IARAN Fellowship Programme

The IARAN Fellowship program is an initiative through which analysts and futurist colleagues working on, or interested in, humanitarian affairs can share learning and experiences,  participate in trainings and publish articles on humanitarian analysis, foresight and strategy. 

All Fellows will be asked to write two blogs/articles or reports a year on foresight, analysis, ways of working and leadership in the humanitarian sector. These could be looking at methodology, the humanitarian decision making culture or a particular context. In return, we will offer a space to be profiled and linked to the IARAN project, the chance to regularly publish work as well as networking and consulting opportunities. In addition, IARAN Fellows will also play a role in planning and developing IARAN strategy . 


Our Fellows

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Mariana Merelo Lobo

Mariana is a humanitarian and development practitioner with specific expertise in collaborative leadership development, action learning, coaching and facilitation of groups and individuals. Mariana currently lives in the Netherlands, with her husband and two children. 

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Matt Thomas 

Matt is a researcher, data scientist and writer based in London. Matt provides foresight for British Red Cross, focussing on their UK services. Matt also writes a column for SAPIENS magazine about anthropology and artificial intelligence.

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Leonie Le Borgne

Leonie works as a Technical Advisor in the Anticipation team of the Start Network which forecasts, funds, and mitigates predictable disasters around the world. Leonie's role centres on growing networks of pre-emptive thinkers at national, regional and global levels. Previously, Leonie worked for us as our Communications Officer. 

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Based in Stockholm, Jade works at Save the Children as their Chief Analyst. In this role she coordinates their network of Regional Analysts and leads discussions on minimum standards to provide quality contextual analysis. Jade also heads up their Context Analysis and Foresight Unit and from 2015-2017 was the IARAN's Asia Analyst. 

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Phil is Associate Professor of Humanitarian Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne. Phil is also Co-Director of IARAN member, the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, where his work focuses on the education and research aspects of the Centre, including the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership which looks to enhance understanding of the humanitarian system, and develop the skills required for leading others in some of the most challenging and complex humanitarian contexts.


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Sylvie Matelly

Sylvie is Deputy Director of IARAN member, IRIS where her work focuses on issues surrounding defence economics, arms industry, export control and corruption. In addition to her role at IRIS Sylvie is also an Associate Professor and head of the department of Finance, Economics and Law at the Léonard de Vinci Business School in Paris.