12 January 2015: Adam Boys, Director of Operations at the International Commission on Missing Persons until October this year, has been named in the United Kingdom’s New Year’s Honors List as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The award recognizes more than 20 years of work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, initially delivering humanitarian aid and subsequently promoting post-war recovery and reconciliation.
“The OBE is a great honor, and I believe it particularly reflects a growing recognition of the importance of the work that ICMP is doing throughout the world to tackle the problem of missing persons in a systematic and effective way,” Boys said.
Boys, who was seriously injured in a car crash while helping to deliver aid in Herzegovina in 1994, served as Chief Financial Officer for the UK’s mission to the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia in 1995 and 1996. From 1996 to 2000 he was Chief Administration Officer and then Director of the Financial Management Division at the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo. From 2000 until this autumn he was Director of Operations at ICMP, where he was part of the team that launched the organization’s revolutionary DNA-led approach to identifying the missing.
From January, Boys will take up a senior position with the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Stockholm.