Founding director and member of the scientific committee, Professor
Francois Audet is a Professor at the School of Management Sciences (ESG) at Université du Québec à Montréal and Director of the Canadian Research Institute Humanitarian Crises and Aid(OCCAH). He is also a member of the ESG’s Chair of Project Management. He has a PhD from the School of Public Administration (ENAP) which focuses on the decision-making processes of international humanitarian organizations in relation to strengthening local capacity. He has also been a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR).
Prior to embarking on his academic career, François Audet accumulated more than fifteen years of experience in humanitarian aid. He served as Head of the East African and Indian Ocean Regional Delegation for the Canadian Red Cross and as Director of Programs for CARE Canada. He also worked for several years in Latin America and Southeast Asia on behalf of CECI where he acted as the head of humanitarian aid projects. He has participated in more than a hundred humanitarian and technical support projects in Haiti, Colombia, the Horn of Africa, and the Sahel region. His research interests include new humanitarian practices, the effectiveness of humanitarian action for refugees, and Canadian development assistance policy