Pat Gibbons PhD is Director of UCD’s Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA). Pat worked for more than a decade on both humanitarian and development programmes, in Africa and Ireland, before returning to UCD in 1997 to manage the Master’s Programme in Humanitarian Action under the auspices of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). His experiences spans a range of aid sectors including public, private, NGO as well as academia. He served as President of NOHA between 2007 and 2014, and then became founder member of UCD’s CHA. His research interests include: humanitarian principles, urban vulnerabilities and risk; impact assessment; and the interface between humanitarian action and reconciliation. He is a member of the World Humanitarian Summit Team on humanitarian effectiveness and Chairperson of the Irish Humanitarian Summit Steering Committee.