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ALNAP Secretariat team


John Mitchell | Director

John Mitchell has been Director of ALNAP since 2002. He has led ALNAP through a period of sustained growth, during which time it has cemented a reputation for high quality research, outstanding meetings and original thinking.

John holds a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He began working for Oxfam in 1982 where he worked on the development of new therapeutic foods. He went on to join the UN World Food Programme, working in Ethiopia 1984-86, as a food monitor.

During the 1990’s John had several advisory roles for the ActionAid, the British Red Cross and International Federation of the Red Cross/Crescent Societies. During this time he led a coalition of agencies to establish the Humanitarian Ombudsman Project.

John is well known as a key-note presenter and has published widely. He is an advisor to the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute.


Paul Knox Clarke | Head of Research


Paul Knox Clarke joined ALNAP at the beginning of 2011. He supports all of the ALNAP research and communication work, and is particularly engaged with issues of accountability, humanitarian effectiveness, urban response and leadership.

Before joining ALNAP, Paul was the director of a consulting company specialising in organisational effectiveness in international organisations. Paul has also worked for WFP, where he established the UN’s food security monitoring unit for Afghanistan before working on issues of policy (and particularly policy related to accountability and participation) and organisational effectiveness at WFP’s HQ. He has a background in anthropology and began his career with Save the Children UK, where he worked on food security issues in several SC (UK) programmes.


Alice Obrecht | Research Fellow


Alice is leading ALNAP’s work on effectiveness and innovation. She is currently representing ALNAP on the Effectiveness Thematic Team for the World Humanitarian Summit and overseeing the production of a set of briefing papers on effectiveness as part of ALNAP’s contribution to the WHS consultative process. Alice is also working to synthesise learning on innovation generated by the experiences of Humanitarian Innovation Fund grantees.

Alice came to ALNAP from the Humanitarian Futures Programme, based at King’s College, London, where she led a 3-year project providing capacity building and technical support to the humanitarian directorate of the ECOWAS Commission. She earned her PhD in 2011 from the London School of Economics for a thesis on the ethics and legitimacy of Non-Governmental Organisations and has written and researched extensively on accountability, including at the think tank The One World Trust and in academic publications.


Leah Campbell  | Senior Research Officer


Leah joined ALNAP in 2012. Her work at ALNAP focuses on leadership, coordination and urban crises. Leah is currently leading a piece of research about how humanitarians understand and respond to the complexities of urban contexts, and working with Head of Research Paul Knox Clarke on research about coordination and decision-making. She also facilitates the Urban Community of Practice and webinar series.

Leah has conducted research in Ghana, India, and Lebanon. She holds an M.A. Development & Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University, B.A. Hons International Studies from York University, Professional Certificate in Emergency Management from York University and Diploma of Community Work from George Brown College.



Neil Dillon | Research Fellow



Neil leads ALNAP’s evaluation, accountability and learning workstream. His interests lie in improving evaluation systems to meet the evidence needs of all stakeholder groups as the humanitarian system evolves and adapts to change. He is currently running the pilot phase of the ALNAP Guide on Evaluation of Protection in Humanitarian Action and overseeing a research project on monitoring humanitarian response.


Before joining ALNAP, Neil was an evaluation consultant in Belgium, where he conducted numerous evaluations for the European Commission’s directorates general for humanitarian aid and development cooperation. He also holds a PhD from King’s College London.



Alexandra Warner | Research Officer



Alexandra was the lead coordinator of the active pilot process for the Evaluation of Humanitarian Action Guide and was a joint-author of the final resource. She also moderates the ALNAP Humanitarian Evaluation Community of Practice. She is the lead researcher on a new project delving into monitoring in humanitarian action.


She completed her Master's in Humanitarian Action (NOHA) with a specialisation in the strategic management of humanitarian aid in Spain, and has a Bachelor's in Business Administration. She has worked in Burkina Faso, Costa Rica and South Korea as well as her home country of Canada.



Sofya Bourne | Research Assistant

Sofya joined ALNAP as a research assistant in 2016 to contribute to the adaptive humanitarian programming research and the related country studies. She has previously held roles at a number of international organisations and national NGOs, including UNHCR, the International Rescue Committee, and Oak Foundation. Sofya has lived and worked in Rwanda, China, Russia, the United States, and Switzerland. She holds a Master in International Affairs degree from The Graduate Institute in Geneva, and a BA in Global Studies from The New School in New York.




Maria Gili | Communications Manager


Maria joined ALNAP in 2014. She manages ALNAP’s website, events, publication production, social media and evaluation work. Maria also provides communications support for our work on leadership and the State of the Humanitarian System.

Prior to ALNAP, Maria worked with Transparency International and also managed communications for several organisations and projects in Latin America. Maria has a background in journalism, working for several years as a reporter for Latin American media. She also holds a MSc in Political Science and a MA in Journalism from City University.


Alex Glynn | Communications Officer


Alex Glynn joined ALNAP in March 2015 as a Communications Officer. Her duties include managing and designing publications, social media, filming videos, website management, and communications with Members. She previously worked as a journalist in the UK and Argentina, before moving into advocacy and communications in various NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, Refugee Action and homelessness charities. She has a Journalism MA from City University and an MA in International Relations.

Tim Harcourt-Powell | Communications Officer


Tim joined ALNAP in June 2016. Holding a BA in Audio Production, Tim's background is in video production, photography, and writing. He has previously worked as a Communications Officer with EMERGENCY, and as a Development Worker with International Service (UNAIS) in Jerusalem. He is currently studying for a BSc in International Relations with University of London’s International Programme.

Franziska Schwarz | Operations and Partnerships Manager


Franziska joined ALNAP in June 2014. Before joining ALNAP she worked with the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium at ODI and prior to that Amnesty International. Franziska has a background in International Relations and Development Studies and holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Charlotte Skinner | Programme Officer


Charlotte joined ALNAP in 2014. She provides support to the programme, particularly in organising the Annual Meeting and World Humanitarian Summit Global Forum. Prior to ALNAP, Charlotte worked at the Policy Institute at King’s on their Planning From the Future humanitarian research programme. She has also worked alongside an NGO in Tanzania to promote sexual reproductive health and gender equality, and in international development consultancy. Charlotte has a BA. Double Major in Political Science and History, focusing on international relations and the developing world, from McGill University in Canada.

Juan Usubillaga | Urban Intern

Juan graduated as an architect from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia in 2015, and then worked for a year as a researcher with the university and organisations that build social housing projects around Colombia. He is currently studying for an MSc. in Building and Urban Design in Development at the Development Planning Unit at UCL. His main academic and professional interests are around urban development and city dwelling, especially in contested areas. He is particularly interested in the intersection between humanitarian action, refugees and cities, a subject he is researching for his dissertation.











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