About Humanitarian U
Founded by Dr. Kirsten Johnson, Humanitarian U is a social enterprise that is one of the leading educational organizations globally to deliver professional certification and training to humanitarian workers around the world, anywhere, anytime. Through Dr. Johnson’s network, Humanitarian U’s web-based and face-to-face training programs provide universities, emergency medical teams, non-governmental organizations and individual aid workers with the front-line, field-driven knowledge required to face the most challenging situations with safe and dynamic solutions.
Dr. Kirsten Johnson is part of the founding faculty of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI).
Dr. Johnson is involved in HHI's educational arm and drafts the Initiative's first simulation exercise script.
Dr. Johnson works in the field before returning to Canada to start HHI's sister program at McGill University, the Humanitarian Studies Initiative (HSI).
McGill HSI grows to 2 programs annually for 80 students from across Canada and the US.
Dr. Johnson attends the first Humanitarian Education & Training Conference hosted by ELRHA. She is inspired to engage in humanitarian professionalization.
Dr. Johnson starts Humanitarian U to promote the professionalization of the humanitarian sector by developing globally accessible online training programs.