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Stacey White is a senior humanitarian policy and systems analyst who is committed to enhancing the quality of humanitarian action and improving accountability to vulnerable populations. She has two primary areas of focus: disaster risk management and forced migration, both of which she approaches from a protection lens. She has 20 years’ experience in the international humanitarian aid industry, having lived and worked in multiple countries across the globe.

Stacey has spent the last ten years studying the interaction between national, regional, and international systems and processes for disaster risk management. She has deep experience in tools and frameworks for disaster risk reduction, preparedness, and response. She also has a strong background in climate change adaptation approaches and their mainstreaming with disaster risk management within national governments. In specific, Stacey studies ways in which to reinforce the national capacities of States to prepare for, respond to, and recover from large-scale natural disasters.

Further to her work in disaster risk management, Stacey has a longtime background in forced migration, promoting the development and implementation of international tools and frameworks for the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs). She is well versed in national IDP laws and policies adopted by a range of national governments around the world. As with disaster risk management, her concentration is on exploring ways in which to promote the State’s willingness and capacity to provide protection and durable solutions to people uprooted by conflict and/or natural disaster.    

During the course of her career, Stacey has worked for a number of UN agencies, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and UNICEF. She has also worked for multiple NGOs, such as the Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children, and DARA. Stacey has lived and worked in Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, the Balkans, and the Pacific Islands region. She has a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and an LL.M in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. She originates from northern California and is currently based in Washington D.C. with her family.