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About Andrew Grene, 1965 - 2010

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Andrew Grene


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"Andrew will be remembered for his formidable intellect, his engaging warmth, his enormous compassion. He accorded the same respect to the marginalized and destitute that he gave to world leaders. His profound conviction was that being human was what mattered - the rest involved mere trappings. His enthusiasm for life gave us hope, his ebullient friendship gave us joy."- Chris Coleman, UN Official and colleague of Andrew

Andrew worked for the United Nations in the cause of peace in some of the world's most precarious situations, among them the Central African Republic, Ethiopia and Eritrea. He helped to broker the peaceful transition of power from Indonesia to an independent East Timor. In his final posting he worked passionately, with unwavering courage and with an unshakeable belief in the country and the people of Haiti.


Andrew saw the best in people. He gave his time generously and without hesitation to those around him, and he radiated compassion and empathy for all living things. And he loved his family and friends with a love that was deep and unstinting.


Andrew gave his life, aged 44, in the service of peace, in the earthquake of January 12, 2010 when the UN HQ building in Port au Prince collapsed.


He is survived by his wife Jennifer, children Patrick, Alex and Rosamund, his mother Ethel, and his twin brother Gregory, who has set up this Foundation with Timothy Perutz, their friend from childhood.