Steering Committee

The Raising the Bar Project was supported by a Steering Committee including experts from governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, academia and business. Members of the Steering Committee helped guide the program by providing substantive feedback, by establishing contacts to relevant actors in the humanitarian field and by assisting with the dissemination of the program’s findings.

Members of the Steering Committee

Kate Burns, Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer - Gender Adviser, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Per Byman
, Head of Division for Humanitarian Assistance, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)

James Darcy, Director of Programmes, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute

Chantal de Jonge Oudraat
, Associate Vice President, Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program, United States Institute for Peace (USIP)
Kerstin Faehrmann
, Head of Section, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany)

François Grunewald
, Director, Groupe Urgence, Réhabilitation, Développement (URD)

Dan Hamilton
, Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Sarah Hughes
, Director, International Rescue Committee, UK

Jonathan Katz
, Office of Rep. Wexler, House Foreign Affairs Committee, House Subcommittee on Europe, US Government

Jenty Kirsch-Wood, Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Disaster and Vulnerability Policy, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Johannes Luchner, European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (DG ECHO/01)

Susanne Meier, Director Strategic Partnerships, Deutsche Post World Net

Johanna Mendelson-Forman
, Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Ursula Müller, Head of Division, Humanitarian Task Force and Mine Action/Referatsleiterin, Arbeitsstab Humanitäre Hilfe

Kathleen Newland
, Director of Migrants, Migration, and Development and Refugee Protection Programs, and Member of the Board of Trustees, Migration Policy Institute

Riccardo Polastro, Head of Evaluation Department, Development Assistance Research Associates (DARA)

Katrin Radtke
, Policy Officer, Welthungerhilfe

Wolfgang Reinicke
, Director, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)

Anne C. Richard
, Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy, The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Ed Salazar, Diplomatic Strategy Officer, US Dept. of State

Natalie Stiennon, Director, International Rescue Committee BE

Astri Suhrke, Senior Researcher, Christian Michelsen Institute

Yvette Veyret
, Professor, University Paris X Nanterre

Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive, British Red Cross