Assistant Professor of Design Strategies, Humanitarian Design Lab, Parsons The New School for Design
Mathan Ratinam is core faculty in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons The New School for Design. He directs the Humanitarian Design Lab at Parsons conducting design research with various external partners from the humanitarian, NGO and development community including the Red Cross (IFRC, American Red Cross), Oxfam America, World Bank (Social Development, WBI, Africa Region) and the United Nations (UNISDR and UNU). He has been an independent consultant for the World Bank and the United Nations (UNHCR, UNWFP) working primarily in the horn of Africa on a variety of projects focusing on social development, conflict and state fragility, climate resilience and disaster risk reduction. The output of this work ranges from web and platform development (web apps and eLearning modules) for knowledge sharing, designing facilitated workshops for govt officials, multilateral donor and civil society personnel, and communication strategies and works of moving image (documentary and animation) to capture nuanced, human-centered stories.