Jennifer Tierney

Executive Director
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Australia
Jennifer Tierney

Jennifer Tierney is the Executive Director for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Australia. Jennifer is dedicated to ensuring people affected by conflicts, natural disasters and outbreaks have access to medical care, regardless of their nationality or politics.  

Having first encountered MSF’s work as a university student in the late 90s in Thailand, Jennifer is inspired by the organisation’s values of impartiality, neutrality and independence.  

She is particularly passionate about humanitarian testimony: how does MSF use our medical expertise and our voice to speak out and bring abuses and intolerable situations to public attention?
Jennifer has worked as Development Director for MSF USA, in coordination roles for MSF in Pibor, South Sudan and Beirut, Lebanon, as well as supporting field projects in Bangladesh, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea in her role as MSF Australia Executive Director.

Prior to joining MSF Australia, Jennifer worked with UNICEF Australia, Synergos, and as a strategic consultant with organisations including Amnesty International, Orbis, Concern Worldwide, and the Clinton Foundation, and was a founding board member of The Alliance of International Medical Action (ALIMA) USA.  

As adjunct professor at the Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, New York University (NYU), Jennifer designed and taught a graduate program for ‘Theory and Practice in Fundraising’. 

Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs and Human Rights from the Global Affairs program at NYU. She graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies.