Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Beth Eggleston ─ Strengthening Humanitarian Leadership through Diversity & Inclusion

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Leung Conference Room (110), Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street

This is the second lecture of the Human Security Seminar Series, which brings in leading experts to explore the most pressing issues facing humanity and the diverse organizations who are responding to them. This seminar series, which is open to all, will feature six discussion based lectures over the course of the Fall 2019.

Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies

Beth Eggleston has held key humanitarian coordination roles in a range in peace operations and humanitarian response contexts. For 20 years, Beth has worked in the humanitarian sector specialising in civil-military coordination and humanitarian reform. Beth has field experience in Afghanistan, Liberia, Tonga, Costa Rica, Laos PDR, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Whilst working with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) in Afghanistan for several years, Beth developed civil-military guidance, policy on interaction with Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) and was involved in rolling out humanitarian reform, including the cluster approach. Beth also has experience working alongside host governments, including the National Disaster Management Offices, with local and international NGOs, and has been on short-term deployments to Pakistan, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.

Beth has co-authored publications on the protection of humanitarian personnel, peace and development in Iraq, the Women, Peace & Security Agenda and was a member of the drafting team of Same Space Different Mandates: a civil-military guide to Australian stakeholders in international disaster and conflict response. Beth’s most recent publications include the chapter ‘Humanitarian Values and Military Objectives’ in Ethics Under Fire: Challenges for the Australian Army, and Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination in Emergencies. Beth has a Master of Development Studies and is a graduate of the Humanitarian Leadership Program. In 2011 Beth was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by the Australian government and she is currently serving on the Victorian Divisional Advisory Board of the Australian Red Cross.