Masood Hyder

Professor of Practice, Public Administration and International Affairs

Masood Hyder

Contact Information

338 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-4339


M.Sc., University of Wales, 1976


Humanitarian action, United Nations organization, food security


Masood Hyder joined Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, in 2017 as its newest Professor of Practice. He offers courses on Humanitarian Action, Food Security, the UN, and Development Aid.

Professor Hyder has 28 years' experience in development and disaster management, in progressively responsible positions at the United Nations (with the World Food Programme, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). He has first- hand experience of dealing with humanitarian and development operations and projects at country level, having lived and worked in Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Djibouti. He has experience of cooperating with and advocating for communities striving to overcome the effects of poverty and disaster. He is familiar with UN System Headquarters in New York, Rome and Washington D.C. having also worked in those locations. Prior to joining the UN, he served for five years as Senior Research Officer in the Civil Service College, Civil Service Department, London. In 2011 and 2012, he taught graduate-level courses on humanitarian affairs at Syracuse University and lately at Fordham University, New York.

Masood Hyder has a B.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics, and  M.Sc. (Strategic Studies) from the University of Wales.



  •   WFP: Organizational Maintenance in Uncertain Times, in Kevin Cahill (ed), More with Less: Disasters in an Era of Diminishing Resources, Fordham University  Humanitarian  Series (August 2012)
  • October Coup, A Memoir of the Struggle for Hyderabad by Mohammed Hyder. Edited by Masood Hyder (Rolibooks, India: 2012; Amazon Kindle)
  •  The Diplomacy of Specialized Agencies: High Food Prices and the World Food Programme’ by Henk-Jan Brinkman and Masood Hyder, in The New Dynamics of Multilateralism, James P. Muldoon, Jr., JoAnn Fagot Aviel, Richard Reitano, and Earl Sullivan (eds.), Westview Press,  September 2010.
  •  Humanitarianism and the Muslim World’, Journal of Humanitarian Assistance, Tufts, August, 2007
  •  "Nurturing Humanitarian Space in Sudan" in Hazel Smith and Larry Minear (eds), Humanitarian Diplomacy, UNU, 2007
  •  Entry on "Famine" in Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine , Stephen Lock, John Last and George Dunea (eds), Oxford University  Press, Oxford, 2001, pp 301 – 303.
  •  "From Relief to Development: Food-for -Work in Bangladesh"  Disasters, ODI,  vol. 20 no. 1, London, 1996 pp 21 – 33.
  •  "Implementation: the Evolutionary Model" and  "Defense: US - UK Collaboration on Polaris" in Helen Wallace and David Lewis (eds), Policies into Practice, Heinemann, London, 1984, pp 1 - 18, and pp 183 - 202.
  • UNCLOS, A Negotiation Exercise, Helen Wallace and Masood Hyder,Civil Service College, London 1984.
  • "Parliament and Defense Affairs: the Defense Sub-Committee of the Expenditure Committee," Public Administration, RIIA, London, 1977, pp 59 –78.


  • “Bangla Offers Lessons in Relief” The Asian Age, London, January 30, 2005.
  •  "Preparing North Korea" The Fifth Column, Far Eastern Economic Review, September 2, 2004.
  •  "In North Korea, First Save Lives" OpEd, Washington Post, 4 January 2004.
  •  Review of Hungry for Peace by Hazel Smith, Millennium,  London , 2007, vol.35.3.
  • "Aceh, Six months On"  Development Today, Vollen, Norway, 18 July 2005.


On UN OCHA roster of mentors to first-time UN Humanitarian Coordinators.

Previously mentored Cooridinators in Mali and Eritrea.


Research Interests

Aid Policies of the BRICS

Meeting humanitarian needs in middle income countries

Humanitarianism in the Muslim world

Impact of 'One UN' on humanitarian action

Coordination between the Bretton Woods Institutions and UN food agencies on national food stocks

Humanitarian Ethics