International Research and Global Exchange Award

Purpose:  To further the work of the NAHRO International Committee by recognizing a person in the housing and community development field who has made an outstanding contribution toward international understanding and exchange of international experience.

History: The award was established in 1983 to acknowledge a person who has made contributions to the international community. It was originally named after John D. Lange, Executive Director of NAHRO from 1951 to 1970, who actively participated throughout his professional career in international exchange and, in his retirement, carried out executive service assignments in Argentina, Indonesia, and the Philippines. This award is provided to a professional who embodies the excellence of Mr. Lange’s contributions.

Qualifications: Each nominee, whether self-nominated or nominated by someone else, must have direct affiliation with the housing and community development field and have made an outstanding contribution to international understanding in housing and community development.

Deadline: June 10, 2024

The recipient will be honored during NAHRO’s National Conference and Exhibition.

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Scoring Criteria and Application Format

The review committee will base its recommendation on the following factors:

1. Specific achievements accomplished over an extended period of time in the field of housing and/or community development as a public official, provider, funder, researcher or advocate.

2. Professional career in international development either initiating or managing projects or programs in other countries, assisting with projects or programs that are being performed by U.S. or international organizations, or performing research and exploring policies that further such activities internationally.

3. The extent to which the individual is recognized as an expert in the field as exemplified through scholarly and professional writings, participation in international conferences and meetings and participation in professional exchanges.

2023 Recipient

Sijekula Mbanga, PhD
Nelson Mandela University 

Previous Winners


Leilani Farha, Global Director, The Shift


Jeff Morrison, Executive Director, Canadian Housing and Redevelopment Association (CHRA)


Barry Pinsky, Executive Director, Rooftops Canada


Michel Sudarskis, Secretary-General, International Urban Development Association


Robert Cohen, Consultant.


Elizabeth “Liz” Glenn, Principal, Sustainable Community Development


Jaime Bordenave, President, The Communities Group


Kerron Barnes, IRGE Member


Bob Kempink, Chief Executive, FLOW (Fonds Leren en Ontwikkelen Wooncorporaties), Almere-Haven, The Netherlands.


Gerrit Teunis, Chief Executive, Housing Association Beter Wonen Vechtdal,  The Netherlands


Theresa Williamson, Executive Director, Catalytic Communities, Washington, DC and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil


Robert Dubinsky , Chairman, International Housing Coalition, Washington, DC


Sofie Eldor, Director, Urban Planning Department, Ministry of Construction and Housing, Jerusalem, Israel


Michel Holsten, Vice President, Office of Business Development, CHF International, Silver Spring, MD


Rick Gentry, President/CEO. San Diego Housing Commission. San Diego, CA, and former NAHRO President


Dr. Thomas Manion, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Irwell Valley Housing, Manchester, England


Rodney Dykes, Managing Director, RDHS, Ltd., Deputy Chair, Liverpool Housing Action Trust, Formby, Liverpool England


David A. Smith, Recap Advisors, Inc., Boston, MA


Montebang Lawrence Ramashamole, Honorary Treasurer and Immediate Past President, Institute for Housing of South Africa (IHSA), Republic of South Africa


Christine Davies, Housing Researcher/Consultant, Former Trustee of William Sutton Trust, United Kingdom


Claude Roy; Urban Planner, Société d’habitation du Québec, Chair, Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, Montreal, Canada


Peter Kimm; former Director, U.S. – Asia Environmental Partnership; USAID, Washington, DC


Lester Gross, President, International Management Services, Inc., Community Outreach Director, Institute of Public Affairs, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC


Mary E. Paumen, Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Philadelphia, PA


John Geraghty, Senior International Affairs, Program Officer, HUD, Washington, DC


Gordon Cavanaugh, Esq., Partner, Reno & Cavanaugh, PLLC, Washington, DC


Robert W. Maffin, Consultant and Resident Advisor to Bulgarian Government and Former NAHRO Executive Director

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