Professor Karl Blanchet is the director of CERAH, and professor ad the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva.
Professor Blanchet has been working in health systems research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine since 2010 and was appointed as the co-director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre in 2016. He has a management and public health background and brings to CERAH extensive experience in humanitarian contexts as a relief worker and a researcher.
Professor Blanchet’s research focuses on resilience issues in global health, specifically in post-conflict and conflict-affected countries. He has developed innovative research approaches based on complexity science and system thinking, and is currently focused on developing and testing people-centred methodological approaches for refugee populations in the Middle East.
Prof Blanchet is a member of the technical working group on Research on Global Health Emergencies at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. He is also a core member of the UHC2030 Technical Working Group on support to countries with fragile or challenging operating environments, and a member of the WHO technical working group on Health Systems Assessment and the WHO technical working group on SRH in emergencies.
Professor Blanchet also gave an LSHTM TED Talkx on health systems and complexity.
Clara Egger holds an MA degree in Political Science (2010) from Sciences Po Grenoble (MA Program “International Organizations IGO – NGOs”) and a PhD in political science from the University Grenoble Alpes. Her PhD thesis analyses States’ control strategies of humanitarian NGOs at the unilateral and multilateral level, focusing on the cases of France, United Kingdom and the United States of America. During her PhD, she did field research in Kosovo and Kenya. Her research was awarded the French Red Cross Fund for the best research on humanitarian action and was shortlisted for the ECPR Jean Blondel PhD Prize for the best thesis in politics. She leaded the research aspects of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia project aiming to analyse how key concepts to humanitarian practice are used, understood and perceived. She is now assistant professor at the University of Groningen. Her current research interests include the role of humanitarian action in international politics and, in particular, its links with military intervention; non-Western conception of humanitarianism and armed contestation of Western powers foreign policies
Director of the H.I Impact, Information & Innovation division. Pierre is agronomist but was keen to enrich his curriculum with complementary training in management (IAE), epidemiology (CESAM) and strategic foresight (CNAM). During his 25-years experience in the humanitarian field, he held many technical (technical coordinator, Head of Knowledge Management division) and operational (geographical manager, mission director) positions for Action Against Hunger, Solidarités International and Humanity & Inclusion. This eclectic experience in humanitarian action has allowed him to better understand the specific constraints of the different positions, but also to underline the importance of cross-sectoral approaches.
Vincent Leger is a research officer at the French Red Cross Foundation. PhD in anthropology (University College London) and holder of a Master in demography (IDUP), he is responsible for monitoring and promoting research supported by the Foundation on humanitarian and social action.
Stephanie leads the ACF’s Knowledge LAB project, an innovative pilot project aiming at incubating innovative approaches and methodologies to improve the knowledge management across Action Against Hunger's international network. Collaborating closely with the research, advocacy, technical and operations department , ACF Knowledge LAB explores ways of effectively connecting knowledge with action in order to improve the way the organisation fights against hunger.
Danielle Tan is a doctor of political science (Sciences Po / CERI, 2011) and Research associate at the Research Institute of Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC, Bangkok). She carried her postdoctoral research in Australia (Australian National University) and the Netherlands (International Institute for Asian Studies). She has taught international relations, Asian studies and development issues in Southern countries at Sciences Po Paris, Nancy and Lyon. Before starting her research career, she worked in Grenoble for the urban policy and the social and solidarity economy. She also has experience in the development field in Morocco, Tunisia and Laos. She was laureate of the French Red Cross Foundation (2014) for her research “The humanitarian transition in Laos: a mapping of actors, dynamics and modes of governance”. She has also coordinated studies and research for Handicap International. She is currently an independent consultant. Danielle is particularly interested in evaluating the social impact of new technologies in the humanitarian field.
Sophie Zaccaria is a physiotherapist and holds a master’s degree in social practices of development from Institute of Economic and Social Development Studies (IEDES). She has worked with the United Nations in Gaza, South Africa and Cambodia, and then in France with various NGOs such as CCFD-Terre Solidaire. She has taught and continues to teach in various master's degrees in international solidarity actions at the Senghor Institute of the Francophonie, the Catholic Institute of Paris and IEDES. After having been in charge of the health and advocacy department at Médecins du Monde, she is now attached to the direction in charge of transversal issues.