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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

Humanitarian Policy Group Staff

Sara Pantuliano
Sara Pantuliano

Sara Pantuliano

Staff - Head of HPG - Humanitarian Policy Group
Sara is a political scientist with extensive experience in conflict and post-conflict contexts. She has written extensively on Sudan and South Sudan and is a recognised public speaker and media commentator on humanitarian issues. She is the Managing Editor of Disasters.
Veronique Barbelet
Veronique Barbelet

Veronique Barbelet

Staff - Research Fellow - Humanitarian Policy Group
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Veronique is a political scientist by training with a particular interest in humanitarian negotiations with armed non-state actors, protection, gender-based violence and resilience. Prior to joining HPG, she worked in the Policy Division at the World Food Programme.
Jennifer Benson
Jennifer Benson

Jennifer Benson

Staff - Programme Officer - Humanitarian Policy Group

Jennifer is the Programme Officer within the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) .


Tania Cheung
Tania Cheung

Tania Cheung

Staff - Communications Officer - Humanitarian Policy Group
Tania is the Communications Officer for the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN).
Eleanor Davey
Eleanor Davey

Eleanor Davey

Staff - Research Officer - Humanitarian Policy Group
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Eleanor is a historian by training with a particular interest in the political and intellectual contexts that influence humanitarian action. Prior to joining HPG, she completed a DPhil at Queen Mary, University of London, on humanitarianism and revolutionary politics in France during the Cold War.
Lilianne Fan
Lilianne Fan

Lilianne Fan

Staff - Research Fellow - Humanitarian Policy Group

Lilianne leads HPG's growing engagement on humanitarian action in Asia, including with ASEAN, Myanmar, China, and Indonesia. Her areas of specialisation include conflict and sectarian violence in Myanmar's transition; regional organisations and humanitarian action in Asia.

Wendy Fenton
Wendy Fenton

Wendy Fenton

Staff - HPN Coordinator - Humanitarian Policy Group
Wendy has over 25 years of operational, management and advisory experience in humanitarian and development programming across a wide range of sectors primarily in Sudan and Ethiopia.
Matthew Foley
Matthew Foley

Matthew Foley

Staff - HPG Managing Editor - Humanitarian Policy Group

Experienced in professional publishing in the research sector. Responsibilities include the production of all HPG publications, including HPN publications, HPG Reports and Briefing Papers.

Francesca Iannini
Francesca Iannini

Francesca Iannini

Staff - HPG Operations and Partnerships Manager - Humanitarian Policy Group
Francesca Iannini is the Programme Manager within the Humanitarian Policy Group. Her remit is to contribute to managing the group’s workflow and finances, with special responsibility for coordinating HPG’s Integrated Programme. Francesca has a background in development and considerable project management experience within the sector. She specialises in managing large multi-year, multi-partner projects and programmes.
Ashley Jackson
Ashley Jackson

Ashley Jackson

Staff - Research Fellow - Humanitarian Policy Group
Ashley Jackson recently joined the Humanitarian Policy Group as a Research Fellow. She has substantial emergency and humanitarian program and policy experience, including work in disaster, conflict and post-conflict situations including Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. Her current research focuses on humanitarian principles and negotiations.
Hanna Krebs
Hanna Krebs

Hanna Krebs

Staff - Research Officer - Humanitarian Policy Group
Hanna is a Research Officer with a particular interest in humanitarian negotiations and multilingual conflict studies. She holds an MSc in Cold War Studies from the London School of Economics with a special focus on Chinese security policies, and worked in the private sector for three years prior to joining the HPG.

Simon Levine
Simon Levine

Simon Levine

Staff - Research Fellow - Humanitarian Policy Group

Simon spent many years working for NGOs in Mozambique, Cambodia, Tanzania and Burundi, before working as a consultant based in Uganda for nine years. He specialises in livelihoods and vulnerability analysis, land rights, and in early response in humanitarian crises.

Irina Mosel
Irina Mosel

Irina Mosel

Staff - Research Fellow - Humanitarian Policy Group

Irina has experience in humanitarian and development programming as well as research in conflict and post-conflict settings. Prior to joining HPG, Irina worked for several NGOs and civil society organisations in South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Pakistan.

Clare Price
Clare Price

Clare Price

Staff - Senior Communications Officer - Humanitarian Policy Group
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Clare is the Communications Officer for the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG). Before joining HPG, Clare held communications positions with the Australian agency for international development (AusAID) in Indonesia and The World Bank in Mongolia.

Eva Svoboda
Eva Svoboda

Eva Svoboda

Staff - Research Fellow - Humanitarian Policy Group

Eva has recently joined the HPG as research fellow. She has operational experience working in emergencies in the Middle East, Africa and Asia for NGOs and the ICRC focussing in particular on protection issues. She has degrees in Middles Eastern Studies as well as International Law. Her current research focuses on civil-military relations and the history of humanitarian action.

David White
David White

David White

Staff - Database and Membership Officer - Humanitarian Policy Group

Responsble for maintaining HPG and Humanitarian Practice Network membership databases. Responding to HPG and HPN membership enquiries and requests for publications..

Steve Zyck
Steve Zyck

Steven A Zyck

Staff - Research Fellow - Humanitarian Policy Group
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Steven A. Zyck is an expert in aid delivery in conflict -affected contexts. He is currently examining the role of regional oranisations and markets in humanitarian crises.

Research Associates

John Borton
John Borton

John Borton

Staff - Senior Research Associate - Humanitarian Policy Group

John is a Senior Research Associate who has worked within the international humanitarian sector for 30 years in a variety of operational, evaluation, research and capacity development roles.
For the last year he has been part of the HPG’s Global History of Humanitarian Action team and has a particular interest in making the history of humanitarian action more accessible to humanitarian workers.

Margie Buchanan-Smith
Margie Buchanan-Smith

Margie Buchanan-Smith

Staff - Senior Research Associate - Humanitarian Policy Group

Margie is a Senior Research Associate based in London who has been involved in the humanitarian aid sector for over 20 years. Her current focus is Sudan, especially Darfur, where she first worked in the late 1980s, specialising in policy and practice, livelihoods and evaluations. She is also currently a Visiting Fellow at the Feinstein International Center team at Tufts University.

Sarah Collinson
Sarah Collinson

Sarah Collinson

Staff - Research Associate - Humanitarian Policy Group

Sarah Collinson is a Research Associate of HPG. Her recent work focuses on the challenges of humanitarian action in difficult political and security environments, including the implications of stabilisation and risk management agendas, protection, 'humanitarian space', and the political economy of livelihoods and displacement in crisis contexts. She has previously held senior research and policy positions at Chatham House and ActionAid.

Adele Harmer
Adele Harmer

Adele Harmer

Staff - Research Associate - Humanitarian Policy Group

Adele is a Humanitarian Policy Group Research Associate based in Kampala, Uganda and a partner with Humanitarian Outcomes. Her work has focused on humanitarian financing and institutional reform, and security of aid operations. She has previously worked for the Australian Government’s international aid agency (AusAID) and with the Australian Defence Force as a civilian peace monitor.

Victoria Metcalfe
Victoria Metcalfe

Victoria Metcalfe

Staff - Research Associate - Humanitarian Policy Group
Vicki Metcalfe is a Research Associate of HPG. She has extensive professional experience in developing and implementing multi-dimensional aid responses in fragile and conflict-affected states (occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan), primarily for UN and international organisations. Considerable experience at global level leading UN and inter-agency policy development and implementation on diverse issues including protection of civilians, forced displacement, humanitarian negotiations, and peacekeeping and peace support operations. She has previously held a senior research position at HPG and has proven experience of leading research programmes in support of policy and operations.
Naz Khatoon Modirzadeh
Naz Khatoon Modirzadeh

Naz Khatoon Modirzadeh

Staff - Research Associate - Humanitarian Policy Group

Naz K. Modirzadeh focuses on dilemmas of international humanitarian law, human rights law, and humanitarian action in situations of armed conflict. Her most recent research and policy work focuses on the relationship between domestic and international counterterrorism regimes and humanitarian access and assistance.