Vincenzo Bollettino, PhD

Vincenzo Bollettino, PhD

Director of Program on Resilient Communities / National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership
Vincenzo Bollettino, PhD

Dr. Bollettino is the Director of Resilient Communities Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. He also leads HHI’s engagement in the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership. Prior to his current academic appointment, Dr. Bollettino served for five years as Executive Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Bollettino has twenty-five years of professional and academic experience in disaster preparedness and resilience, civil-military engagement in emergencies, and humanitarian leadership. He has spent that past eighteen years of his career at Harvard University in research, teaching, and administration. His current research focuses on civil military engagement during humanitarian emergencies, disaster preparedness and resilience, the professionalization of the humanitarian aid field and humanitarian leadership.

Dr. Bollettino has managed several large training and policy development initiatives related to disaster resilience, humanitarian leadership, and civil military coordination. He has designed security reporting systems and program evaluations for field security measures in complex emergencies, authored several publications related to disaster resilience and humanitarian assistance, and has consulted with numerous international nongovernmental organization and UN agencies.

Dr. Bollettino has 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. Dr. Bollettino previously served on the board of ELRHA (Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance), and is currently the President of the Action Against Hunger (ACF) International Scientific Committee.

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