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Humanitarian of the Year Award 2019


The Humanitarian of the Year Award, created by Field Ready’s Board Member’s is given to an individual whose passion, dedication, and creativity has improved the lives of others who are impacted by unsolved grand challenges.


This award was created to recognize humanitarians in practice, and to acknowledges lesser recognized humanitarians who are making a genuine impact. The award is open to not just Field Ready staff but partners and others who are advancing our unique global vision. In addition to a monetary prize, recipients receive an award certificate. Field Ready Board Member, Conrad Nowak says, “our Humanitarian of the Year Award goes to those who truly demonstrate the vision and impact our founders have set out in transforming international aid for better.”


2019’s winner is Susan Long. Susan is Field Ready’s Innovation Advisor and Regional Lead for the Middle East. Susan brings her background in engineering, development aid, and management in creating a special program in Iraq. Without a doubt, she embodies the very best of what this award is all about. During the past year, Susan has displayed leadership, extraordinary commitment and hard work in making a difference in people’s lives.


Field Ready Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Eric James says, “Her work is amazing. People say good things can’t happen in places like Iraq, but she and her team prove them wrong.”


Susan was instrumental in successfully implementing Field Ready’s project which creates life-saving devices used in search and rescue, firefighting and other situations where people are at immediate risk. Dr. James added, “She is not only a credit to this organization and those around her but to humanity everywhere.”


For the individuals, institutions, and governments that support and contribute to the humanitarian cause, take a long proud look at this year ‘s recipient. She is the embodiment and proof of their commitment in action. The staff, leadership, and Board of Directors of Field Ready is truly honored to recognize her accomplishments.

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Field Ready is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. We aim to meet humanitarian need by transforming logistics through technology, innovative design and engaging people in new ways. We do this by working with a variety of partners and helping to build people's resilience. We are a charity registered in a number of countries. In the US, as a 501c3, gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.   

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