Friday, November 4, 2016

Room 112 (Stubbins), Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Discussion will focus on the role of academia as a source of knowledge and expertise for understanding disasters and evaluating disaster preparedness and response measures.

This event is hosted by MDes Risk & Resilience.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Vincenzo Bollettino, PhD.

Dr. Bollettino is the Director of Resilient Communities Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. He leads research projects on community-based resilience, civil-military engagement in disasters and humanitarian leadership.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Bollettino served for five years as Executive Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Bollettino has twenty years of professional and academic experience in international politics, humanitarian action, civil-military engagement in emergencies, and the security of humanitarian aid workers. He has spent that past fifteen years of his career at Harvard University in research, teaching, and administration. Current research focuses on civil military engagement during humanitarian emergencies, the security of humanitarian aid workers, and on the professionalization of the humanitarian aid field.

He has authored several publications related to disaster management, humanitarian assistance, and has consulted with numerous international nongovernmental organization and UN agencies.

He has taught courses on research design, peace building, and international politics at the Harvard Extension School. He completed his Ph.D. at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Dr. Bollettino currently serves on the boards of ELRHA (Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance), ACF (Action Against Hunger), and the International Solutions Group.