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Humanitarian Research Group


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INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group (HRG) encourages the science of development and relief operations through impactful practice-based research in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, we aim to do research that is:

  • Scientific: based on well-established, rigorous, and systematic methods

  • Impactful: insights, recommendations, and solutions that are broadly applicable and improve effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian operations

  • Practice-based: in close collaboration with practitioners; based on thorough understanding of their contexts and challenges

  • Focused on cross-learning: focused on transferrable best-practices between commercial and humanitarian sectors in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world, and partnerships between different stakeholders

Luk Van Wassenhove
Professor of Technology and Operations Management
The Henry Ford Chaired Professor of Manufacturing
Director, INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group

Five Year Objective


Linking INSEAD’s deep knowledge with 20 years of collaboration with humanitarian organisations, we aspire to strengthen our world-leading research position in optimising operations underpinning the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our main focus is on the following SDGs 


Five Key Areas 


Who We Are


Core team

Luk N. Van Wassenhove

Academic Director, Humanitarian Research Group
The Henry Ford Chaired Professor of Manufacturing
Professor of Operations Management

Prashant Yadav

Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management

Carole Tanguy

Chair Coordinator and Assistant to Professor Luk N. Van Wassenhove

Iman Parsa

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Xabier Barriola

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Abed Kayyal

Research Associate

Angela von Beckh-Bacchetta

External Researcher

Visiting scholars

Maria Besiou (Greece)
Professor of Logistics, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany

Harwin De Vries (Netherlands)
Assistant Professor at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Netherlands

Aline Gatignon (USA)
Assistant Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Marianne Jahre (Norway)
Professor of Accounting, Auditing and Business Analytics, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway

Nathan Kunz (Switzerland)
Associate Professor of Operations Management at University of North Florida, USA

Alfonso Pedraza Martinez (Colombia)
Assosiate Professor, Operations & Decision Technologies, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, USA

Xihui Wang (China)
Associate Professor, School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China, China

Thomas Breugem (Netherlands)
Assistant Professor, Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Executives in residence

Luke Disney (Canada)
Senior Vice President Communications Wholesale, Rural & Retail, Rabobank, Netherlands

Ravi Fernando (Sri Lanka)
CEO/ Chairman- Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability Pvt. Ltd

Kieren Mayers (UK)
Head of Technical Compliance, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited, UK

Luis Perera (Chile)
Partner in charge of Sustainable Business Solutions at PwC Chile

Carsten Voelz (Germany)
CEO  Zentrum/Center ÜBERLEBEN gGmbH

Sarah Dewilde (Belgium)
Associate, McKinsey & Company, Belgium

Visiting researchers

Novi Dewan (Germany)
PhD student, WHU, Germany

Orla Stapleton (Ireland)
Assistant Instructor/ PhD Student at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Ioannis Siskos (Greece)
Research Associate, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany

Lisanne van Rijn (Netherlands)
PhD student, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Who We Work With



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