Founder and President — James E. Jennings, PhD
For much of the last two decades, based on a belief that acting on conscience is central to our humanity, Dr. Jennings has responded to disasters and worked to improve health care delivery in some of the neediest and most hazardous places on earth. He organized and led delivery of medical aid following wars and earthquakes in many places, beginning with the siege of Beirut in 1982, including wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sudan, and Gaza, as well as earthquakes in Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, India, Haiti, and Peru. After the giant tsunami in the Indian Ocean, he helped staff medical clinics at Sigli and Banda Aceh, Indonesia, and built homes in Bansak, Thailand.
In Iraq, before, during, and after the US-led war, Dr. Jennings led medical and public health teams that trained hundreds of physicians and nurses in child survival methods at hospitals and clinics in Baghdad, Basra, and Mosul. He has organized and led refugee and disaster assistance, medical aid, and health training programs in many other countries, including India, Jordan, Lebanon, Peru, Haiti, Turkey, Sudan, Iran, Syria, Ethiopia, and Pakistan. He has also organized and led US Academics for Peace conferences in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Sudan.
US Academics for Peace, a division of Conscience International, engages in peacemaking efforts in regions of conflict, particularly in the Middle East. Dr. Jennings continues to advocate greater understanding of other cultures and increased humanitarian involvement in the developing world.
Dr. Jennings was nominated for the King Hussein Humanitarian Prize and has received awards from Russia, China, Lithuania, South Africa, Iraq and Sudan. In 2013 he received the University of Illinois Alumni Humanitarian Award.