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Center for Humanitarian Leadership

Combining evidence and practice for better humanitarian action

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Centre for Humanitarian Leadership
Centre for Humanitarian Leadership

Why we're different

We pioneer a hybrid combination of evidence, education, and good humanitarian practice.

The Centre is transforming the humanitarian sector through a hybrid approach to education and practical humanitarian experience, delivered through a leadership lens.

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Education and training

We teach leaders to create meaningful change in the aid sector.

The Centre offers accredited courses designed by working humanitarians that reflect the reality of crisis response efforts around the world, mixed with the solid, proven structure of Deakin University’s course delivery and assessment.

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Our courses

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Having a theoretical knowledge of leadership behaviours helped me put in practice a stronger leadership style and learn how to work better as part of a team.

Alumni, Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership
Erephina - Alumni, Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership

Research and policy

We engage in collaborative research that informs, impacts, and influences real-world leadership in humanitarian contexts.

Our research agenda looks beyond the academic to how communities, organisations and individuals are meeting the challenge of leadership in the humanitarian system and a changing world.

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Partnering with CHL

We collaborate with forward-thinking partners to enhance policy, practice, and research in the humanitarian sector.

Drawing on our global partnerships, the Centre offers unparalleled access to humanitarian leaders, thinkers, and researchers from around the world. Our partners contribute expertise through coaching and mentoring. They offer enviable reach to apply academic research directly in the field. And they provide every resource required to transform the humanitarian sector for the better.

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Our people

The Centre is a collective of leading thinkers and practitioners from across the humanitarian landscape. Together, we deliver an equally diverse blend of collaboratively-based education, research and technological innovations for the humanitarian sector and beyond.

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Mary Ana McGlasson


Sally Collins

Operations Manager

Dr Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings

Associate Director, Research

Stephen McDonald

Centre Co-Founder, Director Partnerships, Policy and Practice

Dr Phil Connors

Centre Co-Founder, Course Director Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership