Kilian Kleinschmidt

Innovation and Planning Agency

Kilian Kleinschmidt is founder and chairman of the Innovation and Planning Agency.

Kleinschmidt previously worked at the United Nations from 1992 to 2014. His final position was as the UNHCR Mafraq head of sub-office and camp manager for Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, the world’s second-largest refugee camp, from 2013 to 2014. Other assignments included deputy humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, deputy representative for UNHCR in Kenya, and deputy to the special envoy of the UN secretary general for assistance to Pakistan.

Before working at the UN, Kleinschmidt was assessment officer for the World Food Programme and consultant for the World Bank.

Featured Work

NOV 3, 2016 Podcast

Global Ethics Forum Preview: New Paradigms for Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Aid with Kilian Kleinschmidt

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Kilian Kleinschmidt, the former head of the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, discusses a new paradigm for humanitarian aid. ...

APR 22, 2016 Podcast

New Paradigms for Refugee Camps and for Humanitarian Aid Itself

Kilian Kleinschmidt describes how he, together with the refugees themselves, transformed the Zaatari refugee camp from what the media called a "hellhole of humanitarian aid" ...