Meet the Team

Kevin M. Cahill, MD - University Professor and Director

Kevin Cahill, Director

Kevin M. Cahill, MD is University Professor and Director of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. He also serves as President of the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC), Director of the Tropical Disease Center at Lenox Hill Hospital, Clinical Professor of Tropical Medicine and Molecular Parasitology at New York University School of Medicine, Chief Medical Advisor for Counterterrorism, NYPD, Professor of International Humanitarian Affairs at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Senior Consultant to the United Nations Health Service and President-General of the American-Irish Historical Society. Dr. Cahill has served as Chief Advisor on Humanitarian Affairs and Public Health for three Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly.

Dr. Cahill received degrees from Fordham University, Cornell University School of Medicine, The Royal College of Surgeons in England and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He holds numerous fellowships, distinguished awards, and several dozen honorary doctorates.

Dr. Cahill served as Director of Clinical Tropical Medicine in Egypt and Sudan while in the U.S. Navy and continued active medical research for the next forty years in Africa, Latin America, the Near and Far East, with long-term programs in Somalia, Sudan, India and Nicaragua.

From 1975-81, Dr. Cahill served concurrently as the Special Assistant to the Governor for Health Affairs, Chairman of the Health Planning Commission, and Chairman of the Health Research Council of New York State. From 1981-93 he was a Senior Member of the New York City Board of Health.

He has written and edited thirty-one books and more than two hundred articles on subjects ranging from tropical disease to humanitarian and foreign affairs, Irish literature, and public health.

Brendan Cahill - Executive Director

Brendan Cahill, Executive Director

Brendan Cahill is the Executive Director of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University. For nearly twenty years he has created, directed and taught humanitarian programs throughout the world, including South Africa, Kenya, India, Egypt, Myanmar, Kuala Lumpur, South Korea, Nepal, Sudan, Colombia, Nicaragua, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, England and the United States. He established one of the first Masters programs in Humanitarian Action in the world, and, to date, has trained over 3,000 mid career aid professionals from over 135 countries. Recently, New York State Department of Education has approve a new Master of Science program in Humanitarian Studies, a program that will bring skills and experience to those interested in working in the humanitarian sector.

Mr. Cahill designed and implemented a full undergraduate program at Fordham University which has grown quickly. This program, which includes a summer session, is among the fastest growing in the University's history; it combines academic rigor with applied knowledge and experience, especially through carefully managed internships at partner institutions in New York City.

The Institute, which he helped create, acts as a bridge between the University and humanitarian practice, hosts lectures and symposia on a regular basis, and is the US partner for NOHA, a consortium of 12 European universities offering humanitarian education. Mr. Cahill also sits on the editorial board of their academic journal.

Mr. Cahill is the Series Editor of the Humanitarian Affairs Series at Fordham University Press. He is currently co-authoring a textbook in Humanitarian Studies, to be published by University of Toronto Press. He received his BA from Colby College and his MBA from Fordham University.

Besides his work for the IIHA and the CIHC, Brendan sits on the boards of the American Irish Historical Society, the Bartow Pell Conservancy, and the Pelham Preservation Society. He is a member of the Advisory Board of The Humanitarian Centre of University College Dublin, the Executive Board of the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network, and on the Curriculum Oversight and Steering Committee of Jesuit World Learning (JWL). He is an active member of the Strategic Planning Committee for Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He is a Trustee of The Helen Hamlyn Trust in London and a Director of the KMC Foundation in New York.

He is married with four children and lives in Pelham, New York.

Phone: 718-817-5694
Email: brcahill@fordham.edu

Larry Hollingworth, CBE - Humanitarian Programs Director

Larry Hollingworth, Humanitarian Programs Director

Larry Hollingworth is the Humanitarian Programs Director for the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) and Visiting Professor of Humanitarian Studies at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University in New York. Over the past decade, Mr. Hollingworth served as Humanitarian Coordinator on CIHC-supported missions for the United Nations in Iraq, Lebanon, East Timor, Palestine, and Pakistan. After serving as a British Army officer for thirty years, Mr. Hollingworth joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and held assignments in Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. He was appointed UNHCR Chief of Operations in Sarajevo during the siege of the city in the Balkan conflict. Mr. Hollingworth has also worked with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). He was awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002 and honored by the U.S Department of State on the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Convention Related to the Status of Refugees in 2011. Mr. Hollingworth is a frequent lecturer on relief and refugee topics in universities and is a commentator on humanitarian issues for the BBC. In his current role as Humanitarian Programs Director, which he has held for over 15 years, Mr. Hollingworth directs humanitarian training courses for participants from or intending to enter the humanitarian aid world. He has directed 48 one-month courses and more than 50 one-week courses, of which there are over 2,300 alumni.

Judy Benjamin, PhD - Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow

Judy Benjamin, PhD is the Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA). She received her doctoral degree from Binghamton University in the field of anthropology with a focus on international development and gender. Dr. Benjamin has an MA in anthropology from Hunter College. 

The focus of Dr. Benjamin’s expansive career has centered on conflict-affected and less developed countries applying social science professional skills in the areas of gender, education, health and economic development in over 30 countries. Dr. Benjamin is a gender specialist and has worked globally on issues of gender-based violence.

Dr. Benjamin’s experience working with displaced populations and refugees started in refugee camps in Sudan with the Eritrean and Tigray exodus from Ethiopia where she first observed the results of gender disparity in feeding practices among refugees. She subsequently served as consultant to numerous international humanitarian organizations including the World Food Programme, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, USAID, UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR and various non-governmental organizations. She has also taught in the anthropology departments of Hunter College and Binghamton University (SUNY Binghamton). She served as a guest lecturer in the early formative years of the IIHA.

Phone: 718-817-5743
Email: jbenjamin18@fordham.edu

Anthony Land, PhD - Senior Fellow

Anthony Land, Senior Fellow

Anthony (Tony) Land, PhD graduated from Brunel University in 1971 with the degree of Bachelor of Technology with Honours in Polymer Science and Technology and was awarded the degree of Master of Technology, also from Brunel University, in 1972 for research into high temperature resistant polymeric materials. Between 1972 and 1985, he worked with various NGOs in South Asia. From 1979 to 1985 he was employed by Tearfund and seconded to HEED in Bangladesh and to ACROSS in Southern Sudan, as Field Director. In 1985, Dr. Land joined UNHCR and worked with them in Pakistan, Indonesia, Malawi, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Russian Federation, Geneva and Brussels, in operational field roles and in donor relations, until his retirement in 2006. Since leaving UNHCR, Dr. Land has undertaken various consultancies and taught on courses in humanitarian subjects at Fordham University (New York) as well as Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Manchester University, University of Copenhagen and the University of Medical Science and Technology in Khartoum. In 2014, he was admitted into the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at University of Liverpool. His thesis is titled “Towards enhancing responsibility and accountability in humanitarian action: Understanding the subjective factors that influence evaluation of humanitarian actions and the implementation of the recommendations made.” Having served as the Senior Tutor for the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) from 2008 to 2014, Dr. Land now holds a Senior Fellowship and is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University in New York.

Email: aland@fordham.edu

Ellen Bratina - International Programs Officer

Ellen Bratina coordinates and administers all logistical arrangements for the IIHA’s international programs, including admission and registration processes. Previously a literary rights agent, literary scout, and corporate publishing executive, she founded a literary rights company based in Prague and Warsaw in the 1990s. A graduate of Marquette University, she has worked with media companies large and small in Europe and North America and has coordinated fundraising initiatives at educational nonprofits in New York City.

Phone: 718-817-5695
Email: ebratina@fordham.edu

Angela Wells - Communications Officer

Angela Wells, IIHA Communications Officer

Angela Wells is the Communications Officer for the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University where she oversees the creation and dissemination of all digital and print communication from the IIHA. Angela also fosters relationships with local and international nongovernmental organizations to facilitate internship placements, source external teaching staff and students, develop new training programs, and encourage collaboration among organizations for lecture series and symposia.

Through these initiatives, Angela helps to strengthen the IIHA’s relations with both the Fordham community and the humanitarian community worldwide. Angela started working with the IIHA at the end of 2016 and comes to the Institute after working as a Communications Officer for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda for four years. Angela received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with Minors in Spanish, Peace Studies, and Journalism from Loyola University Chicago in 2012.

Phone: 718-817-5303
Email: awells14@fordham.edu

Giulio Coppi - Humanitarian Innovation Fellow

Giulio Coppi, Humanitarian Innovation Fellow

Giulio Coppi joins the IIHA with more than ten years of humanitarian professional experience managing operations in South America, West and Central Africa, South and Central Asia. Giulio earned his BA, MA and MAS in International Law with a specialization on Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in conflict. In his career, Giulio has cooperated with NGOs, Universities, the UN, the OECD and the ICRC. At the IIHA, Giulio oversees the Humanitarian Innovation program of the Institute, with a special focus on Open Source technology and community-based approaches. For this purpose, Giulio fosters relationships with all relevant interlocutors from the non-profit, private, and public sector alike in order to create broad partnerships and to promote a meaningful public debate on the global right of access to life-saving technology. Giulio is also the founder and administrator of the platform High Tech Humanitarians (HTH), of which IIHA is an official partner. HTH is a web based initiative dedicated to the gathering and improvement of open source humanitarian tools, to allow universal access to life-changing technology and to mark the beginning of a continuous bottom-up innovation process.

Email: gcoppi@fordham.edu

Jorn Poldermans - Humanitarian Innovation Fellow

Jorn Poldermans, IIHA Innovation Fellow

As Innovation Fellow at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), Jorn Poldermans co-directs efforts around humanitarian innovation. He helps partners – ranging from international organizations to local governments – to optimize their use of relevant technologies, helping to understand the possibilities, limitations and responsibilities they bring. Exploring innovation and technology for several years, his work focuses on vetting existing and upcoming technologies for the humanitarian and development sectors in a clearinghouse format.

In addition, Jorn works with the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University. As an expert workshop facilitator, speaker, and coach, he specializes in driving multi-disciplinary teams and leadership to enable collaborative approaches to innovation in the humanitarian, diplomatic and governmental sector. Jorn also co-founded the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab in The Hague in 2014, a global network of innovation labs leveraging technology for humanity’s biggest challenges.

After traveling the world, Jorn studied in Amsterdam, Sydney and Leiden. He received his Master’s of Science in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and his Master’s of Arts in International Relations from Leiden University.

Rene Desiderio, PhD - Research Fellow on Urbanization, Displacement and Older Persons

Rene Desiderio

Rene Desiderio, PhD is a Research Fellow on Urbanization, Displacement, and Older Persons at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) and an Adjunct Professor for the IIHA at Fordham University. He received doctoral and Master's degrees from Cornell University in the field of population and international development. He has a Master's of Science degree in social planning from the Centre for Development Studies, University of Wales, and was an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina Population Center. Dr. Desiderio served for more than 10 years with the United Nations Secretariat and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in New York, Somalia and Bangkok.

Dr. Desiderio served as Technical Expert in the UN-World Bank Joint Needs Assessment for Somalia. As UNFPA’s Humanitarian Response Coordinator, he managed emergency and humanitarian response operations, including preparation of a humanitarian assistance strategy and plan of action. He also managed a global survey covering over 160 countries on population policies and sustainable development.

He has written and published articles on various topics, such as population and development, environment and poverty, demographic trends, international migration and gender issues, including harmful practices. As part of the UNFPA evidence and action project, he documented good practices on issues relating to adolescent girls, sex selection, fistula and averting maternal and newborn deaths in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, South Sudan and Sudan, among others. He has also served as a World Bank consultant on international migration and fertility. Dr. Desiderio serves as Academic Adviser of the NOHA (Network on Humanitarian Action - a consortium of 12 European universities) graduate students during their summer research stay at Fordham.

Email: rdesiderio@fordham.edu

Ann Pawliczko, PhD - Research Fellow on Ageing

Ann Pawliczko, Ageing

Ann Pawliczko, Ph.D. is a demographic consultant specializing in population ageing and international migration. Her professional career spans over three decades, with more than twenty years of advocacy, policy, programme, research and publishing experience in the international arena within the United Nations system, collaborating with UN agencies, international organizations, NGOs and academia. She is currently bringing her impressive expertise to research initiatives of the IIHA as the Research Fellow on Ageing.

She organized many United Nations expert meetings and special sessions on topics related to ageing and migration at various global conferences including the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, the World Demographic Association, the International Federation on Ageing, and the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics as well as side events during the UN Commissions for Social Development and Population and Development. She was guest speaker at numerous United Nations and international and regional conferences, served as moderator of expert panels, published articles on ageing and migration topics, and was interviewed for radio and press on issues related to population ageing, low fertility and international migration.

While at the UN, Dr. Pawliczko both authored and contributed to numerous UN reports and articles on ageing and migration issues and spearheaded the publication of a number of seminal works in the areas of population ageing and migration in collaboration with other UN agencies. She strengthened partnerships with a range of stakeholders, expanding networks and increasing visibility of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the area of ageing and migration. She represented UNFPA at various global conferences and international and regional expert meetings. Dr. Pawliczko secured US $1.5 million for UNFPA for a five-year global programme on population ageing and a two-year gratis personnel/secondment.

Prior to joining UNFPA, Dr. Pawliczko worked in the population policy area at the United Nations Population Division, served as assistant professor of sociology at Fordham University, was a research associate of a nationwide study of United States frail elderly at the Third Age Center at Fordham University and conducted research on indicators of women's status at The Population Council. She holds a Ph.D. in demography and urban sociology from Fordham University.

Larissa Fast, PhD - Research Fellow

Larissa Fast, Research Fellow

Larissa Fast, PhD is a Research Fellow at Fordham University's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. As a scholar and practitioner, she focuses on the intersection of research, policy, and practice related to humanitarianism, conflict, and peacebuilding. She is also an internationally-recognized expert on the causes of and responses to violence against conflict interveners, such as aid workers and peacebuilders, and has published extensively on the topic in both academic and policy-focused formats. Her book, Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism (2014, University of Pennsylvania Press) explores the causes of and responses to violence against aid workers.

Dr. Fast has published in the International Review of the Red Cross, the European Journal of International Relations, and Disasters, among other journals. In addition, she co-founded a large-scale dataset tracking threats and violence against aid workers as part of the Aid in Danger project.

Fast’s professional career spans both scholarly and policy-oriented posts. She is a 2016-2017 Fulbright-Schuman Research Scholar at the University of Manchester (UK) and Uppsala University (Sweden). From 2014-2016, she served as Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working at the US Agency for International Development. During that time, she conducted research on the use of data and digital technologies in the West Africa Ebola outbreak response. Previously, she was Assistant Professor at the Kroc Institute and Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana) and at Conrad Grebel University College (Waterloo, Ontario).

Email: larissafastphd@gmail.com
Website: larissafast.weebly.com

Al Panico - Fellow

Al Panico, Fellow

Al Panico is currently a Fellow at Fordham University's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs and is active in teaching and training aid professionals around the world. Al has been part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for over 40 years. He has served internationally as head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Regional Offices in Nairobi, Kenya, covering East Africa and The Indian Ocean Islands, and in New Delhi, India, covering 8 South Asian Countries. He also served as head of Federation country offices in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Malawi and most recently, Nepal following the 2015 Earthquake in that country.

At the American Red Cross, Mr. Panico was the vice-president of the International Services Division; and has held management and disaster positions in Jackson, Mississippi, Dallas, and Los Angeles. He also served as special representative to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Seattle, Washington.

Mr. Panico spent five years with the Waitt Family Foundation in San Diego as Chief Administrative Officer in charge of charitable giving. He has served as the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Indian Ocean Tsunami Operation and head of operations for the Federation Asia Pacific Zone, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Email: apanico1@fordham.edu

Alberto Preato - Humanitarian Design Fellow

Alberto Preato, Humanitarian Design

Alberto Preato is a program manager at the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in Niger and a Visiting Humanitarian Research Scholar at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. He received a Master Degree in Sustainable Emergency Architecture at the Universidad Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona and holds a Master in Sustainable Architecture at the Università Iuav di Venezia (Venice, Italy). Alberto Preato has been on the frontline of some of the most challenging humanitarian responses to natural disaster and complex crisis and has been deployed as shelter and settlement experts in Mozambique, Colombia, Haiti, Honduras, Vanuatu, Fiji and Niger. At the IIHA Alberto will work with partners from all over the world to find innovative design solution to better respond to the needs and uphold the rights of displaced populations in emergencies and protracted crisis.

Willem van de Put - Research Fellow

Willem van de Put, IIHA Fellow

Willem van de Put is a cultural/medical anthropologist and philosopher by training. He worked in international public health since 1989, first with Médecines sans Frontières Holland, where he introduced medical anthropology and mental health programming, later as the founder of TPO Cambodia (1993-1998) and general director of HealthNet TPO (1998-2016). Together with Lynne Jones and the unfailing support of the IIHA at Fordham University, Willem started the course Mental Health in Complex Emergencies in 2004.

Currently Willem works as a research fellow with the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, and is affiliated as research fellow with Fordham University, with a focus on emergency programming and health systems development in fragile states. Willem has also co-founded ‘C4C’, a foundation working on ‘Culture for Change’, applying experience in action research in concrete programmes where cultural traits and beliefs are transformed from perceived barriers for effective healing to drivers of sustainable change.

Publications

Van de Put, W. A. C. M. and Eisenbruch, M. (2002). The Cambodian experience. Trauma, war, and violence: Public mental health in socio-cultural context. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers; US.

Eisenbruch, M., de Jong, J. T., and van de Put, W. (2004). Bringing order out of chaos: A culturally competent approach to managing the problems of refugees and victims of organized violence. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 17(2), 123-131.

Van de Put, W. and Eisenbruch, M. (2004): Internally displaced Cambodians: Healing Trauma in Communities. In: The Mental Health of Refugees: Ecological approaches to healing and adaptation. Edited by Kenneth Miller and Lisa Rasco, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, New Jersey/London

Van de Put, W., and van der Veer, G. (2005): Counseling in Cambodia: cultural competence and contextual costs. Intervention, July 2005. Volume 3, Nr 2. p 87-96. Psychiatry, 62 supplement 2, 64-72

Ventevogel, P., van de Put, W., Faiz, H., van Mierlo, B., Siddiqi, M., & Komproe, I. H. (2012). Improving access to mental health care and psychosocial support within a fragile context: a case study from Afghanistan. PLoS Med, 9(5), e1001225.

Nora Lester Murad, PhD - Associate Professor

Nora Murad

Nora Murad

Nora Lester Murad, PhD, is a scholar/practitioner/activist currently living in New York City.

While living in Palestine, she co-founded Dalia Association, Palestine’s community foundation (www.dalia.ps), in order to promote self-determination in Palestinian development. She also founded Aid Watch Palestine (www.aidwatch.ps) to mobilize Palestinians to hold aid actors accountable, especially in the Gaza Strip.

She has over 30 years experience consulting with community-based organizations, non-profits, international NGOs and United Nations agencies on topics such as advocacy strategy, team-building, community leadership, resource mobilization, and other organizational development and social justice topics. Nora serves on the Global Inspection Panel of Accountable Now (formerly the INGO Accountability Charter).

Nora writes about international aid, community philanthropy and life under military occupation at www.noralestermurad.com and has published the The Guardian, Aljazeera, Huffington Post, Open Democracy, Mondoweiss, This Week in Palestine, and in a long list of academic and professional publications. She is a Policy Member with Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. She has received fellowships and received support from Synergos Institute, Northeastern University, and the Palestinian American Research Center.

Nora has spoken internationally as a critic of international aid including at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea, and at global civil society meetings in Cambodia, Namibia, Canada, the UK, Abu Dhabi, South Africa and more. She has taught international and intercultural studies at Bentley University and Lesley University, both in the
Boston area.

Nora also writes fiction.

Email: nmurad@fordham.edu

Isaie Dougnon, PhD - Humanitarian Affairs Professor

Isaie Dougnon, Humanitarian Affairs

Isaie Dougnon received his PhD from the University of Bayreuth in Germany in 2003 and researched labor migration in West Africa. For more than 15 years, he has taught Anthropology at the University of Bamako in Mali for more than 15 years. Recently in August of 2017 he joined Fordham University as Assistant Professor at the Department of Modern Languages and Literature and Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. In his research at Fordham. Isaie continues to contribute to current debates related to migration and child labor.

He has published the following academic articles:

-2016 “Expelled from fortress Europe: returned migrant associations in Bamako and the quest for cosmopolitan citizenship” In Jan Willem Duyvendak, Peter Geschiere, Evelien Tonkens, The Culturalization of Citizenship, Autochthony and Belonging in a Globalizing World, Palgrave, pp: 181-202.

-“Child Traffiking or Labor Migration? An Historical Perspective from Dogon Country.” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development. 2 (1):85-105.

-Migration as Coping with Risk: African Migrants 'Conception of Being far from Home and States' Policy of Barriers". In Todd Leedy & Abdoulaye Kane, African Migrations Today: Patterns and Perspectives, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Anna Levy - Instructor

Anna Levy has worked at the intersection of aid and development accountability politics, displacement and migration, historical memory, political transitions, as well as structural inequality, urban service delivery, and social movements in the digital age for ten years. Much of her regional experience has been in the Levant region of the Middle East, Central America, and the United States. Anna currently works as a freelance policy analyst and researcher, and has held related roles with CIVICUS, Princeton, Bowdoin, and New York Universities, Feedback Labs, and what is now the Accountability Research Center at American University. Additional past roles include having served on the founding advisory network for Beautiful Rising, a digital exchange for creative political activism in repressive political environments, managing and developing a strategy for a small non-profit focused on supporting low-technology mobile-phone use in urban service accountability and civil society initiatives in dozens of countries, and co-managing a study examining the politics of bilateral donor policies on transparency and accountability in Colombia, Sri Lanka, and Liberia for Transparency International. 


Anna has worked in Colombia, Cuba, the Hopi Nation, Jordan, Mexico, the Navajo Nation, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Kenya, and Tanzania, and holds a Master's Degree from Columbia University, where she studied political and economic transitions, Middle Eastern regional studies, and oral history.

Francois Servranckx - Instructor

Francois Servranckx

Francois Servranckx is a professor of International Humanitarian Action for the Humanitarian Studies Major/Minor program at Fordham University.

He comes to the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs with 15 years of international experience managing humanitarian projects; responding to emergencies; and designing and implementing communication and public campaigns for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Francois lived and worked in Africa for six years - working frequently in Senegal, Kenya, and Nigeria. He has also been deployed in emergencies in Haiti, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Uganda. Francois holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Humanitarian Affairs and lives with his wife and daughter in New York City.

H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser - Diplomat-in-Residence

Nassirabdulazizal Nasser, Diplomat In-Residence

H. E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser has recently been designated as High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, after serving as President of the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly. From 1998-2011, Mr. Al-Nasser served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations, as well as presiding over three of the subsidiary bodies of the Council. During this term, he served as non-resident Ambassador to numerous countries in the Americas, such as Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Uruguay. From 2002-2003, he was the Vice-President of the fifty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly. Earlier, Al-Nasser worked as a Qatar’s resident Ambassador to Jordan, and was appointed to his first United Nations position, Minister Plenipotentiary in 1986.

Mr. Al-Nasser has received numerous decorations and awards: three honorary doctorates, including an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Fordham University, national awards from a wide range of countries, and in 2009, Mr. Al-Nasser was made an honorary fellow of the Foreign Policy Association in New York.

Peter Hansen - Diplomat-in-Residence

Peter Hansen is Diplomat-In-Residence at Fordham University's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. He retired from the United Nations after 28 years of service, the last nine as Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The 22,000 employees of UNRWA provide education, health, relief and social services to more than 3.2 million registered Palestine refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Mr. Hansen had been Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator as well as Executive Director of the Commission on Global Governance, Geneva (1992-1994). He has also served in numerous other senior positions within the UN.

Mr. Hansen studied in Denmark and the United States. He completed his graduate and post-graduate work at Aarhus University in 1966. He is the author of several books and numerous articles in scholarly journals.