Network Partners


Tulane University (Resilience)

Tulane University, founded in 1834, is one of the most highly regarded and selective, independent research universities in the United States.  RAN will be housed in Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA), an interdisciplinary academic center with participating faculties from Tulane School of Architecture, A.B. Freeman School of Business, School of Law, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and School of Social Work.

The DRLA aims to improve the science and practice of disaster resilience leadership through an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on understanding and promoting leadership approaches to risk reduction across the disaster life cycle in addition to planning, implementing response measures and post-disaster management.

Tulane will work with all partners and other stakeholders to develop the Resilience Framework; train RILab on multiple methods research techniques, support analysis and measurement of resilience datasets, support development of the State of Sub-Saharan Resilience Annual Report and coordinate activities of the Center for Strategic International Studies.

Prof. Nancy Mock
Co- Director Research, DRLA Tulane University
Dr. Apollo M Nkwake
Research Associate Professor, Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, Tulane University
Sofia Curdumi Pendley
Senior Program Manager DRLA, Tulane University




Stanford University (Technology)

Stanford University, founded in 1891, is recognized as one of the world’s leading universities. ResilientAfrica Network is a joint program of the Stanford Center for Deliberative Democracy (CDD), housed in the Department of Communication, which is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling, and the Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute (H-STAR), an interdisciplinary research center of innovative research groups focusing on people and technology. H-STAR focuses on a diversity of issues around technology and people ( Within H-STAR, the ResilientAfrica Network will be housed in Stanford’s Peace Innovation Lab (Stanford PIL, The Stanford PIL is a magnet attracting multidisciplinary scholars globally to generate approaches, methodologies, and solutions to complex global problems. The Stanford PIL is also an offshoot of Persuasive Tech which designs machines to change humans, and believes that new advances in technology can help promote world peace in 30 years.

Stanford University will, train the staff, faculty and students at RILab on innovation methods, train staff, faculty and students at RILab in Deliberative Polling methodology in a train the trainers process; and pilot massive online courses with RILab working within existing Stanford courses.

Dr. James Fishkin
Professor of Communication and Political Science, Stanford University
Dr. Keith Devlin
Co-Founder, Executive Director HSTAR Institute
Margarita Quihuis
Co- Director, Peace Innovation Lab
Mark Nelson
HSTAR Innovation Consultant
Lillian Kamal
Associate Director, Administration & Finance, Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute, (HSTAR)
Alice Siu Chao
Associate Director of the CDD
Kathleen Giles
Manager CDD



Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a bipartisan policy institution of 200 scholars and staff who conduct research, writing, outreach and policy discussions on key U.S. security and foreign policy issues.  Among CSIS core areas of competence are Sub-Saharan Africa, food security, global development, global health, post-conflict reconstruction and disaster response. CSIS is recognized for balanced, forward-looking, and policy-relevant analysis as well as for its role in convening a diverse range of interests from both the public and private sector.

Jennifer Cooke
Director of the CSIS Africa Program,
Centre for Strategic and International Studies
Richard Downie
Deputy Director CSIS Africa Program,
Centre for Strategic and International Studies