TEAM

Everyone a Humanitarian is an collective endeavor of the swissnex San Francisco team. Special thanks to Sheila Fakurnejad, Sylvain Bernard, Mary Ellyn Johnson, Sophie Lamparter, and Christian Simm, whose endless support helped make this project possible.

Creative Direction—Visual Identity & Website: Nicolas Bourquin, Method.


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BENJAMIN BOLLMANN

Head of Science, swissnex San Francisco
@ukn_is

Benjamin Bollmann is Head of Science Programs and University Affairs at swissnex San Francisco, where he develops and leads programs aimed at building open dialogues and deeper relationships between Switzerland and the US West Coast around science, society, and the wider issues facing us today. Before joining the swissnex team in June 2015, he was based in Zurich and worked as a journalist, visual storyteller, and curator at the intersection of science, design, and art. Benjamin obtained his bachelor’s in electrical engineering and his master’s in biomedical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). He also worked as a neuroscience researcher at MIT, where he focused on brain mapping at nanoscale resolution. Benjamin is the initiator and project lead of Everyone a Humanitarian.

 

 
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ANDRINA BEUGGERT

Mercator Fellow on Humanitarian Innovation, swissnex San Francisco
@AndrinaBeu

Andrina Beuggert is Mercator Fellow on International Affairs at swissnex San Francisco and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. She is the co-founder of Just Innovate, a Geneva-based organization that trains students to develop social innovations in collaboration with international organizations and companies. Previously, she has worked with the Innovation Initiative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where she conceptualised and coordinated the “Enable Makeathon,” a multi-stakeholder program to develop new assistive devices for people with disabilities in rural areas. Andrina holds a Master Degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute (IHEID) in Geneva and is completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation Management from the Amani Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

 
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JOSEPH GUAY

Humanitarian Innovation Specialist
@JosephGuay1

Joseph Guay is an Associate at The Policy Lab, where he leads research portfolios on “Humanitarian Innovation,” and "Humanitarian Technologies & Big Data." He's spent the last year researching humanitarian innovation initiatives in Kenya, Nepal, Jordan, and Myanmar, particularly around the role that innovation management might play in solving pressing humanitarian problems and meeting the needs of affected populations. 

Joe draws from Strategic and Evidence-based Design, Local Strategies Research, and systems thinking to develop innovation strategy for major humanitarian organizations and inter-agency partnerships, including the recently launched Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI)  as well as World Vision's Nepal Innovation Lab in Kathmandu, Nepal, and the inter-agency Response Innovation Lab (RIL) project. He is currently Lead Researcher for the Global Protection Cluster at UNHCR on a project investigating the role of innovation in meeting challenges in the delivery of protection for affected populations.

He brings over 7 years of experience in the development and application of information communication technologies for humantiarain work, including at the Satellite Sentinel Project at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in 2011 and--through his teaching at Northeastern University’s Geographic Information Technology program—mobilizing digital volunteer communities to providing remote-based information management and crowdsourcing support for the Ebola pandemic (2014) and Nepal earthquake (2015) responses. 

Joe has published his research at UNHCR, The Brookings Institute , ALNAP, The Boston Globe, Harvard University's Institute for Global Law and Policy, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

 

 

JONATHAN ROBINSON

Founder and Director, Civic
@jon_ath_an

Jonathan Robinson is an entrepreneur, author, and anthropologist. Jonathan co-founded and for seven years was global director of Impact Hub. Impact Hub provides physical spaces in more than 80 cities around the world, offering access to events, knowledge, investment, and tools to help start and grow social enterprises. He has also launched ventures with partners ranging from the UK Cabinet Office and Tate Modern, to UNICEF and peace entrepreneurs in Afghanistan.