The University of Oregon Hosts Two Mercy Corps Practitioners


Beginning in October, the University of Oregon will host Lorina McAdam and Noor Rafiq Qadir, two Mercy Corps practitioners who will be  available to meet with UO students, faculty, and to make class presentations.

Lorina McAdam (on campus October 1st through November 16th) recently served a two-year post as Mercy Corps country director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she oversaw programs including water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, environment, economic recovery and good governance. McAdam, native to Australia, has spent the last 14 years working in international relief and development. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, McAdam worked with the International Rescue Committee in South Sudan and with Save the Children in Kenya. She has also served as a United Nations volunteer in Laos and as a small grants program coordinator in Honduras.

Noor Rafiq Qadir (on campus October 15th through November 30th) has worked with Mercy Corps in her native country of Iraq since 2008. She currently serves as the Deputy Program Manager for SEAM, Iraq. SEAM (Supporting Effective Advocacy for Marginalized Groups) provides opportunities for Iraqi women and youth through trainings and support for local women- and youth-led organizations. In addition to her work with SEAM, Qadir has also worked with the Community Action Program, Literacy Program, Governance Promotion through Conflict Management in Iraq Program, and Empowering Women Peace-Builders, among other Mercy Corps initiatives.

To schedule time with the visiting professionals, interested parties may contact:

Tim Hicks
Director, Master’s Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution
University of Oregon
phone: 541-346-1604