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Roy Ahn

ScD Principal Research Scientist NORC at the University of Chicago

Roy Ahn

ScD Principal Research Scientist NORC at the University of Chicago HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Roy, MPH, ScD, is a public health scientist by training, he has extensive experience implementing and evaluating health and human rights programs throughout the world, through the lens of innovation. He is an Editor of the book Innovating for Healthy Urbanization (Springer, 2015), and has in depth experience researching global human trafficking and the role of the health sector in addressing crime.

He holds a Doctor of Science degree in society, human development and health from Harvard University. Roy also works as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Sarah Cornish

Senior Technical Advisor, Women's Protection and Empowerment, International Rescue Committee

Sarah Cornish

Senior Technical Advisor, Women's Protection and Empowerment, International Rescue Committee HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Sarah is a social worker with 15 years experience advocating for the rights of women and girls, minorities and refugees in 7 countries in Asia and Africa.

With previous roles working for Save the Children and Refuge Point, Sarah is an expert in GBV, Gender Equality, Child Protection, Case Management, Clinical Management of Rape Survivors, GBV Standard Operating Procedures, and GBV Prevention.

Benjamin Kumpf

Head of Innovation, UK Department for International Development

Benjamin Kumpf

Head of Innovation, UK Department for International Development HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Benjamin Kumpf is the Head of Innovation at the UK Department for International Development. Prior to this engagement, he led the Innovation Facility of the United Nations Development Programme. In this capacity, Benjamin managed a flexible fund to support experimentation, exploration and the scaling-up of development innovations.

Over the past 13 years, he has worked on programmes and policy design at the intersection of digital technologies, innovation and global development.

Benjamin’s past experience includes work with UN Volunteers, with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the International Agricultural Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics and others in India, Jordan, Nepal and Rwanda as well as multiple years of journalism on development and humanitarian topics.

He is a member of several advisory bodies to advance innovation in the development and humanitarian sectors and holds a Master degrees in Political Science and in Psychology from the University of Heidelberg and a post-graduate certification from the New York University.

April Pham

Senior Gender Capacity Advisor (GenCap), InterAgency Standing Committee based at UNHCR

April Pham

Senior Gender Capacity Advisor (GenCap), InterAgency Standing Committee based at UNHCR HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

April Pham is a gender advocate with over 20 years of experience in the promotion of gender equality and the prevention of violence against women and children. She comes from an NGO background in Australia working with migrant and refugee women’s organisations, and later developing and managing violence prevention programs. Her experience also encompasses policy and legislative reforms in the area of domestic and sexual violence.

As a GenCap Advisor, April provides advice and technical support to humanitarians on the integration of gender considerations in humanitarian action.  She has strongly advocated for better profiling, identification, prevention and response to GBV issues by humanitarians and has worked in Vietnam, Sudan, and specifically in Darfur, South Sudan, as well as Yemen.

Sandee Pyne

Chief Executive Officer, Community Partners International (CPI)

Sandee Pyne

Chief Executive Officer, Community Partners International (CPI) HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Sandee was born in Myanmar but spent her childhood in Thailand as a stateless person until she was given the opportunity to attend university in the United States. She received her doctorate from University of Maryland in International Education Policy, and her M.A. from Georgetown University.

Previously she has worked in Burma as Program Manager for USAID during which she oversaw humanitarian recovery after Cyclone Nargis, helped usher U.S. Government policy changes in Myanmar, and managed a diverse program portfolio including maternal child health, civil society strengthening, non-formal education and child protection. Sandee was chosen as BBC’s “100 Women of 2014” for her work in improving the lives of women and girls in Myanmar.

Danielle Spencer

Senior Technical Advisor - Violence Against Women and Girls (Prevention and Response), ActionAid

Danielle Spencer

Senior Technical Advisor - Violence Against Women and Girls (Prevention and Response), ActionAid HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Danielle Spencer works closely with CARE’s country offices responding to the ongoing Syria crisis. Danielle is also the lead for CARE International’s Gender in Emergencies global team on protection, gender specific programming and GBV in Emergencies.

Danielle has a number of global-level external responsibilities including representing CARE International at global GBV coordination forums such as the GBV AoR. Danielle has worked in Gender, GBV, child protection and protection of refugee populations in humanitarian contexts, across four continents, since 2006.

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