U.S. President Biden to appoint Lise Grande as new humanitarian aid czar for Gaza

Lise Grande

24th April 2024 – (Washington) President Joe Biden is set to appoint Lise Grande, the current President of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), as the new czar overseeing humanitarian aid efforts in Gaza. This move comes as part of a broader strategy to address the escalating humanitarian crisis in the region, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Grande, who has extensive experience in managing complex humanitarian operations, will take over from David Satterfield. Satterfield, a seasoned diplomat and former ambassador, was appointed as the special envoy for Middle East humanitarian issues on 15th October, shortly after the commencement of a significant U.S.-supported Israeli military operation in Gaza. This operation was a response to an attack by the Hamas militant group on 7th October.

An internal assessment by the U.S. government, which was leaked earlier this month, has painted a grim picture of the situation in Gaza, describing it as a catastrophic humanitarian crisis with conditions nearing famine. The appointment of Grande is seen as part of a concerted effort by the Biden administration to mitigate the severe humanitarian impacts caused by the ongoing conflict.

While Satterfield will transition from his current role, he is expected to continue contributing to the administration’s efforts in the Middle East, focusing on other aspects of the region’s complex geopolitical landscape.

The State Department has yet to formally confirm Grande’s appointment and did not respond immediately to requests for comment. However, insiders suggest that Grande’s expertise in disaster response and recovery will be crucial as the U.S. seeks to lead an effective humanitarian response in Gaza, aiming to alleviate the suffering and restore stability to the beleaguered Palestinian territory.