Oliver Lacey-Hall

Practitioner Fellow

Oliver Lacey-Hall is currently an independent consultant with a specific interest in humanitarian coordination, operations, principles, and leadership. He is the former Director of the UK’s Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT) managed by Palladium International, which provides the British Government with humanitarian and stabilization services. Prior to this, he held various roles with the UN, serving as the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Senior Liaison Officer with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) from 2015–2018, and as OCHA’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific between 2011 and 2015. He has 30 years’ experience in humanitarian work, with an initial focus on refugee issues followed by coordination and communications work, mixed with project and program management, policy development, and research. Previous positions include Deputy Director of OCHA’s Communications and Information Services Branch in New York, management of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team for Asia Pacific, oversight of OCHA’s global information management team, and initial development of OCHA’s surge capacity mechanisms. Oliver has also worked on humanitarian coordination and response in Armenia, China, Croatia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Iraq, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Viet Nam as well as with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the British Government, and the European Commission. Oliver studied at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and holds a master’s degree in Gender Analysis in Development.