USI as a game changer in the humanitarian sector

Our USI MASHLM alumnus, Elena Pedroni
Our USI MASHLM alumnus, Elena Pedroni

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The tenth edition of USI MASHLM (Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management) kicked off on August 25 with a new cohort of mid-career professionals ready to acquire competencies in operations and disaster management. During the weekly course modules, participants gain management skills to lead, coordinate teams and inter-agency collaborations, and essential managerial tools to effectively design and implement strategy and operations in their future endeavours in the humanitarian sector. 

Among the over 200 participants in MASHLM over the years we find Elena, who tells us about her transition from the corporate-financial sector to the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) and her experience at USI in this exclusive

Read about how other MASHLM alumni apply what they learned at USI:

Milan talks about how he made an impact in his organization by implementing what he learned in process management: 

Ramin won an international award in 2019 for his thesis where he ran hundreds of scenarios to optimize getting food to the war zones in Yemen:



USI MASHLM is the executive education course of USI designed to allow humanitarian professionals to remain in their jobs while they study. USI has developed an array of programmes, including master (MAS), diploma (DAS), and certificate (CAS) degrees, summer courses, and customized programmes. The humanitarian programmes are completely modular: participants attend up to six one-week sessions in Lugano and, through applied projects, they implement their learnings in their work during and after their studies. 

Research and teaching focus on humanitarian operations management and policy development with a strong emphasis on human behaviour, complex systems, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We not only improve the capacity of local and international responders to humanitarian crises in developing countries, since most of our participants are active professionals working for aid organizations, we also improve their organizations’ response capacity.