Stephen McDonald is co-founder and Director Partnerships, Policy and Practice at the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership. He has been working in the humanitarian sector since 2005, and has led humanitarian responses in Japan, Thailand, and the Ivory Coast, among others.
Stephen has held various positions with Save the Children, including Head of Humanitarian Programmes, and was responsible for developing global tools and systems to improve Save the Children’s humanitarian response efforts, as well as seeding and designing a number of key strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining Save the Children, Stephen worked in the private and government sectors, and spent a number of years in voluntary emergency services in Australia.
Stephen studied at La Trobe and Deakin Universities, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development as well as the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection. He has lectured on humanitarian issues at City University, London, the Land Warfare Centre, Warminster, and the Australian Emergency Management Institute. He has also lectured on civil/military issues at the Australian Defence Force. Stephen’s current research examines command and control in the digital age and he remains an active member of volunteer emergency services in Australia.