Chairman and CEO of Noji Global Health
Legendary humanitarian visionary, medical doctor, noted author, gifted teacher, and iconic figure in the aid community
“…So much has been said and written about the legendary life of Dr Eric Noji — and his story is so mythic in its sweep — that it’s difficult to summarize his career without restating clichés that have already been digested by dozens of his admirers. To start with the obvious, he is the most influential public health figure in the disaster relief and humanitarian crisis community, having introduced more innovations into current health response to disasters than any of his contemporaries. Relentlessly imaginative, iconoclastic and innovative, Eric Noji grabbed a hold of the international humanitarian community’s consciousness in 1985 and never let go for the next three decades, always staying ahead of the pack in terms of creativity but never losing his remarkable ability to communicate his increasingly sophisticated ideas to the general public and senior-level decision-makers in governments, the UN, corporations and philanthropic organizations. His supremacy as disaster icon remains unchallenged to this day, years after having left the Centers for Disease Control where he first achieved prominence…”
From the Foreword by Sergio Viera de Mello to his book of memoirs: “Confessions of a Wanderer: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy”, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (publication date, October 2013).
THE LIVING LEGEND
From Chapter 8, “Zenith Years at the CDC”
Federal Emergency Management Agency
For six months in late 1995, early 1996, CDC assigned Eric Noji to the FEMA Director’s “cabinet” as Acting Deputy Assistant Director for the Training and Exercise Directorate. Shown here with other senior staff and the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, James Lee Witt
WHITE HOUSE YEARS
Coalition Information Center. Special Assistant to Karen Hughes. Public diplomacy. Global war on terrorism. Indian Treaty Room
Briefing the President of the United States
On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked and three weeks later, a national crisis was provoked by the intentional release of weaponized anthrax in the U.S. postal system. Dr. Noji was assigned by Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson to the newly established White House Office of Homeland Security located in the Executive Office of the President as an expert in the treatment of biological, chemical, nuclear and blast terrorism. Shown here briefing President George W Bush at the White House “war room”.