Anaide L Nahikian

Adjunct Lecturer

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  • HS 303f - Disaster Management and Capacity Building


  • The London School of Economics
  • Brandeis University

Anaide L Nahikian

Adjunct Lecturer


Anaïde Nahikian leads the Executive Negotiation Project (ENP) at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). Through field-based research and engagement with humanitarian practitioners, Anaïde focuses on developing responsive research and professional tools to enhance the capacity of professionals in humanitarian environments, on issues such as frontline humanitarian negotiation, response to forced migration, and communities of practice. She leads field research and implements projects across the Middle East / North Africa, East Africa, the Sahel, Southeast Asia, and Europe. She led the case research and curriculum design of an annual intensive, field-based course on strategic planning in humanitarian action in graduate courses at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Kennedy School of Government, from 2008 to 2020.

Anaïde was former lead of the Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) at HHI, designing and implementing research and training programs across humanitarian contexts on key themes and challenges in the sector. She also produced and co-hosted the monthly Humanitarian Assistance Podcast. From 2017 to 2019, Anaïde was Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Collaborative Platform, where she initiated and managed relationships between the ICRC and academic, policy, non-profit, and private organizations in the Boston area around key themes and priorities of the ICRC, in partnership with swissnex Boston.

Anaïde is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She holds an MSc in Sociology with a focus on Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is a MPhil/PhD candidate in Political Sociology at LSE.