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New Steering Committee members in 2022!

HPass began the year with four new Steering Committee members! Find out more about them below.

Alaa Albakour

Alaa is Community Resilience Manager at, where he delivers protection and youth and women’s empowerment programmes, as well as nexus programming and capacity building for civil society. He has trained over 800 humanitarian workers in Syria and Turkey. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration and is currently studying for a PhD in management and organization at Karabük University-Turkey. He also led Violet Syria to become an HPass Certified organisation!

Gozel Baltaeva

Gozel is People Management Advisor at the CHS Alliance, where she leads initiatives to improve organisational effectiveness within the humanitarian and development sectors through the integration of professional practice in the management of people. She has previously worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Action Against Hunger and Médecins Sans Frontières, and is committed to building practitioner communities focussed on strengthening humanitarian HR.

Gonzalo de Palacios

Gonzalo is a Global Security Advisor at Oxfam, and learning and development focal person for security within the Oxfam Confederation. He has worked in Myanmar, the Philippines, Angola, Albania and Honduras.

“I have been involved in a few initiatives of HPass and I think it is a fantastic and innovative project. By participating in the project as Steering Committee member, I hope to be able to support and contribute to this common effort.”

Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings

Nazanin is a Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies at the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership (CHL) at Deakin University. She has a PhD from the City University of Hong Kong and a Master’s in International Humanitarian Assistance from Ruhr Universität Bochum and Université catholique de Louvain. Her research interests include North Korea, humanitarian aid, civil society, and humanitarian pedagogy, and she is particularly interested in evaluating how humanitarian professionals, volunteers, and those in adjacent sectors gain, communicate, and understand the skills needed for principled, effective responses to suffering.