Our story

A note on our name

Hag, n. From‘hægtasse’, a female orator, a figure greatly feared and respected. From ‘hegge’, a foot in two realities – the world of the village (home) and the wild world beyond.

April 2012 - Humanitarian Advisory Group founded

Beth Eggleston, Louise Searle, Kate Sutton and Phoebe Wynn-Pope came together as Founding Directors. Beth and Kate remain Co-Directors of Humanitarian Advisory Group.

Humanitarian Financing

One of our earliest research projects took an in-depth look at humanitarian financing in Australia for the Humanitarian Partnership Agreement.

Protection of Civilians

From 2013-2015, we facilitated the development of The Australian Guidelines for the Protection of Civilians.

PHAP Membership

In 2013, we threw our support behind the world’s only professional network for individual humanitarians – PHAP. Our team are all members and we’ve contributed to sector thinking through articles on mentoring and women in humanitarian action.

Protection Mainstreaming Training

In 2013 we commenced partnership with Australian Red Cross to provide protection mainstreaming training.

Government partnership

In 2013 we established a multi-year project with the Australian aid programme, including review of Australia’s humanitarian aid in Myanmar and study exploring how business engages in humanitarian operations throughout the Pacific region.

Internship Program Launch

In 2014 we officially launched our internship programme. We select the brightest students enrolled in university study, who share our passion for excellence and want to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world opportunities. We’ve hosted students from The University of Melbourne, Monash University, La Trobe University, RMIT University and the Swedish Defence University.

Civil-military-police coordination in disaster management

In 2013 we partnered with the Australian Civil Military Centre to research civil-military-police coordination in disaster management from the perspective of South-East Asian Countries.

Our team expands

In 2014 and 2015 we expanded our team. Sally Shevach joined as Humanitarian Affairs and Human Rights Specialist, now based in Bangkok as our Regional Associate – Asia. Jo-Hannah Lavey joined us as a staff member, has been on field-based deployment for the last two years and will be re-joining the team later this year.

Our longest standing NGO Partner

We supported Caritas Australia in the development of their Integral Human Development framework in 2015 and have since supported research projects and facilitated learning events.

Training of Trainers

As part of our long-standing training relationship with Australian Red Cross, in 2014 we delivered the first Training of Trainers.

Our team expands again

Josie Flint joined us as after proving herself invaluable during a university internship, and is now Humanitarian Affairs Officer. We’ve also welcomed Nicole Rencoret as Regional Associate – Pacific, based in Suva, Fiji.

Supporting the AHA Centre

We delivered technical and training support in disaster monitoring and emergency response to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre) under the 2014-16 New Zealand Aid Programme.

Evaluation of Australia's response to the Syria crisis

Our team has been involved in evaluating the Australian Response to the Syrian Crisis in 2014.


University of Melbourne Joint Events Program

In 2015 and 2016 we co-organised a series of Professional Practice Seminars, career days, and alumni events with the Master of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Australia’s National Action Plan on WPS

Funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet we lead the Independent Interim Review of Australia’s National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)

Supporting HPA agencies

In 2015 and 2016 we supported the Australia’s Humanitarian Partnership Agreement (HPA) agencies, acting as Response Committee stand-in chair, facilitating lessons learned events, and researching inclusive practice in the Nepal Earthquake Response.

Evaluation of IHL Program at Australian Red Cross

In 2016 we were commissioned to evaluate the International Humanitarian Law program at Australian Red Cross.

Our team expands again

Ayla Black and Pip Henty join us, in 2016 and 2017 respectively, as Policy and Program Officers providing invaluable support to our team.



Launch of the ‘Off the Record’ Series

In 2016 we held our inaugural ‘Off the Record’ event, and continue to host other events in the series.

UNFPA State of World Population Report

In 2015 and 2016, our team contributed chapters to the UNFPA State of World Population Report.

Evaluating Australia’s Response to Cyclone Pam

Our team was involved in co-leading the evaluation Australia’s response to Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu with the Office of Development Effectiveness of DFAT.


World Humanitarian Summit

We attended the Summit to witness world leaders commit to the Agenda for Humanity. In the lead-up, we conducted research on private sector engagement in the Pacific, attended the Pacific consultation in Auckland, and spoke on women in leadership at the Summit.

B-Corp Certified

In June 2016, Humanitarian Advisory Group officially became a certified B Corporation.

Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Response

The aim of the research is to provide an understanding to multilateral practitioners of how civil-military coordination mechanisms can be established, and regional civil-military coordination guidance applied, as part of disaster responses efforts, focussing on five priority countries: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Philippines.

Women in Humanitarian Leadership Research

We conducted research on Women in Humanitarian Leadership, funded by the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership.


The Future of Humanitarian Action in Asia and the Pacific: The WHS and beyond

In partnership with the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, we co-hosted this event to examine the outcomes of the WHS and the practical implications for Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Researching Localisation in the Pacific

In partnership with Centre for Humanitarian Leadership and Fiji National University and funded by Australian Red Cross, we are conducting research on the localisation of humanitarian aid in the Pacific.

April 2017 - Our fifth birthday!

Humanitarian Advisory Group
ABN: 17 164 772 936
17/31 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000