Hichem Demortier

Senior HHI Fellow

Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Hichem is the 2016-2017 Australian American Fulbright Scholar for Non-Profit Leadership, and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), where he will collaborate with HHI experts to develop a research agenda on quality of care in humanitarian emergencies and resilience of health systems in sudden onset disasters. He holds a bilingual French-English Masters in Management from ESCP-Europe (1998).

After several years in audit and mergers and acquisitions, Hichem joined the French Development Agency (AFD) as Program Coordinator and Acting Director in the Union of the Comoros from 2000 to 2002. He then moved to the AFD internal audit department in Paris, mixing headquarters missions with short term missions in Mali, Chad, Laos and Madagascar.

In 2004, Hichem joined Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Over two years, he undertook seven emergency missions in natural disasters and conflict areas: Kenya, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, DRC, Jordan (2), and Lebanon.

Hichem then became Deputy Director of Ares, an innovative social enterprise based in Paris, providing full-time employment and social services to more than 200 beneficiaries.

After holding several leadership positions in not-profit organisations Australia, Hichem joined the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in January 2015, where he worked as Director of Strategy and Corporate Services, before becoming Acting Executive Director in April 2016.

From 2011 to 2016, Hichem has also been a board member of MSF Australia, and the Australian representative on numerous MSF international platforms.