Humanitarian Research Group


In the Spotlight



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 Work With



Humanitarian and private sector









Academic institutes






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


Carole Tanguy

Chair Coordinator and Assistant to Professor Luk N. Van Wassenhove

Harwin de Vries

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow




Stef Lemmens

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


Sarah Dewilde

Research Associate


Lisa Swinkels

Research Associate







Research team


Noemie Belseur


Robin Buijs


Boas Meijer





Joachim Mikalsen



Wouter Nientker



Luc Oudenes








Visiting scholars

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

Ruth Carrasco Gallego (Spain)
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain

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)
Assistant Professor of Operations Management at University of North Florida, USA

Alfonso Pedraza Martinez (Colombia)
Assistant 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

Prashant Yadav (India)
Strategy Leader - Supply Chain - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Harvard Medical School, USA

Executives in residence

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

Ravi Fernando (Sri Lanka)
Director Corporate Branding and Strategic CSR at MAS HOLDINGS, Sri Lanka

Olivier Guerinault (France)
Logistics Project Manager, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, France

Lars Gustavsson (Sweden)
Leading Partner, Global Development Administrator, Innovator and Futurist, The 4th Sector Group, Los Angeles, USA

Wolfgang Herbinger (Germany)
Head of Logistics, World Food Programme

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

Visiting researchers

Helen Shanyin Chen (Hong Kong)
PhD student, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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 (The Netherlands)
PhD student, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands



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