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U.N. Ebola Expert From Westport To Speak To Y's Men Group

Anthony Banbury of Westport served as head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response. He will speak on his experiences in that post April 30.
Anthony Banbury of Westport served as head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response. He will speak on his experiences in that post April 30. Photo Credit: Westport Public Library

WESTPORT, Conn. -- A Westport man with an expertise in helping those most vulnerable in the world will be the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston’s featured speaker at its April 30 meeting.

Anthony Banbury, assistant secretary-general for field support for the United Nations, will speak on his recent experience as head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response and other U.N.-related activities in the world’s troubled regions.

The meeting will be at the Unitarian Church in Westport at 10 Lyons Plains Road. Coffee and doughnuts start at 9:45 a.m. with Banbury’s talk at 10:30 a.m.

A graduate of Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in political science and the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Banbury’s early career at the U.N. took him to Thailand, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. He also worked as an adviser on the Balkans in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (1997-1999) and at the National Security Council in the White House (2000-2003).

He also served as the Asia Regional Director for the World Food Programme in Bangkok (2003-2009), managing humanitarian relief and development operations in 14 countries, before taking on his current job as U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support responsible for providing operational support to U.N. peacekeeping and special political missions around the world.

The Y's Men of Westport/Weston is an organization of semi-retired and retired men with a continued interest in activity, fellowship, learning and community service.

Those interested in attending Banbury’s presentation and learning more about the Y's Men should contact Tom Douglas at tdoug92048@optonline.net and visit the website at ysmenwestportweston.org .

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