Drama Alum Leads Major Humanitarian Operation in Afghanistan

Monday, February 1, 2016

by Caroline Newman, UVA Today

For many Americans, Afghanistan conjures images of war: al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the War on Terror. For University of Virginia alumnus Richard Danziger, Afghanistan has been home, on and off, for almost 18 years.

Danziger, a London native and 1981 UVA graduate who studied drama and comparative literature, just completed his term as Afghanistan’s chief of mission and special envoy for the International Organization for Migration, one of the largest aid organizations working in the country. His track record with IOM includes managing out-of-country voter registration and polling for Afghans living in Iran and Pakistan and organizing refugee camps after the Rwandan genocide. See more