honsou

Mitchell Reports
March 15, 2013

NGOs Facing Challenges of a 21st Century World
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
The John Hopkins University

February 22, 2013

World Economic Forum Insights
Accenture Development Partnerships Executive Roundtable at Davos 2013
January 23-27, 2013
Video | Video

Redefining Development - From Silos to Collective Impact
Global Washington 2012 Conference
December 5, 2012
Blog | Video

Rising Inequality in America and Around the World
The Brookings Institute
November 27, 2012

Not your Grandad’s NGO: Oxfam in the 21st Century
Friedman School of Nutrition
Tufts University

November 7, 2012

Partnering for a Healthy Ecosphere
Iowa Hunger Summit
The 2012 Borlaug Dialogue
Des Moines University, Iowa

October 16, 2012
Speech | Slides

Address to the Academy of International Business 2012 Annual Meeting 
Opening Plenary George Washington University
June 30, 2012

Interviewed with Djimon Honsou
The Daily Rundown (with Chuck Todd)
June 1, 2012

Interviewed with Kristin Davis
Mitchell Reports
March 7, 2012
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