Humanitarianism At Harvard
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Ziad Al Achkar
Data Collection and Analysis Coordinator, Signal Program for Human Security and Technology
Ziad Al Achkar is the Data Collection and Analysis Coordinator for the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology. Mr. Achkar joined HHI in February of 2011 as part of the Data Analysis team for the Satellite Sentinel Project and lead translation of data, helping produce reports on human security in the Sudan border Region. Mr. Achkar is a graduate from Roger Williams University with an Honors B.A. in International Relations and Affairs with a focus on Globalization Studies. Mr. Achkar is the recipient of the Roger Williams University Core Values Medallion for his services to the University.
Imagery Analysis Manager, Signal Program for Human Security and Technology
Isaac Baker is the Imagery Analysis Manager for the Signal Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Mr. Baker started his career in war crimes investigations at Physician's for Human Rights, working on cases of abuse against detainees in CIA custody during the Bush Administration. He later joined the Satellite Sentinel Project at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative as the Imagery Analysis Manager in 2011.
Executive Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Dr. Bollettino is Executive Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Bollettino has twenty years of professional and academic experience in international politics, humanitarian action, human security and peacebuilding. He has spent that past ten years of his career at Harvard University in administration, teaching, and research. Prior to joining HHI in 2008, Dr. Bollettino worked with the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research and taught courses on research design, peace building, and international politics at the Harvard Extension School. Dr. Bollettino came to Harvard University on a post-doctoral fellowship with the Program on Non-violent Sanctions and Cultural Survival at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He completed his Ph.D. at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver and has over fifteen years of experience on human security, the security of humanitarian aid workers, conflict research, and humanitarian studies. He has managed several large training and policy development initiatives related to international humanitarian law, responsibility to protect, and peace building operations and has designed several reporting systems and program evaluations for field security measures in complex emergencies. Dr. Bollettino has authored several publications related to disaster management and humanitarian assistance, and has consulted with numerous international nongovernmental organization and UN agencies.
Data Analysis Manager, Signal Program for Human Security and Technology
Brittany Card is the Data Analysis Coordinator for the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology. Brittany joined HHI to work as the Data Analysis Assistant for the Satellite Sentinel Project in 2011. Prior to joining HHI, Ms. Card interned for the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2010 with an Honors B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Spanish Language.
Director of Education, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Dr. Cranmer oversees the curriculum development and implementation of HHI's educational initiatives. She is a senior course instructor in the Humanitarian Studies Initiative. She is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and faculty in the Division of International Health and Humanitarian Programs in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Cranmer served as a health officer in Banda Aceh, Indonesia with the International Rescue Committee during the acute phase of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and also assisted the American Red Cross in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Dr. Cranmer has also served as a medical officer at Embangweni Hospital in Malawi and as a field officer with Physicians for Human Rights in post-war Kosovo, conducting human rights research and teaching ultrasonography and trauma management. Initially trained in biomedical engineering, she is a graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, completed an emergency medicine residency at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and was the first fellow in the International Emergency Medicine and Health program at Brigham & Women's Hospital, a fellowship program that she now leads as Associate Director.
Program Manager, Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative
Brian Daly is the program manager for the Humanitarian Studies Initiative. In this role Brian manages training programs designed for both university based students as well as mid career professionals pursuing careers in the humanitarian sector. Prior to joining the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Brian held the position of project coordinator at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine where he oversaw special projects such as the hospital wide humanitarian response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Brian holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Learning and Development at Suffolk University.
Executive Director, Humanitarian Academy at Harvard
Negeen is the Executive Director of the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard. She has over eighteen years of experience in strategic planning, program management, consulting, finance, policy analysis, research, and organizational change. At Harvard, Negeen has also served as director of administration in the Department of Global Health and Population and associate director within the University's Office of Treasury Management and Office of Financial Strategy and Planning, working on a wide range of financial planning projects. Previously, Negeen was a vice president in public finance with Morgan Stanley, helping municipalities, utilities, not-for-profits and institutions of higher education with bond issuance and risk management. She worked as a research associate with ICF Resources and National Economic Research Associates, consulting on energy / environmental projects as well as anti-trust litigation. She has published on the impact of electricity deregulation on air quality and has conducted research for the Harvard Electricity Policy Group and the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy. Negeen has also served on committees and boards of local non-profits. Negeen holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and graduated with highest honors from U.C. Berkeley. She also completed a certificate program in strategic frameworks of non-profit organizations through the Harvard Kennedy School.
Benjamin Davies, MS
Deputy Director, Signal Program for Human Security and Technology
Benjamin Davies, MS is the Deputy Director of Operations for the Signal Program for Human Security and Technology at HHI. He joined HHI to manage operations for the Satellite Sentinel Project team in 2011. Benjamin has a background in the field of NGO management and strategy with years of experience providing consulting services to mission driven nonprofit, government and private sector clients. His experience includes managing domestic emergency response operations for Save the Children where he provided field support and guidance to response teams, partners and policy makers on best practices to support children and families facing domestic emergencies. He was the Chief of Staff at Physicians for Human Rights. He wrote and presented testimony for Maryland Senate Bill 357 and House Bill 712 mandating basic regulations standards for child care preparedness in Annapolis, MD (2007) and has served as a board level adviser to the Red Rose School and Children’s Center in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya, since 2005. Benjamin holds a Masters Degree in Nonprofit/NGO Management from the University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School of Business, Social Policy and Practice, and the Fels School of Government) and has attended the Wharton Executive Development Program. He has a B.A. in Philosophy and Sociology from St. Lawrence University.
Director of Research, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Dr. Greenough has worked extensively in applying epidemiologic methods to public health problems within conflict- and disaster-affected populations. After graduating from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1989), he completed a residency and fellowship in Emergency Medicine at UCLA (1997) and earned an MPH at Johns Hopkins University (1998). He held joint faculty positions in Emergency Medicine and International Health at Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health while working at the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response there. Dr. Greenough has worked in relief operations in the Balkans, Central America, Africa, the US, and the Palestinian Territories and has researched disaster preparedness in Tanzania; protracted refugee health in Kenya, Tanzania, and Colombia; the burden of disease in the Hurricane Katrina displaced population; the effects of landmines on human security in Angola; and has directed two national nutrition and food security studies and an emergency medicine development project in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. As Research Director of HHI, Dr. Greenough provides senior leadership in establishing the Initiative's research agenda, designing and implementing field studies, supervising the analysis of data, interpreting data to relevant humanitarian stakeholders and the academic world, and mentoring the next generation of humanitarian health workers. He is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and continues to practice emergency medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital as an attending physician and faculty member of Division of International Health and Humanitarian Programs in the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Director, Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative
Dr. Kayden is the Director of the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an Instructor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. As director of the Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, she trains graduate level students as well as working professionals in global health and humanitarian work. She serves on the editorial board for the American Medical Association’s Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Kayden received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Harvard University and her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Yale, then a fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Harvard. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kayden helped develop emergency medical care in Bhutan, Fiji, Nepal, Japan, Germany, Serbia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She provided disaster relief to survivors of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan, helped rebuild health systems for Burundian refugees in Tanzania, and led a team to improve rural public health in Uganda, and published research on the effects of conflict on health in Liberia. She has taught health and human rights issues in more than a dozen countries. In 2010, Dr. Kayden helped establish a field hospital for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.
Director, Women in War Program
Jocelyn Kelly, MS is the Director of the Women in War Program for Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) where she designs and implements research projects based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to examine the experiences and attitudes of community groups regarding sexual violence. She has been conducting health-related research using both qualitative and quantitative research methods for over seven years both in national and international settings, including Mexico and Africa. After graduating with full and departmental honors from Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Kelly worked as a journalist in Mexico where she also helped conduct public health interventions in remote, indigenous areas. Prior to joining HHI, Ms. Kelly worked as an Emergency Management Specialist in Hurricane Katrina-affected areas and acted as a liaison to the FEMA Public Assistance Chief in Louisiana. Ms. Kelly's international work has focused on understanding the health needs of vulnerable populations in Eastern and Central Africa and has included working with Uganda Human Rights commission to launch the first office in Africa promoting the Right to Health.
Research Coordinator, Women in War Program
Beth Maclin is the research coordinator for the Women in War program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Prior to joining HHI in November 2010, Ms. Maclin volunteered at PASSOP, a refugee advocacy organization, in Cape Town, South Africa; worked at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; and assisted Harvard Professors Calestous Juma and Jacqueline Bhabha with editing their respective books, the former about agricultural innovation in Africa and the latter about stateless children. She graduated from Simmons College with a B.A. in Communications/Writing and Political Science in 2008.
Phuong Pham, PhD
Director, Program on Evaluation and Implementation Science
Dr. Pham, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and Associate Faculty with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). She recently joined HHI after holding the positions of Director of Research at UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center and Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane University's Payson Center for International Development. Her areas of specialization are applications of epidemiologic research method and information technology in complex emergency settings. She is a founding member of the Initiative for Vulnerable Populations and Kobo Project. She has extensive experiences in designing and implementing research and technology solutions in on-going and post-confliction countries such northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Iraq, Cambodia and other areas affected by mass violence.
Director, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology
Nathaniel Raymond is the Director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. He has over a decade of experience as a human rights investigator specializing in civilian protection during complex humanitarian disasters, the treatment of prisoners in national security settings, and crimes of war. Nathaniel led the Satellite Sentinel Project’s (SSP) day-to-day collection and analysis of satellite imagery and other information to produce SSP’s reports on the human security situation in Sudan. In February, 2012, he was the lead author of the first article to call for comprehensive ethics and technical standards for the use of information communication technologies to "map" humanitarian disasters and human security emergencies. Raymond was a 2010 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Security and Human Rights Reform Fellow. Before joining HHI, Raymond served as Director of the Campaign Against Torture at Physicians for Human Rights, as well as lead investigator into the alleged 2001 Dasht-e-Leili massacre in Northern Afghanistan. He was lead author of the 2010 report Experiments in Torture: Human Subject Research and Evidence of Experimentation in the “Enhanced” Interrogation Program. From 2002 through 2006, Raymond served in a variety of capacities with Oxfam America, including interim Communications Coordinator for the seven country response by Oxfam International to the 2004 South Asian tsunami. Raymond served in the field with Oxfam America as a communications advisor for humanitarian response in Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. He graduated Drew University with a B.A. with honors in Religious studies and a minor in Asian studies.
Patrick Vinck, PhD
Director, Program on Vulnerable Populations
Dr. Vinck, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and Associate Faculty with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). Before joining HHI in 2011, he directed and co-founded the Initiative for Vulnerable Populations at UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center, where he focused on managing and implementing empirical studies on the process of social reconstruction in countries affected by mass violence. His work is informed by several years of experience working on development projects in Africa. Vinck also-cofounded KoBo, a digital data collection project to advance human rights research. He serves as a member on the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; an Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane University’s Payson Center for International Development; and a regular consultant on vulnerability analysis to the United Nations World Food Programme. His work has been published in journals covering a wide range of disciplines, including political science, social science, public health and medicine. He graduated as an engineer in applied biological sciences from Gembloux Agricultural University (Belgium), and holds a Ph.D. in International Development from Tulane University.
Program Manager, Building a Better Response
Alexa Walls manages the “Building a Better Response (BBR): Strengthening Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Capacity and Engagement in the International Humanitarian Architecture” project. Funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, BBR aims to build the capacity of NGO staff to engage with the humanitarian system in improving overall coordination and response to the needs of communities affected by disaster. Walls graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where her major was Science and Technology in International Affairs with a concentration in biotechnology and global health. Prior to her current role, Alexa worked as a Project Coordinator at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and as a Business Specialist in the Emergency Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.