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On May 22 the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership will welcome presenters and delegates from around the world to discuss the future of humanitarian action and leadership in the Asia Pacific and fragile states.

With international keynote speakers from Oxfam, Adeso, the IKEA Foundation and the International Committee of the Red Cross – as well as Melbourne’s own human rights and refugee advocate, Akoul Garang – the conference promises to be a thought-provoking experience at a crucial moment for humanitarian action.

We’ve highlighted three (out of 26) sessions below. Browse the full program online now.


How is technology changing the humanitarian sector? We’ll hear about blockchain innovation in Nepal, disaster resilience applications of hydropower, how UHF radios have helped in an ebola response, and the political economy of humanitarian data.

Chair: Steve McDonald. Presenters: Aradhana Gurung, Spyros Schismenos, Michael McCusker, and Melanie Book.


We’ll examine the place of compassionate palliative care in conflict settings, and seek to understand and improve the way we respond to the toxic remnants of war. Plus – case studies about reproductive health in the Philippines and malnutrition in India.

Chair: Lizzie Irvine. Presenters: Kristen Beek, Rachel Coghlan, Jo Durham and Sonia Brockington.


Through a case study about Islamic relief in the Gaza Strip, we’ll look at investing religious capital to protect orphans in conflict areas, consider church networks and localisation in the Pacific, and religious belief and the call to humanitarian action.

Chair: Prof Matthew Clarke. Presenters: Mohammad Seyam, Belinda Lauria and Tim Hartley.

Browse the full program online now.

Networking opportunities include an informal welcome reception on Wednesday evening, and the official conference dinner on Thursday night will be held under the iconic Spire at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Both are included in the conference registration.

Register online.