Sarah Dawn Petrin is I4DI’s Conflict & Displacement Consultant. Ms. Petrin has over 20 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, leading teams in complex emergencies and advising governments, United Nations agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Sarah brings to I4DI expertise in the protection of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs), having worked on cross-border operations including Afghanistan-Pakistan, Kenya-Somalia, U.S-Mexico, Thailand-Burma, Haiti-Dominican Republic, and the Ukraine-Russia, among other contexts.

Ms. Petrin has advised numerous international organizations on the Syria crisis. She authored the report Syrian Women in Crisis: Obstacles and Opportunities, comparing livelihood data prior to the war with labor force participation rates of refugee women in Lebanon and Jordan. She also advised the Task Force on Women’s and Family Health at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, reporting on Health Implications of the Global Refugee Crisis, documenting the rising phenomenon of adolescent girls giving birth in camps due to early marriage.

Ms. Petrin is an expert on the Protection of Civilians (PoC) in conflict operations, having advised the U.S. Army, NATO and UN peacekeepers on practical ways to protect civilians in military operations, including appropriate ways to coordinate with humanitarian actors and civil society. She is also the Founder of Protect the People (PTP) nonprofit, which merged with the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) in January 2018. Ms. Petrin is currently managing a network of humanitarian experts supporting conflict and disaster programs worldwide.

Heather Strand is I4DI’s Program Management & Information Technology Advisor. Heather has over 20 years of professional and technical experience including 16 years of Management and Information Technology consulting experience supporting clients in project and program management, program analysis and evaluation, research and data
Azra Kacapor Nurkic is a Co-founder and CEO of I4DI. As a senior expert in program quality and impact, Dr. Nurkic provides leadership to I4DI associates and technical assistance to clients and partners in results-based management, design, monitoring, and evaluation of international development programs.
Abi Riak is I4DI’s Senior Advisor in Organizational Effectiveness. Ms. Riak provides leadership to I4DI associates and technical assistance to clients and partners in organizational development and effectiveness. Ms. Riak believes that a positive, aligned work culture is key to the delivery of innovative, tangible,