Caitlin Howarth

human security + tech + politics

Organizer, writer, analyst and politics/policy pro. I work on the human rights, security and tech that empowers progressive change around the world.

Caitlin Howarth


Caitlin Howarth is Cofounder and CEO of Aulenor, where she and her team build startups for social impact worldwide. She also serves as lead researcher on Early Warning Systems for mass atrocities at the Signal Program on Human Security & Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

From 2013-2016, Howarth recruited, trained and organized an international community of policy, political and defense experts as Director of Leadership Development at the Truman National Security Project and Center for National Policy.

Prior to Truman, Howarth worked with the Satellite Sentinel Project team at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, managing report production on human security threats along Sudan’s contested southern border from February 2011 to May 2012. Satellite Sentinel reports were cited by the ICC Prosecutor’s Office while building the case against Sudan’s Defense Minister, Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein. Satellite Sentinel reports on Sudan have been covered by the BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News and other international media.

Previously the COO and National Policy Director of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, Howarth was a 2009 Fellow of the New Leaders Council and Co-Director of the Council’s DC chapter in 2010. Howarth served as Deputy Director to Susan Crawford's Telecommunications Equality Project at the Roosevelt Institute Four Freedoms Center in 2012. She consulted the Physicians for Human Rights Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones on its MediCapt mobile forensic evidence collection project, helping win the 2013 USAID/Humanity United Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention (Capture). 

A Washington, DC native, Howarth co-authored “Crisis Mapping Needs an Ethical Compass,” for Global Brief alongside Satellite Sentinel colleagues Nathaniel Raymond and Jonathan Hutson (Toronto: February 2012). In 2017, she co-authored The Signal Code, a rights-based approach to the use of information during crisis. Howarth earned her BA with high distinction in Political and Social Thought at the University of Virginia with a thesis on extreme violence dynamics in mass atrocities. She holds a Masters in Public Policy in International & Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School.     



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