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Laurel Borisenko

Humanitarian, International NGOs and United Nations
BA, MA (University of Alberta), DipCS (Regent College), PhD (University of Amsterdam)

For the past 15 years Regent Alumna Laurel Borisenko has worked internationally in the field of humanitarian aid and peacebuilding in complex emergencies. She has been based primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, working with the United Nations and with faith-based NGOs. Through her PhD research in Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Uganda, she examined how communities that have undergone violent conflict have used the arts (specifically theatre) to move toward healing and reconciliation.

Areas of expertise

  • Humanitarian aid
  • Forced migration
  • Arts-based peace building

Media & Publications

  • "'Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws’: Community Response to Harare Theatre as a Tool of Peace Building" Book Chapter
  • "‘The Collapsible Space Between Us’: Refugee Theatre as a Tool of Resilience in Kenya" Article

Laurel Borisenko has spent more than a decade working in humanitarian aid and complex emergencies around the world. She has held senior management roles in a variety of international NGOs and has worked with UN organizations, providing refugee support, emergency relief, and child protection. Laurel brings first-hand knowledge of both the political and the personal aspects of forced migration.

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