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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

The Centre for Humanitarian Leadership is a global network of innovative thinkers and practitioners dedicated to addressing the planet's most pressing issues.

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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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

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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ACF International Network
Asian Disaster Reduction & Response Network
Humanitarian Advisory Group
Independent + Portfolio Representative & Refugee Liaison at IKEA Foundation
Mercy Malaysia
Outlaw Consulting
Peter Berry Consultancy
REDR Australia
RELIEF International
World Vision

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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Dr Phil Connors


Stephen McDonald


Matthew Clarke


Sophie Perreard

Senior Lecturer, Course Director Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership Francophone

Sally Collins

Centre Manager