2018 has been a busy year for HLA. It started early in 2018, with the launch of a brand new website, and the introduction of paid individual and corporate membership subscriptions. These enable us to cover both operating and modest engagement costs.

We expanded the Board to include the trustee role of Director/Chief Technology Officer, welcoming Isaac Kwamy who has supported the consolidation of our IT capabilities, together with Steve o’Rourke our web developer. After five very valuable and transformational years on the Board, Adrian Nance stepped down from his role as Director/CFO in March, having recruited his replacement Sujit Jadhav, as well as our first bookkeeper Leanne Palmer (our first core funded team member).

At the start of the year we said farewell to our VolinHA volunteer Alexandra Vasila. Based on her HLA experience, she was hired by the International Medical Corps for a logistics role in Nigeria. In October, Monireh Shishvan joined HLA as volunteer marketing and communications executive, based from her home in Tehran. Moni brings considerable experience from the private sector and UN assignments. We also thank our long-standing volunteer Farshid Raminfar, who continues to provide excellent and invaluable service managing our social media channels.

We have outlined our key achievements in this useful infographic:

 

2019 promises to be another busy year. On our agenda is:

  • The hosting of the PARCEL project/local partner logistics training information and materials
  • Launching a new HLA Advisory Group (HAG)
  • A collaborative project to develop a humanitarian logistics companion guide to the Sphere Standards (the foundation for our Body of Knowledge)
  • Implementation of a fund-raising strategy
  • Development and implementation of a new business plan
  • Annual General Assembly (in Asia or Africa)
  • Further strengthening of the HLA Board

We wish all our members and contacts a peaceful holiday season and a successful 2019, both professionally and personally!