GHL is a cross-sector partnership of leading humanitarian organisations working together to tackle common challenges, envisions more efficient, effective and sustainable humanitarian action as a result of forward-thinking, locally-driven, and globally integrated ecosystem in which innovation can flourish.

We bring together affected populations, humanitarians, and the public and private sectors with the shared goal of scaling effective, efficient and ethical solutions to common humanitarian challenges, such as improving the efficiency of humanitarian response, empowering local actors and affected populations to innovate and launch their own solutions, and restore dignity to survivors of humanitarian crises.

We’re currently focused on enabling bottom-up innovation, finding ways to accelerate the development and launch of promising ideas and solutions, and facilitating a process to forecast and chart the the coming challenges faced by the humanitarian sector.

Annual report

We had a very busy first year. See our annual report for all the facts and figures.

Hosting

The Global Humanitarian Lab is administratively hosted as a partnership programme within the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

 

Governing Board

Peter Maurer. President ICRC, Chairperson GHL governing board.

The Governing Board is composed of representatives from each of the founding governments and humanitarian organisations. The Board Chair is Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

 

Steering Committee

The GHL Steering Committee is constituted of the heads of innovation units of the founding humanitarian organisations.   Together, the Steering Committee members identify innovation challenges, share information, set the agenda of the GHL and collaborate on joint projects.

 

Advisors

Stassi Anastassov, Business Advisor

Patrick Meier, Technology Advisor

The Team

We’re a team of experts in humanitarian innovation, strategy, design, & technology.

Olivier Delarue

Olivier Delarue

Co-Founder, CEO

Olivier has 24 years experience with UNHCR & WFP. Founded UNHCR/IKEA Foundation & Better Shelter partnerships, cofounded UNHCR Innovation & UN Innovation Network. Passionate disruptor & innovator for dignity and impact.

David Ott

David Ott

Co-Founder, Bottom-up Innovation

As a digital professional, David has 20 years experience of leveraging disruptive technologies for human interaction and empowerment working in academia, WHO and ICRC.

Daniel Dobos

Daniel Dobos

Foresight

Daniel has 15 years of particle physics at CERN, technology innovation & foresight and humanitarian hackathons. Co-founder of the THE Port at CERN Ideasquare and G3iD.

Tina Beattie

Tina Beattie

Impact Investment & Operations

Tina has had a 30 year Financial Services career, starting as an investment banking analyst and culminating as Global Head of Research, running 1,200 analysts in over 40 global locations.

Elisabeth Pfund

Elisabeth Pfund

Partnership Manager

With a combined experience across both not-for-profit and private sectors, Elisabeth secured strategic partnerships and mobilised resources in key European markets.

Adriana De Oro Osorio

Adriana De Oro Osorio

Innovation Research Analyst

With a Masters in Innovation Management and International Development, Adriana transitioned from the Innovation Unit at UNHCR to the GHL. Passionate about crowd & group ideation she is co-creator of the G3iD association.

Chloe Chick

Chloe Chick

Innovation Opportunity Development

Chloe is a passionate social innovator with in-depth experience in technology, women’s empowerment and business development across Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Jean-Marie Durney

Jean-Marie Durney

Fab Lab Manager

15 years experience in IT and technology. In-depth knowledge and understanding of fab labs and the maker movement.

Kate O’Reilly

Kate O’Reilly

Innovation Intern

Kate is a recent graduate of the University of Sydney BA in International & Global studies who is completing a 6 month internship at the GHL.

Muhanned Nuaimy-Barker

Muhanned Nuaimy-Barker

Communications Specialist

With over 20 years working in web and IT communications. Muhanned spent six years as a digital comms specialist at MSF before beginning a Masters in Humanitarian Action.

Partners

Founding Governments

Supporting Governments

Republic of Estonia

Founding Organizations

Partners

Republic of Estonia Handicap International ICRC Terre des hommes UNHCR OCJA World Food Program