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. 

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. An accredited Associate of the Partnership Brokers association, Mariana combines over 15 years’ experience working with international humanitarian organisations in a variety of settings. She 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 the organization’s network of Regional Analysts (the Context Analysis and Foresight Unit) and leads discussions on minimum standards for quality contextual analysis. From 2015-2017 Jade was the IARAN's Asia Analyst. 

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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.  

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François bourse

François is is the Director of studies at Futuribles, a Paris based international, independent, private non-profit organization network on future studies that we have worked with in the past. He is also an Associate Professor at Cnam, a member of the innovation teaching team, the Research Chair of prospective and sustainable development.

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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.


Mahmoud Ramadan

Mahmoud is a strategic planning and design processes facilitator with expertise in collaborative leadership development, building social energy and community mobilization. Mahmoud currently lives in Brussels and manages his consultancy PLAYMAKER, which develops common spaces about re-development, peace building and community capital with/without geography. He is also co-founder of Syria Initiative (part of Common Space Initiative) in Beirut that aims to empower local peace builder networks.

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Lesley Bourns is currently a Special Adviser to the Global Alliance on Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI), based in New York.  Lesley has worked on humanitarian policy and practice for the United Nations as well as NGOs in the Middle East and Africa, as well as for human rights organizations, including the International Center for Transitional Justice.