Why HLA?

Better disaster preparedness and response depends upon effective logistics management. For every dollar raised for disaster relief, 80 cents is spent on emergency logistics. With your support, we can help ensure this money is spent wisely and not wasted.

How do we make a difference?

HLA is a membership association for humanitarian logistics professionals who respond to take relief to and create infrastructure for those affected by global emergencies.

We act to further understanding and forge alliances between aid organisations, the private, public and academic sectors, and other interested parties.

We help make a difference to the professional effectiveness of our members by setting standards, providing training and encouraging collaboration for humanitarian logisticians.

HLA is active in five areas

Our mission is to build a community of practice for advancing the humanitarian logistics profession by:

  • Training and education – the certificate in Humanitarian Logistics, which is administered by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT-UK).
  • Professionalism – we aim to develop a recognised career pathway for humanitarian logisticians.
  • Global network – we foster communities and knowledge-sharing.
  • Research and knowledge – we are creating a knowledge bank of internationally recognised best practice.
  • Events – we provide training and networking opportunities.

Who’s involved?

The vision for a Humanitarian Logistics Association was first articulated in 2005 by a senior group of humanitarian logisticians.  HLA was founded on 21 January 2008, and registered as a charity and formally recognised as an NGO with a global remit in 2009.  Today, a board of trustees governs HLA. Each trustee has extensive experience in the sector or has skills that promote its development.

How are we funded?

Apart from modest grants we manage to obtain from the likes of Skylife Foundation and the EU-Aid Volunteer Programme (ECHO), the HLA relies on individual donations, and primarily on the extensive volunteering of a few key people.

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Your membership can make a difference. Join our global community of humanitarian logisticians and access opportunities to develop your career, enhance your skills and collaborate with your peers.

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“83% of HLA members say their membership is valuable”.

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By making a donation, you help humanitarian logisticians save lives more effectively.
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In a ground-breaking moment at the Fritz Institute Humanitarian Logistics Conference in 2005, participants created and signed the Marco Polo Declaration – forming a professional humanitarian logistics association. Declaration signatories committed to establish an association that would serve as a catalyst to enhance the professionalisation of humanitarian logistics and the recognition of its strategic role in the effective delivery of relief during humanitarian crises.

In January 2009, the HLA was formally registered in the UK as a Non-Governmental Organisation (with a global remit). The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT-UK) hosts its secretariat.

HLA conferences and seminars serve to strengthen the humanitarian logistics network as a global community of practice. The community discusses emerging trends and collaborative approaches to address the difficulties experienced in the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The association is a charitable company registered in England and Wales. Charity Number 1127723 and Company Limited by Guarantee Number 6477969.

The original steering group that supported the creation and evolution of HLA was composed of:

Martijn Blansjaar, Oxfam-GB
Jean-Christophe Crespel, La Guilde
Erland Egiziano, Action Contre La Faim (ACF)
George Fenton, World Vision International
Mike Goodhand, British Red Cross
Paul Molinaro, UNICEF
Martin Ohlsen, World Food Programme
Marin Tomas, International Medical Corps
Carsten Voelz, CARE International
Mitsuko Mizushima, Fritz Institute
Edita Nichols, Fritz Institute

The Steering Group was subsequently replaced by the Advisory Group. HLA’s day-to-day affairs are overseen by the HLA Board of Trustees, which is also responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation.

Following initial support from Fritz Institute, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK (CILT) kindly offered to host the HLA office.

Since inception, the HLA has relied on the services of a range of dedicated volunteers, without whom the Association would not be where it is today.

The association is a charitable company registered in England and Wales. Charity Number 1127723 and Company Limited by Guarantee Number 6477969.

George Fenton, Chief Executive

George was one of the original co-founders of the HLA in 2005 and has acted as a Trustee and volunteer CEO ever since. Outside this role, he is an independent consultant, providing services to support local and international aid organisations, United Nations, private sector and national Governments to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance.  Formerly he led the global humanitarian innovations and partnering group for World Vision International, which includes the Last Mile Mobile Solutions (LMMS) platform and iCash (innovations for cash programming) programme.
He is an ardent collaborator and connector and, during more than 30 years working within the humanitarian and development sectors, has founded several inter-agency groups and forums that have been aimed at improving operational collaboration and capacity building. For example, he founded the Inter-Agency Working Group on disaster preparedness for East Africa, which promotes knowledge and information sharing on humanitarian issues.

Mike Goodhand, OBE

A former policeman and commercial logistician, Mike joined the British Red Cross as a delegate in 1989, gaining significant experience in managing relief operations. He later established the international division’s logistics department and supported development of the Red Cross Movement’s Logistics Emergency Response Unit. As Head of Logistics, he is routinely called upon to deploy logistics resources immediately post disaster.

Maggie Heraty, OBE

Maggie Heraty OBE MSc FCILT is a senior humanitarian logistician, and former transport consultant, with significant experience of working with the UN and NGOs in ‘hazardous and hardship locations’ around the world. She is a hands-on transport and logistics specialist with experience at senior / project management levels and has been responsible for the policy, planning and implementation of numerous transport and supply chain operations.  She is a regular lecturer and trainer, including working with different military corps to improve civil-military cooperation in shared humanitarian space.

Mitsuko “Mich” Mizushima

Mich has led global teams and a multitude of projects in logistics and supply chain management for over 20 years. As Chief Logistics Officer at the Fritz Institute, this expertise expands its capability to provide best practices from private sector logistics to support the operations of its partners in the humanitarian relief community. She has led the creation of both traditional and online supply chain organisations, processes and services.

Nicola Webb, Commercial Director

In her 30 plus years in sales and marketing, Nicola has gained in-depth experience of the full range of marketing techniques, from devising strategy and planning, through online marketing, advertising and media relations, to key account management, business development and tenders. Her experience lies principally in acting for professional services organisations and latterly, NGOs.

Her role at HLA encompasses strategic development, key account and membership management, commercial partnering, and marketing and communications.

Isaac Kwamy

Isaac joined HLA as a Trustee in early 2018. He is a senior-level professional with two decades of experience in strategic leadership, designing and delivering international development and relief programmes globally. He has a long history of using technology to aid in humanitarian operations, as the Director of Humanitarian Technologies & Innovation with World Vision International, then as the Global Programs Director of Humanitarian Operations at NetHope.

In his 18 years in the humanitarian sector, Isaac has deployed to over 24 countries and responded to countless emergency (disaster) situations. He has extensive experience at field and headquarter level, leading and managing NGO projects in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latina America, the Caribbean and Asia. He acts as a strategic and digital advisor to HLA.

Isaac Kwamy

Sujit Jadhav, Treasurer

Sujit is an experienced financial manager, adept at creating and managing the implementation of business plans, budgets, management reporting systems, and financial models. He has 7 years of global experience across financial planning and analysis, management accounting, fundraising and credit risk management. Before joining HLA in 2018, he worked for Bank of America, ICICI Bank, and a number of non-profit educational establishments.


Will Holden CMILT – Managing Director Emergency Logistics Team Ltd.

Will’s career has spanned 25 years in Commercial Supply Chain & Logistics operations in Ireland, UK, Europe, the US, Far East and Defence & Government Services projects in Afghanistan. Over the last 8 years he has worked on Humanitarian projects in Iraq, Turkey/Syria, South Sudan, Cambodia, Laos, China/Myanmar, Greece, Haiti and Yemen.
He has developed a course: Introductory Certificate in Procurement & Logistics – Humanitarian Context, endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport International and has now delivered this course in Ireland, Turkey, Iraq and Kurdistan to over 150 individuals to date.

The Emergency Logistics Team – Delivering Dignity Worldwide

Will Holden photo

Dr. Thomas E Fernandez, Regional Coordinator – South East Asia

Thomas comes from the commercial logistics sector, and has also provided logistics services to humanitarian organisations. After working for multinational logistics companies for two decades, he opened his own logistics company in Thailand in 2008, specialising in aid and relief goods. Finding humanitarian logistics very interesting, he completed the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) at the Fritz Institute and later completed his PhD in Logistics in 2016 on humanitarian logistics.

He has much practical experience. He has provided logistics services in the aid and relief market directly and indirectly, as a sub-contractor to multinationals. He also lectures in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.

Thomas has lived and worked in South East Asia since 1990. He became the HLA’s RedDot for South East Asia in 2017, where his role is to improve the community and best practice locally, and to network with practitioners, partners and suppliers to the sector.

Farshid Raminfar, Social Media Manager

Farshid is an experienced social media marketer, with extensive experience of the humanitarian sector, having previously worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council, World Food Programme and Medicine Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). He has been a member of and worked with the HLA in a volunteer capacity since 2010.

Farshid handles all social media marketing to keep communications between members active, including planning and implementing campaigns across the website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram. He has his own digital agency, Angelino Digital and works for corporate and non-profit clients on digital strategy, planning and implementation; web design and development; digital communications; email marketing; and creating short videos. Also, as volunteer in American Red Cross Los Angeles Region he is Regional Connection Lead of Volunteer Advisory Council, and PIO in Communications Department.

Adrian Nance, OBE

Adrian served for 33 years in the UK’s Royal Navy. His roles included directing or employing aircraft in various operations and commanding the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL. Adrian also commanded a training establishment of 1,500 staff and a budget of £110 million per year. Since 2006, as Chief Executive of Wings Like Eagles, a non profit organisation seeking to take helicopters faster to disasters in Africa, he has been working to provide early entry logistics to humanitarian disasters.


Monireh Shishvan, Communications Executive

Monireh Shishvan graduated from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in Development Studies. Her first ever job was in the field of journalism working as an editor. After some years’ experience in the private sector, she shifted to the non-profit sector in 1999, starting with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She became an International UN Volunteer for OHCHR in Nepal (2006-2007) and has worked as an international consultant for UNICEF Supply Division Headquarters in Denmark (2009). Since 2010, she has contributed to the work of several international and national non-government organizations in various capacities. In 2011, she became a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Recently, her work is increasingly focused on fundraising management and resource mobilization for non-profit organizations. Monireh joined HLA in 2018 and supports the fund-raising, membership and communications effort.