Mr. Nino is currently the Senior Logistics Advisor for the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP). Funded by the US State Depts’ Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), implemented by AFRICOM and overseen by the US Embassy, Kampala. He is currently living in Jinja, Uganda working with the Ugandan People’s Defense Force.
His accomplished and varied background provided Mr. Nino the ability to bridge gaps between military and civilian counterparts when operating in post and current conflict environments. He served extensively as a liaison between military and civilian groups in interpreting policy for use in formulating implementation strategies, enhancing security and streamlining humanitarian aid efforts.
Previously Mr. Nino served as the the Deputy Country Director in Bangladesh in addition to supporting operational and logistical affairs in Liberia during the ebola crisis as well as the Haitian National Police under a Dept of State (INL) capacity building project. Mr Nino was the Chief of Party (COP) for the Central Asia Development Groups Community Engagement Program (health and welfare) as well as the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for AECOM’s International’s Afghan Social Outreach Program (ASOP).
In these roles he contributed to the organization’s international aid and development efforts by overseeing multiple departments and leading a top-flight administrative and operations staff, $25M USAID budgets with over 50,00 beneficiaries/recipients over 10 years among health officials in Afghanistan, Liberia, Djibouti, Ghana he has collaborated with the medical community to build, develop and enhance programs and their related projects.
Hand-picked to head a high-profile Local Governance and Community Development (LGCD) program in the war-torn Farah province in Western Afghanistan. He has also formed, trained and spearheaded teams of as many as 300 within challenging international environments throughout the Middle East and West Africa, directed the Marine Corps Information Operations Center (MCIOC), and served as a primary advisor to several high-level Pentagon program officers.
Prior to working in NGOs for 10 years he also served more than 12 years as a commissioned officer with the United States Marine Corps on the 15th and 26th MEU(SOCs), along with his civilian experience, he offers the ability to attain resonance between both military and civilian communities. While Mr. Nino has seen a great deal of conflict through his military experience, he has also contributed extensively to rebuilding and diplomacy in post-conflict environments. Notably he served with then BGen Mattis with TF58, FOB Rhino, Afghanistan with the 15th MEU(SOC) in Afghanistan in 2001.
After serving several tours in Afghanistan, Mr. Nino was sent by the Pentagon to Liberia to work with the United Nations (UN) as an observer in a noncombat environment. This was where he honed his talents for effecting positive change through diplomacy, negotiations and US representation. Leveraging this foundation as a stepping stone into work in international aid and development, he moved on to aid Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of State (DOS) personnel in completing several federal contracts.
Mr. Nino holds a Master’s degree in International Relations with an emphasis in Security Studies & Sustainable Development from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas; a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the same institution; and an MBA in Defense Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School of Business and Public Policy in Monterey, California.
He is the author of Farah Provincial Handbook: A Guide to the People and the Province, a comprehensive guidebook tailored for DOD/DOS officials operating in and around Farah, Afghanistan. Additionally, he has been featured in an article in St. Mary’s University’s Gold and Blue magazine, and has been interviewed by the BBC for a television report on an attack near the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.