Malka Older

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk, 2015; Novelist; Aid Worker

Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more a decade of experience in humanitarian aid and development, ranging from field level experience as a head of office in Darfur to supporting global programs and agency-wide strategy as a disaster risk reduction technical specialist.

In between she has designed and implemented economic development initiatives in post-disaster context; supervised a large and diverse portfolio as Director of Programs in Indonesia, and responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali, in the last three as team leader.

Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’Études Politques de Paris (Sciences Po) explores the dynamics of multi-level governance and disaster response using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011. As part of this work she has been selected as a visiting scholar at Columbia University, on an Alliance Grant, and at the Fletcher School of International Affairs at Tufts University.

Featured Work

OCT 18, 2018 Podcast

Global Ethics Weekly: Science Fiction, Micro-democracy, & Information, with Malka Older

Malka Older has spent time as an aid worker in Darfur, Indonesia, and Japan, as was discussed in last week's podcast, but she also has ...

OCT 11, 2018 Podcast

Global Ethics Weekly: Disaster Response & Ethics, with Malka Older

Former Senior Fellow Malka Older, a novelist and aid worker, details the ethical and logistical sides of disaster response, drawing on her experiences in Sri ...