Linda Cruse is an international aid worker, disaster management specialist, author, inspirational speaker, creator of the Emergency Zen thought leadership series, social entrepreneur, and founder of Be the Change: Business Leaders on The Frontline and the 21-Day Global Impact Challenge. In 2014 she was appointed a senior fellow in the College of Business and Law at the University of Canterbury New Zealand.
Cruse’s 17 years of frontline humanitarian aid work has taken her to every continent in the world where she has assisted in some of the world’s most catastrophic natural and humanitarian disasters including the Asian tsunami, the Pakistani earthquake, two Philippine super-typhoons, the Nepal earthquake, the Ecuador earthquake, refugee camps in Uganda, and more.
Cruse’s area of expertise lies in bridging the gap between the private and public sectors and creating health, education, and business synergies to cultivate innovative opportunities for sustainable employment and income generation. Her trademark is her ability to engage the entrepreneurial skills and business acumen of the private sector to solve seemingly intractable problems on the frontline.
Ms. Cruse’s talk is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights.