Caroline Abu-Sada is Director of the Research Unit of MSF Switzerland. She holds a doctorate in Political Science and International Relations from Sciences Po, Paris. She has worked on food security and has coordinated programs in the field, notably in the Middle East, for Oxfam GB, the United Nations and MSF Switzerland. Dr Abu-Sada is the author of "ONG palestiniennes et construction étatique, l’expérience de Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) dans les Territoires occupés palestiniens, 1983- 2005", "In the Eyes of Others. How People in Crises Perceive Humanitarian Aid", "Le développement, une affaire d'ONG? Associations, Etats et Bailleurs dans le monde arabe”. She has also written numerous papers, reports and chapters on humanitarian action, NGOs and the Middle East, and has taught political science at New York University, Paris and at Sciences Po, Lille. Her latest publication is “Dilemmas, Challenges, and Ethics of Humanitarian Action”, Mc Gill-Queen's University Press, 2012.
Andreas Älgå is a medical doctor at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, as well as a researcher at Karolinska Institutet. The focus of his research is health effects of natural disasters. Last year he presented a study regarding the management of extremity injuries following earthquakes at the MSF Scientific day in London. Andreas has worked for MSF as a medical doctor in different African contexts, most recently at a refugee project in Somali Region, Ethiopia.
Louise Aubin is the Deputy Director (Protection Operational Support) in the Division of International Protection at UNHCR. She oversees the development of policies and operational guidance to UNHCR field operations on a range of protection issues including child protection, sexual and gender-based violence, community-based protection, education and gender equality.
Ms Aubin is the Coordinator of the Global Protection Cluster and promotes advocacy efforts on major protection trends while providing operational guidance to field protection clusters. With her team in the Division at UNHCR, she provides technical support for the development of laws, policies and strategies for the protection and durable solutions of internally displaced persons.
Ms Aubin is a Canadian lawyer. Since joining UNHCR, she has served in a number of refugee and internal displacement operations including Central African Republic, Rwanda, Guinea, Ethiopia, Kenya, in addition to legal and advocacy work in Canada and in France.
Maria Teresa Bejarano, MD, is Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet and Senior Research Advisor at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). As Senior Project Manager at ReAct (2012-2014) she oversaw the Controlled Distribution and Rational Use of Antibiotics project and supported the establishment of strategic partnership initiatives.
She has worked for 12 years at Sida leading several strategic international health research activities. MTB has served as Board member of the WHO Tropical Diseases Research, the WHO-Sexual and Reproductive Health Research and WHO-Alliance for Policy and Health Systems Research (2009-2012).
Dr. Bejarano earned her PhD in immunology/infection biology at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
Mats Berdal is Professor of Security and Development at King`s College London and Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group. He was formerly Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He is educated at the London School of Economics and Oxford University. He has written and published extensively on contemporary armed conflict, the UN and international peacebuilding. He is a Norwegian national and a Visiting Professor at the National Defence University College in Oslo.
Peter Beyer, trained lawyer, is a Senior Advisor with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva where he is responsible for all issues related to public health, trade and intellectual property. He provides legal and policy advice to senior management, other WHO departments and offices as well as WHO Member States. Peter was instrumental in setting up a sustainable cooperation on health and intellectual property related issues among the WHO, the World Intellectual Property and the World Trade Organization.
Bornice Biomndo holds a BSc. in Publishing and Media from Kenya, and MSc. in Public Health and Gender from Charite Universitätsmedizin Germany. She worked as a journalist for Nation Media Group East Africa, where her main interest was human interest stories. She later moved to start up the communications office for AMPATH, a care and research project in Kenya. There, she was in charge of knowledge management, and generating communication strategies within HIV/AIDS and Primary Healthcare projects funded by USAID. For her Master Thesis, she conducted a study for UNFPA Swaziland on the prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence. She likes travelling and photography.
Elise Bittenbinder has qualified in Systemic Family Therapy, Hypnotherapy and EMDR, and is a Child and Youth Psychotherapist. Since 1988 she has worked as psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor in Cologne, Berlin and Gaza and is currently deputy director and psychotherapist at XENION, Centre for Traumatised Refugees and Victims of Torture, Berlin, chair of the German Association of Psychosocial Centres for Refugees and Torture Victims (BAfF) and chair of the European Network of Rehabilitation Centres for Victims of Torture. Her most recent publication is “Beyond statistics, sharing, learning and developing good practice in the care of victims of torture” (2012).
Sophie Bloemen runs the recently founded Common Network, a non-profit organization that works on promoting access to knowledge and other social and ecological causes from the perspective of the commons. Formerly she worked as consultant on access to medicines policy and was strategic advisor to Health Action International (HAI) on access to medicines, trade and innovation for several years. Sophie started working on health & trade as a policy officer at HAI in Amsterdam in 2007, focusing on European policy and global developments. She is a member of the executive committee of the Alianza LAC-Global por el acesso a medicamentos.
Claire Boulanger is an evaluator, auditor and facilitator for non-profit organizations, including French and international NGOs, private foundations, and local government. She also works with the private sector on joint development projects with NGOs. After graduating from Sciences Po in Paris and studying at the Freie Universität in Berlin, she served as the head of mission for Médecins du Monde during the Balkan war. The testimonies she collected from refugees in many areas of war-ridden Yugoslavia were published in a book, and later used by the International Tribunal. Her experience in managing complex humanitarian operations includes Croatia and Bosnia, post genocide Rwanda and Zaire, Liberia, Haiti, central Europe and Russia. As an auditor, she recently traveled to the DRC, Ghana, Ethiopia and Malawi. After serving 6 years on the Board of Médecins du Monde France, she is now on the Boards of Doctors of the World USA and Ärzte der Welt.
Sibylle Braune is Agricultural Engineer, joined the CATAD (SLE) in Berlin in 1990 and worked afterwards for more than 9 years for GIZ and DED in Africa. In 2001 she finalized a MSc OD Consulting in Sheffield and worked one year as freelancer for project evaluation.
Since 2003 she is working at the German Red Cross Headquarters, first as advisor for development cooperation and donor relations. Since 2012 her focus is the development of standards for Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (PM&E) and project quality. She is member of the PMER working group of the International Federation of Redcross and Redcrescent National Societies (IFRC) and together with some NGO colleagues, she founded the PM&E working group in Berlin, to foster the exchange of experience among staff from NGOs, other development organizations and Red Cross.
Jan Brommundt works at Groningen University Hospital, the Netherlands' largest center of excellence as primus inter pares of the cardiac anaesthesia team. He holds a degree in health economy and is the Medical Director of MELONET, an international repatriation organisation. In his parallel life he has worked in conflict zones with MSF and MDM since 2004 and currently serves on the board of MDM Germany. He is interested and has published about safety and quality of field anaesthesia and other aspects of humanitarian work. Like every year Dr. Brommundt is looking forward to inspiring encounters and discussions during the Humanitarian Congress.
Pete Buth’s first engagement in humanitarian action was with German Emergency Doctors in the 1994Rwandan Genocide. He joined MSF in 1997 and has extensive experience managing humanitarian operations. His overseas experience includes postings in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Former Yugoslavia, Haiti, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Sudan. He currently is Deputy Director of Operations for MSF’s Operational Centre in Amsterdam.
After several missions in the field as logistician and logistic coordinator, Sandra Cavaco joined the MSF Austria HR team in 2002. She is developing and implementing training courses for MSF for over 10 years having studied Adult learning at Rouen University and having specialised in eLearning at Sorbonne University.
As a team supervisor in the field she has always considered training and learning an essential element of humanitarian action. Nowadays in an increasingly challenging and complex humanitarian context she supports the use of technology to create, disseminate and share knowledge and skills among humanitarian practitioners.
Stefanie Cachelin was born in Zurich, Switzerland. She completed a BSc in Forensic Science in 2008 before starting her MBChB at Manchester in 2010.
Mable-Ann Chang is currently studying the NOHA Joint European Master’s in International Humanitarian Action programme at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. She had previously completed her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Honours degree in Translation Studies, at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In 2012 she served as the head of external relations on the executive board of AIESEC Stellenbosch, and in 2013 she held the position of vice-chairperson at the United Nations Association of South Africa Stellenbosch.
Angela Cotroneo holds a degree in political sciences and a doctorate in international law. Finding practical solutions to improve respect for the rights of the individuals, particularly during armed conflict, is a challenge which she has always considered extremely interesting as well as rewarding. After a two-year experience working with UNHCR in Armenia, she joined the ICRC as a delegate in 2004 and occupied several field positions dealing with protection activities with increasing levels of responsibilities in Serbia, Colombia, Kenya and Sudan. She is currently Head of the Protection Sector for East Africa at ICRC Headquarters in Geneva.
Roméo Dallaire is a retired lieutenant-general, Senator, and celebrated humanitarian. Lieutenant General (LGen) Dallaire is President of the Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire Foundation; founder of The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, an organization aimed at eradicating the use of child soldiers; an outspoken advocate for human rights, particularly war-affected children, women, the Canadian First Nations, and military veterans; a respected champion of genocide prevention initiatives, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, and nuclear non-proliferation, as well as a best-selling author.
LGen Dallaire’s most recent book, They Fight Like Soldiers; They Die Like Children – the Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers, introduces the Child Soldier phenomenon and solutions to eradicate it: a mission to which LGen Dallaire has committed the rest of his life.
Salah Daraghmeh is presently the General COORDINATOR for Medecins du Monde mission in Jordan. He is managing/coordinates the MdM activities for the Syria crisis in Jordan. Before he was a coordinator for MDM missions in Pakistan, Yemen and Palestine managing health and mental health programs including PHC and GBV projects.
Between 2002 and 2008 he worked in Red Cross and Red Crescent movement in Palestine. He was managing Mental Health and psycho social projects targeting children living in conflict.
In his work experience he was involved in different protection and human rights topics linked to gender-based violence and children living in conflict zones like Palestine, Pakistan and recently Syrian crisis.
Leigh Daynes was appointed Executive Director of Médecins du Monde UK in November 2012. Previously he was Director of Advocacy, Campaigns and Communications at international children’s development charity Plan. He has also worked as head of corporate external affairs at the British Red Cross, a post he held for 6 years.
Leigh has worked extensively overseas, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, at the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, and at the Red Cross’s permanent observer mission to United Nation’s headquarters in New York.
Dagmar Dehmer works since 2001 for the Berlin based daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. She reports environmental issues, mainly climate change, the German Energiewende, nuclear issues. Her second main topic is Africa, mainly the Anglophonic Africa, but she covers the developments in the Sahel and other developments in Westafrica like Ebola too. Her special interests are Kenya and Nigeria. Before Dagmar Dehmer came to Berlin she worked for the Freiburg based daily newspaper Badische Zeitung. 2010 she won the environmental media award from the German NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe.
Kaz de Jong PHD Clinical Psychology, MA Organisational Psychology, Physiotherapist is employed by the medical humanitarian NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). He did various field assignments as mental health worker in countries such as Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. After his field work he continued as mental health advisor in the public health department of MSF Amsterdam. In this position he has been responsible for the quality development of mental health programs addressing the psychosocial consequences of man-made and natural disasters. He authored various scientific publications, wrote MSF mental health guidelines and participated in writing the International Standing Committee guidelines of mental health and psychosocial programs. Currently, he is head of the staff care unit in MSF. This unit addresses psychosocial, mental health problems of national and international field staff. As member of the MSF crisis team he has been involved in the management of serious critical incidents.
Antonio Donini is a Researcher at the Feinstein International Center (FIC) at Tufts University. He works on issues relating to humanitarianism and the future of humanitarian action. He has worked for 26 years in the United Nations in research, evaluation, and humanitarian capacities. His last post was as Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan (1999-2002). He has published widely on evaluation, humanitarian and migration issues as well as on Afghanistan and Nepal. He is the main author of the edited volume The Golden Fleece. Manipulation and Independence in Humanitarian Action (2013). He coordinated the Humanitarian Agenda 2015 research project at FIC which analysed local perceptions of humanitarian action in 13 crisis countries.
Frank Dörner has been General Director of MSF in Germany, based in Berlin, since 2008. After studying Human Medicine at the Free University of Berlin, he specialised in general medicine and gained a doctorate in the field of tropical medicine. Dr Dörner started working in the field of humanitarian action with MSF in 1 998 with missions in Sudan and Burma/Myanmar. Between 2003 and 2006, he was Medical Coordinator and later Head of Mission of MSF's HIV/Aids projects in Guatemala. He then worked as Operational Manager in Geneva, supporting and managing MSF programs in Cameroon, Laos, Burma/Myanmar, Honduras, Guatemala and Iraq. He occupied the position of General Director of MSF in Germany, based in Berlin from May 2008 till June 2014. Currently he is looking for new medical humanitarian challenges and opportunities.
Benjamin Ebeling is a medical student at University of Copenhagen. He is working with Universities Allied For Essential Medicines the last 3 year as European Coordinator. He is responsible for the Drug Bio Project looking at research funding for newer and pipeline drugs for Hepatitis C infected. He is a passionate advocate for social justice and for changing the current R&D system.
Sybille Fezer is a committed women’s rights activist with work experience in conflict areas and developing countries, in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Europe. Since 2001 developing and managing programmes for medica mondiale in Kosovo, Albania, Afghanistan, DR Congo and Liberia. Specialized in designing programmes to address sexualized war violence and in organizational development. Journalist and filmmaker with a passion to portrait stories of injustice and social change. High interest in designing programmes for community action, protection and “access to justice”, and in contributing to end violence against women.
Florika Fink-Hooijer is the Director for Strategy, Policy and International Cooperation at the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection. Inside the European Commission, her career focussed on foreign external policy and security matters and in particular on crisis management, conflict prevention and disaster risk management. She further has in depth experience in comprehensive external policy coordination and in justice and home affairs. Ms Fink-Hooijer was a member of cabinet of the former Commissioners M. Wulf-Mathies (regional policy) and F. Bolkestein (internal market & taxation) and Head of Cabinet of Commissioner K. Georgieva (humanitarian aid, international cooperation and crisis response).
Joachim Gardemann is a medical doctor with clinical specialization in pediatrics and is master of public health. At University of Applied Sciences in Muenster / Germany his focal points of work are in the fields of technical and medical aspects of humanitarian assistance. Since 1994, Joachim is a voluntary member of the German Red Cross international humanitarian assistance team. His experience as health delegate of IFRC and ICRC is including missions to Tanzania, Macedonia, Iran, Sudan, Sri Lanka, China, Haiti and Jordan.
Pierre Gentile has recently been appointed as head of ICRC's Central Tracing Agency and Protection Division. For the past two years, he was heading the project “Health Care in Danger” at ICRC’s headquarter in Geneva. From 2007 to 2012, he worked as the Head of the Protection of the Civilian Population Unit, within the Protection Division. He began his career with the ICRC in 1996 as a delegate in Vukovar, Croatia, working to address the needs of Internally Displaced Persons and the whereabouts of missing persons. Since that time, he has spent 10 years working in various ICRC delegations.
From 2009 to 2013 Mr Gentile has participated in annual meetings of policy affiliates for the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford, UK. He is a Fellow at the "Centre d Études et de Recherches Internationales" (CERIUM) in Montreal. Finally, he holds an undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Geneva.
Sibylle Gerstl studied biology in Rome and Tuebingen with a focus on tropical diseases, in addition to holding an MBA. After a short detour in the pharmaceutical industry, she completed a PhD in epidemiology at the Swiss Tropical Institute where she based her dissertation on her work involving the socio-economic aspects of urban agriculture in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In 2003 she joined MSF/Epicentre where she worked on applied epidemiology and programme evaluation in complex emergencies and outbreaks in difficult settings. Before starting as a consultant in international health for the European Union, NGOs or the German Government, Sibylle worked as a senior health advisor for Malteser International, a worldwide relief organisation. So far, her work took her to more than 10 countries in Africa.
In 2004, Jarred Halton graduated with a bachelor degree in Diagnostic Radiography from the University of Sydney. He gained experience working in a variety of clinical settings in public and private hospitals in Australia and the United Kingdom. He also held roles working for an international teleradiology company and as an application specialist for a CT software company.
Since 2013, he works for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as the intersectional radiographer, where he supports and assists the implementation of X-ray services. In addition, he is a system coordinator on the MSF Telemedicine system.
Stefanie Haumer is a German lawyer who works as a Legal Advisor in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for the German Red Cross since 2009. Her fields of research include International Criminal Law (PhD, University of Cologne), Human Rights Law, International Disaster Law, terrorism as well as a broad range of various weapon technologies and general issues of IHL. Stefanie Haumer worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and was one of the main researchers of the study on International Disaster Response Laws conducted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
In 1992, Arjan Hehenkamp left for his first mission for MSF where he worked in Somalia as a logistician. This was quickly followed by another two missions: South Sudan and Afghanistan.
In 1995 he joined MSF’s Emergency Team, who were responsible for starting up emergency relief projects in conflict or disaster areas in crisis.
For the Emergency Team, Arjan worked in Bosnia, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Croatia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Somalia and Afghanistan.
In MSF’s headquarters, Amsterdam, Arjan worked as an Operational Advisor for a year before relocating to Nairobi, Kenya as the Head of Mission for South Sudan.
Returning to Amsterdam in 2004, he spent five years as the Director of Operations, and as of June 2011, Arjan became General Director of MSF-OCA.
Olaf Horstick is a consultant in public health medicine, as a Medical Doctor with a main interest in public health in low and middle income countries, with over 20 years of work experience in public health at local, national and international level as well as clinical medicine. Postgraduate academic training as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, London, as a Doctor of Tropical Medicine at University of Heidelberg, Germany, as well as a MA in Public Health and Science in Public Health in Developing Countries. He is currently Director of the Teaching Unit at the Institute of Public Health at the University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany.
Günther Jonitz licensed to practice medicine in 1984, specialist for surgery in 1994, qualification as doctor of medicine in 1996. Since 1999 President of the Berlin Chamber of Physicians and a member of the board of the German Medical Association, where he is responsible for quality assurance of medical activity. He is Chair of the quality assurance bodies of the German Medical Association (BÄK) and representatives of the German Medical Association Board of Trustees of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). He is founding member and formerly Chair of the German Coalition for Patient Safety (APS) as well as founding member of the German Network for Evidence Based Medicine (DNEbM). He is working as expert and advisor of the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) on questions relating to patient safety in international organizations (e.g. EU Commission, WHO) as well as he is Vice-Chairman of the advisory board of the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI), connected to the German Federal Ministry of Health. He is also leader of the German working group “Patient Safety” which will start its work in October this year. This working group is part of the nation-wide programme “Gesundheitsziele.de”.
Sheena Keller is a Research Officer in the Roma and Migrants Integration sector of the Equality and Citizens’ Rights Department at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Her research focus is on Roma, social inclusion, migrant integration and indicators to measure the protection and promotion of fundamental rights.
Stefan Kohler is a visiting scientist at the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. He received a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute, Florence, and a MD from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. His research focuses on disease prevention and health promotion, impact evaluation and health system strengthening. Dr. Kohler consulted for Médecins Sans Frontières on health financing mechanisms that support scaling-up ambulatory tuberculosis treatment and for the World Bank.
Curiosity, open-mindedness towards other cultures and a willingness to help drove Thomas Kratz to join MSF. He worked as a clinician during the 2012 Bundibugyo ebola virus outbreak in Isiro Democratic Republic of Congo, which piqued his research interest in the virus. In June 2014, he intervened as a medical doctor in Sierra Leone during the West Africa Ebola outbreak. He also works on Lassa fever, cholera and basic health-care projects. He currently lives in Berlin (Germany), works in family and travel medicine, and is writing his Masters' thesis in International Health.
Arkadiusz Kwasny is an Entrepreneur and CEO and a Technology Consultant at SELLEO web & mobile development house established in 2005. He holds a Masters degree in both Software Engineering and IT Management and has been managing web development projects since 1999. His recent endeavours include Virtual Experiences which include merging together technology such as Oculus Rift Virtual Reality helmets and 3d simulation software tools such as Unity 3d to solve real life problems such as “security trainings” for humanitarian-aid workers. By using VR technology he helps organizations produce better results with less time, cost and danger.
Katja Laudemann is currently working at the Emergency Desk of Medecins du Monde in France where she is responsible for the programs regarding the Central African crisis. Having studied law and a Master program in Humanitarian Assistance (NOHA) she is engaged in the area of humanitarian aid since 2000. She has worked for different organisations as project coordinator / head of mission in the field mainly in African and Asian countries as well as at headquarters.
John Lobor is currently the Deputy Secretary General of South Sudan in charge of Programmes and Operations. He holds a Master Degree(MSc) in Developing Planning University of Khartoum 2006. He has participated in a number of International and National Seminars/workshops which include the following, Security Management in London UK January 2013, International Humanitarian Law for Humanitarians Kampala Uganda March 2013, Human Resource Seminar Geneva October 2012, Security Management at Country level Nairobi Kenya 2010, Strategic Planning workshop 2009 Nairobi Kenya, Management Course for Development Practioners April-May (MDF) Netherlands and Civil Military Coordination in May Juba South Sudan.
James Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). Mr. Love is also the U.S. co-chair of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Intellectual Property Policy Committee, and the chair of the Essential Inventions board of directors. He advises UN agencies, national governments, international and regional intergovernmental organizations and public health NGOs, and is the author of a number of articles and monographs on innovation and intellectual property rights. In 2013, Love received the EFF Pioneer Award, to recognize leaders who extend freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology.
Bieke Machiels holds a master’s degree in African Studies. She has a professional background in development cooperation and human rights. Since 2006 she works for the Belgian reception agency where she managed the reception network during Belgium’s reception crisis. She currently heads the research and policy unit there. She is a member of the expert pool of EASO and participated in missions to Bulgaria and Cyprus.
Rohit Malpani is Director of Policy and Analysis at Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) Access Campaign. Prior to this, Mr. Malpani was Special Advisor, Policy and Campaigns Unit for Oxfam Hong Kong. Previously, he served as Senior Campaigns Advisor at Oxfam America - an international development and humanitarian agency where he managed Oxfam's access to medicines campaign, provided advice to Oxfam on the intersection of intellectual property and development, and also served as a corporate campaigns advisors with Oxfam America's Private Sector Department. Previously, he worked as a human rights advisor to the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization, and also with local civil society groups in Thailand and Argentina. Mr. Malpani started his legal career as an intellectual property attorney with the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati. He has a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University.
Jenny McAvoy is InterAction’s Director of Protection responsible for leading collaborative efforts in inter-agency fora addressing protection policy and programming. Her expertise and current focus encompasses results-based protection; compliance with IHL and human rights law; humanitarian access, negotiation, and adherence to humanitarian principles; UN integration policy; and protection of civilians in armed conflict. Prior to joining InterAction, Jenny worked in OCHA‘s Policy Branch and for 13 years worked with local, national and international NGOs primarily in SE Asia and in Sudan, including several years with Oxfam. Jenny pioneered Oxfam’s work on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, including the development of analytical, planning and training tools.
At the age of 19, Aymen Meddeb left Tunis, his Hometown, to pursue a medical curriculum in Germany, reputed for its excellent healthcare system. Since the beginning of the studies, he has been involved in “Universities Allied for Essential Medicines”, a students-run organization, that aims to promote access to medicines by changing norms and practices around universities patenting and licensing, and empower students to respond to the access and innovation crisis. He is delighted to bring the voice of young leaders in global health, and to contribute to the success of this edition.
Claire Moretto is a NOHA student which is starting the year in Bochum and will study her speciality in disaster analysis and intervention in Groningen, the Netherlands. She worked akmost two years in Buenos Aires as chief executive assistant of the “Délégation Générale Alliance française” in Argentina, managing projects in international relations. In addition to her work she realized a coordination for the international volunteering project of IMARA association and was volunteer in Médicos del Mundo migration team. She got a Bachelor with honours in law and politics in 2011 and a master in economics and society with honours in 2012.
Suthaharan Nadarajah is a lecturer in International Relations and Global Public Policy at SOAS, University of London. His research examines how the international community secures itself against emergent threats to international order through global frameworks which combine themes of security, development and liberal governance. His doctoral thesis used Sri Lanka’s armed conflict and Norwegian-led peace process as case study and he has conducted donor-funded policy research on armed conflict, terrorism proscriptions, armed groups and war-to-peace transition, diaspora mobilisation, and donor-recipient dialogue for the Asia Foundation, Berghof Foundation and European Commission. He can be reached on .
A director of studies at MSF-Crash since 2010, Michaël Neuman holds degrees in contemporary history and international relations from Université Paris 1. He joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 1999, alternating between missions in the field (the Balkans, the Caucasus and West Africa) and positions at MSF headquarters (in New York and Paris as deputy program manager). His work has also addressed political analysis and issues of immigration and geopolitics. From 2008-2010, Neuman served on the board of directors of the French and US sections of MSF. He is the co-author of Humanitarian Negotiations revealed: the MSF experience (London: Hurst, 2011).
Peter Neussl is an Austrian citizen and studied international law (PhD) as well as European (Master of European Law, Brugge). He worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Human Rights Chamber, the Constitutional Court and for the Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2002, M. Neussl joined the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), first seconded to the Internal Displacement Section by the Representative of the Secretary General on Internally Displaced Persons, M. Francis Deng, and led the Internal Displacement and Protection Section in OCHA Côte d'Ivoire from 2005-2007. As of 2008, after being Officer-in-Charge of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Secretariat, he has been responsible in OCHA Geneva for reaching out to Geneva based humanitarian partners including donors in support of emergencies in Africa. In parallel, he has been deployed through long-term missions to DRC, Somalia/Mogadishu, Yemen and lately the Central African Republic.
Meinie Nicolai is the President of MSF Belgium and of MSF’s operational center in Brussels in since October 2010. Previously, she was director of operations in the Brussels office during 6 years, following an extensive field experience in diverse positions in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia and south Sudan. Meinie started working with MSF in 1992 as a nurse, and holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Norah Niland has spent much of her professional life with the United Nations, both in the field and at HQ on humanitarian, human rights, and development issues in crisis and transition environments. During her last UN assignment, Norah was the Director of human rights in UNAMA (UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) and Representative of the UN High Commissioner for HR (2008-2010). Currently, Norah is a Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Ralf Otto is a consultant, trainer, facilitator in humanitarian assistance. Based in Brussels with working experience in more than 25 countries. Participated in about 30 evaluations of humanitarian interventions. Focus on participatory learning evaluations.
Sara Pantuliano is a political scientist with extensive experience in conflict and post-conflict contexts. She led UNDP Sudan’s Peace Building Unit, managed a high-profile post-conflict response in the Nuba Mountains and was an observer at the IGAD Sudan peace process. She holds a PhD in Politics, has written widely on Sudan/South Sudan and is a recognised media commentator on humanitarian issues. She is the Managing Editor of Disasters and a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Risk and Resilience of the World Economic Forum. She is a Trustee of SOS Sahel and serves on a range of advisory boards, including the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, the Refugees Studies Centre and the UN Association of the UK.
Andreas Papp is presently the Delegate & Programme Director of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Austria. The main goal of the Department is to support field activities in the area of nutrition and food security, Geographic Information Services (GIS) and Water & Sanitation, as well as the R&D for the application of new technologies to meet the needs in the field.
After graduation from a mechanical engineering school, Andreas has studied Business Administration and Economics in Vienna, before he started to work as a Human Resources Manager at the Austrian Newspaper “Der Standard”. His professional engagement for humanitarian aid began in 2004, when he went on his first mission as a Logistic-Administrator with MSF in West-Darfur/Sudan. After his first assignment, he continued to coordinate missions on project or country level, mainly in complex emergency settings, such as Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Lebanon, Iraq and Somalia. Since 2013 Andreas is lecturing at Webster University, Vienna Campus, International Relations Department.
Annika Rukat is a 6th year Medical student at Charité Medical University Berlin. After a year of volunteer service in a Tanzanian Lutheran hospital, she started her Medical studies in 2008 in Berlin. For her doctoral thesis at the AG of Global Mental Health at the Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Charité University Berlin, she did research in cooperation with the Makarere University Kampala in psychiatric hospital of Uganda. Since 2010 she is a board member at the Berlin Mission and accompanies the voluntary program. She wants to specialize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Bayard Roberts has worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine since 2005 on research studies including: mental health among IDPs in northern Uganda, South Sudan, and Georgia; developing and validating a new mortality estimation method; and tracking reproductive health aid to conflict-affected countries. The research he is currently working on includes: an evidence review on health interventions in humanitarian crises; a study on improving access to integrated child health and nutrition services in Niger with Save the Children; and a study on diabetes care in DRC with MSF. He also jointly edits Conflict and Health.
Panu Saaristo (CRNA, MSc Disaster Relief Healthcare), is the Emergency Health Coordinator at the Geneva Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. In that role he oversees and develops the emergency health work of the largest humanitarian organisation in the world, spanning the spectrum from preparedness to emergency response. Mr Saaristo represents the International Federation in different forums for global emergency health coordination such as the Global Health Cluster and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. Mr Saaristo has held different field positions with the IFRC since 2006, mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean. He was the field coordinator of the emergency health response of the IFRC after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He has been engaged in the current response to the West Africa Ebola Virus Disease outbreak since the onset early this year.
Luise Schäfer is a 5th year Medical Student from Kiel University. She has been active in the German Medical Students’ Association and is currently serving as its Vice President. Her main fields of interest lie in Medical Ethics and Humanitarian Aid, and the links between those two.
Katja Schöberl is a Legal and Dissemination Advisor for the German Red Cross (GRC). The GRC is entrusted with the dissemination of international humanitarian law (IHL) and the assistance to the federal government in this field. Katja thus provides counsel on IHL issues and promotes its application. She previously worked for the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (ADH, Geneva), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC, Geneva) and the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV, Bochum). Katja holds a B.A. in International Relations (TU Dresden) and LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law (ADH Geneva).
Dawit Seyum obtained MA Degree in Development Studies, BA in Sociology, Social Administration and Geography from Addis Ababa University. In addition Dawit completed a 2 years post graduate Leadership and Management program. Dawit has 13 years of hands on experience in programme and business development, partnerships, programme management, Monitoring and Evaluation of health, humanitarian response and development programmes. Over the past years I have successfully designed and managed programmes funded by major bilateral, multilateral and private donors. Dawit published over 13 publications in various peer reviewed journals mainly related with health and development in pastoralist setting of Horn of Africa.
Abdurahman Sharif is a graduate in Languages from the University of Sorbonne in Paris (France) and holds two Master's Degrees, one in Languages from the University of Sorbonne and another one in Development Studies from the University of Pavia (Italy). He lived for many years in Italy where he worked for the International NGO CISP - Sviluppo dei Popoli, of which he is also an Associate Member, and has been involved in many awareness raising activities with the Somali Diaspora both in Italy and the UK.
Abdurahman speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic and Somali. While at MCF he has overseen a growth in membership and helped shape the strategic direction of the organisation to be become one of the leading voices of the Muslim Charitable sector in the country. In 2013 he was part of the International Visitor's Leadership Program, an exchange programme run by the US State Department.
Kai Sostmann, after studying at the Charité Berlin and Naples, works since 2001 at the Charité. He worked since the beginning in the development of digital virtual patients and eLearning scenarios for healthcare professionals. He works also as a pediatrician at the children’s hospital of the Charité and since 2010 he occupies the position of head of the eLearning department and medical didactics at the Charité. His research interests are on secure online health information for patients and patient health behavior online.
Abby Stoddard is a Partner with the independent research group Humanitarian Outcomes, and a Senior Program Advisor for Humanitarian Affairs at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. Her past professional experience ten years with international humanitarian organizations, and she currently serves on the board of directors for Doctors of the World (Médecins du Monde USA). She is the author of Humanitarian Alert: NGO Information and its Impact on US Foreign Policy (Kumarian Press, 2006), along with numerous articles, reports and book chapters on humanitarian action, operational security, and the international aid architecture.
Tankred Stöbe first worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Thailand/Myanmar in 2002, joined the board of directors of the German section in 2004 and became its president in 2007. He is specialized in Internal and Intensive Care Medicine and works at a Berlin hospital. Other MSF-fieldproject work for Tankred included Nepal, Liberia, Indonesia/Aceh, Palestine/Gaza, Sudan, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and the Philippines.
Eva Svoboda has been working with HPG since 2012. She holds a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies and Philology, and a Masters in Public and International Law. She worked for various NGOs in the OPT, held a position as liaison officer in a peacekeeping mission and provided consultancy work for the Swiss Development Agency in Jerusalem before joining the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1999. The assignments for the ICRC were predominantly field based in countries such as Iraq, DRC, Kashmir, Myanmar, East Timor, Algeria and Sudan and included positions as head of delegation, head of office and protection coordinator.
Bertrand Taithe is a historian of humanitarian aid. He is a director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, (HCRI.ac.uk), editor of the Manchester University Press series in humanitarian studies. He has published widely on medicine and war. Relevant new publications include: ‘Humanitarian history’ in J Peterson, R McGinty eds, The Humanitarian Handbook, Routledge, 2014 Humanitarian history and war’ in D. Maul ed. Humanitarianism in Times of War 1914-201, Jena, 2014 ; Abu Sa’Da, Duroch, Taithe, ‘Des attaques sur la mission médicale : aperçus d’une réalité polymorphe, le cas de Médecins Sans Frontières’, Revue Internationale de la Croix Rouge, International Review of the Red Cross, 95: 889 2014.2014, Humanitarian Accountability, Bureaucracy and Self Regulation: a Tale from the Archives? with Julie-Marie Strange and Sarah Roddy, Disasters, 2015.
Rainer Tan, a recent medical graduate from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, has 10 years of experience in International Health issues. After completing a bachelor degree at the University of Ottawa, Tan spent 2 years as Tanzania Field Coordinator for the NGO Canada-Africa Community Health Alliance. In this capacity he participated and lead various projects in Tanzania, Uganda, Benin and Gabon. During his medical studies, Tan founded two student organisations, most notably METIS (Student Movement Working Against Health Access Inequalities). METIS has over fifty members, two HIV projects in Tanzania and three projects related to vulnerable populations in Switzerland.
Sandrine Tiller works in the Programmes Unit of the MSF London office providing direct support to MSF operations and field teams through reflection and analysis that informs advocacy and practice. Her expertise is in humanitarian issues, particularly in the politicisation of aid and the current state of the aid system.
Previously, Sandrine has worked with local grassroots organisations in Venezuela, with the UN Volunteers programme in Eritrea and Tanzania, the British Red Cross and with the ICRC where she undertook long field missions in Jerusalem and Beirut and worked in the HQ in Geneva.
Peter Tinnemann works with the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, where he has been coordinating the project division International Health Sciences since 2007. His main research areas include Social Medicine, Access to Health Care and Health in a Globalizing World. He studied Medicine at the Universities in Cologne and Hamburg, both Germany, holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Cambridge University, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Medical Parasitology from the Bernhard Nocht Institute and a MD doctorate from Hamburg University. Before his current position he worked as a Public Health Specialist for National Health Services in the UK. His professional career includes more than 1 0 years international working experience with various humanitarian aid organisations, ranging from practicing pediatrics in low-resource settings to being in charge and managing medical aid projects.
Kamilla Truong is a medical student at the University of Aarhus. She is working with UAEM since 2013, a student organization promoting access to essential medicines as a human right and a social responsibility policy in the R&D system. Currently, she is responsible for the Access to Essential Medicines week (A2M) 2014 in Aarhus and the Drug Bio Project. The latter seeks to investigate the research funding for newer and pipeline Hepatitis C drugs.
Frank Vanbiervliet is a psychiatric nurse and a social & cultural anthropologist. In the past he has worked with different excluded groups such as sex workers, homeless people, people with both acute and chronic mental disorders, HIV-positive and undocumented migrants – be it as a volunteer, nurse, psychosocial or community counsellor, team manager or Board member. After coordinating the domestic projects of Doctors of the World Belgium, he currently coordinates European advocacy for the International Network of Doctors of the World.
Myrthe van Middle studied nursing and medical anthropology (graduated in 2008) in Amsterdam. She started working at a psychiatric hospital and a shelter for asylum seekers. Here she first experienced the barriers migrants face when trying to access the Dutch health system. She decided to focus on migrant health care. Currently, she works for Médecins du Monde in the Netherlands, organising migrant information and mediation sessions which are held by (medical) volunteers. She also coordinates a partnership with Amnesty International and LOS foundation, aimed on mapping and advocating for improvements in access to health care in immigrant detention centres.
VENRO is the German Platform for 120 NGOs in the fields of Development and Humanitarian Aid. Bodo von Borries is covering the areas of humanitarian aid, crisis prevention and global health. He holds a master of political science (Hamburg University). Previous engagements as regional coordinator South America for terres des hommes, based in Bolivia, member of the Working Group on Development and Peace (FriEnt), supporting the installment of German Civil Peace Service, coordinator Latin America for human rights (Diakonia), with Peace Brigades International (PBI) in Colombia and in Guatemala doing protective accompaniment for refugees, IDPs and Human Rights Defenders.
Vera von Kalckreuth is working at the International Vaccine Institute (IVI). As a medical doctor and public health professional she is responsible for medical and humanitarian aspects of several surveillance and immunization projects in African countries, India and North Korea. Prior to her work at IVI, Vera worked for several years as a physician specializing in internal and tropical medicine at the University Medical Center of Hamburg, Germany. Vera graduated in Medicine (University of Hamburg) and in ‘Public Health in Developing Countries' (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).
Ulrike von Pilar is currently working as Head of the Humanitarian Issues Team for Médecins Sans Frontières/Ärzte ohne Grenzen (MSF) in Berlin. After a doctorate in mathematics she lectured at universities in Tübingen, Brussels and Hong Kong, before going on to work with UNHCR in 1988. She has been founding president and executive director of MSF in Germany, and has now worked for more than 20 years for the organisation.
Florian Westphal was born in 1966 in Hamburg, Germany. He holds a Masters Degree in International Policy from the University of Bristol and worked as a radio journalist and editor from 1992 – 1999 at the BBC World Service and Swiss Radio International.
Florian Westphal started working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1999 in various countries such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Kenya. He subsequently served as the ICRC´s Head of Media and, from 2010 to 2014, as the Deputy Director for Communication and Information Management.
Florian Westphal joined Médecins Sans Frontières/Ärzte ohne Grenzen as General Director in June 2014. He is based in Berlin, Germany.
Andreas Wigger was born in 1956 in Switzerland. He holds a MA in Theology and a MSc in Development Management.
Since 1985, he has worked as a Delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He was posted in Israel and the occupied / autonomous Palestinian territories, in Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and has visited prisoners of war, civilian internees and other persons deprived of freedom in most of the countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia. He has also carried out and supervised Protection activities of civilians in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and South Asia. From 2008 to 2014 he was Head of Central Tracing Agency and Protection Division at the ICRC Headquarters in Geneva.
Alfredo Zamudio is the director of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) in Geneva, the world’s global leader in the monitoring and analysis of internal displacement worldwide.
Alfredo holds a Master’s in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Alfredo previously worked as a humanitarian aid worker in complex emergencies with missions to Darfur, Timor-Leste, Colombia with the Norwegian Refugee Council, UNHCR, the Red Cross and others. He has engaged with human rights related issues in a variety of contexts since 1982.
In 2010 Alfredo was awarded the Order of Timor-Leste by the Timorese president Jose Ramos Horta, for excellency in humanitarian aid. In 2012 he was appointed by the Norwegian Leadership Foundation as one of the top 10 most important role models with a migration background in Norway.