Established in 2012, the Humanitarian Affairs Team seeks to inform and support the development and implementation of Save the Children strategy, offer proposals to improve policy and practice within the organisation and across the humanitarian sector, and foster opportunities to translate these proposals into practicable plans of action. Housed in Save the Children UK’s Humanitarian Department, the Humanitarian Affairs Team serves as a counterpoint to programmatic and technical expertise, providing insight into the conceptual and theoretical questions that underpin humanitarian practice.

The Humanitarian Affairs Team are:

Fernando Espada, Head of Humanitarian Affairs

Fernando is Head of Humanitarian Affairs Adviser at Save the Children UK. Before joining Save the Children, he was Senior Research and Policy Associate at DARA. Previously, Fernando was Field Research Manager of the Humanitarian Response Index, communications director at Concordia 21, managing editor of Foreign Policy Magazine in Spain and deputy director of the think-tank FRIDE. Co-author of OCHA’s Saving Lives Today and Tomorrow, Fernando has research experience in humanitarian contexts, such as the Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Haiti, Liberia, Pakistan or Yemen.

Juliano Fiori, Head of Studies (Humanitarian Affairs)

Juliano is Head of Studies (Humanitarian Affairs) in Save the Children UK. His primary areas of interest are solidarity and the politics of aid, and humanitarian governance. Prior to joining Save the Children, he worked for a number of years on the politics of conflict and development with think tanks, academic institutions, NGOs, the UN, and as an independent consultant. He has a BA in Classics, an MPhil in International Relations, and a Graduate Diploma in Economics.

To contact the Humanitarian Affairs Team, email:

HumanitarianAffairs[at]savethechildren.org.uk