Dr. Charles Owubah

Charles Owubah
Chief Executive Officer, Action Against Hunger

Dr. Charles Owubah was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for Action Against Hunger-USA in 2019. Dr. Owubah brings outstanding professional experience, academic qualifications, and a profound personal passion for this organization’s world-changing mission. He was an academic and consultant on food aid management before spending nearly 20 years at World Vision in roles of increasing responsibility. He rose through multiple roles, from monitoring and evaluation specialist to country director to Regional Vice President for East Africa, with a portfolio of $546 million and more than 6,000 staff. Charles brings deep technical expertise in collaborating with local communities on sustainable water and food security programs, delivering emergency relief, and promoting child survival across a global footprint.

An accomplished, well-rounded leader, Charles brings a remarkable blend of experience that perfectly matches Action Against Hunger’s culture and forward-looking needs. A visionary and strategist, he also has extensive practical experience designing, managing and evaluating quality programs across East Africa. He prioritizes organizational and talent development, and a culture of learning at the same time he maintains an external view, with demonstrated fundraising success. He has led an innovative research agenda, while also enhancing organizational compliance and an ambitious advocacy agenda.

Charles also stands out for his principles, passion and authentic commitment to creating better ways to fight global hunger. As the son of a farmer, he has a palpable love for the land and the people who care for it, as well as an intimate understanding of the issues, needs, and context in which we work. 

Charles both embodies and advances the new era of humanitarian leadership that is playing out so strikingly across Africa, and in the other important places Action Against Hunger serves, including Cambodia and Haiti.

Charles holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management and Policy from Purdue University in the U.S., and his B.S. from the University of Science and Technology in his home country of Ghana.

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