Supporting humanitarian & development efforts through partnerships


We believe in..

  • Working for the common good, working without discrimination and with special consideration for the  most vulnerable.
  • Partnership and collaboration, recognizing that while each nation, community and family hold responsibility for the rights and well-being of its members, as global citizens we share concern for all.
  • Response to acute needs – backed by preparedness systems, and efforts that address root causes of crises.
  • A holistic approach – meeting critical needs but also supporting 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 and options for action
  • Strategic development, planning, program development and 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 by experience

Professional Development

Projects & Consultancies

Specialized Teams

The HDPi Forum


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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Martin Barber

Specializes in maintaining peace and security and protecting civilians in conflict

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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

Specializes in refugee and child protection

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Sara Guerreiro

Specializes in human rights and governance

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William J. Hawk

Specializes in practical ethics featuring an evidence-based ethical reasoning strategy

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Vern Jantzi

Specializes in restorative justice and trauma healing and resilience

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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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Operational Staff

Board of Directors

  • Vernon Jantzi
  • Rick Augsburger
  • Everett Ressler