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Bianca Fadel

Bianca Fadel

Doctoral Researcher, Northumbria University, United Kingdom

Bianca Fadel is currently a doctoral researcher in the Centre for International Development at Northumbria University, United Kingdom. Her PhD research explores the roles of local volunteers as humanitarian and development actors within protracted crises, particularly aiming to understand the multiple variables that shape their work towards durable solutions in the global South. She holds a M.A in Humanitarian Action and a B.A in International Relations. As part of the Joint European Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action, her academic research focused on the importance of networks and the role of non-traditional actors in shaping the current state of humanitarian issues, with a case study on Brazil.

Following her M.A, Fadel worked as Advisor at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), supporting the Humanitarian Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil. As focal point for humanitarian affairs, Fadel actively worked in bilateral and multilateral relations of the Brazilian humanitarian diplomacy strategy. In that position she developed methodologies for systematisation and monitoring of the department’s humanitarian initiatives and also contributed to the planning and follow up of projects in the areas of food security and nutrition, poverty eradication and rural inclusion, including the international framework of the Brazilian National Plan of Food Security and Nutrition.

Previously, Fadel 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 humanitarian and human rights agendas, as well as developing research and monitoring of related topics. She also assumed leadership positions as volunteer at the Brazilian Red Cross, implementing local projects focused on youth and community engagement.


  1. Baillie Smith, Matt, Nisha Thomas, Bianca Fadel et al. “Volunteering in Conflicts and Emergencies Theme Papers”. Stockholm: SRC, 2018.
  2. Rondó Filho, Milton, Mari Carmen Rial, Bianca Fadel et al. “Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional e Cooperação Humanitária: análise sob a ótica da política externa brasileira de 2013 a 2015” in XIII Curso para Diplomatas Sul-Americanos: Brasília e Rio de Janeiro, 11 a 20 de maio de 2015 / Sérgio Eduardo Moreira Lima (Organizador). Brasília: FUNAG, 2017.
  3. Fadel, B.L. Organização em Rede na assistência humanitária internacional: o movimento internacional da Cruz Vermelha e a Cruz Verde. Revista Perspectiva, v. 5, pp. 69-83, 2012
  4. Report on the implementation status of the Brazilian National Plan of Food Security and Nutrition 2012-2015. Participation in the Technical Monitoring Committee that contributed to the report: page 9.
  5. Brazilian National Plan of Food Security and Nutrition 2016-2019. Participation in the Technical Monitoring Committee that contributed to the plan: page 3.