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Greetings TIP readers! Lori Foster Thompson North Carolina State University Welcome to another edition of the Spotlight on Hu- manitarian Work Psychology column. In this issue we take a step outside of the disciplinary boundaries of industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology to profile the emerging sub-discipline of national human resources development (NHRD). As you will see, NHRD is closely aligned with humanitarian work psychology (HWP) in its topical focus and history. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to explore NHRD with an accom- plished pioneer in the field: Dr. John E. S. Lawrence. John is currently adjunct professor of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. With a doctorate in applied psychology, John has worked on human resources development projects with, among others, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the International Labour Organization, and a host of country governments including those of Azerbaijan, Albania, Yemen, Ukraine, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Vietnam. Late last year, John was invited to speak about NHRD at the Baku International Humani- tarian Forum, a prominent venue for the discussion of the world’s most pressing global issues (http:// Last year’s forum was opened by the president of Azerbaijan, addressed virtually by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and attended by nu- merous heads of state and Nobel laureates. Before diving into our interview with John, it is useful to dis- cuss why HWP is related to NHRD and why develop- ments in the field of NHRD are relevant to research and practice in I-O psychology. Alexander E. Gloss North Carolina State University The Industrial Organizational Psychologist 81