Mariana Sarmiento is a graduate student in International Politics and International Law at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She also holds a BA in Economics and Politics from the Université de Montréal (UdeM). She is currently the coordinator of the Risk Management and Security Program at the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crises and AID (OCCAH). Her areas of interest are diverse, but she's mainly interested in humanitarian action, conflict resolution and human rights advocacy. Her master's research focuses on the potential of the new blockchain technology to overcome certain development challenges.