PhD candidate, Northumbria University, United Kingdom
Bianca Fadel is a PhD candidate with an emphasis in local volunteering at Northumbria University, in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She holds a M.A in Humanitarian Action and a B.A in International Relations. Her academic research focused on the importance of networks and the role of non-traditional actors in shaping the current state of humanitarian issues. As Humanitarian Cooperation Advisor for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), she worked as focal point of international humanitarian assistance at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, acting in bilateral and multilateral relations on the Brazilian strategy for humanitarian diplomacy. Fadel has also worked at the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, in Geneva, providing active support to the Brazilian delegation in meetings and activities of the international agenda on humanitarian diplomacy and human rights, as well as developing research and monitoring of humanitarian topics. She also interned at the Brazilian Red Cross, working on humanitarian projects from their initial creation to their final implementation.
As part of the Joint European Master's Program in International Humanitarian Action, she wrote her thesis on non-traditional donors and humanitarian practices, with a case study on Brazil. Following her M.A. Fadel focused on food security and nutrition, working on the development of the international framework of the Brazilian National Plan of Food Security and Nutrition as well as carrying out research on the development of methodologies for systematization, management, and monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian projects. Fadel's PhD research aims to explore the roles of local volunteers as humanitarian and development actors, particularly in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals in the global South.
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