Director, Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crises and Aid
François Audet is the director of the Montreal Institute of International Studies, a professor in the School of Management (ESG) at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Director of the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crises and Aid (OCCAH). He holds a doctorate from the School of Public Administration (ENAP) which focuses on the decision-making processes of international humanitarian organizations in relation to local capacity building. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University.
Before embarking on an academic career, François Audet had over fifteen years of experience in the field of humanitarian aid. He was notably Head of the regional delegation for East Africa and the Indian Ocean for the Canadian Red Cross and Director of programs for CARE Canada. Previously, he worked for several years in Latin America and Southeast Asia for the Canadian Center for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) where he acted as chief of humanitarian aid projects. He has participated in more than 100 humanitarian and technical support missions, including in Haiti, Colombia, the Horn of Africa, and the Sahel region.
Audet’s research interests focus on new humanitarian practices, the effectiveness of humanitarian action towards refugees and Canadian development assistance policy.