Mina Chang serves as the chief executive officer for Linking the World and has extensive on-the-ground experience, including Afghanistan, Somalia, and Iraq. Chang is an acknowledged thought leader in C/PVE; published in Foreign Policy, Forbes, the Huffington Post, among others, on topics concerning humanitarian aid, development, and its role in the context of national security and global stability.
Chang led the engineering of Linking the World's proactive methodology which applies insights gleaned from a wide array of civilian and military data sets to locate and assist vulnerable communities to isolate root causes of instability, then coordinate development initiatives to functionally remove exploitation points for violent extremist groups.
She has addressed assemblies at foreign embassies, the Center for Peace, the United Nations, the Department of Defense, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and NATO. She spoke at both the 2016 Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention.
Appointed by the United Nations to serve on the Expert Panel for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Humanitarian Response, and serves as a Civil-Military UN-CMCoord Advisor contributing to current Common Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination Standards.
Chang is an alumna of the Harvard Business School and was selected for the Harvard John F Kennedy Senior Executive in National and International Security program. She formerly served as a fellow with the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations at West Point, assisting in the development of academic programs tied to humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
On February 11, 2015, Chang was appointed UN Cross-Cultural Ambassador for United States UNESCO—UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.