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Alessandra Pigni is a clinical psychologist and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford with the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. Her work is about equipping aid workers and humanitarian organisations with the skills needed to deal with stress and prevent burnout in the field. In the past, she worked with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders and the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, and also taught mindfulness to aid workers in Palestine. She blogs at, and you can follow her on Twitter at @mindfulnext.