A government contractor, foreign-service, and intelligence analyst with a broad diversity of professional experience, Andrew J. Hale-Byrne currently serves as a Director of Meridian Investment & Finance S.A., Switzerland, and an International Advisor to BAPPENA (National Development Planning Agency of Indonesia) based in Indonesia. Prior to this, Mr. Hale-Byrne was Vice President of International Management at Data Solutions & Technology. With a solid academic background, Mr. Hale-Byrne earned an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs and M.A. with Honours in Politics and Modern History from the University of Edinburgh before joining the U.K. Ministry of Defence in 2001. After nearly two years as Head of the Balkan Section at the Directorate for Central and Eastern Europe, Andrew Hale-Byrne became Press Officer for the Government Information and Communication Service, followed by a year-long appointment as Senior Fellow to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Returning to Great Britain in 2004, Mr. Hale-Byrne spent the next four years as a Senior Intelligence Analyst in the Defence Intelligence Staff, a mixed civilian and military component of the Ministry of Defence. At the end of this period, Andrew Hale-Byrne accepted a consulting role at the Lantos Foundation in Washington, D.C., setting the stage for an enduring relationship with the philanthropic sector. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Hale-Byrne handled various aspects of fundraising and project management for the Lantos Foundation, additionally re-establishing the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Rights Award during this time. Today, Andrew Hale-Byrne continues his activities with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Rights Award as member of its Steering Committee. To read more about him and his work, visit fdr-disability-rights-award.org/FDRIDRA_Steering_Committee.asp.
Currently, Andrew J. Hale-Byrne serves on the Steering Committee for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Rights Award, which is distributed annually in a United Nations Ceremony by Anna Eleanor Roosevelt in the presence of the UN Secretary-General. Mr. Hale-Byrne is responsible for reestablishing the Award under new leadership at the United Nations. http://www.fdr-disability-rights-award.org/FDRIDRA_Steering_Committee.asp