Founder & Head of Mission
Burke Bryant, president and founder of Humanitarian Aid and Rescue Project, is a distinguished author, humanitarian, and renowned public speaker, specializing in high-risk work and operations.
In recognition of his exceptional and courageous contributions to the humanitarian field, Bryant was honored with the prestigious Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by the President of the United States and the White House in 2022.
Under his leadeship, HARP has successfully executed operational missions across numerous regions, including North America, South Sudan, Nicaragua, Somalia, Haiti, Indonesia, Chad, Ethiopia, Puerto Rico, Afghanistan, Bahamas, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the front lines of the Ukraine war.
Expanding HARP's impact in 2022, Bryant established HALO GROUP, a specialized task force dedicated to combating and disrupting the abhorrent crime of child trafficking.
In 2023, Bryant launched Red Team, an austere emergency medical support unit under HARP's umbrella, consisting of skilled professionals such as doctors, physicians, EMTs, nurses, and firefighters.
Bryant possesses a diverse and extensive skill set, holding certifications and belts in Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Professional Association of Diving Instructors, Search & Rescue, Combat Search & Rescue, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and Swiftwater & Flood Rescue. Moreover, he has profound expertise in logistics, high-risk extractions, and hostage negotiations. Bryant also served in the United States Navy.