Speakers & Chair
Vilde Aagenes studied Development Studies and Social Economics at the University of Oslo from 2005; worked in Eritrea with the UNFPA on maternal health in 2008; worked in Geneva with the Norwegian Mission to the WTO in 2009 and graduated with a distinction from an Masters of Arts in International Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London in 2011. She has been working with Marie Stopes International since 2011. first for the International Programmes Department providing support to programmes in Latin America and West Africa and currently for improving Marie Stopes International’s Management Information Systems globally.
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, IFPO, 2007; In the Eyes of Others. How People in Crises Perceive Humanitarian Aid, ed. C. Abu-Sada, NYU Center on International Cooperation, Humanitarian Outcomes, MSF, New York, 2012; Le développement, une affaire d'ONG? Associations, Etats et Bailleurs dans le monde arabe, Karthala-IREMAM-IFPO, Paris, 2011. 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.
Jörg Armbruster is a German TV journalist and author. From 2005 he moderated the reputable foreign news show WELTSPIEGEL. In addition, he was the Middle East correspondent for the first German TV channel ARD. Based in Cairo, he covered the recent political events in Libya, Egypt and Syria and has established himself as an expert on regional issues. He has recently published a book on the role of the youth in the ‘Arab Spring’. His latest book on the Middle East has just been released. He has been awarded with the Leipziger Media Price and the Hanns-Joachim-Friedrichs-Price for excellence in TV journalism
Tammam Aloudat is a medical doctor and public health expert in emergencies and conflicts with a long experience with the Red Cross Red Crescent and MSF. He has joined MSF (MSF OCA) as the head for the public health department after ten years of working in the field and HQ on emergencies in more than 45 countries. He has a medical degree from the University of Damascus and a Masters ni Public Health in Developing Countries from LSHTM and has produced and published multiple works on disaster interventions and epidemic control. He now leads the Public Health Department in MSF OCA which includes the medical experts and specialists that run and support MSF’s medical interventions in more than 60 projects in 25 countries.
Tarak Bach Baouab is a French-Tunisian humanitarian worker since 2003. He has undertaken numerous field missions in conflict and disaster settings, including the Palestinian territories, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, Haiti, Yemen, Ethiopia, Niger, and the Sudan. Formally trained in econometrics and in social sciences, he has managed large budgets and multicultural teams in unstable contexts and challenging security environments after acquiring early operartional experience in emergency logistics. His expertise lies in the greater Middle East area and in advocacy. Since 2011, he has integrated the Humanitarian Affairs team of the MSF office in Amsterdam where he provides strategic advice to the Operations team and to field managers. He writes on a wide range of thematic, including reflective work on current humanitarian debates.
Theresa Bauer-Hoheisel is a Medical Doctor, specializing in psychiatry and psychotherapy. During her studies she has worked at the Operational Unit with MSF-Germany for more than 5 years. She has completed her Doctoral thesis at the institute of social me medicine and epidemiology at the Charité University of Berlin. Volunteering in Zambia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Morocco, Dr. Bauer-Hoheisel worked in the field of mental health services as well as in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Most recently she interned with the unit of Sexual Health, Gender, Reproductive Rights and Adolescence (GRR) in the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR). She completed a postgraduate fellowship in the section of Health Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Currently she is working as a MD at the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland.
Joe Belliveau is Senior Program Manager for Humanitarian Access at Conflict Dynamics International. Joe has extensive experience managing humanitarian operations with Medecins Sans Frontieres over the past 13 years. As Operations Manager from 2007-2013, Joe’s portfolio of missions included amongst others Somalia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Iraq and Nigeria. He has a Masters in International Relations and is currently pursuing a PhD on humanitarian aid politicization. Joe’s work with Conflict Dynamics International is focused on developing resources and expertise to assist humanitarian practitioners in gaining or improving access particularly in conflict settings.
Mohamed Boukry is a former Senior official of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with over 30 years of experience in Middle East and North Africa, South west Asia , Europe and Africa. He was principally involved in Diplomatic/multilateral affairs, focusing on Humanitarian issues and human rights in practice, Management of Humanitarian emergencies and crises as wellas Policy formulation and Management. Prior to joining UNHCR he worked in human rights and journalism . He graduated from the University of Casablanca and the University of Paris II Panthéon.
Claire Boulanger is a consultant in project evaluation and social audits on humanitarian accountability for national and international non-profit organizations. After graduating from Sciences Po in Paris and studying European Affairs at the Freie Universität in Berlin, she served as the head of mission for MdM in Croatia and Bosnia during and after the Balkan war. She collected over 130 testimonies from refugees that were handed over to the International Tribunal and published in a book (“L’Enfer yougoslave”). Her experience in managing complex humanitarian operations and project evaluation includes post genocide Rwanda and Zaire (DRC), Liberia, Haiti, Tunisia, central Europe and Russia. As a Director in the main social housing company in France, she created and managed a mediation service in disadvantaged urban areas, supported grassroots projects in multicultural environments, and participatory approaches in major urban renewal programs. She has served 6 years on the Board of MdM France and is currently a board member of Médecins du Monde USA – Doctors of the World and Ärzte der Welt (MdM Germany). She works in French, English and Spanish.
Berthold Bös is a German Development Expert, with more than 20 years of extended experiences in the management of complex emergency and refugee programs, implemented by GIZ, mostly in Africa. Actually based in Haiti, where he is coordinating an important rehabilitation and reconstruction program after the earthquake, he led a team, which established a partnership program between the UNHCR and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation (BMZ), implemented by GIZ in 13 countries. This partnership covered activities in the field of Care and Maintenance for refugees, complex regional Repatriation programs, wide range of Reintegration activities, Rehabilitation of infrastructure, Logistics, etc.
For years Jan Brommundt has worked with MSF and MdM in the field and now shares his expertise as member of the board of MdM Germany. He is the team leader of cardiac anesthesiology at Groningen University Hospital where he lives with his wife and two children. His special interests are safety and quality of field anesthesia, the management, motivation and integration of teams and change management. Jan holds a degree in health economy and is medical director of MELONET, an international repatriation organisation. In his spare time he runs half marathons.
Shoaib Burq has degrees in Computer Science and Geomatic Engineering from the University of Melbourne. He has been in the Spatial Information Science industry for over 7 years and has worked in the Australian public and private sector as a Geospatial expert. He also serves as a coordinator with the MAPS Group (http://maps-group.org) where he has lead teams of Geospatial experts in disaster response. He is also a founding board member of the OpenSource Geospatial Foundation's Australian - New Zealand Chapter. He has been invited to present on the topic of mapping and emerging technologies by a number of government and private companies including: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Geosceince Australia, Australian Bureau of Rural Science, Emergency Service Authority and O'Reilly Media.
Lilie Chouliaraki is Professor of Media and Communications at London School of Economics (LSE). She has published extensively on suffering in the news, on war and conflict reporting and on humanitarian communication from the perspectives of Social Semiotics and Critical Discourse Analysis. Relevant book publications include The Spectatorship of Suffering (Sage, 2006), The Soft Power of War (ed, Benjamins, 2007),The Humanitarian Imaginary (Polity, 2010) and The Ironic Spectator. Solidarity in the Age of Post-humanitarianism (Polity, 2O13)
Jennifer Cohn, MD MPH, is the medical coordinator of MSF’s Access Campaign, based in Geneva. She has worked with MSF on HIV policy and medical support in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. She is also an assistant professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and has provided clinical care to people living with HIV, HCV and TB in the US and Kenya for the past 6 years. She has experience in conducting operational research and served as the PI on two recent operational research projects focused on HIV care in Kenya. She is published in peer-reviewed journals including Science, the Lancet and JAIDS. Jennifer received her MD at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and her MPH at Johns Hopkins University.
Lauren Cooney is a registered nurse, with a Masters in Public Health and tropical medicine. She started working in the medical –humanitarian world in 1999, with Merlin and with MSF since 2003. She worked in multiple contexts including Liberia, DRC, Ivory Cost, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, PNG, Myanmar and many more. In 2006, she started working with the Emergency Desk of MSF OCA and it was in this role as an emergency Manager that she became involved with the emergency response to the lead poisoning outbreak in Zamfara State, Nigeria. Since 2013, she is Operational Manager with a portfolio of countries including Nigeria, Yemen Myanmar and Ethiopia.
Jean-Francois Corty is a medical doctor, graduate in political science, and he has been in charge of Doctors of the World France’s Domestic programs since 2009. In 1998 he volunteered as a doctor for Doctors of the World delegation in Toulouse, before working for Doctors without Borders first as a field doctor (in Eritrea, Liberia, Afghanistan, Niger), then as a head of mission (Niger, Iran) and finally as a program officer in their headquarters. He has been a lecturer for the Political Science University in Toulouse since 2009.
Yves Daccord, born in 1964, holds a degree in political science. After a first career as a journalist and television producer, he joined the ICRC in 1992 and worked in Israel and the occupied territories, Sudan, Yemen, Chechnya and Georgia. He was appointed Head of the Communication Division in 1998 and then Director of Communication in 2002, a post he held until his appointment as ICRC Director-General in 2010.
Leigh Daynes is Executive Director of Doctors of the World UK, part of international Médecins du Monde network. 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 extensive field experience, 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. He has also worked in advocacy and communications roles with refugees and asylum seekers, and on young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, in the UK. Leigh is the former Chair of the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network. He has collaborated with the LSE and Birkbeck on a research project to understand the public’s response to communications from aid and development organisations.
Thang DAO, a physicist by training, found his way to Healthcare IS, when he joined Geneva University Hospitals as C.I.O. He later took the leading role in the feasibility study of an electronic patient record system, paving the way for the Swiss pilots taking place today. He joined MSF as Information Systems Director and is helping revamp the way medical data is collected so information is fed back to the field on short notice and a consistent way. He believes Big data is the next frontier for Humanitarian, when data can be sifted through, be it text messages of local habitants, or articles of regional press, or maps of disaster stricken regions, put in context and set in motion to show trends and places where humanitarian assistance would be needed, to alleviate poor or late responses. He is a volunteer of the Standby Task Force, which helps local support organizations through Crisis mapping.
Frank Dörner has been general director of MSF in Germany, based in Berlin, since May 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 1998 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.
Marc DuBois took over as executive director of Médicines Sans Frontiéres UK in March 2008, following six years in MSF's Dutch headquarters working in support of witnessing and advocacy activities. Also with MSF, he spent a year based in Khartoum and another in Angola. As an undergraduate, Marc studied philosophy, then spent two and a half years as a rural development worker in Burkina Faso. He then studied development and finally obtained a law degree. After a short career providing free legal assistance to the victims of housing discrimination in New Orleans, he decided to return to international work.
Isabelle Eshraghi, born in Iran in 1964, of a French mother and an Iranian father, produced a lot of photo coverage for international and French magazines notably for report in the Middle East and Arab countries; most of her work is on women issue. She participated in many exhibitions in France and abroad. She’s also involved as a photographer with NGO for Doctors of the World France, Action against Hunger, Amnesty International in Afghanistan, Mali, Niger, Russia, Mongolia, Bosnia.The work of Isabelle Eshraghi is distributed by Vu’ Agency in Paris. Her website: isabelleeshraghi.com
Jose Javier Sánchez Espinosa has been leading the Spanish Red Cross’ programmes to support persons and families affected by the current economic crisis, since October 2012. He is also Head of the Migration Department since September 2009. His humanitarian career started in Angola in 1996, at the time working for Action against Hunger. Once he joined the Spanish Red Cross in 1999, held the position of Country Delegate in Guinea Bissau for one year, Head of Delegation in Mozambique for three years and in Serbia & Montenegro/Kosovo for another two years. In 2005, Mr. Sanchez took on the position of Head of International Cooperation of the Spanish Red Cross in Africa, which he left to lead the Migration Department. He holds a Degree in Management Engineering from the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering of Madrid and Master’s Degree in Management in Non-Governmental Organizations from ESADE Business School.
Marc Gastellu-Etchegorry is a medical epidemiologist. After working in a French rural hospital, he worked during 16 years with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) both in the field and at the Paris headquarters as Deputy Director of Operations and Medical Director. In all these positions, he was actively involved in the field of infectious diseases. After MSF, he joined the French administration as a public health doctor and later the Neglected Tropical Diseases Department at WHO. He then worked in the French Health Surveillance Institute (InVS) as Director of the International and Tropical Diseases Department which is charge of the international epidemic intelligence (detection of the international threats). He returned to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in September 2012 to work as International Medical Secretary with the five MSF operational centres
Cynthia de Carvalho Fischer is a 4th year medical student at Charité Medical University in Berlin, Germany. Due to a binational background and international upbringing, the challenges of developmental politics and humanitarian medical care have always been of particular interest to her.
Pierre Gentile is heading the project “Health Care in Danger” at ICRC’s headquarter in Geneva, since December 2012. From 2007 to 2012, he worked as the head of the Protection of the Civilian Population Unit, at ICRC’s headquarter. 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. Since 2009, Mr. Gentile has participated in annual meetings of policy affiliates for the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford, Great Britain.He holds an undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Geneva.
Sibylle Gerstl studied biology in Rome and Tübingen 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.
Lily Gardener is currently studying a Master's in International Humanitarian Action at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. She most recently worked with Oxfam Australia as the Campaign and Engagement Coordinator for Victoria and Tasmania. Lily has interned with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in New York where she focused on disarmament from a gender perspective. Prior to this she worked on Australian National Health Reform for the Department of Health (Victorian state government). She has a passion for gender justice, health, education and disarmament.
Ronald Guzmán is from Venezuelan and studied International Politics in Caracas. After completing his studies in 2009, he worked in the corporate sector in Venezuela and Tunisia. In 2011, he had the opportunity to work for the first time in the development sector when he joined a humanitarian project in Pakistan (Sindh Province) for flood affected, where he worked as a Coordinator Assistant for a UNHCR-funded project on Human Rights Protection. Currently, he is doing a master degree in International Humanitarian Action at RUB Bochum.
Christiane Haas is a medical doctor with a specialization in internal medicine and infectious diseases and holds a Master Degree in International health from the University of Basel. After 10 years of clinical experience in hospitals in Germany she decided to shift her career to international health and has since then worked in technical advisory and coordination functions for nongovernmental organizations, the un-System and the red Cross/ red Crescent Movement in her home country and abroad.
Sean Healy is presently a humanitarian adviser for MSF UK, based in Melbourne, Australia. Originally a journalist and with an academic background in international political economy, he joined MSF in 2002 as a press officer, working in Sydney and then for MSF's Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines in Geneva. A period of managing humanitarian operations in the field then followed, as a project coordinator in Burundi, Kashmir and Balochistan, a head of mission in Lao PDR and a desk officer for the Red Cross's programs in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. Since 2011, he has worked as a humanitarian adviser for MSF, conducting research, analysis and advocacy into humanitarian crises, especially in situations of conflict such as the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as in authoritarian regimes such as Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. He is presently working on a review of the humanitarian system's response to emergencies, focusing on case studies in South Sudan, eastern DRC and the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan.
Lukas Helbig is a 5th year Medical student at Charité Medical University of Berlin. He went to school in Dresden (Germany) and Ferris, Texas (USA). He graduated from secondary school in 2008 and after a year of development volunteer service in China he starts his Medical studies in Berlin 2009.The past year he attended Cerrahpaşa – Medical Faculty of Istanbul University (Turkey) within the ERASMUS-Program. During and due to his stays abroad he developed a broad interest for other cultures, as well their health systems.
Nina Holzhauer works for the non-profit organisation Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) as coordinator for policy and development. She coordinates advocacy activities in Berlin and Brussels for DNDi in collaboration with several other civil society organisations. From time to time she also supports the team of the Human Resources Department of Ärzte ohne Grenzen/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Previously she worked for MSF as HR coordinator in Zimbabwe, Sudan and Nigeria and in the headquarters in Berlin for more than seven years. She holds a diploma in public administration with a focus on international relations from the University of Potsdam and is currently studying HR management and development at the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester.
Stephen Hopgood is Reader in International Relations and co-Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice (CCRJ) at SOAS, University of London. From 2009-2012, he held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship which culminated in the book, The Endtimes of Human Rights (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013). This follows on from his ethnography of Amnesty International, Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006), which won the American Political Science Association Best Book in Human Rights Award in 2007. His other publications include 'Saying 'No' to Wal-Mart: Money and Morality in Professional Humanitarianism,' in Michael Barnett and Thomas G Weiss (eds.) Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, Ethics (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008) and (with L. Vinjamuri), 'Faith in Markets', in M. Barnett and J. Stein (eds.) Sacred Aid: Faith and Humanitarianism (New York: OUP, 2012).
Olaf Horstick is a consultant in Public Health Medicine, as a Medical Doctor, 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 (primary care development, health sector reform, programme management, communicable disease control, for single diseases, expertise in: Chagas, dengue, HIV and AIDS, influenza and malaria) as well as clinical medicine. Postgraduate academic training as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, London, United Kingdom, as a Doctor of Tropical Medicine (University of Heidelberg, Germany), as well as a Master's of PublicHealth and a Master's of Science in Public Health in Developing Countries.He is currently Co-Director of the Teaching Unit at the Institute of Public Health (formerly Department of Tropical Medicine) at the University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany.
Jane Hutt works for an international organisation carrying out research, data entry and analysis on attacks against aid workers. Her research interests are in global health and security. She is lead author on a paper about the links between insecurity and healthcare during armed conflict, which she will be presenting during the Scientific Session of the 15th Humanitarian Congress in Berlin. She has an MA in International Relations from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, University of London and a BA in History from Queen Mary College, University of London. She has carried out research for an NGO in South India that works to enable vulnerable members of rural communities to support their livelihood and has volunteered as a teaching assistant in Kenya. Prior to studying at King’s College London, she worked in social care as a support worker in homeless hostels in London.
Ernesto Jaramillo is a Colombian medical Doctor, working as the drug-resistance policy task manager at the global TB Programme for the World Health Organisation. He has devoted his entire professional career to TB care, which began at dispensary level in slums of his country in clinical and programmatic management of TB and MDR-TB and continued with social science research in TB. Global Policy on MDR-TB prevention, care and control have been at the centre of his research in the last fifteen years; twelve of them at WHO Global TB Programme.
Roland Kersten is a medical doctor specialised in Anaesthesiology and Emergency Medicine with an additional master's degree in International Health. He has worked in different humanitarian aid projects in Africa and Asia and was engaged in developing and adjusting evaluation tools for hospitals in low-income countries. Currently he is employed as Medical Quality Coordinator with MSF, while continuing to work as Emergency Physician.
Stefan Kienberger is currently senior researcher and project manager at the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg (Austria). He is involved in several international (EC, UN) and national funded research projects. His research interests lie in GIScience particularly in spatial analysis, integrated spatial indicators, Earth Observation, geovisualisation and Participatory GIS. Application domains include next to the focus on disaster risk reduction, climate change, health, GMES and development topics. Expertise on these topics he gained from research in Southern and Eastern Africa, South Asia and Central Europe. He gained his Master in Environmental System Sciences – Geography from the University of Graz, Austria and Macquarie University, Australia. His PhD research in Geography at the University of Salzburg focussed on the spatial assessment of vulnerability to hazards at the district/community level in rural Mozambique.
Hannes Kleindienst has studied Geography and Remote Sensing in Munich, with special focus on numerical simulation models and flood prediction in small alpine catchments. He finished his PhD in the year 2000 at the University of Berne, Switzerland, developing simulation models for snowmelt runoff estimation based on satellite data and weather forecasts.
After three years working as head of the Geoinformatics Department for Gruner AG, a large consulting company in Basel, Switzerland, he went to Innsbruck, Austria, where he founded the company GRID-IT Applied Geoinformatics GmbH. Since 2004, Dr. Hannes Kleindienst is managing director of GRID-IT, a company focusing on earth observation based on satellite data as well as unmanned aircrafts. Since a few years, the application and development of unmanned aircrafts for earth monitoring purposes is becoming a core business of GRID-IT (http://www.grid-it.at).
Tom Koenigs is Chairman of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid in the German Parliament. He was Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Kosovo between 1999 and 2002. From 2002 to 2004 Tom Koenigs was UN Special Representative in Guatemala and from 2006 to 2007 in Afghanistan. Moreover, he was Human Rights Envoy of the Federal Government of Germany for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2005. Tom Koenigs is Member of the Green Party and Member of the Board of UNICEF Deutschland.
Corinna Kreidler has worked in humanitarian aid for close to 20 years. After studying political science she worked for a governmental agency (GTZ), a non-governmental agency (Welthungerhilfe) and a donor agency (ECHO). Her duty stations included Mozambique, Angola, Burundi, Liberia, Darfur/Sudan and DRC. She is currently the Deputy Director of the International Programmes Department of the Norwegian Refugee Council in Oslo.
Julia Krikorian has a double Master Degree in Sociology and Humanitarian Aid Management and worked as a volunteer or salaried person in various NGO in France and Russia in the field of Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid. In Russia, she worked three years as General Coordinator for “Médecins du Monde” and managed long-term projects in Chechnya, Moscow and Far North regions of Russia. Since 2013 she facilitates a working-group on Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia for “Médecins du Monde” in Paris.
Anna Kuehne has been part of the Medibuero in Hamburg, Leipzig and Berlin and is involved in increasing awareness of barriers to health care for migrants, lobbying for access to care and organizing health care for undocumented migrants since 2005. Anna Kuehne is a physician and holds a masters degree in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has been working in intensive care at the University Hospital in Leipzig before she left the clinical setting to work in epidemiology. She is about to complete her medical doctorate on health of undocumented migrants at the University of Hamburg and currently works in infectious disease epidemiology at the Robert-Koch-Institute in Berlin.
Stefan Lang is a geographer, GIS and remote-sensing specialist and ecologist by training, who gained his PhD in 2005. Since 2006, he has been research coordinator at the Centre for Geoinformatics (Z_GIS), Salzburg University. From 2007-8 he held a one-year professorship at the Technical University of Berlin, in the Department of Geoinformation Processing for Landscape and Environmental Planning. Active in the fields of object-based image analysis, knowledge representation, geospatial analysis and satellite-based monitoring, he plays key scientific roles in internationally funded research projects and other collaborative R&D activities. He has developed, with his team, dedicated geospatial tools for humanitarian relief support and conducted a series of GI-related trainings and consulting activities in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Alex Leveringhaus trained as a political Philosopher at the London School of Economic and Political science. He is interested in just war theory and the normative foundation of human rights, as well as the relevance of political theory for humanitarian ethics and vice versa. Alex’s PhD thesis looked at liberal interventionism and theories of humanitarian intervention. Since then, his research has shifted. Currently, Alex works on a post-doctoral research project hosted by Oxford University in cooperation with TU Delft on the ethical implications of new technologies, such as unmanned vehicle and autonomous/automated weapons systems, as well as their potential humanitarian implications.
Jemilah Mahmood is a medical professional and founder of MERCY Malaysia. Currently, she is a Senior Fellow at Khazanah Nasional Berhad in Malaysia and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Futures Programme, King's College, London, focusing on private sector roles in disaster management. Dr Mahmood was the Chief of Humanitarian Response at the United Nations Population Fund in New York from 2009-2011. She is an active member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team. She sits on many international boards, e.g. the board of Humanitarian Accountability Partnership in Geneva. She is a Council member of the Overseas Development Institute UK and Chairs the Humanitarian Innovation Fund grants panel UK. For her work in humanitarian and peace building, she has been conferred numerous awards including four royal awards in Malaysia, the East Asia Women’s Peace Award from Philippines and the prestigious “Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award” from USA. In May 2013, she was the inaugural winner of the prestigious Isa Award for Services to Humanity from the Kingdom of Bahrain for her contribution in humanitarian, development, disaster risk reduction, education and poverty alleviation. She is featured in many international studies on leadership both in the business and humanitarian sector.
Amanda McClelland, is a Registered Nurse from Australia with Master in Public and Health and Tropical Medicine. She has been working international for the last 8 years in a variety of emergency contexts including Indonesia, Somalia, Uganda, DRC, Ethiopia, Nepal, Liberia and Niger among others. The focus of her work has been primarily disease prevention in emergency contexts with an emphasis on multi-sectorial approach for health outcomes. She has implemented shelter projects, mobile cash initiatives and large scale integrated food security and public health programs. The need for data in this type of programming has driven her interest in technology, and within her current role as the emergency health advisor for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent she is working on innovative solutions for data collection , data analyses and e- learning to guide future Emergency Public Health response.
Dennis McNamara has been senior Humanitarian Adviser at the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. Previously he was Special Adviser for the UN Emergency Relief Coordination, and director of the Inter-Agency Division on Displacement in OCHA from 2004. Prior to this he was Inspector General of UNHCR for two years and from June to August 2003 he also acted as Special Envoy to Iraq. Mr. McNamara was Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (and deputy transitional Administrator) in east Timor in 2001/2 and before that he was UN special Coordinator in OCHA on Internal Displacement. In June 1999, he was appointed UN Assistant Secretary-General and deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo, heading the UNMIK’s Humanitarian Component. Mr. McNamara also served as UNHCR’s special Envoy to the former Yugoslavia from April 1999 until 2000. Previously, he had served as Director of the Human Rights Component of the UNTAC mission in Cambodia (1992-3)
John Mitchell has been Director of ALNAP since 2002 and is a well- known thought leader and keynote speaker. John has an academic background in anthropology and nutrition and began his career with the UK Department for International Development and the UN World Food Programme in Ethiopia 1984-86, where he worked as a food monitor. He also worked as Senior Humanitarian Advisor at the British Red Cross for several years. John has been centrally involved in many humanitarian initiatives including the development of therapeutic emergency foods for Oxfam in the 1980s; the design of food security monitoring systems for ActionAid in the early 90’s; setting up the Humanitarian Ombudsman Project in 1998; managing the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition (TEC) Synthesis Report in 2005; and more recently establishing the ALNAP State of the Humanitarian System Report. John has published widely on many issues and is a long standing member of the Humanitarian Policy Advisory Group at the Overseas Development Institute.
Michael Mosselmans is Head of Humanitarian Programme Policy, Practice and Advocacy at Christian Aid in London. Before that Michael was a senior emergency preparedness adviser at the World Food Programme (2012-2013); coordinator of the joint WFP/UN System Influenza Coordination/USAID ‘Towards a Safer World’ whole-of-society preparedness initiative (2010-2012); Chief of the Pandemic Influenza Coordination team at OCHA (2006-2010); Head of Conflict Humanitarian and Security Department at DFID (2002-2006); and Head of United Nations and Commonwealth Department in DFID(1999-2002).
Daniel Mouqué serves as Humanitarian Affairs Officer with United Nations OCHA and Syria Analyst with the Office of the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria in Amman. Deployments since 2005 as Emergency Coordinator for MSF included stays in conflict and post-conflict contexts of Sub-Saharan -, Central Africa, Colombia, and most recently in Lebanon. Previous professional commitments included the position as policy adviser to the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and special adviser to a Transitional Justice programme of the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) in Colombia, advising the Colombian General Prosecuters office on operational aspects of the legal prosecution of paramilitary forces.
James Mwangi has worked for the Kenya Red Cross coordinating Health in Emergencies within Kenya. These include the 2007/2008 conflict which followed disputed General Elections Outcome (Popularly known as Post Election Violence) which saw over 600,000 people displaced across the country. He also coordinated humanitarian relief operation during the 2010/2011 drought in Turkana County. (This drought affected the larger Horn of Africa). In addition, he supported setting up of the KRCS refugee programme in Dadaab in late 2011 as the focal point for Health and Nutrition. Furthermore he has been involved in other small scale emergencies in Kenya, including floods, civil unrests, fires and Epidemics control
Jeddy Namfua is based in UNHCR’s Geneva headquarters from where he supports the organization’s flagship operation in Kenya and in neighbouring Uganda. His passions are history, culture, current affairs and water sports. He can be reached at .
Leonardo Palumbo is the Policy Coordinator for EU Affairs of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), a nongovernmental organisation committed to bringing about change to national and EU policy that impacts on health, social justice and equity. Leonardo leads EPHA`s work on innovation p, emerging social and technological changes, rethinking economic governance, measuring societal process and EU stakeholder dialogue with civil society and citizens` groups. Within this context, he has helped build relationships with health NGOs and the OECD, World Bank, the IMF,DG EC FIN, and the Secretariat General of the European Commission. Leonardo has a MA in Migration Studies from the University of Kent. Before joining EPHA he worked in a refugee centre as a Case Worker and in communications for a network of NGOs working on the rights of undocumented migrants. He has a strong interest in migration, human rights, providing services to marginalised groups and promoting new models of care an innovation. Leonardo is a Italian and American citizen, and speaks French, Italian, and English, his mother tongue.
Andreas Papp is presently the Delegate & Program Director of 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. After his first assignment, he continued to coordinate missions mainly in complex emergency settings, such as Sudan, South Sudan, Lebanon, Iraq and Somalia on project or country level.
Manon Pigeolet is a 6th year medical student from Antwerp, Belgium with a very big interest in Global health. Her love for Africa started when she was 17 and my mother enrolled her in a project in The Gambia to help build a school there. She went back 3 times to the same school, and eventually started to volunteer in the local health post. After this trip, most of her holidays, summer or winter were filled with voluntary internships and volunteer projects around Africa. She has done HIV/AIDS prevention in rural Togo, an internship at a maternity ward in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi, Kenya. In Uganda she travelled to the North to volunteer in NUMAT. Currently she is active in the IFMSA network, where she works on the national and international level on several public health projects. She is also part of the international team to support public health projects and advocacy around the globe.
Ulrike von Pilar is currently working as humanitarian advisor 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 the UNHCR in 1987. She has been founding president and executive director of MSF in Germany, and has now worked for more than 20 years for the organisation.
Debbie Price has been working for MSF since 1998. Her field experience includes postings as Medical Coordinator in the D.R.Congo, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Sudan (Darfur) and Haiti. She also served as coach to first-time medical coordinators and conducted Programme evaluations in Cambodia and Russian Federations (North Caucasus). Debbie is a certified Nurse-midwife whose highest degree is a Doctor in Public Health. Her academic work has been in reproductive health in emergency settings. She is now based in MSF’s Amsterdam office where she serves as Reproductive Health Specialist Advisor for thirteen missions and Coordinator of Medical Specialists for fourteen staff members.
Andrea Pontiroli is the representative to the European Union for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Brussels, where he is also leading the dialogue between MSF and NATO. He worked for MSF as head of media relations in Italy and as emergency communications officer in various MSF missions (Niger, DRC, Haiti, Uganda). He previously worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Rwanda and Burundi. Andrea Pontiroli holds a Degree in Management of the International Institutions from Bocconi University in Milan and a MSc International Relations from the London School of Economics in London.
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 has held different field positions with the IFRC since 2006, in Latin America, the Caribbean and Middle East. He was the field coordinator of the emergency health response of the International Federation of Red Cross after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Mr Saaristo is a frequent lecturer in trainings for National Red Cross Societies’ emergency health staff and public health students in various universities, and gives regularly presentations in global events.
Christiane Schlecht Joined the German Red Cross as Finance Delegate in July 2010. She spend two years in Haiti and nine months in Kenya/ Somaliland. Currently, she is employed as ‘Flying’ Finance Delegate for the German Red Cross. Christiane Schlecht holds a Master’s degree in Management in Nonprofit Organisations – Majoring in Change and Finance Management. Previously, she also worked in Nicaragua and Guatemala for different smaller NGOs
Gilbert Schönfelder MD, Full Professor for Experimental Toxicology and Alternatives to Animal Experiments at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. He is a specialist in pharmacology and toxicology, as well as in clinical pharmacology. He is a well-established expert, and renowned
scientist in the area of Pharmacology and Toxicology. His research focuses on experimental toxicology, the development and validation of alternative methods to animal experiments and reproductive and developmental toxicology. He is the Chairperson of the Hormonal Toxicology Section of the German Endocrinology Society and pharmacological and toxicological expert for national and international institutions, committees and law courts.
Andreas Schultz is a senior medical officer and a specialist in paediatrics, tropical medicine and international public health. He studied medicine in Germany, France and the US. Over the last 11 years, he had various assignments, mostly as the head of programmes, as coordinator or adviser, to tropical countries such as India, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos and Papua New Guinea. He has broad experience in strategic and operational planning, in health projects and programme management. Mr Schultz has maintained his academic links and continues to develop and deliver innovative courses in International and Child Health. Dr. Andreas Schultz is currently country director of Médecins du Monde Germany. He is responsible for projects in international humanitarian aid and development cooperation and has a strong focus on child and maternal health. Dr. Schultz also acts as a board member of several institutions engaged in international health.
Ruby Siddiqui works as an operational epidemiologist in the Manson Unit of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF-UK)-Doctors without Borders. She supports MSF field projects with medical surveillance and monitoring, outbreak investigation, and operational research activities. This includes specific support for infectious and tropical diseases, mental health, and sexual and gender-based violence. She also supports GIS mapping, qualitative research, community-based surveillance and humanitarian affairs issues. she has represented MSF in a number of lectures, publications and blogs. Her previous medical research studies have included leprosy in India and Ethiopia, HIV in South Africa, visceral leishmaniasis in Brazil and polio in Ghana as well as mathematical modelling of hepatitis B vaccination and influenza interventions in the UK.
Darryl Stellmach joined Médecins Sans Frontières-Operational Centre Amsterdam (MSF-OCA) in 2003. In his years with OCA he has worked in logistics, field and capital coordination in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Colombia, Somalia and Pakistan. From October 2010 to December 2011 he was MSF Head of Mission in Nigeria, where his management responsibilities included MSF’s Zamfara Lead Poisoning response. The recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Doctoral Award, he left MSF in 2012 to pursue his doctorate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on our social and cultural responses to disaster and complex emergency; specifically, the social dynamics of how aid professionals define, identify and respond to humanitarian emergency.
Frances Stevenson has been working in the humanitarian Sector for over 20 years with MSF and other international NGOs, coordinating the Humanitarian practice network at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and working as an independent consultant on humanitarian policy and practice. She is now Head of Emergencies at HelpAge international
August Stich MD, MSc Clin.Trop.Med (London),DTMH, was born in 1960. After his medical studies he specialised in internal and tropical medicine. In 1992 he qualified as Master of Science in Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In the last 20 years he had various assignments to tropical countries as medical doctor, health coordinator, advisor or research fellow, among others Zimbabwe, Somalia, Cambodia, Angola and Tanzania. He was member of the Board of the German section of MSF from 1996 to 2000. Today he lives and works in Würzburg, Germany, where he is the Head of the Department of Tropical Medicine of the Medical Mission Hospital since 2004. He is also the chairman of the Medical Mission Institute and Medical Advisor to the German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association. In 2012 he was appointed Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Würzburg. He is currently vice-president of the German Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health. Email:
Sophia Swithern joined Development Initiatives as Global Humanitarian Assistance Programme Leader in September 2013. She has been working on humanitarian issues for 14 years. This includes 10 years at Oxfam where she worked in DRC and Liberia on protection and conflict transformation, as well as in HQ roles as Humanitarian Policy Adviser and Refugee Policy Adviser. Her publications include the protection manual 'Improving the Safety of Civilians' and 'Foreign Territory' on EU asylum. Prior to Oxfam, Sophia worked for UNHCR and she has an European Masters in Human Rights.
Bettina Rademacher is Head of Project Administration and Finance of Ärzte der Welt/ Médecins du Monde (MdM) Germany since 1,5 years. She is responsible for health projects (emergency context) and institutional fundraising within the MdM-network. She studied law at the University of Tuebingen. She gained working experiences as a controller and desk officer in the International Political Cooperation Department of the Political Foundation Friedrich-Naumann in Potsdam (9 years); then she joined the team of the Tropical Institute Department of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich as Head of Project Administration & Finance (3,5 years). She was responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the financial management within several research projects in Mbeya/Tanzania (including field visits for 4 months); she had also several assignment in other research projects like Lusaka, Cape Town and London. Within the last year she did monitoring visits in MdM projects in Pakistan, Togo and Somalia. Mrs. Rademacher has diverse experience in institutional project management abroad within humanitarian, development and research missions.
Rishi Rattan is Advocacy Chair for Physicians for Haiti. Dr. Rattan advises governments of Haiti and its allies on building national water infrastructure in Haiti. He provides technical expertise to the United Nations on its role and responsibility to improve Haiti’s water security in the context of the cholera epidemic. His recommendations have been incorporated into the most recent UN Security Council resolution on the military mission in Haiti and his briefings are being used to revise UN protocols. US Congress has invited him to provide testimony on cholera in Haiti and the US State Department has used his findings to shape their policies and positions on Haiti's water insecurity. His results have been published in various collections and presented internationally. Dr. Rattan has also lectured and taught about global health, humanitarian response, and advocacy at universities across the US. In addition to his advocacy work, he has worked clinically in Haiti since 2007. He is completing his surgical training at Tufts Medical Center.
Nobhojit Roy trained as a Trauma Surgeon in Mumbai, India and the U.K. He also holds an MPH from John Hopkins University. He is a WHO senior expert for setting the standards of surgical skills and competence for mass casualty events, after sudden-onset large scale disasters. As a member of the WHO advisory group on Mass Gatherings, Roy focusses on South Asia. He is a visiting Professor for Public Health at the Jamsetji Tata Centre of Disaster Management, at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, in Mumbai, India and teaches Public Health in Disaster and Conflict to students of the Masters in Disaster Management (2-year course). He has been a member of the task force of the Planning Commission of India, Sub-committee for Disaster preparedness and he is a member of the Ministry of Health committee on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRNe) preparedness. He has served on the board of Directors of the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) since 2009. He is on the editorial boards of the journals; Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Disaster Medicine and Public health Preparedness and Journal of Trauma Management & Outcomes. Since 2004, he has served as the Chief of Surgery at the BARC Hospital (Government of India), which is a secondary and tertiary health care provider to 100,000 people in Mumbai, India. His surgical areas of research publications are preventable trauma deaths, bombing and terrorism-related blast injuries, trauma scoring systems and prehospital care; in resource-poor settings.
Florian Schmitzberger has a Bachelor and Master's degree in Biomedical Informatics from
Stanford University. he is currently studying medicine at the Charité University in Berlin, Germany. For the last five years he has used his experience gained as a combat medic in the Austrian
Military in a number of medical relief missions. He has led or participated in missions to Thailand, Burma, Tanzania, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and Nepal.
Doris Schopper is professor at the medical faculty of the University of Geneva and has been director of the Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) since July 2011. She obtained a medical degree at the University of Geneva (1978), trained as a specialist in internal medicine (1986) and completed a doctorate in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health (1992). Between 1982 and 1990, Doris Schopper spent several years with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the field. She was president of the Swiss branch of MSF from 1991 to 1998 and was twice president of the MSF International Council during this period.
Johan von Schreeb MD, PhD, associate professor is specialized in general surgery and disaster medicine. He has since 1989 been working on a regular basis with MSF, most recently as a surgeon on Haiti 2010. In 1992 he co-founded the Swedish MSF section and was its president until 1999. In 2002 he joined the division of global health at Karolinska Institutet to set up research on humanitarian health care for disaster-affected populations. His research group publishes articles on the burden of disease after disasters and explores evidence for surgical treatments in disaster settings. He has on behalf of the Global Health cluster and WHO co-written “Technical criteria for classification and minimum standards for Foreign Medical Teams (FMTs)” His team also runs courses including the Erasmus Mundus Master course “public health in disasters” and an 8 week preparatory course for MSF volunteers before they go to work in the field. Home page http://ki.se/disastermedicine
Daryl Stellmach is a humanitarian aid worker since 2001, Darryl joined Médecins Sans Frontières-Operational Centre Amsterdam (MSF-OCA) in 2003. In his years with OCA he has worked in logistics, field and capital coordination in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Colombia, Somalia and Pakistan. From October 2010 to December 2011 he was MSF Head of Mission in Nigeria, where his management responsibilities included MSF’s Zamfara Lead Poisoning response. The recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Doctoral Award, he left MSF in 2012 to pursue his doctorate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on our social and cultural responses to disaster and complex emergency; specifically, the social dynamics of how aid professionals define, identify and respond to humanitarian emergency.
Tankred Stöbe is a specialist in internal medicine and currently works in an intensive care unit and in emergency medicine in a Berlin hospital. His first mission with Médecins Sans Frontières took him to Thailand/Myanmar in 2002, followed by missions to Liberia, Indonesia, Palestine, South Sudan and Somalia, amongst others. In 2004, he joined the Médecins Sans Frontières Germany Board of Directors and was elected president in 2007.
Frank Terhorst has been Head of the Disaster Relief Unit of German Red Cross (GRC) for almost two years. He focused his studies of political economics as well social science on the economical and social impacts of HIV/AIDS for developing countries. Later on he worked for more than two years as HIV/AIDS Project Coordinator for German Development Service (ded) in Tanzania. From 2007 until 2011 Terhorst - a trained Mechanic - was employed by MSF as Logistician in several health and nutrition projects in Darfur, Sudan, Central African Republic and Haiti before he became Logistical Coordinator in Chad. Since January 2012 he is based in GRC headquarters, from where he coordinates and supports their health and watsan disaster response.
Peter Tinnemann works with the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, where he has been coordinating since 2007 the project division International Health Sciences. 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 United Kingdom. His professional career includes more than 10 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.
Patrick Vinck is director of the Initiative for Vulnerable Populations at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University, and formerly at the University of California Berkeley, Dr. Vinck is recognized as an expert in the use of mixed methods to gauge the prevalence, characteristics and consequences of large‐scale violence and human rights abuses from an inter‐disciplinary perspective. After several years managing and implementing development projects in low income countries, Vinck started extensive work on measuring prevalence of trauma and exposure to violence in conflict affected societies and its association with perceptions and attitudes about peace, justice and reconstruction. He also works as a regular consultant on vulnerability analysis and food insecurity and serves on several committees including the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also founded and co‐created KoBoToolbox, a project to develop digital data collection methods using smartphones or tablets.
Maja Volland has a degree in political science. She graduated in 2011 at the “Freie Universität Berlin “with a focus on International Political Economy and Development Cooperation. Until September 2013 she worked as a researcher at the chair in International Relations of the “Philipps-Universität Marburg”. Her expertise is the international trading system including its patent-system and its effects on global health. She has published several articles on the European trade policy. Since May 2013 she coordinates the German StopTB Forum. The Forum unites German non-governmental actors in the fight against tuberculosis, trying to raise awareness about the disease as a global health threat among the general public and political decision makers in Germany.
Stefan Voigt, studied physical geography, physics, remote sensing and urban planning at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany, Diploma in 1997; Research Assistant at Bern University, Switzerland 1997-2000, working on near real-time snow cover remote sensing for hydrological applications; PhD; 2000 to present, research team leader/senior researcher at Earth Observation Center of the German Aerospace Center (DLR); coordinator of a large geo-scientific Sino-German research initiative on uncontrolled coal seam fires; contribution to and coordination of many national, European and international research projects on the usage of Earth Observation data for crisis/disaster management, humanitarian relief and civil security matters. He has been the initiator and first coordinator of the DLR Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (DLR/ZKI).
Sabine Wilke works as Media Director for CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg, one of 14 members of CARE International, a leading humanitarian aid organisation. She manages media relations and public outreach on humanitarian and development issues. As part of CARE’s international emergency response team she frequently deploys to humanitarian emergencies to provide support in communications and media management. In this function she has recently worked in Haiti, Dadaab/Kenya and Eastern Congo. Before joining CARE in 2009, she has worked with UNOPS and (then) GTZ in West Africa. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science.
Catherine Woollard has been Executive Director of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) since October 2008. EPLO is the platform of not-for-profit organisations working on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. EPLO brings together over 30 organisations, including NGOs, think-tanks and NGO networks; its objective is to influence the European Union to be more active and more effective at preventing conflict and building peace. Immediately prior to joining EPLO, Catherine worked as a consultant advising on anti-corruption and governance reform. She previously held the positions of Director of Policy, Communications and Comparative Learning at Conciliation Resources, Senior Programme Coordinator (South East Europe/CIS/Turkey) at Transparency International and Europe/Central Asia Programme Coordinator at Minority Rights Group International. She has also worked as a lecturer in political science, teaching and researching on the EU and international politics, and for the UK civil service.