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The Airbel Impact Lab
The Airbel Impact Lab designs, tests, and scales life-changing solutions for people affected by conflict and disaster. Our aim is to find the most impactful and cost-effective products, services, and delivery systems possible.
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With over 68 million people displaced, the world is facing an unprecedented crisis. To address the evolving and growing nature of this crisis requires not just more aid, but also new thinking. That’s why we established the Airbel Center. Working alongside the communities the International Rescue Committee serves, Airbel designs and tests new products, services and systems in partnership with governments, the private sector and other aid organizations. Airbel teams ally the knowledge and experience of frontline humanitarians with new ideas, energy and resources from outside the aid sector. We combine rigor, creativity, and healthy skepticism to develop solutions that address real needs and are sensitive to context.

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International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild. RT & Follow ≠ endorsement
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The Airbel Impact Lab Staff
The research & innovation arm of the International Rescue Committee. We design, test, scale life-changing solutions for people affected by conflict & disaster.
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Alex Bandea
Communications for the Airbel Impact Lab at the International Rescue Committee.
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Shirin Ahmed
International Rescue Committee
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rachel.lehrer
Associate Director, Design and Innovation at the Airbel Impact Lab
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Grant Gordon
Associate Director of R&D @theIRC. Humanitarian policy and conflict wonk. PhD in politics from @Columbia. Ex @UNPeacekeeping & @UNHCR, always a lover of rhumba.
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Natan Last
Research and Strategy for the R&D center at the International Rescue Committee. Striving for rigor and nonpaternalism in refugee aid.
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Laura de Reynal
Design Innovation Lead at the International Rescue Committee. Using design and research methods to help kids learn in crisis settings.
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Mohammad Aljamous 🌐
JAMOUS! Data & Digital Engagement @theirc, @airbel Mahali Innovation Lab. You can know more about me http://aljamousm.strikingly.com
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Holly Dowell
Interested in using research & design strategies to advance meaningful social change.
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Sarah Fathallah
Also known as سارة فتح الله or ⵙⴰⵔⴰ ⴼⵜⵃⴰⵍⵍⴰⵀ. Social designer and researcher. More about my work at http://sarahfathallah.com
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Carla Lopez
Health Design Innovation Lead for the Airbel Impact Lab at the International Rescue Committee
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Alex Bandea
Communications for the Airbel Impact Lab at the International Rescue Committee.
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Sylvia Sable
Design and innovation in crisis contexts. Currently at the IRC's Airbel Center. Alumni Afya Research Africa, Duke SEAD, Innovations in Healthcare.
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Robert Rutherford
Grants and Program Manager for Airbel at the International Rescue Committee
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Alex Alden
Alex is the Director of SINGA Spain and a design strategist. Follow her on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandraalden/
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Katherine Long
Podcast researcher for Displaced, Stabile Investigative Reporting Fellow at Columbia Journalism School.
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Anthony Pusatory
I’m a project manager for the International Rescue Committee currently based in Amman, Jordan. Views expressed are personal and not those of IRC.
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Daniel Smyth
Education, Immigration, Rights. Current fellow at the Zolberg Institute and IRC’s Airbel Center. New School Philosophy.
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Alexandra Blackwell
Researcher at the IRC working to increase protection for displaced persons.
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Sana Khan
Senior Research Adviser for the Economic Recovery and Development Technical Unit at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)
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Marie-France Guimond
Marie-France Guimond is a Research Advisor at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). She has 14 years of experience in humanitarian research and M&E.
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Ali Sassoon
Program Manager for Research and Innovation at The International Rescue Committee
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Naoko Kozuki
Health Research Advisor @theIRC | working toward a world of healthy mamas, babies, and kids | Assc Faculty @JohnsHopkinsIH | views are my own
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Seema Shah
Regional Research and Strategy Specialist at the International Rescue Committee in Amman
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Daniel Cohn
Partnerships Lead for Research & Innovation at IRC
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Eva
Regional Director of Innovation-Middle East
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Dima Boulad
Designer and problem solver moved by positive impact.
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Susan Colby
CEO and Co-founder at Imagine Worldwide
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Soha Shami
Project Match Research Specialist for the Airbel Impact Lab at the International Rescue Committee.
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Rachit Shah
A human centred designer working in the humanitarian and development field focusing on primary healthcare, mental health and education.
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Caitlin Tulloch
Development economist, lover of pre-modern history and contact sports.
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Shirley Rodriguez
Product Designer at Airbel Impact Lab
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Logan Cummings
Strategy Advisor for the Airbel Impact Lab at the International Rescue Committee
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Clare Clingain
Research Coordinator at International Rescue Committee
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Sheree Bennett
I’m a Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor at the IRC. I help others to use evidence, test ideas, learn and try again..
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Britt Titus
Behavioral Insights Advisor at the IRC. Interested in the use of behavioral Insights in humanitarian contexts. MPP from @UniofOxford. Ex UN @WFP.
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Kate Falb
Social epidemiologist and senior researcher @RESCUEorg working to reduce violence against women and children in humanitarian emergencies. Views my own.
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Alyssa Campbell
Alyssa works on the Evidence to Action team with the IRC’s Airbel Impact Lab.
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Jeannie Annan
Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Airbel Impact Lab at the International Rescue Committee. Views my own.
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Dr. Silvia Diazgranados Ferrans
Associate Director of Education Research at the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
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Anjini Mishra
Advisor with the Evidence to Action (E2A) team at the Airbel Impact Lab, International Rescue Committee (IRC)