Rhea Bhardwaj

Humanitarian and Development Consultant


Rhea Bhardwaj is an international humanitarian and development consultant. She has worked with a wide range of national and international organizations on humanitarian policy and programs. Her experience includes strategic, operational management and program development of emergency response at country, regional and international levels in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Bhardwaj’s thematic areas of expertise includes health and protection programming - with a special focus on aging and disability inclusion in humanitarian policy and practice. She designed and spearheaded the ADCAP program and established a global consortium, which brought together a wide range of national and international humanitarian actors to work on ensuring that older people and people with disabilities are included in humanitarian programs. She is the author of the Inclusion Competency Framework: For Humanitarian Professionals - Supporting Gender-sensitive Age and Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Action. The competency framework is aligned with the Core Humanitarian Competency framework – and details the competencies and skills required to effectively mainstream gender, aging and disability within humanitarian programs.

Bhardwaj has extensive experience developing capacity development programs. She has been involved in capacity strengthening and change management as a consultant, trainer and coach in a variety of humanitarian contexts for a range of audiences, including NGOs, INGOs and the UN (ranging from field personnel and medical directors to senior UN officials) using different formats (face to face trainings, ToT, eLearning, Webinars). Bhardwaj is a qualified change management professional and has a MBA in development studies.