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George Mc Guire, born in Austria, was a volunteer with the Austrian Red  Cross where he trained as an emergency medical technician and also  rendered services as conscientious objector. He trained as a nurse, practiced  for five years in intensive care and published a specialists' book on intensive  care nursing in 1994 ("Pflegeprobleme Intensivmedizin", Springer).  He earned a MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Cranfield  University in 2000 and was awarded a doctorate from the Institute of  Transport and Logistics Management at the Vienna University of Economics  and Business for his thesis “Development of a supply chain management  framework for health care goods provided as humanitarian assistance in  complex political emergencies” in 2006.   He started humanitarian work in two small primary health care projects in  the north of Vietnam in 1995, participated in an emergency vaccination  campaign in Liberia the same year and then worked in Afghanistan for more  than two years. In 1999 he worked in north Kenya, providing services to a  surgical field hospital as well as health programmes in South Sudan. In 2001  he undertook various short field assignments to Sudan, Kenya, South Sudan,  the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Russian Federation, Rwanda and  Kenya. Following the war in Afghanistan in 2001, he worked at a logistics  centre in Pakistan for two years with a short assignment to Baghdad at the  beginning of the Iraq war in 2003. Following some consultancy for the  Austrian Red Cross, and after a field assignment during the Darfur crisis  (Sudan) in 2004, he worked at a regional logistics centre in Nairobi with  short field assignments to Rwanda, Uganda and Somalia.  Since 2005 he is responsible for worldwide Medical Logistics services at the  head office of an international humanitarian organization in Geneva and has  undertaken numerous field assignments, among others, to Kashmir  (Pakistan) after the earthquake in 2005, Liberia, to Beirut during the  Lebanon war in 2006, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Jordan, Iraq,  Afghanistan, Sudan, Kenya, Guinea, Chad, the Democratic Republic of  Congo, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ivory Coast and during the Swat  Valley crisis (Pakistan) in 2009.  In 2010 he participated in the initial emergency response to the Haiti  earthquake and was part of the emergency response team during the conflict  in South Kyrgyzstan. Following assignments to Colombia, Nigeria, the  Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan he worked in Malta and Tripoli  during the Libya war in 2011. Further short assignments to Pakistan, South  Sudan, Yemen, Gaza, Jordan as well as the emergency response to Typhoon  Hayan (Yolanda) in the Philippines in 2013 and the South Sudan crisis in  2014 followed. After field assignments to Kenya, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria,  he participated in the emergency response in the Ukraine in 2014. In 2015  he started participation in the implementation of an ERP (Enterprise  Resouces Planning) application for logistics services so far in six countries in  the field as well as the implementation of a Business Intelligence tool.  Except for his studies, between 1995 and 2017, he has been working in  humanitarian assistance for 20 years without interruption, spending 11 years  in the field. 
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