Dr. Bragg is a former Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the United Nations (2008-2013). As the ASG, she was the deputy head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Prior to her secondment to the UN, she has spent 24 years in the federal public service of Canada. During this time, her portfolios included criminal and Aboriginal justice, Northern devolution and the voluntary sector, among others. She served in seven federal departments, including the Canadian International Development Agency.
Dr. Bragg was appointed by the UN Secretary-General in 2005 and served two terms as a member of the Advisory Group of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and represented Canada on the Executive Committee and Executive Board of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the World Food Program. In total, she has visited over 100 countries and been involved in response to close to 30 humanitarian crises and situations. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Humanitarian Action in the Centre for Humanitarian Action, School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin.
Dr. Bragg received her degrees from University of Toronto (B.Sc. Psychology), University of Cambridge (M.Phil. Criminology) and the State University of New York at Albany (Ph.D. Criminal Justice). She is married and has two children. A Canadian, she currently resides in Toronto.