Saira Khan, MSc
Research Coordinator, Signal Program
Saira Khan is a researcher and geospatial analyst for two programs at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative: The Signal Program on Human Security and Technology (Signal Program) and the Humanitarian Geoanalytics Research and Education Program (HumGeo). She primarily uses GIS and satellite imagery as tools to analyze damage as a result of conflict and disaster, population displacement, and monitor environmental variability in numerous humanitarian crises across sub-Saharan Africa, Syria, and Bangladesh. She further works to develop and document methodologies that are used in trainings and workshops to advance the use of geospatial analysis by humanitarian professionals and university students. She has worked collaboratively with numerous organizations including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), World Vision International (WVI) among others. She graduated with a Masters in Geographic Information Science from Clark University; she also holds a BA in Geography and International Development & Social Change from Clark University. During her studies she also worked with DisasterNet at HHI and at the National Weather Service as well as the Office for Coastal Management at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.