Associate Professor Mary Ana McGlasson


Mary Ana holds dual Masters degrees in public policy and nursing from Princeton University and the University of Washington., and brings to CHL extensive experience in humanitarian leadership roles with a range of leading INGOs and academic institutions.

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Sally Collins

Operations Manager

Sally is responsible for providing leadership for the management of the Centre operations and for providing strategic and governance support and advice to the Centre Directors, the leadership team and the Centre Executive Committee.

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Bethea Robertson

Project and Grants Manager

Bethea has previously worked on Development programs In Australia, Africa, Asia and the Pacific with a focus on private-sector engagement, disaster resilience & preparedness and public health.

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Dr Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings

Associate Director, Research

Nazanin teaches in the Master’s of Humanitarian Assistance. Nazanin received her PhD from the City University of Hong Kong in 2018. Nazanin’s research interests include disaster management, humanitarian aid, humanitarian access, human rights, civil society, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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Dr Phil Connors

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

Dr Phil Connors is co-founder of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership. Phil works across all the Centre’s educational programmes and is the course director for the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership the Master of Humanitarian Assistance.

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Dr Daniel McAvoy


Daniel lectures in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin and teaches a range of core and elective units within the Masters of Humanitarian Assistance. Daniel brings over 20 years’ experience working and researching in humanitarian aid and international development, and joined Deakin after 6 years lecturing at the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia in the UK.

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Tosin Olaluwoye

Associate Research Fellow

Tosin is in the process of completing his PhD that focuses on the forms, determinants and health implications of sexual violence perpetrated against men in conflict and post-conflicts settings.

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Segolen Guillaumat

Directrice Académique, Centre de Leadership Humanitaire (CHL)/ Deakin University

With 15 years' experience as a humanitarian sector consultant, Segolen delivers academic teaching, strategic development and marketing for the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership (Francophone).

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Miriam Saward

Associate Lecturer, Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership (Francophone)

A former French teacher with experience in international programs, Miriam is the Associate Lecturer & Interim Unit Chair of the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership (Francophone).

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Judy Robinet

Liaison Officer

Judy Robinet is the Liaison Officer for the francophone version of the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership (Diplôme d’Études Supérieures de Leadership Humanitaire). Her role is to contribute to the ongoing development of student support processes related to the ongoing delivery of the francophone course.

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Melanie Book

Humanitarian Strategic Foresight Research Analyst

Melanie joined the humanitarian sector in 2010, responding to emergencies throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Most recently, she has played leadership roles in Save the Children’s responses to the Rohingya crisis, the Syrian crisis and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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Liz Thompson

Engagement and Events Coordinator

Liz leads the planning of the Centre’s biennial Humanitarian Leadership Conference and other major events; and coordinates engagement activities. This includes the alumni engagement program and the Abruzzo Medal.

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Nicole Muir

Communications Manager

Nicole Muir is the Centre’s Communications Manager. Nicole has over fifteen years’ experience in communications, media, and publishing, and has a speciality interest in managing social media channels, generating digital and print content and managing organisation brand identity.

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Maki Morita

Social Media and Web Officer

Maki is an experienced storyteller and communicator, having worked in writing and editing for various publications. Maki completed her honours degree in anthropology at the University of Melbourne and has a Masters in Theatre (writing) from the Victorian College of the Arts.

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Wouter Schulten

Administration Officer

Holding a bachelor degree in Social Work, Wouter gained invaluable experience through his participation in several international humanitarian projects in Suriname, Haiti, Indonesia and India. His role provides high-level administrative support to the Centre, with a strong focus on documentation, engagement and communication.

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Jimmy Effendy

Jimmy Effendy provides key financial administration support to the Centre for Humanitarian leadership. His role includes working with Save the Children’s Melbourne-based finance team, and programs and finance staff at Deakin University.

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