I have more than 10 years’ experience working in humanitarian crisis and recovery settings in Central African Republic, DR Congo, Uganda, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Palestine, Nepal, and Sierra Leone. After ten years working in the field I am now a Ph.D. candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs working on the growing challenges facing the humanitarian aid system -- and reforms needed to prepare it for new types of wars, emerging epidemics, and the effects of climate change.
Until 2016 I was Program Manager at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At HHI I coordinated the development of KoBoToolbox, the leading data collection suite for humanitarian settings, where I worked with UN OCHA and other humanitarian actors on improving speed and quality of assessments in humanitarian disasters. I was also responsible for field implementation and training of HHI’s Peace and Human Rights Data Program in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries.
In 2014 I was seconded to UNMEER, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response where I advised local response teams on data collection and data analysis in hotspot areas in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. In April 2015 I was invited by UN OCHA to conduct needs assessments following the Nepal earthquake and by the International Rescue Committee in Turkey to assess refugee flows from Syria and Iraq.
Previously I worked for UNDP, creating new coordination and information management solutions to track and register former rebels in the Central African Republic during the official disarmament and demobilization effort. With UNDP in DR Congo I created a system to support the fight against sexual violence by improving the way offenses were being tracked in the criminal justice system.
My academic training is in Political Sciences at Jacobs University and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. During my Master's in South Africa I created highly-cited research on the emergence of mobile internet usage by low-income youth living in townships.
I love languages and am fluent in English, French, German, and Spanish.