Founding Partners and Directors

Lezlie Morinière

Building on an academic background in Public Health (Tulane U., 1992) and Climate Science, Lezlie C. Moriniere Ph.D., (U. of Arizona, 2010) has gained an international reputation in disaster risk science, community early warning and climate change adaption. Her experience covers all aspects of humanitarian action, preparedness, resilience and integrated risk management. Lezlie has a long history of evaluating response operations, as well in assessing risk, needs and vulnerabilities.

Always seeking innovative techniques, Lezlie’s passion lies in packaging complex topics for busy or lay audiences, designing mixed/quantitative and applied research and environmentally-induced human mobility (EIM). She conducts at least one multi-country strategic evaluation per year in the humanitarian sector and contributes regularly to response efforts of conflict and natural hazards. Each year, she also teaches Master Level courses in Needs Assessment, Research Methods and Statistics (Andrews University/IDP, 2005 to present), serves on the Africa Risk Capacity (ARC) Technical Review Board and on the ACAPS Roster.

Highlights of her career include: starting the Famine Early Warning System in Malawi (1993-7), developing the IFRC’s Community early warning systems: Guiding Principles, authoring the ACP Compendium of Risk Knowledge(2015) and leading the methods behind the Global Prioritization Exercise for Research and Innovation in the Humanitarian System (Elrha, 2017).

She currently lives between Paris and Tucson (AZ) and is fluent in French and English, with a good working knowledge of Spanish.

Marilise Turnbull

Marilise holds an MSc in Global Development Management (Open, UK) and an MA in Modern Languages (Oxon.). She has 22 years’ experience in senior management, advisory and consulting roles in the international aid sector. She has designed, implemented and evaluated development and humanitarian programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, including interventions in the sectors of DRR and climate change adaptation; food security and livelihoods; WASH; shelter and housing; education; protection; gender equity; child and youth development.

Marilise has deep expertise in the fields of DRR and Resilience. For over a decade she has been a key contributor to the development of DRR and resilience-building programmes and policies.

Highlights include: Founding Oxfam’s Risk Reduction and Adaptation unit and strategy (2006); publishing Toward Resilience: A Practitioner’s Guide to DRR and CCA (2013) for a consortium of six leading development agencies; producing the UN Status Report on Disaster Risk Reduction for Sub Saharan Africa (2009), and developing the IFRC’s operational guidance for national societies working to strengthen community resilience, Road Map to Resilience (2016).

Marilise is a strong writer, presenter, facilitator and trainer. She works in English, Spanish and French.