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Stephen Hanmer D’Elía

Collaborative on Global Children's Issues

Stephen Hanmer D’Elía has worked and lived in over 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. His experience includes leading UNICEF’s work with legislative branches of government and religious communities; directing education, youth, and parent support programs for one of the largest child welfare agencies in the United States; conducting individual and group therapy with children, youth, and parents; and overseeing the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of child protection and refugee programs in Africa and the Middle East for one of the largest international humanitarian organizations. Hanmer D’Elía has been recognized with various awards and accolades, including an Aspen Institute Fellowship as part of the American Express Leadership Academy for Nonprofit Leaders. He has law (J.D.) and social work (LMSW) degrees from Columbia University and a history (B.A.) degree from Yale University.  Born in Colombia, he holds Uruguayan, American, and British citizenships. As a 2022-2024 Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues research fellow, Hanmer D’Elía will conduct research on transforming theory and practice to support mental health for young people on the move globally.