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Off the Record: Candid Conversation with Humanitarians series


Our Off the Record: Candid Conversations with Humanitarians series features speakers with interesting insights on topical humanitarian issues or contexts. If you would like be involved in the series, please email info@humanitarianadvisorygroup.org. Find a gallery of pictures from the events at the bottom of this page.

Our inaugural event featured Paul White, Paul has recently returned from a deployment as Protection Adviser to the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, based in the office of UN OCHA. He roved between Jordan, Turkey and Syria working on protection related displacement issues inside Syria. Previously he was with UNHCR in Iraq, where he spent 6 months in Baghdad and then 6 months in Dohuk, in the Kurdish Region of Iraq near the border with Syria and Turkey.

Paul White deep in conversation with Louise Searle, Humanitarian Advisory Group Director


Our second Off the Record event featured Leanne Smith, who had recently returned to Australia following 3 years as Chief of Policy and Best Practice at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Leanne is an Australian diplomat and lawyer with experience in political analysis, policy development, bilateral and multilateral negotiations, crisis management, legal drafting, project management and implementation of international law, particularly in the field of human rights and rule of law. She has extensive experience working in the Australian judicial system, the NGO sector, regional human rights organisations, the Australian Government and the United Nations across Southeast Asia, Africa, the Balkans and Afghanistan.

Leanne Smith speaking candidly with Kate Sutton, Humanitarian Advisory Group Director


Out third even in the series featured Dr. Patrick Meier. Patrick has over 15 years’ experience working with Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies. Patrick is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of WeRobotics. Patrick was previously Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi, and Co-Founder of Crisis Mappers and Standby Task Force, both early and notable pioneers of digital humanitarian action. This technology is easily accessible and widely available, free to humanitarian organisations and volunteers globally. His innovative approach to utilising technology has revolutionised the effectiveness of humanitarian relief efforts.

Patrick Meier speaking off the record with Beth Eggleston, Humanitarian Advisory Group Director

Off the Record – March 2017


Off the Record – August 2016


Off the Record – May 2016