Hugh Aprile


Hugh Aprile has spent over 20 years working with communities in Africa, the Caribbean, Central, and South America. Hugh leads Mercy Corps’ growing portfolio of operations in the Americas Region, which includes programmes in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, the Caribbean, as well as in the United States.

Hugh joined Mercy Corps in 2018 as the Country Director in Colombia, overseeing the implementation of impactful solutions at scale for marginalised and at-risk populations including smallholder coffee farmers, internally displaced persons, and Venezuelan refugees. He is grateful for his colleagues throughout Mercy Corps who challenge him to be better every day.

Prior to working at Mercy Corps, Hugh enjoyed a long tenure at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) where he served in multiple leadership roles: Director of the Water-Smart Agriculture in Mesoamerica Programme focused on improving soil health management in Central America and Southern Mexico, Country Representative in Nicaragua, Head of Programming in Guatemala, Field Director in Haiti, and Emergency Response Manager in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hugh holds a MALD from the Fletcher School (Tufts University) and a BA from Indiana University in Political Science and Italian Literature. A dual French and US citizen, Hugh and his wife live and raise their twin daughters and son in Bogotá, Colombia.