Addressing Global Issues
Through Partnerships

We believe in..

  • Working for the common good, without discrimination, with special consideration for the  most vulnerable.
  • Partnership and collaboration, recognizing that each nation, community and family hold responsibility for the rights and well-being of its members but as global citizens we share concern for all.
  • Response to acute needs – backed by preparedness systems, and efforts that address root causes.
  • A holistic approach – that meets critical needs but also supports basic rights, good governance, social and economic well-being and environmental sustainability, guided by national and international law.

What We Do

We support..

  • Awareness, of critical developments, needs, early warning, options for action
  • Strategic development, planning, program development, mentoring
  • Project implementation, through consultancies, linked to affiliate’s wide-ranging expertise
  • Research and evaluation, of critical issues and programs
  • Professional development, through experience-informed seminars and courses

The HDPi Forum

Projects & Consultancies

Specialized Teams

Professional Development

Who We Are

We are..

  • An expanding global network, of experienced persons working together to address critical humanitarian and development concerns
  • Multi-sectoral, bringing a range of policy and program specializations rooted in the expertise of Affiliates
  • Focused on effective action and building capacities, to enhance capacities of governments, international organizations, and civil societies in addressing humanitarian and development objectives


Pilar Aguilar, PhD.

Specializes in education in emergencies

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Nicholas Alipui, MD

Specializes in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in context of the SDGs and humanitarian strategy

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Richard Anson, PhD.

Specializes in agriculture and rural development

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Orla Bakdal

Specializes in Human Rights, Good Governance, Climate Change, and Diplomacy

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Becca Balis

Specializes in child rights and protection

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Elaine Zook Barge

Specializes in trauma and resilience

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Krishna Belbase

Specializes in food and nutrition security, social protection, and evaluation

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Mathilde Bienvenu

Specializes in Child protection, child rights and early childhood development

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Neil Boothby

Specializes in child rights and protection, especially in refugee contexts

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Jim Brasher

Specializes in strategic development and global philanthropy

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Marie de la Soudière

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Ed Giradet

Specializes in journalism in humanitarian contexts

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Katy Grant

Analytical research and strategy, as well as advocacy training, capacity-building and proposal-writing

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Sara Guerreiro

Specializes in human rights and governance

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Dr. William Hawk

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Vern Jantzi

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Nils-Arne Kastberg

Specializes in Human Rights and Education in Emergencies and Development

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Jean-Claude Legrand

Specializes in child protection in emergencies

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Leslie Little

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In Memory of Björn Ljungqvist

National Nutrition Policy

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Charles Mutasa

Specializes in civil society, governance, and human rights

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Tom McDermot

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Saulo Padilla

Specializes in trauma and resilience

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Heidi Peugeot

Specializes in emergency preparedness, disaster risk reduction and resilience

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Beatrice Progida

Specializes in program design, monitoring and learning systems

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Angela Raven Roberts

Specializes in gender, youth and livelihoods in emergencies

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Michael A Rechlin, PhD.

Specializes in forestry and conservation

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Everett Ressler

HDPi Executive Director, specializes in preparedness, risk reduction and child protection

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Sabina Robillard

Operations Officer, Specializes in community engagement and localization

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Claudio Schuftan

Public Health Consultant

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Saudamini Siegrist

Specializes in transitional justice and child rights and protection

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Laurent Sierro

Specializes in global political and humanitarian journalism

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Frederick Spielberg

Specializes in emergency preparedness, simulations and child protection.

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Keith Wright

UNICEF, UNDP, Ministry of Health

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HDPI and Stratman Consultants work in partnership to share consultant rosters



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Operational Staff

Board of Directors

  • Vernon Jantzi
  • Rick Augsburger
  • Everett Ressler