Rachel is a humanitarian specialist with more than 15 years’ experience working across all aspects of emergency response. She has held positions within the UN, International NGOs, and donor offices across Asia, the Middle East and Africa, including in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Lebanon and Syria.
Most recently, Rachel was Civil Military Coordination and access lead for UN OCHA West and Central Africa, supporting humanitarian negotiations across the region. Prior to this, she was CARE Australia’s Senior Manager of Programs Delivery, overseeing CARE Australia’s international development and humanitarian portfolio, including CARE’s humanitarian assistance for the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar and pivoting CARE Australia’s humanitarian programming to respond to COVID-19. In this role, Rachel represented CARE Australia in the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) program. She was also the Co-Chair of the ACFID Humanitarian Reference Group, an interagency mechanism for engaging in policy and advocacy for the Australian NGO sector.
She is a regular Humanitarian Advisor for UK FCDO, having worked with them on the Syrian crisis, Nepal preparedness and emergency response, and the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. Rachel has a master’s in International Law and significant experience in humanitarian coordination, training and humanitarian advocacy.
Rachel is currently interim Programs Director at the Centre and in this role supports the delivery of bespoke humanitarian leadership teaching and facilitation, research publications, francophone events and strengthened partnerships.