17&18 OCTOBER 2019

XVII. Humanitarian Congress Berlin Speakers

We are pleased to welcome numerous distinguished speakers with diverse experiences and backgrounds at this year's Humanitarian Congress Berlin.

Please see below for details on the confirmed panel disscussants and workshops facilitators.

Curricula Vitae

Fadhumo Musa Afrah is from Somalia and currently in Germany as a refugee. She obtained a Bachelor Degree in Development studies, and studied Community Development and Counselling, as well as Gender Studies. Fadhumo worked in Somalia and in the Dadaab refugee camps in the field of Child Protection with different International humanitarian organisations and local NGOs, including Terre des Hommes, Save the Children, Intersom Relief Aid, Cocop, the Red Cross and Aid vision. Currently, she is working with the Berlin Stadtmission in a refugee camp for recent arrivals. She is also running and supporting different refugee programmes and organising events to bring refugees and non-refugees together, with the aim of networking and connecting them, so that refugees can easily get integrated into the community. Fadhumo is also a motivational speaker, particularly for refugee to refugee empowerment and sharing experience through speeches.


Tammam Aloudat is the Deputy Medical Director of MSF Switzerland. He is medical doctor and public health expert. He has worked for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and for MSF in the field and headquarters directly supporting emergency medical assistance in over 45 countries. Tammam has a medical degree from the University of Damascus and a Masters degree in Public Health in Developing Countries from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has produced and published multiple works on health and medical interventions in emergencies and conflict including on epidemic control, natural disasters, non-communicable diseases, and psychosocial support. In addition to his role in managing the medical department in MSF, he works on issues related to quality of medical care in emergencies, health information systems, and medical ethics in emergencies.


Zedoun Alzoubi is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Union of Medical Relief and Health Care Organizations. His background includes much experience in working with private, government, civil society organisations and regulatory agencies. He has a demonstrated understanding of the Syrian civil society sector portrayal and regulation, and has much exposure to research and research analysis. He helped in the establishment of several Syrian civil society organisations and is currently working with them. He has a Certificate in Quality Management, and a PhD of Management Information Systems.


Helmut K. Anheier is President and Dean as well as Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance. He also holds a chair of Sociology at Heidelberg University. He is currently researching the role of foundations in civil society. Helmut is author of over 300 publications, and he won various international prizes for his scholarship. His most recent publication is the second edition of his textbook Nonprofit Organizations - Theory, Management, Policy (London: Routledge, 2005 and 2014).


Fidel Bafilemba has a long history in human rights and education, as well as an extensive experience as a translator and “fixer” for western media outlets. Fidel speaks 13 languages including French and English. He is a knowledgeable historian of Eastern Congo, and is known for being a well-connected and reliable researcher. Fidel has a passionate devotion for seeing progress in his home country DRC where he’s been galvanizing civil society groups under GATT-RN, a Goma-based consortium of 14 local NGOs, into monitoring conflict-minerals, and advocating for miners’ livelihoods diversification eastern Congo.


After several years working as medical doctor on emergency programmes, Rafik Bedoui is now working as a medical adviser for Doctors of the World France Emergency department. He has been supporting and taking part to the launching of Doctors of the World projects in Syria, Iraq, Cote d'Ivoire, Philippines, Bosnia and others for the past eight years.


Born in 1979, François Berdougo got involved in the fight against the reduction of health inequalities through HIV/AIDS activism. He has been involved, on a voluntary and professional basis, in several organisations: The activist group Act Up-Paris, the fundraising HIV/AIDS society Sidaction, the French Community advisory board on HIV treatment and biomedical research TRT-5. In 2012-2013, he volunteered as 'HIV advocacy advisor' for Doctors of the World France in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Member of the Harm reduction working group, he was elected member of the Board of Doctors of the World France in 2015.


Claire Boulanger is an evaluator, auditor and training facilitator for non-profit organisations, private foundations, and local government. She works with the private sector on corporate social responsibility projects. After graduating from Sciences Po and studying at the Freie Universität, she served as the Head of Mission for Doctors of the World during the Balkan Wars and managed complex humanitarian operations in Rwanda/Zaire, Liberia, Haiti and Russia. As a Humanitarian Accountability Partnership / Core Humanitarian Standard auditor, she conducted audits on quality and accountability for various international NGOs operating in the DRC, Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Burkina Faso and Israel/Palestine. She currently serves on the boards of Doctors of the World Germany and Doctors of the World USA.


After training as carpenter and working in the construction of film-sets and exhibitions Cecilia Braedt studied Architecture and completed her studies with a post-graduate Masters degree in Human Settlements at the Catholic University of Leuven.
She has worked in the field of humanitarian shelter and reconstruction in responses in responses like Sri Lanka post-Tsunami and Haiti post-earthquake before taking over the coordination of the IFRC-Shelter Research Unit in 2012. The IFRC-SRU's mandate is to document and analyse existing shelter practices, to innovate research and development of shelter solutions and to test shelter products to evaluate their performance for use in the field.


Jan Brommundt is a medical doctor and a health economist and leads the cardiac anesthesia team at Groningen University Hospital. He serves as the Medical Director of MELONET, an international repatriation organization.  Jan teaches Medicine at the Rijks Universiteit Groningen (RUG) and Public Health in Humanitarian Action for the international Erasmus Mundus Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). He has worked with MSF and MdM as an anesthesiologist in conflict zones and as a board member for MdM Germany. Jan is interested in crew resource management, human factors, safety and failure culture in high performing teams.


Laurent Bukera of Belgium assumed his position in July 2014 as the Somalia Country Director and Representative for the World Food Programme.  Prior to this assignment, Laurent held a number of senior positions with the World Food Programme including: Chief for Projects Budget and Programming, and Deputy Country Director based in Darfur, Sudan. Mr Bukera holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Financial accounting from the University of Lucien Cooremans and Louvain-la-Neuve. Laurent speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish. He was born in Burundi in 1970. Laurent and his wife Josefa have two children.


Hilde De Clerck is a medical doctor. She started working for MSF in 2006. Long term missions took her to Pakistan, Ivory Coast, Cambodia and Sierra Leone. Hilde has taken on a number of medical and coordinating roles during the Ebola outbreaks in DRC and Uganda, as well as during outbreaks of meningitis, measles and Marburg in India, Burkina Faso and Uganda. As of October 2013 she is Mobile Implementation Officer (Technical Adviser in the field) for Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers for MSF-Belgium. During the latest Ebola outbreak in West-Africa, Hilde worked in the field from March-September 2014, as MD, Medical and General Coordinator for MSF. She continues to do frequent field visits.


Leigh Daynes is Executive Director of Doctors of the World UK. 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. He is a former Trustee of the International Broadcasting Trust (IBT) and Chair of the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network.


Alessandra Diodati is a medical doctor and currently the Health Director for the Italian Red Cross activities in favour of migrants. She has a wide experience in issues related to health and migration, access to health facilities, and organisation of health service for vulnerable people.  She has been the national coordinator of the Praesidium Project, and she is now coordinating the Italian Red Cross project “Ensuring better condition of reception for unaccompanied minors arrived by sea on the Italian coasts”, a project funded by the EU | Ministry of Interior. She is also involved with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in designing  the Response Plan “Meeting the Humanitarian Needs of Vulnerable Migrants”, a worldwide action aiming to enhance the humanitarian response of Red Cross Societies to migration issues along the entire migration route (countries of origin, transit and destination). Recently, she collaborates to organise the support of the IFRC to the Italian RC’s humanitarian initiatives for migrants in reaction to the intense migratory flow in Italy.


Currently an independent Humanitarian Consultant/Researcher/Blogger, Marc DuBois joined MSF in 1999, worked in Sudan and Angola and then spent six years in the Humanitarian Affairs Department of MSF-Holland.  In 2008 Marc took over as Executive Director of MSF-UK, serving until early 2014. Armed with a suburban Philadelphia upbringing and philosophy degree from Yale University (B.A. 1981), Marc took the logical step of moving to rural Burkina Faso as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps, organizing chicken raising and well construction projects.  Marc later obtained an M.A. in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (1988) and then a degree in law from Columbia University in New York (J.D. 1994).  Marc currently blogs at www.humanicontrarian.com and can be found on twitter @humanicontraria


Suzanne Franks was for many years a News and Current Affairs Journalist with BBC Television. She left to found an independent production company for which she made several films about Africa. She is now Professor of Journalism at the City University in London and she also teaches a course there on Humanitarian Communication. Her PhD thesis was on the reporting of the Ethiopian famine in the 1980s and she has published widely on international news coverage and the history of broadcasting. Her recent book is ‘Reporting Disasters: Famine, Aid Politics and the Media.’ (Hurst 2013).


Patricia Kramarz holds a Master in International Health and has more than 20 years of work experience in the field of HIV and Drug Use. She has worked 14 years as a social worker in Germany, mainly in services for people who use drugs, and sex workers.  Since 2007, Patricia works for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as Technical Advisor (Harm Reduction). From 2011 to 2014, she was leading the Harm Reduction Project in Nepal, which supports the Nepalese Government in the implementation and scaling up of a national OST programme. Since July 2014, she supports the project as Technical Advisor from Berlin.


Ute Finckh-Krämer was born on 16 September 1956 in Wiesbaden. She is of protestant faith, married and has two children. She obtained a PhD in mathematics in 1986. In 1972, she became member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) on 17 December 1972 and has been member of the German Bundestag since October 2013. She is on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and is the SPD spokesperson on the Subcommittee on Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Management and Integrated Action. She also holds the position of Deputy Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Disarmament and of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid and is member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.


Wolfgang Friedrich is a trained Architect and has been working for the last 10 years in the field of reconstruction after disaster and conflict. For the past eight years, he has been working for the German Red Cross, currently based in Berlin Headquarters, as Advisor for Shelter and Construction. His experience includes project management in Sri Lanka, Haiti, Pakistan and the Philippines, as well as project development in Indonesia, Iraq, Nepal and Vietnam.


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 Adviser for Malteser International, a worldwide relief organisation. So far, her work took her to more than 10 countries in Africa.


Adrian Goodliffe has been professionally active in humanitarian affairs for the past 15 years of which nearly 10 with the ICRC namely in the African contexts. He is currently in charge of ICRC diplomatic relations overseeing ICRC institutional and diplomatic positioning with African regional entities and international humanitarian organisations active on the continent.


Jan Hagen is an associate professor at ESMT. Jan’s research and teaching focus is on leadership. He is particularly interested in understanding how teams and organisations deal with errors. Apart from journal articles he published the book ‘Confronting Mistakes – Lessons from the Aviation Industry when Dealing with Error’ (Palgrave Macmillan) in 2013. His research received media coverage in outlets like the Financial Times, The Guardian, Forbes, and Sunday Times. Apart from his teaching for executive programmes Jan directs the ESMT open enrolment programme Managing Errors and Crises and organises the ESMT Error Management Conference.


Mo Hamza is Professor of Disaster Risk Management and Vulnerability Studies at The University of Copenhagen, Denmark. An independent consultant with nearly 30 years of experience with international development organisations including: the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, USAID, the UK Department for International Development, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Swedish Red Cross, and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). His primary areas of professional expertise and research work are: Disaster risk and vulnerability reduction, post-disaster recovery, climate change impact and adaptation in fragile and failed states. He is the lead author and editor of the World Disasters Report (2015) ‘Focus on local actors, the key to humanitarian effectiveness’.


After having specialised in International Criminal Law, including her work at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Stefanie Haumer turned to the area of International Humanitarian Law. She works as a legal adviser for the dept. International Law and International Institutions at the German Red Cross since 2009. Her main research areas are current issues of IHL, including specific weapons, as well as various aspects within the fields of Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law and Disaster Laws.


In 1992, Arjan Hehenkamp left for his first mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). His first mission was in Somalia, where he worked as a logistician. This was quickly followed by another two missions: South Sudan and Afghanistan.  In 1995, he joined MSF’s Emergency Team; the team 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 head quarters, 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 Hehenkamp became General Director of MSF Holland.


Katrin Heim graduated in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Glasgow and then studied medicine at the University of Heidelberg. She has been working as a doctor in the department of infectious diseases and pulmonology at the Charité, Berlin since 2010. Katrin was a member of the medical team that treated an Ebola patient in Frankfurt in October 2014. She is one of the MedEvac doctors who have been trained to evacuate infected health care workers with the custom built plane commissioned by the German government. In April 2015 she worked as senior medical officer for the German Red Cross SITTU (Severe Infection Temporary Treatment Unit) in Liberia.


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.


Christof Johnen is the Head of the International Cooperation Department in the German Red Cross. He has domestic and international working experience with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, governmental organizations and German public administration.


Nikitas Kanakis has studied dentistry and has specialized in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Leeds, UK. He holds a Master’s degree of International Medicine-Health Crisis Management from Athens University. He has pioneered in the movement against human trafficking in Greece and has participated in several humanitarian aid missions (Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda, etc). Nikitas is a founding member of the NGO ACT4 PEOPLE and currently serves in the position of Chairman of the Board of the NGO Doctors of the World - Greece.


Kassim Kayira presents BBC Swahili’s popular weekday TV programme, Dira Ya Dunia and Focus on Africa on radio. Kassim also provides analysis on events in the Great Lakes region of Africa. He was born in Uganda and grew up in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. He speaks twelve languages spanning five countries in East Africa’s Great Lakes region. Kassim is an accomplished journalist who joined the BBC in 2005 having previously worked in television news in Rwanda (Rwanda Television, TVR) where his work included covering ‘Africa‘s World War’ in Congo. Kassim reports on world events and has reported directly from conflict zones in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Mali, Niger and South Sudan. In such coverage, Kassim has tackled different subjects including aid, peace processes, post-conflict justice, reconstruction, refugees and displacement among others.


Thorsten Klose-Zuber is Head of the Resilience Unit inside the International Cooperation Department of the German Red Cross. He is responsible for the German Red Cross’ conceptual development regarding shelter and settlement, disaster risk reduction, health, livelihood and climate change adaptation. He studies geography and political science at the Ruhr-University Bochum and University of Namibia. From 2005 to 2007 he was working in South Asia in the field of risk reduction after the Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004. Between 2006 and 2009 he completed his PhD about the relevance of disaster preparedness inside the German humanitarian assistance.


Alexandre Le Cuziat is Regional Operations Director for Action Contre la Faim (ACF) France. He oversees humanitarian operations in West and Central Africa, with a strong focus on programmes aimed at treating, reducing and preventing undernutrition. His overseas experience includes postings supporting or managing complex humanitarian operations in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Myanmar, Niger, Chad, Sudan and Zimbabwe. He is a member of the Humanitarian Affairs Think Tank (HATT) and is a visiting lecturer at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS). Alexandre holds a Masters in Political Science and in Business Administration.


Barbara Lochbihler is a Member of the European Parliament for the German Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) since 2009. She is currently vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and human rights and foreign policy spokeswoman of the Greens/EFA parliamentary group.  From 2011 to 2014, Barbara served as chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights. From 1999 to 2009, she was Secretary General at Amnesty International Germany in Berlin. Between 1992 and 1999, Barbara held the position of Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Geneva.


Happiness Madunda is currently the Programme Coordinator of the harm reduction programme of the Tanzanian NGO MUKIKUTE. She holds a BA in Social Science and has gone through a post graduate course on International Community health at the University of Oslo, Norway. The NGO is running five low threshold drop-in centers in three municipalities of Dar es Salaam. Since 2012 Happiness has been coordinating different programmes on key populations including the new programme of increasing access to women who use drugs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


With a university background in Economics and Sociology, Olivier Maguet has been campaigning in the field of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and harm reduction since the end of the ‘80s. He joined Doctors of the World in 2006 to devise and set up a harm reduction program in Afghanistan. In 2010, he was elected as Doctors of the World Board member and was appointed Senior Adviser for Doctors of the World’s global strategy in respect to AIDS, hepatitis and harm reduction. He managed the process of Gilead’s sofosbuvir patent opposition at the European patent office. He was appointed in 2015 as Senior Adviser for Doctors of the World’s strategic plan for 2015-2020.


Frank Mahoney is an infectious disease medical epidemiologist who is currently working for International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Baylor University in the Texas Medical Center. He joined the US Centers for Disease Control in 1989 as an Epidemic Intelligence Surveillance officer and has worked on a variety of assignments since that time. For the past year, he was the CDC team lead for Ebola response in Nigeria and Liberia. Prior to the Ebola outbreak, he was the CDC team lead for polio eradication in Nigeria. Between 2007-2011, Dr Mahoney was Head of the CDC office in Indonesia. He has also worked for 10 years in the Middle East, including 4 years as a Medical Officer for Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of WHO and 6 years as Head of the Disease Surveillance program for the US Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3. He is a member of the EMRO Technical Advisory Group on Immunization and the author of numerous scientific publications and book chapters. He is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the John Snow Society and is an adjunct faculty member at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.


Ameen Mando was born in Damascus, Syria, on 06.08.1986. Before the war began, he was working as HR Coordinator Personnel Officer at GANAMA Trading & Construction Company for Oil and Gas – Civil Engineering – Logistics services. Once the war started, he was forced to go to Libya in order to work. Because of the inhumane conditions in Libya however, Ameen and some of his friends then decided to leave for Europe for a safe place to work at and live in.


Sascha Marschang has been working at the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) since 2009 in the position of Policy Manager for Health Systems. His policy portfolio comprises health system related files including health workforce, inclusion of vulnerable groups, digital healthcare, pharmaceutical policy, and health threats. He is a member of the European Commission’s eHealth Stakeholder Group and he has also worked with Roma health NGOs based in Eastern Europe. A dual German and Canadian citizen, prior to moving to Brussels Sascha worked at the Government of Ontario in Toronto, Canada, where he also completed his Masters focusing on transnational migration. He speaks fluent English, French and German, with a reading knowledge of other languages.


As journalist and photographer, Till Mayer has been working closely with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, Handicap International and other relief organisations for many years. In his course of work, he has visited numerous African, Asian and European countries, many of them devastated by war, crisis or disaster. He has also taken part in long term missions as an Information Delegate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the German Red Cross in Iraq, Iran, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the Balkans. His pictures and features are published on Spiegel-Online and in various newspapers and magazines. His photos are presented in numerous exhibitions worldwide. His pictures and texts are displayed in several books.


Barbara Mineo, graduated in International Affairs and with a Master degree in Evaluation of programs and public policies, has worked in international humanitarian assistance and development cooperation since 1999. She has worked in different humanitarian contexts such as Central and West Africa, Caribbean and Latin America regions and the Philippines. In the field, she worked as Country Director and as Emergency Response Leader with the UN and ACF (Spain). In 2009 she worked as an independent consultant with a focus on evaluation of humanitarian interventions in Africa. Since 2010 she has led the humanitarian work in two different organizations: Save the Children Spain (20110-2013) and Oxfam Intermon - Spain (since 2014).


John Mitchell has worked in humanitarian response for the last 30 years – as a field worker, an adviser/ policy analyst and at an executive level. He has held various positions in INGOs, donor organisations, the UN and the Red Cross/Crescent Movement. He has been Director of ALNAP since 2002.


Ana Mohr holds an MA in Social Work, “Groups at Risk and Social Services” from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work. She has 4 years of experience in harm reduction programmes targeting sex workers and injecting drug users in the position of outreach worker, project coordinator and director of Carusel Association’s harm reduction programmes. She is mostly involved in working with sex workers and organising and coordinating advocacy projects aiming to promote sex workers’ rights and legislative reforms. She set out within the Carusel Association the programme monitoring and reporting human rights violations committed by the police against sex workers, drug users, homeless and people living with HIV.


Zambian by nationality, John Nduna was in 2010 appointed as General Secretary of Geneva-based ACT Alliance, following four years as the Executive Director of Action by Churches Together (ACT) International. He also currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the International humanitarian network Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) with secretariat in Geneva. He brings expertise from hands-on experience of managing complex refugee programmes in a number of African countries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of Zambia and an International qualification in Small Enterprise Management from SIET Institute in India. In 2013 he was conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences degree by SHIATS Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences based in Allahabad, India in recognition of his contribution in the area of humanitarian and development work.


Helen O’Neill is the Director of Human Resources in the MSF Berlin office since December 2014. She started with MSF in 1996 as a medical officer in Bosnia – after which she worked in Myanmar, Sierra Leone, Burundi, DRC, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Amsterdam HQ, Iraq/Jordan in  a variety of positions, nurse, MO, Project Coordinator, Medical Coordinator, Head of Mission, Sexual Violence focal point, Operational Advisor  and Personnel Advisor Emergencies.


Serhat Orakçı was born in Turkey in 1980. He has obtained a BA in economics at the Faculty of Economics at Istanbul University in 2001. He has completed an MA in History at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa in 2007. He worked as a Project Director in Sudan with the IHH Foundation during 2008-2011 and took part in various community development projects. He is currently working as the IHH Africa Coordinator, writing analyses focusing on Africa-related issues and carrying on his PhD studies.


Sara Pantuliano is the Director the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Prior to this, 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 public speaker on humanitarian issues. She is the Managing Editor of Disasters journal and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Risk and Resilience. She is the Chair of the IRIN Board, a Trustee of SOS Sahel and serves on the Refugees Studies Centre and the UN Association of the UK advisory boards.


Jason Phillips is the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Deputy Vice President of International Strategic Initiatives. Based in Den Haag, Netherlands, Jason is the focal point for global relationships with the UN and humanitarian organisations (including IRC’s Dutch partner, Stichting Vluchteling) and he oversees strategic planning in 40 countries. Jason has 17 years senior management experience in the humanitarian sector, including stints as IRC’s Acting Vice President for International Programs  and in field leadership roles throughout Africa. Jason holds a Ph.D. in political science from The Johns Hopkins University. He is on the Board of Directors of InsideNGO, an association of 300+ International NGOs devoted to the delivery of operational excellence in the NGO sector.


Aurélie Ponthieu has 9 years of experience in humanitarian action. She has been working as Humanitarian Adviser for MSF in Brussels since 2011. Her area of expertise includes forced migration and the humanitarian impact of refugee and migration policies. She provides support to MSF operations in terms of context analysis and advocacy strategies.  She received her Master degree in Humanitarian Action/International Field Legal Assistance in 2005 from the University of Aix en Provence and an LLM in International and European Law from the University of Toulouse in 2003. Before working at the MSF Headquarters in Brussels, she worked in the field with MSF for 5 years as Human Resources Coordinator in Niger (2006), Sudan (2007-2008) and Chad (2008) and as Project Coordinator in Colombia (2009) and Haiti (2010). Prior to her work with MSF, she also volunteered for other organisations in Honduras and Chile.


Martin Quack is Humanitarian Policy Representative of Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, a member of the ACT Alliance, in Berlin. His focus areas in humanitarian advocacy include strengthening principled humanitarian aid, strengthening local actors and forgotten crises. He studied political science, peace and conflict research, international public law and economics in Tübingen and Uppsala. From 2003 to 2012 he worked on conflict transformation and human rights (civilian peacebuilding, impact analysis, landgrabbing, corporate accountability). From 2008 to 2010 he worked in Kosovo on dealing with the past. He holds a PhD in political science.


Johannes Regenbrecht assumed his position as Special Representative and Head of the Ukraine Task Force in the Federal Foreign Office in the beginning of May 2014. He started his career at the German Foreign Service in 1987, and has been working both in economic and political functions. He has been posted to Mexico City, Moscow, Minsk (Belarus), Beirut/Lebanon (Deputy Head of Mission) Pristina (United Nations Mission in Kosovo), Kiev/Ukraine (Deputy Head of Mission). In his latest assignment before coming back to Berlin, he was Deputy Head of Mission in Seoul.


Tom Roth joined Médecins sans Frontières’ Access Campaign as Deputy Director in March 2015. Tom studied economics at the University of Sydney, Australia, and completed post graduated training with the Australian College of Health Service Executives. He has received a Masters in Business Administration from the European School of Management and Technology. He is an Australian-trained Health Administrator and worked as MSF Project and Country Programme Manager in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Tom was MSF Operations Manager in Berlin, Germany, in 2008 where he worked for the last six years, prior to joining the Access Campaign in Geneva, Switzerland.


Medical Doctor (University of Lomé, Togo) with Diploma in Public Health and Health Promotion (University of Nancy, France) and in Tropical and Parasitic diseases (University Of Salpetrière, France), Pierre Sallah worked in Togo (CHU-Lomé) for 7 years in an Emergency/Medical Unit. He also served 3 years as Referent Doctor for an association of people living with HIV “Espoir Vie Togo”. Pierre joined a humanitarian mission in 2003 with Médecins du Monde with whom he stays until the present day and he served in DRC (Goma, Kinshasa), in Tanzania (Bukoba) and in Liberia (Bong, Monrovia) on a number of programs related to HIV/AIDS, Health System Strengthening, Primary Health Care, Epidemics, and many more.


Jean Saslawsky is the Secretary General of the international network of Doctors of the World / Médecins du Monde, a network of 15 chapters worldwide. He has worked with humanitarian organizations for the past 20 years. After two years as Field Administrator in Bosnia and Georgia he joined the headquarters of Action contre la Faim (ACF). He then joined Médecins du Monde in 2000 as head of the institutional funding unit. Jean has been the Treasurer of the European humanitarian NGO network VOICE from 2004 to 2010. Jean Saslawsky is a lecturer on project cycle management and on funding of humanitarian projects at the European Institute of Humanitarian Affairs of Aix-en-Provence and at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve.


Sylvia Sax has degrees in Nursing (Canada and USA) and Public Health (New Zealand and Germany). She has worked in clinical, management and advisory positions and has experience in both developed and developing health systems, for instance, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Jordan and Yemen. Sylvia currently works as a lecturer, Public Health Scientist and International Health Consultant specialising in training and health system strengthening with a focus on evaluation and management of quality. She teaches at the University of Heidelberg and Humboldt University, Berlin and works with development partners and countries in strengthening health systems.


Johannes S. Schad from Stuttgart/Germany is a General Surgeon and Emergency Physician. He served as a medical Red Cross Delegate for ICRC, IFRC and German RC in missions like Kenya (2009), Haiti (2010), Gaza (2010), Iraq (2011), Phillipines (2013), Jordan (2014), Liberia (2015) and Nepal (2015). Schad attended a master study for Disaster Management and Risk Governance at the University of Bonn/BBK (KaVoMa). His professional focus is the disaster medicine within the international context. He is also member of the German Institute for Disaster Medicine Tübingen.


Katja Schöberl is a Legal and Dissemination Adviser for the German Red Cross . The German Red Cross is entrusted with the dissemination of international humanitarian law and the assistance to the federal government in this field. Katja thus provides counsel on international humanitarian law 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 (Geneva) and the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (Bochum). Katja holds a B.A. in International Relations (TU Dresden) and LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law (ADH Geneva).


Kristopher Sell is a German journalist. This summer he witnessed the breakdown of the Greek health system. He visited different polyclinics in Athens and a refugee camp on the Aegean island Kos where hundreds of refugees have been left almost to themselves. As a result, Sell and his team produced a TV-documentary (“Ach, Griechenland”, ARD, 30 min) that was broadcasted in Germany in July just a few days before the Greek referendum. The film uncovered different aspects of the humanitarian crisis in Greece caused by the political regime of austerity and has been discussed intensively in German public. Kristopher works as a filmmaker and investigative reporter for NDR/ARD Television since 2004. He was author for the German news website Spiegel Online before. Kristopher’s journalistic work concentrates on economic and political topics.


Nicolas Séris has fifteen years of experience managing development and humanitarian aid programmes in Africa and the Middle East. He is working with Transparency International (TI) since 2008 and is currently coordinating TI Global Humanitarian aid integrity programme and co-chairs the Quality and Accountability Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) for East and Central Africa since 2013. Nicolas previously worked as a senior programme coordinator in the Africa and Middle East Department at the International Secretariat in Berlin. Before that, Nicolas was managing humanitarian operations for International Humanitarian NGOs in several countries in the Middle East and in Africa. He holds a Masters Degree in Development and Crisis Management Studies from Sorbonne University, Paris.


Abdurahman Sharif is the Director of the Somalia NGO Consortium, a coordinating body for over 80 agencies operating in Somalia. He was previously the Executive Director of the Muslim Charities Forum and also worked in Italy for the international NGO CISP. He is a graduate in Languages from the University of Sorbonne in Paris (France) and holds a Master's Degree in Languages and another one in Development Studies from the University of Pavia (Italy). Abdurahman speaks six languages. In 2013 he was part of the International Visitor's Leadership Program, a flagship programme run by the US State Department. In 2014, he was granted a fellowship award by the Association of chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO).  


Hugo Slim is Head of Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He was previously Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) at the University of Oxford where he led research on humanitarian ethics and the protection of civilians. Between 1983 and 2007, Hugo combined academia and practice: He was Chief Scholar at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Reader in International Humanitarianism at Oxford Brooked University and worked for Save the Children and the United Nations in Morocco, Sudan, Ethipia, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Bangladesh.


Eva Svoboda has been working with the Humanitarian Policy Group 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 Occupied Palestinian Territories, 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. Eva’s areas of research include protection issues, civil-military interaction and the role of regional organisations.


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 Globalising 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 entering his current position, he worked as a Public Health Specialist for National Health Services in the UK. 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.


Suzanna Tkalec is the Humaritarian Director of Caritas Internationalis (CI), responsible for managing the CI Humanitarian Department, representing the Caritas Confederation on humanitarian issues and  assuring  and coordinating a qualitative Caritas response in humanitarian crises . Suzanna brings to this position more than fifteen years of senior humanitarian leadership, having managed emergency responses in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. She has spent the last three years working as the Emergency Team Director for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). In that role, Suzanna was responsible for setting up the initial response, and providing overall leadership and country representation in all major emergencies. She opened new country programs and set up the emergency responses in Yemen, Nigeria and the Philippines, managed the initial response to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan and led the first exploratory mission in Ukraine. Suzanna was the Country Director in Iraq where she managed the overall IRC response to the IDP crisis in Kurdistan and the Syria cross border initiatives which included setting up the initial refugee response for the Yazidis from Mount Sinjar. Suzanna also spent twelve years with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) where she covered different roles, such as Senior Advisor for Protection in Emergencies and Deputy Director of the Emergency Response Team. Suzanna is a Human Rights Lawyer.


Maarten van Aalst is Director of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the reference centre on climate risk management for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, working on the interface of science, policy, and practice. Maarten has also worked on climate risk management with several other international organisations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, UNDP, DFID and DGIS. He has been Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC, and holds adjoint positions at Columbia University (USA) and University College London (UK). He also chairs the BRACED Knowledge Management consortium.


Saskia van der Kam is a 30 years specialist in nutrition in emergencies.  After having worked with several organizations, among them some UN organizations, she started with Médecins Sans Frontières in 1991.  Saskia has been leading MSF nutrition programs and strategies in Amsterdam since 1997. She is committed to helping the field missions prevent malnutrition and treat the malnourished by giving guidance on programme strategies, patient care and on preparing and teaching staff. She is passionate to discover new ways to reach all children in need of good nutrition in order to give each child the best possible start in their life.


Germán Velásquez is Special Adviser for Health and Development South Centre, Geneva, Switzerland. Until May 2010, he was Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, at the Director General Office, in Geneva. He is a pioneer on the debate on health, intellectual property and access to medicines and he represented the WHO at the WTO Council for TRIPS from 2001 to 2010. Germán is author or co-author of numerous publications on subjects such as: Health economics and medicines, health insurance schemes, globalisation, international trade agreements, intellectual property and access to medicines.

Lars Viehmeyer originally comes from the urban development sector and has worked many years as a Neighbourhood Manager in Berlin-Kreuzberg.  Since September 2014 he is working for the German Red Cross, first as a delegate in Sri Lanka and since March 2015 as Desk Officer for South Asia at headquarters in Berlin. His focus is on the operations in Bangladesh and Nepal.


Christoph Vogel is a PhD Student at the University of Zurich. He also works with the Congo Research Group at New York University and as a lecturer at the University of Cologne. Since 2008 he researches and analyses conflict and politics in the African Great Lakes. His website is www.christophvogel.net


Andrij Waskowycz is President of Caritas Ukraine. He studied at the Gregorian University in Rome and the Ukrainian Free University in Munich. For over a decade, he went on to work as a journalist, amongst others as Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the German monthly Magazine ‘Ukraine Report’ in Kyiv, Ukraine. For the visit of Pope John Paul II, Andrij was Press Officer of the Catholic Churches in Ukraine in 2001. In 1998, he became Director of the Kyiv office of Caritas Ukraine and since 2001 he serves as President of Caritas Ukraine. Moreover, Andrij was a Board Member of Caritas Europe between 2007 and 2015 and also served as Vice President of Caritas Europe until 2014.


Annette Weber is senior associate in the Middle East and Africa Research Division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin. Her regional expertise is in the Horn of Africa, she works on conflict analysis, fragile states, non-state-actors and state building as well as Jihadist groups in Africa. Her current focus is mainly on the situation in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia. She is involved in the mediation effort of the National Dialogue between government and armed and unarmed opposition in Sudan. Annette had a two year residency in Ethiopia 2010-2012 with in depth research in the Horn of Africa. She writes extensively and advises the Bundestag and the German administration on these issues. Previously she worked as a coordinator for the Ecumenical Network on Central Africa mainly on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. Annette Weber was researcher with Amnesty International in London for Sudan and worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International on Sudan and Uganda. She received her PhD from the Free University Berlin and teaches at several universities on international relations and peace and conflict resolution.                                                                                                        


Sonja Weinreich is a social scientist and physician with a specialisation in Public Health. She worked in Zambia on HIV projects and as health advisor for Protestant development cooperation in Germany. Currently she is the Head of the Unit on Social Services and Food Security of Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst based in Berlin, Germany.


Volker Westerbarkey first worked with MSF in Kachine State/Myanmar in 2004, he joined the Board of Directors of the German section in 2012 and became its President in May 2015.  Other MSF-field work included Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as project visits to Uzbekistan and Jordan.  He is specialized as General Practitioner and works since 2013 in his own practice in Berlin.


Florian Westphal is the General Director of MSF Germany/Aerzte ohne Grenzen. He joined MSF in June 2014 after 15 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) including in DR Congo, Sierra Leone and Kenya and as chief spokesperson and Deputy Director of Communications in Geneva. He previously worked as a broadcast journalist for BBC World Service radio and Swiss Radio International.