Practitioner Series: Clea Kahn on Conflict and Humanitarianism

On 8 February 2023, CGHR Co-Director Dr Sharath Srinivasan interviewed Clea Kahn on her career in conflict & humanitarianism— this was our second talk slated in the CGHR Practitioner Series. 

With more than 20 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector, Clea, now working on a diverse array of projects as an independent consultant, spoke to us about navigating through her various roles in the humanitarian sector.

Clea’s striking experiences and her emphasis on the vitality of witnessing in humanitarianism left us in awe. Her areas of expertise include migration and refugees, gender and gender-based violence, protection, including protection of civilians in armed conflict, and humanitarian principles. Working with organisations like the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), Red Cross and Red Crescent, Médecins sans Frontières, the Start Network and the UK Department for International Development (now FCDO ), Clea had conducted research and evaluations, produced strategies, guidance and delivered training, and provided programme and policy guidance and advice.

Currently serving on the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Gatwick immigration detention centres, and on the Governing Board of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), Clea was immensely generous in sharing her knowledge and wisdom in approaching (un)conventional career paths. 

by Abii-Tah Bih, CGHR Student Group (2022-2023) Lead