Strategic Leadership for Humanitarian Security

IE Business School

IE Business School


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Who should attend

The program is designed for senior-level Security Managers of nongovernment organizations who seek to advance their careers, teams, and organizations, and are open to challenging their current mental models and their understanding of change and innovation.

About the course

The complexity of the humanitarian arena requires that Security Professionals of non-profits be adaptive, ambiguity-tolerant and creative, be able to lead change, build and work in teams, communicate complex ideas to win support, and have strong analytic skills. They also need to act quickly, often with incomplete information and with the big picture in mind. Solid project management skills, from developing strategic business plans to implementation with very limited time and resources, are moreover crucial in the non-profit arena.

The Strategic Leadership for Humanitarian Security program aims to equip NGO Security Professionals with management skills necessary to reach even greater heights in the non-profit space. This unique program, initiated and designed together with World Vision International (WVI) and the European Interagency Security Forum (EISF), brings together business and non-profit learning, thereby broadening horizons and maximizing the benefits for humanitarian executives.


Module 1: Strategy

  • Management Strategy 101: strategy (good strategy, bad strategy), business model, strategic agenda
  • Strategic Management Frameworks for Dummies
  • Management Strategy beyond Economics
  • Successfully grafting the Management and the Security Perspective

Module 2: Negotiation skills

  • What is negotiation? Theoretical background, key concepts and tools
  • Concessions, deadlocks, principled negotiation
  • Complex Negotiations: Challenges of multi-attribute negotiations
  • Open debate, impact of emotions in negotiations, negotiating in multicultural environments

Module 3: Finance & funding

  • Remembering the future: how financial reporting works
  • The dark side of numbers: costing
  • Imagining the future: budgeting and project analysis
  • The Babel Tower: multi-currency operations
  • Comprehensive case: real-life project quantification – financial projections, budget and financial valuation

Module 4: Leadership

  • Mindset change in a VUCA world
  • Transformational & Innovative Leadership, Team Building, and Teamwork
  • Skills and attitudes
  • Exercises and Role Plays
  • Final Challenge and Wrap Up


Humanitarian Security Risk Management, What Is It And What Will It Look Like In The Future?

The objective of Day 1 is to facilitate a discussion among participants and invited experts about the key questions currently facing the sector:

  • What makes Humanitarian Security Risk Management different?
  • What are the Expectations for Strategic Leadership?
  • Where do we go from here?


Milo Jones

My expertise lies applying the models, frameworks and tools of the Intelligence Community and Geopolitics to financial and business issues. My current research involves the impact of digital technology on geopolitics and society. I have a balance of analytical and interpersonal skills developed ...

Balvinder Powar

Balvinder Singh Powar is associate professor at the IE Business School. His expertise includes creative and strategic input, business development and senior management, team leadership, relationship management and business mediation. Professor Powar has extensive experience leading business, soci...

Paula Almansa

Paula is an Associate Professor of Negotiations and Conflict Resolution Abilities at IE. She is also an entrepreneur, mentor and business angel with a background in Finance and Social Entrepreneurship. Among others, she co-founded Impact HUB Madrid (part innovation lab, part business incubator, a...

Marco Trombetta

Despite the fact that many people think that accounting practice is characterised by the mechanic application of a set of rules, Marco Trombetta believes that the only way to account properly for a transaction is to first understand the economics of it and then apply the accounting mechanics. It ...

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