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2023 Concordia Leadership Award: Nazanin Ash, CEO Welcome.US


Nazanin Ash, CEO, Welcome.US
Amb. Paula Dobriansky, Ph.D., Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs; Senior Fellow, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs; Leadership Council Member, Concordia

“We are finding not only the capacity and the willingness to welcome, but a breakthrough hopeful solution to what’s been an intractable global displacement challenge and maybe even the keys to our own healing in divided times.”

– Nazanin Ash

“We honor Nazanin in recognition of her very extraordinary contributions to addressing one of the most pressing humanitarian challenges of our time, the global displacement crisis.”

– Amb. Paula Dobriansky, Ph.D.

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Nazanin Ash, the CEO of Welcome.US, received the 2023 Concordia Leadership Award in recognition of her outstanding efforts in confronting the worldwide displacement crisis and revolutionizing the process of resettling refugees.
  • Welcome.US showcases the importance of involving diverse partners from the private and civic sectors to support incoming refugees. Community sponsorship programs rapidly expanded refugee reception capacity, with Americans sponsoring more refugees in 18 months than the U.S. government has in two decades. This initiative is spreading nationally, demonstrating a collective duty to offer opportunities to displaced individuals, irrespective of nationality.
  • The global displacement crisis is an urgent matter, and the endeavors of Welcome.US stand as a promising solution and a testament to the strength of collaboration and compassion when addressing this complex issue.