Director, Signal Program, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Rob is director of Signal, a program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative focused on applied research at the intersection of human security and emerging technology. Prior to joining Harvard, his career as a technologist and humanitarian involved field work in dozens of countries around the world and roles with Oxfam, Ushahidi, USAID, the World Bank, and as a White House Innovation Fellow. Rob has a degree in poetry and Eastern arts from Naropa University and is completing an MBA with the University of Illinois.

I am most excited to work on projects that… treat beneficiaries as partners. That make listening a feature, not a bug.

I am looking for partners that can help me… bring principles into practice.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… seeing my team’s efforts in random presentations and citations and seeing how they contributed to other people’s inspiring work.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on…. include human-computer interaction, blockchain, digital identity, teledemography, and mesh networks.