Dr. Andrea Capachietti is a humanitarian aid consultant and university lecturer on global health and refugee resettlement issues, focusing on women’s rights and child protection. Her area of concentration is public policy and health inequalities during armed conflicts.
Her work as a lecturer and consultant to non-governmental organizations requires the constant monitoring of important geopolitical, global health, and policy issues. In the field, Dr. Capachietti has performed need assessments for medical facilities requesting humanitarian aid and relief assistance, which has taken her to countries in conflict. She has also assisted with medical evacuations and tracing programs for family reunification. She continues to provide training and support to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and underserved populations.
Dr. Capachietti advocates on behalf of victims of human rights abuses, particularly women and children, and has created a university lecture series to help students better comprehend the complex forces affecting health outcomes worldwide. This series concentrates on the legal principles guiding humanitarian assistance, the need to build strategic partnerships, the impact of climate change and forced migration, and the importance of understanding geopolitical trends in effective relief work.
She is on the board of directors of Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sargent College’s Department of Health Sciences. Dr. Capachietti also serves as a member of the advisory committee for the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a member of Direct Relief’s Council of Advisors.
She is also a member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group in Washington, DC, and a member of the advisory board of The Southeastern European Film Festival.
Dr. Capachietti received her Bachelor of Science from Boston University, her Master of Science, and a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California and then pursued postdoctoral training. She is a graduate of the Oxford University postdoctoral program in Refugee Studies, the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma’s Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery training program, as well as a participant in the Women and Power: Leadership in a New World executive education program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Postdoctoral training includes an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from The Center of International Health and Cooperation in Geneva, Switzerland, and a Certificate of Completion in Health and Human Rights from Harvard University. She has also participated in refugee assistance training programs sponsored by the American Red Cross, the International Rescue Committee, and the United States Institute of Peace.
The humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality, humanity, and independence guide Dr. Capachietti’s work.