Sali Hafez, Research Associate

Sali is an experienced quantitative researcher and humanitarian practitioner, whose work with us focuses on field-led innovation. She has experience of conducting research and assessments in hard-to-reach and sensitive contexts and of supporting humanitarian innovation projects. Her work focusses on public health emergencies, humanitarian protection and humanitarian action in the Middle East and Africa. Sali has worked for local NGOs, INGOs and the United Nations in eight countries. She completed her Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Tampere.

Catherine Komuhangi, Research Associate

Catherine is an experienced qualitative researcher who works on local humanitarian action and human rights in East Africa. She leads on desk research and data collection for many of our evaluations and is experienced in conducting interviews and focus groups on sensitive issues and in thematic analysis of data. Catherine completed her Master’s degree in law at SOAS.

Alice Robinson, Consultant

Alice is a qualitative researcher who has conducted research studies and evaluations for a wide range of humanitarian and development organisations. Her work with us focuses on local humanitarian action, and she is also studying for a PhD on this topic at the London School of Economics. She has experience of supporting local partner organisations in hard-to-reach and conflict-affected regions. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the LSE, and a Bachelor's degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.

Sudhanshu Singh, Consultant

Sudhanshu is a humanitarian professional with over 28 years of progressive experience in project and programme management in the Asia-Pacific region with direct work experience in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines and Switzerland. Sudhanshu has been part of many of the global processes to improve humanitarian action, including the Transformative Agenda and World Humanitarian Summit. He is currently involved in several processes pertaining to localisation. Since 2001, Sudhanshu has managed responses to many of the mega-disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, either directly or through partners. He brings a rich blend of policy understanding and practical experience. He is primarily involved in our work on local humanitarian action. 

Lydia Tanner, Founding Director

Lydia leads the Research People. She has delivered more than 40 research and consultancy projects for local, national, and international NGOs, and donors in more than twenty countries. Lydia has previous experience of programmes development in protracted and sudden-onset emergencies and of providing technical support to national NGOs and other local partners operating in inaccessible regions following conflict or crisis. She completed a PhD and Post Doc in information engineering at Oxford University.

Jennie Thomas, Research Associate  

Jennie contributes to our work on humanitarian decision-making and locally-led disaster response. She has a particular interest in people-led approaches to humanitarian response and climate change adaptation. Jennie has significant experience in conducting qualitative research for a wide range of audiences including international, national and local organisations. She has a Masters degree in International Development: Social Policy & Social Development, where her research focused on the role of local and indigenous actors as leaders in development and humanitarian initiatives.