Rachel Sider has witnessed how poorly conceived policy can exacerbate risks to civilians and obstruct the delivery of humanitarian assistance where it is needed most. Most recently, Rachel was a policy advisor with the Norwegian Refugee Council in Syria where she led research on humanitarian access in government-controlled areas, shaped the UN Security Council’s debates, and advised donor governments on addressing protection concerns around displacement. Rachel also served as NRC’s lead spokeswoman for media and its representative with various governments and international organizations. As a humanitarian policy leader in Iraq, Rachel conducted the first research on longer-term solutions to displacement in post-ISIS settings. Working with families and communities affected by war across the Middle East has taught Rachel the value of upholding respect for international humanitarian law from the battlefield to the boardroom. She has published numerous research reports and has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Humanitarian. Rachel holds a Bachelor in Arts in International Studies and Political Science from Middlebury College and is proficient in Arabic and Spanish. Originally from Indiana, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government.