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Guests / JONATHAN WHITTALL

Jonathan Whittall is currently Head of Humanitarian Analysis for Médecins Sans Frontières, where he coordinates an MSF reflection and analysis unit within the General Directorate in Brussels. This team conducts research and analysis on the politics of health and humanitarian aid in conflict. In this role, Jonathan has worked extensively on providing strategic support to MSF operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, Ukraine and South Sudan, among other conflict contexts.

He previously established and headed the organisations Programmes Unit in his home town of Johannesburg, South Africa. Following this he was involved as an Emergency Coordinator in MSF's medical humanitarian responses in Libya, Bahrain and Syria. Jonathan is a strong critic of the west's manipulation of humanitarian aid in general and has worked extensively on this topic in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
 
He has contributed to academic journals and newspapers on the politics of health and humanitarian aid. He holds a Masters degree in Humanitarian Studies and a PhD from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. His PhD research was entitled 'A crisis of legitimacy for humanitarianism: In conflict situations how does the close relationship between Western power and humanitarian aid affect emergency response capacity and access for aid organisations?" 

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INTERVIEWS WITH JONATHAN WHITTALL