Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Management

Humanitarian aid is material or logistical assistance provided for humanitarian purposes, typically in response to humanitarian crises including natural and man-made disasters, e.g. war or civil conflict. The primary objective of humanitarian aid is to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain human dignity. It can be distinguished from development assistance, which seeks to address the underlying socioeconomic factors which may have led to a crisis or emergency. Paragon Philanthropy provides expertise in the following aspects of humanitarian aid and disaster relief through its internationally recognized advisors and representatives:

  • Developing a response to a natural or man-made disaster
  • Initiation and management of humanitarian operations
  • Human resource management for humanitarian organizations
  • Expanding organizational capacity
  • Advocacy of humanitarian issues
  • Protection of vulnerable populations affected by conflicts and natural disasters
  • Funding of humanitarian aid
  • Coordination of humanitarian response
  • Post disaster reconstruction
  • Research in all aspects of humanitarian aid and disaster relief
  • Transition from humanitarian aid to development assistance


Tony Kozlowski

Tony Kozlowski, Principal at Paragon Philanthropy, has over three decades of direct humanitarian experience with government agencies, multilateral organizations, nonprofits and vulnerable populations responding to humanitarian emergencies in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Erik Davies

Erik Davies, with a track record of working in 25 countries, brings expertise in environmental management, policy and planning in sustainable development to his hands-on experience working on tsunami relief and recovery efforts in Indonesia.

Ming Zhuang

Ming Zhuang has utilized his extensive background in civil society, citizen participation, poverty alleviation, and rural migration to work with local authorities as well as nongovernmental and multilateral organizations in the aftermath of the major earthquake in Chengdu, China.