The power of research is critical reflection and analysis. To have real impact, however, research has to be moved out of labs and lecture halls and into action. In humanitarian crises worldwide, operational research helps improve programmes that save lives. Samuel turns knowledge into humanitarian action. After finishing his PhD at the University of Basel, Samuel decided to put his expertise to use at the world's largest humanitarian agency committed to achieving 'zero-hunger'. At the UN World Food Programme he worked towards saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. With renewed understanding for these areas he moved to the world's leading independent international medical relief organization: Médecins Sans Frontières. Samuel knows better than most: why do research unless it 'really' makes a difference? This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Research for Humanitarian Action

Samuel Sieber