Aubrey McCutcheon is currently the senior resident director of NDI in Nigeria. He previously served as NDI's the resident director in Liberia. He has had a diverse career with three decades of professional experience spanning legislative affairs, congressional office management, development, human rights, public interest law and philanthropy; including program development, evaluation, advocacy, university-level teaching, community organizing and NGO management and capacity building. He was trained as a social scientist and lawyer in both the U.S. and U.K.
Immediately before joining NDI, Mr. McCutcheon served as the deputy executive director of Global Rights: Partners for Justice. He lived for many years in southern Africa and South Asia, working in Namibia, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In those locations he worked first with the Ford Foundation, designing support for the human rights and social justice sectors, and later as an independent consultant to support and evaluate the work of civil society groups and other institutions. Earlier he served as a congressional staff director and as a legislative aide to two Members of Congress in the United States. Aubrey has also served as staff or board member for several NGOs, including posts as executive director of the Washington Office on Africa, and director of legislative and political affairs for Sane/Freeze, an arms control and disarmament organization. On shorter assignments, he has consulting experience in several other parts of the world.
Aubrey earned a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, a M.Sc. at the London School of Economics in the field of Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries, and a LL.M degree in Law and Development at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).