About the Authors

Sasha Chanoff 

Sasha Chanoff, and Yar Ayuel, one of 89 girls who came to the U.S. with the 3,500 Lost Boys of Sudan.   (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Sasha Chanoff, and Yar Ayuel, one of 89 girls who came to the U.S. with the 3,500 Lost Boys of Sudan. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Sasha Chanoff is the Founder and Executive Director of RefugePoint, a humanitarian organization that finds lasting solutions for refugees in life-threatening situations. Sasha faced a life and death decision during a US sponsored rescue operation in the Congo to evacuate massacre survivors that ultimately led to starting RefugePoint. He previously consulted for the UN Refugee Agency and worked for the International Organization for Migration across Africa in refugee resettlement and relief operations. He has appeared on 60 Minutes multiple times in connection with the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, is a featured story-teller on NPR's Moth Radio Hour, and writes and speaks regularly on refugee affairs. 

He has received social entrepreneur fellowships from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Ashoka, and Echoing Green, and is a recipient of the Charles Bronfman Humanitarian Prize, Harvard University Center for Public Leadership's Gleitsman International Activist Award, and is a 2015 White House Champion of Change. Sasha is a member of the steering committee for New England International Donors, and a human rights adviser to The Leir Charitable Foundations. He recently served as an adviser to the Warner Brothers film The Good Lie starring Reese Witherspoon, and helped establish its charitable initiative, The Good Lie Fund, which he currently advises.

Sasha holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Humanitarian Assistance, from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Friedman School of Nutrition, Science, and Policy.


David Chanoff 

David Chanoff received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis. He has written on current affairs, foreign policy, education, refugee issues, literary history, and other subjects for such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Washington Quarterly, The American Journal of Education, The New York Review of Books, and The Washington Post.

He is a featured writer in the Washington Post's recently published The Writing Life and his work appears in the current Norton Reader Anthology of Non-Fiction. His academic affiliations have been with Tufts University, Harvard, Boston College, and Brandeis in fields as varied as psychology, literature, and anthropology.