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Research and Development at the IRC
The Airbel Center is the innovation team at the International Rescue Committee. We develop products, services, and systems to improve humanitarian response — creating lasting impact for people affected by conflict and crisis.
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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.

Editors
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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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Airbel
We are the innovation unit at the International Rescue Committee
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Alex Bandea
Communications for the Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee.
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Ali Sassoon
Program Manager for Research and Innovation at The International Rescue Committee
Writers
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Shirin Ahmed
International Rescue Committee
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rachel.lehrer
Design Innovation Lead at the IRC
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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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Katherine Rodrigues
Senior Research Coordinator within the International Rescue Committee’s Research, Evaluation and Learning Unit.
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Laura de Reynal
R&D Product Lead at the International Rescue Committee.
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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
Otherwise known as سارة فتح الله. Moroccan social designer and researcher. More about my work at http://sarahfathallah.com
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Carla Lopez
Design Innovation Lead for the Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee
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Alex Bandea
Communications for the Airbel Center 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 works at the nexus of innovation, design and international development. 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 @theIRC working to increase protection for displaced persons.
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Sana Khan
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