Our team of consultants specialize in humanitarian response and forced migration. We have a particular focus on conflict-affected and fragile environments.

We provide a variety of consulting services, including research and analysis, programme management and advice, as well as programme audit and evaluations.

The team has over 30 years of field experience in humanitarian settings, across more than 15 countries of the most conflict affected countries. Our team can provide services in multiple languages.


The Meraki Research Platform is all about understanding and supporting networks. What do people on the move need to travel safely and integrate with dignity into a new community? Our work develops the evidence base around (1) principled policy & programming to protect those affected by displacement, (2) the networks that migrants and refugees need to cultivate and build to survive and thrive and (3) how informal migration works, looking specifically at routes, risks, and smuggling networks.

Meraki Labs research has been published by international agencies and expert academic reviews such as IOM’s Migration Research Series and the University of Oxford forced migration review.


Meraki Innovation Labs aims to provide young people in conflict and fragile affected states with support to develop their own solutions, start their own businesses, generate employment and contribute positively to their communities.

We are piloting a combination of mentoring and angel investment for small scale businesses in conflict affected countries that will struggle to find financing otherwise.

Meraki Labs invests in small to medium scale businesses in fragile states in the long term. Rather than traditional humanitarian support and donations, Meraki Labs’ approach puts displaced people at the center of the decision making process and relies on community-buy in from the outset.


Mobile Technology – Making Smuggler Networks More Efficient

By |June 19th, 2019|Migration|

Mobile Technology – Making Smuggler Networks More Efficient We don’t know much about migrant smuggling networks. This is despite the fact that, according to the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (ODC), at least 2.5 million people wer [...]

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Meraki Labs works with people affected by displacement. Together we identify strengths, build capabilities and work to shape their own futures. We work at a grassroots level with people on the move.

The founders of Meraki Labs are humanitarian aid and forced migration experts, with more than 30 years of experience working on frontline response in conflict and displacement settings. We pride ourselves in building only what works practically.

Incorporated as a Canadian company in 2019, Meraki Labs is working with NGOs, International agencies and research institutions.

Ruta Nimkar
Ruta NimkarCo-Founder
Ruta Nimkar is an experienced humanitarian and migration professional. She has held regional and country senior management positions, and has consulted for donors, UN agencies and NGOs. She has piloted and rolled out programmatic innovations focused on migration, conducted research on migration routes and protection risks, and worked directly with communities to develop new approaches to humanitarian and migration challenges.
Emily Savage
Emily SavageCo-Founder
Emily Savage has experience managing large, complex programmes and associated budgets (Livelihoods, Shelter, Protection, Water and Sanitation, Emergency Response, Camp Management) independently and through consortia in challenging environments with extensive experience leading quantitative and qualitative assessments and overseeing programme shifts based on assessment, monitoring and accountability processes.