Editorial Board

Directed and led by Boris MARTIN, Editor-in-chief, the Editorial Board's mission is to discuss, conceive and define the "Focus" theme; to feed the various sections besides the "Focus" and to propose, prospect and contact, if necessary, the prospective authors. It ensures that the authors respect the editorial line as defined in the "Humanitarian Alternatives Charter".

The Editorial Board is composed of:

Clara Egger

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

Pierre Gallien

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 Léger

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.


Boris Martin

Editor-in-chief of Humanitarian Alternatives, he manages and leads its editorial board. After studying law and legal anthropology, Boris Martin became involved in academic research, writing and humanitarian action. He was editor-in-chief of the review Humanitaire at Médecins du Monde from 2000 to 2015. He has published several books on humanitarian action, including La France de la solidarité (Cesno, 2002), Critique de la raison humanitaire (dir. with Karl Blanchet, preface by Rony Brauman), published by Le Cavalier Bleu in 2006 (translated into English by Columbia University Press/Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd in 2011 under the title Many Reasons to Intervene: French and British Approaches to Humanitarian Action) and L'adieu à l'humanitaire. Les ONG au défi de l'offensive néolibérale (Éditions Charles Léopold Mayer, 2015). He is also the author of stories (Chronique d'un monde disparu, 2008 and « C'est de Chine que je t'écris... », 2004) published by Le Seuil and short stories (Hong Kong, un parfum d'éternité, 2010) published by Elytis. His latest story – L’iconoclaste. L’histoire véritable d’Auguste François, consul, photographe, explorateur, misanthrope, incorruptible et ennemi des intrigants – was published in May 2014 by Éditions du Pacifique. In 2020, he wrote the biography of Médecins du Monde, La belle histoire.

Stéphanie Stern

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.

Sophie Zaccaria

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.