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Career Advisor

>>> Bachelor of Arts degrees in Classics and English (Modern Studies) from the University of Virginia, Master of Arts and PhD in Classical Philology from Princeton University, Postdoctoral work at the Freie Universität zu Berlin.

in Short

Katharine Derderian has extensive background in humanitarian aid operations and analysis, working at both field and headquarters levels as well as conducting regular training for humanitarian personnel. She is particularly interested in the interface between humanitarian and human rights work, and in optimising responses to human rights and humanitarian crises, two key issues on which she has been published regularly. Today, she is engaged in human rights advocacy that looks forward to creating positive impact for people in crisis situations. She draws on a background in academia, including work on the shift from oral to written literature in ancient Greece and on sexual and gender violence in the Armenian genocide. It is her conviction that the drive to make a concrete difference for people in need can lead us all to create lives that unite professional challenge with a sense of purpose. She is driven by an enthusiasm for seeing others engage in the work that is most meaningful to them.


Research, writing and advocacy with a view towards concrete human rights and humanitarian impact, an insider/outsider view of the NGO and foundation world.


Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières, German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Dr. Katharine Derderian: Team
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