N'dauguie Armel Evrard Abou
My name is N’dauguié Armel Evrard Abou. I obtained my Doctorate in Medicine from the University Felix Houphouet Boigny, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in 2002 and MPH (International Public Health) in 2014 from the University of Liverpool, UK. I am a Fellow of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). I have over 15 years’ experience in clinical care and institutional public health work mostly in Ghana. Since November 2020, I am working as a physician at the health unit of the US Embassy in Abidjan.
I’m Khaled Al-Jumai working as a national staff with UNOCHA-Yemen since 2018 as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer in Al Hudaydah field office. My current duties are to monitor, analyze, and report humanitarian developments; negotiate and facilitate humanitarian access and interventions; and coordinate the humanitarian response in Hudydah Hub. Before that, I have worked as a Military Observer in five different UN missions in Africa (MONUC, UNAMID, UNMIS, UNMISS, and ONUCI) for six and a half years between 2007 and 2015. I worked with UNDSS-Yemen as a Local Security Assistant for two years (2016-2018) contributed to developing security policies and measures and staff safety and security.
Dr. Amadei is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Amadei is the Founding Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders - USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Dr. Amadei is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Senior Ashoka Fellow. He holds seven honorary doctoral degrees. Dr. Amadei’ s current interests are in integrating systems thinking and systems science in the planning, design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of small-scale community development and humanitarian projects.
I have spent more than 20 years in field based roles, much of that time in various aspects of protection within the Humanitarian Mine Action sector, but over the last 5 years as a consultant working in capacity development, monitoring, and evaluation practices, with a special focus now on Crisis and Emergency Management Planning. I am passionate about people, places, and problems, and that is where I see the value of the association specifically in that space where all of these three areas meet. After all, isn't that what being a professional humanitarian is all about?
I’m Helen Barrett and I’m a British Speech and Language Therapist living in Malaysia. I have worked as a Consultant Disability and Social Inclusion Advisor/Researcher in development and humanitarian contexts for 12 years, with a focus on early childhood development (ECD) and education. My work focuses on issues of inclusion and participation for people who experience disability, from a human rights perspective. I am currently working with refugees who experience communication disability (CD), looking at ways to improve inclusion. I am also doing a Ph.D. researching access to ECD/education for refugee-children who experience CD.
My name is Nicki and I have spent the past 15+ years working for the UN and NGOs in major humanitarian responses, mainly at country and field level. I'm passionate about promoting principled humanitarian action and respect for humanitarian and human rights law, and have particularly enjoyed leading humanitarian negotiations and civil-military coordination. I have worked in emergency responses in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, South Sudan, Sudan and southern Africa region. I am currently working as UNICEF's Regional Chief of Emergencies for West and Central Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal.
My name is Julia Broska, and I work as an Advisor for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in a programme supporting the reintegration of internally displaced persons in Afghanistan. I started my work with Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (WHH) in DPR Korea in 2013, moved to Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis, and have been working in Afghanistan since 2016—a country I truly fell in love with. Over the course of these years, I covered a diverse range of sectors including food security and agriculture, disaster risk reduction, access to basic services, shelter, and income generation. I am specialized in strategy development, programme design, monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning, and I love to explore new ways of working, such as systems approaches, adaptive leadership, design thinking, strategic foresight, and agility.
Claude Bruderlein is the Director of the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN), a joint ICRC, WFP, UNHCR, MSF, and HD endeavor based in Geneva, Switzerland. He conducts regular field research on frontline negotiation and is the main author of the CCHN Field Manual on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation. Mr. Bruderlein has led several negotiation processes with the ICRC and with the UN as Special Advisor to the Secretary-General. He worked particularly on humanitarian access in Afghanistan, Israel and Palestinian Territory, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, North Korea, South Sudan, and Yemen. Mr. Bruderlein currently acts as a Strategic Advisor to the President of the ICRC and holds faculty appointments at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he teaches strategic planning and negotiation strategies in crisis environments. Mr. Bruderlein was among the founding members of PHAP in 2010 and served as its first President.
I am now the Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Sudan, and before, I worked for NRC as the global programme coordinator for the COVID-19 response and as Head of Programme in Afghanistan for five years. I have also worked with the World Food Programme, Mercy Corps, War Child UK, and Humanitarian Outcomes, primarily in Afghanistan, the Syria response, and Yemen, and mostly on humanitarian access, protection, and programme strategy. I first engaged with PHAP through its credentialing courses, interested in my professional development as a humanitarian. I believe PHAP serves a unique role in professionalising and evolving the sector.
Anna Chernova has a background in human rights, conflict resolution, and humanitarian issues. Since joining Oxfam, Anna has been working in policy development for principled humanitarian action, including protecting humanitarian and civic spaces, access, and human security. She provides dedicated policy support to the MENA region on conflict sensitivity and terrorism/violent extremism. Prior to joining Oxfam, Anna directed the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on issues of human rights, humanitarian issues, and democracy, including election observation missions in Central Asia and Eurasia. Previously, Anna managed large-scale humanitarian programmes in Russia’s North Caucasus at the close of the second Chechen War and worked on refugee issues with UNHCR in Bulgaria. She has engaged with PHAP on the triple Nexus, as well as PHAP IHL/HR trainings.
Andrew Cunningham has 25 years’ experience in the development and humanitarian sector. Andrew’s specialty is in highly insecure contexts and humanitarian principles. In 2016, he received his Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College London researching the relationship between states and international humanitarian organisations in the context of conflict, and he has published a professional book on the subject with Routledge. Andrew has served as a member of the Board of MSF International and is currently a board member of the International Humanitarian Studies Association. Andrew works as a consultant, trainer, and governance advisor for various humanitarian organisations.
I am an Aid and Development Worker and am blessed by having the opportunity to serve people living in Asia, Africa, and Europe. I have 24 years' professional experience, out of which was 14 years in senior leadership positions. Currently, I am working for Oxfam, and before that, I worked for Malteser, Aflatoun, Trocaire, Concern Worldwide, and Proshika. As Country Director of Oxfam in Bangladesh, I am now leading humanitarian responses linked with COVID-19, cyclone Amphan, and Rohingya refugee crisis. Policy analysis, risk management, advocacy, and campaigns are an integral part of my passion with an aim to influence stakeholders both at national and global level.
Abdel Monem Daymi
Abdel Monem Daymi is an experienced humanitarian and development leader, holding a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and PMP Certified. Throughout his professional career, he has visited more than 40 of the world's most vulnerable countries.
After 10 years of experience as an Engineer and University Assistant Professor, Dr. Daymi has joined the humanitarian sector as a professional and got over 10 years of experience overseeing humanitarian and development work in complex emergencies (such as Libya, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya, Sudan, Bosnia, and Nepal) in different senior managerial roles including CEO, Country Director, Emergency Response Leader, International Fundraising Manager, and Director of Programs since 2017 in IR Canada managing a portfolio of over $50 million a year in grants and projects in 30+ countries. He has special experience in poverty alleviation programs, capacity building for local NGOs, disaster preparedness and risk reduction, educational and vocational training, water, and sanitation programs in developing countries.
Besides, Dr. Daymi has 20+ years of experience in volunteers management. He has designed and led various international volunteering programs including internships, volunteering abroad, and international medical missions. He has been an active volunteer and leader for various organizations and served in multiple capacities including as Youth Advisor for the UNDP and the League of Arab States, Vice Chairman of Tunisian Scouts, and Emergency Response Team Leader with the Canadian Red Cross. As a certified coach and a Sphere trainer, he has delivered many training sessions in NGO management and leadership in different countries.
Fernando de la Mora
Fernando de la Mora is Coordinator for Economic, Social, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations, where he oversees work in the Second and Third Committees of the General Assembly. He is a career diplomat in the Mexican Foreign Service, having served as Consul in Texas and Arizona, and as Director for Interinstitutional Affairs of the Instituto Matías Romero, Mexico’s diplomatic academy. In New York, he served on the co-facilitation team of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, adopted in 2018. He has participated in multiple negotiations in the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and several intergovernmental conferences.
He holds degrees in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and in US legal studies from the University of New Mexico. He has lectured at the Anáhuac University in international conflict resolution and conflict management. His publications have centered on issues of international refugee and migrant protection, public diplomacy, human security, and multilateral negotiations. Fernando is currently an Associate of the Mexican Council of International Affairs (COMEXI).
Abdou Dieng is a Senegalese National, holding a BA in Business Law and Economics from the University of Dakar in Senegal and an MBA in Transport Economy from the École Supérieure Des Transports Internationaux de Marseille, France. After 10 years in the private transport sector, Mr. Dieng joined the World Food Programme (WFP) in 1994 as a Senior Logistics Coordinator responsible for the entire spectrum of logistics activities in several countries in Africa and Latin America and in Rome, Italy. Since 2003, Mr. Dieng has been WFP’s Country Representative in Guinea Bissau, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, DR Congo and Ethiopia, WFP’s largest operation. In addition, he has worked as a Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in Central African Republic with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs from December 2013 to April 2014 at ASG level. Mr. Dieng has been the Ebola Crisis Manager for Guinea (Head of Mission), as part of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) from January 2015 to June 2015 then the Ebola Crisis Manager at ASG level with the World Health Organization (WHO) from July 2015 to January 2016. As of June 2016, he will be WFP’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa.
I’m Henry Donati – I’ve worked for the UK Government for DFID (now FCDO) for most of the last 10 years. I’m currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal where I’ve been for the last 2.5 years, leading on the UK’s DRR and humanitarian work here. Prior to this, I’ve worked on humanitarian responses around the world in South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Philippines, and many other countries.
My name is Patrick Engoru. I come from Uganda in East Africa. I have a working experience of close to 15 years that transcends academia, the private sector, the humanitarian aid sector, and the development sector. I am the Country Director of a non-profit organization called Raising Africa that is majorly operational in Uganda but has recently made strides for expansion into South Sudan and Rwanda. Our core programme areas revolve around agriculture, health, education, WASH, NRM, and climate change.
Francesca Fraccaroli brings 20 years’ work experience in international relations, political analysis, crisis/emergency relief management, and protection of civilians. She holds a Law degree and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution.
Since 2005, Francesca has served within the United Nations system in different roles, including in OHCHR, UNICEF, OCHA, and UN peacekeeping operations. She combines an extensive field and managerial experience with the great understating of the Headquarters’ political and diplomatic dimension. Francesca has worked in the USG/ERC Office in New York, as Liaison Officer for the UN Monitoring Mechanism for Syria on cross-border operations.
She has served for over 10 years in the Middle East (Gaza, Iraq, and Lebanon) and Africa (Great Lakes Region, Eastern Africa, and Sahel), where she has overseen large offices and led complex emergencies. As OCHA DRC Deputy Head of Office and Head of Field Office, she has facilitated the creation of integrated strategic plans, coordinating assessments, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
Currently, as MINUSMA Chief Protection of Civilians Advisor, Francesca advises the mission leadership and Mali Government on strategic issues advocating on mediation, negotiation, and access. Among the achievements of the team she is leading are the following: the establishment of the early warning mechanism and the setting up of joint operations where the complementary role of uniform and civilian personnel to protect civilians has been maximized.
Francesca also has worked as a journalist covering conflicts and social unrests in the Middle East and Central Asia for a range of international news agencies and radios.
Ana Galvez has solid experience in advocacy, leadership, program management, partnership, and fundraising roles in non-governmental organizations as well as international organizations. Ana brings to PHAP her international academic background in Political Science (BA, ANU) and Peace and Conflict Studies (MA, ICU Rotary Peace Fellow), along with her enthusiasm for human rights, with focus on refugee protection and resettlement, migration, and international development, as well as innovation, accountability, and teamwork.
Ana currently serves as a Local Area Coordinator at Brotherhood of St. Laurence in Melbourne, Australia supporting people with disabilities to navigate mainstream services and increase their capability to be an active part of their community. She also served as the Empowerment Pathways Program Manager at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), where she worked in partnership with people seeking asylum to identify their strengths and skills and support them with their goals along with community-based partners, local government engagement, and other stakeholders. In listening deeply to their members’ hopes, dreams, and aspirations, her team empowered them in their journey towards realizing their full potential in Australia.
In the past, she was the Rotarian Engagement Coordinator for Interplast, where she was in charge of facilitating strong relationships between Interplast and Rotary across Australia and New Zealand by assisting the CEO with fundraising initiatives and strategic guidance on how to strengthen donors’ relations and partnership.
In Argentina, she acted as a local coordinator, assisting Syrian families with their resettlement in the country at a psychosocial level under the Humanitarian Visa Program Scheme designed by the Government of Argentina. Ana was responsible for the reports from the field for the local and national authorities to improve the overall implementation of the program.
In Australia, she was a senior fundraiser and team manager for Australia for UNHCR, where she helped advocate for refugees in Australia and globally. Furthermore, as a legal advocate, she was responsible for obtaining protection visas for asylum seekers and preparing successful grant proposals as well as establishing liaisons with a variety of social actors.
Her time in Palestine/Israel saw her applying her programme management, evaluation knowledge, and diplomatic skills by establishing donors’ relations with members of the diplomatic missions of the European Union and was responsible for human rights reports on national minorities, economic development, and cultural heritage, while advising directly the executive directors on organizational strategies.
In addition, her early years of professional development took place at international organizations, such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) mission with regional functions, Doctors of the World, and Red Cross Argentina. Furthermore, Ana established lasting partnerships and fundraised for events such as the International Human Rights Film Festival for Latin America and the Caribbean, where she assisted with the curatorship of the Migration Section.
My name is Jean-Pierre Gauci and I am a Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Co-founder and Co-director of the People for Change Foundation. Most of my work revolves around issues of forced displacements, the rights of migrants and refugees, and human trafficking and the overlaps between these issues. I also work in the field of climate change and law of the sea. Currently, I'm developing work on efforts to combat trafficking in the context of conflict, disasters, and health emergencies as well as work on children’s rights in refugee camps.
I hold an Advanced University Degree in Veterinarian Medicine and an MA in Human Rights and Conflict Management. I began my humanitarian experience in 2004 as a volunteer. In 2007 I started working as a humanitarian professional in food security projects and then as Programme/Operations Manager and Humanitarian Affairs Officer in emergency response programmes. I worked with UN Agencies (WFP, OCHA, FAO, UNICEF) and INGOs (IRC and Oxfam amongst others) in Iraq, Ethiopia, Philippines, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, DRC, Pakistan, Haiti, Nepal, West Bank/Gaza, Kosovo, and UNICEF’s HQ in Denmark. I am currently Head of Field Office / Emergency Coordinator of WFP in Cabo Delgado (Mozambique).
Anna has been working with humanitarian and development assistance for more than 20 years. Besides working with the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), she has worked with NGOs, the UN, and within the Red Cross. Since 2006, Anna has been working for Sida, including i.a. as Senior Policy Specialist on nexus issues at Sida’s humanitarian unit and at different Embassies, covering West Africa, DR Congo, Sudan, and Cambodia. Besides experience in the area of protection and coordination, Anna has experience working in the areas of governance/democracy/human rights, conflict, environment/climate change, and health. Anna is currently working in Bangladesh, coordinating the Swedish development and humanitarian assistance in relation to the Rohingya refugee response and as Deputy Head of Cooperation.
Christiane is a Medical Doctor by training and holds a Master’s Degree in International Health. After accomplishing her clinical specialization in Germany, she moved into international public health, working with INGO, the UN system, and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in short- and long-term missions in emergency as well as development contexts mainly in Africa and Asia. She is currently working for the International Committee of the Red Cross based in Myanmar as Health Care in Detention Program Manager aiming to protect the life and health of detainees and to ensure respect for detainees’ dignity and their right to health care at all stages of their detention.
Natascha is an experienced leader of multilateral interventions with a particular interest in conflict and post conflict environments. Experiences across the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the UN, and government have shaped her perceptions of current day interventions. She also has experience of managing Australian and international businesses, and has served on the Board of RedR Australia.
Liz Hughes OBE
Liz Hughes OBE is an experienced humanitarian and development professional. She has been the Chief Executive of MapAction since 2013. Prior to that, Ms. Hughes undertook various roles with INGOs and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in country programmes and globally. As a consultant, she has carried out strategic reviews of the emergency response capacity of several INGOs and multiple other assignments including as a humanitarian donor advisor. Ms. Hughes started her early career, after training as a social worker in the UK working for several years on community projects domestically. She then volunteered for a small Scottish charity in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Balkan conflicts and later joined Oxfam to work in Kosovo in 1995. Since then, with Oxfam, Save the Children, and Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, she has worked in programme development, operations management, surge support, country director, regional leadership, and headquarter roles in the Caucasus, West and Central Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region. She has also worked on the development issues associated with homelessness, poverty, and social inequality in the UK and serves on the Board of Andrews Charitable Trust. Liz was awarded an OBE in the UK’s New Year’s Honours list in 2021, for services to humanitarian crisis operations.
Pamela F. Husain is an experienced (nearly 40 years) international senior professional specializing in gender responsive conflict/post-conflict recovery and resilience programme management with the UN and NGOs. Skilled in international relations, humanitarian assistance, policy analysis, strategic planning, resource mobilization and staff development. A strong programme management professional, she has an Executive Master's in Management of International Organizations from SDA Bocconi, with Master’s studies in International Administration and Cross-Cultural Training from School for International Training. Her professional experience includes Africa, Asia, Central Asia and Middle East.
Aloysius James is an experienced humanitarian professional with a demonstrated history of working with the UN and non-profit organizations. He worked with IOM-UN and four other international organizations in managerial and leadership capacities. He is actively involved internationally in managing humanitarian responses, DRR, and climate resilience programmes. He also played lead roles in responding to the Syrian and Rohingya refugee crisis as well as the tsunami, Nepal earthquake, and Thailand floods. Currently, he is associating with an on-going public health program in the Sundarbans and an academic program at the Master’s Level on Peace, Compassion, and Disasters. Aloysius is professionally qualified from MG University, Sheffield Hallam University, Bangalore University, and John Hopkins University.
Sandra is a humanitarian and development expert with more than 13 years’ experience in various advancing capacities at World Vision International. Sandra possesses comprehensive experience in high-level operational and project management roles. Sandra also serves as the Vice Chair of the Finance and Partnerships Committee of the Women on Boards Network Kenya.
Sandra holds a graduate certificate on Humanitarian Leadership from Deakin University Australia, a Master’s Degree in Management from University of Leicester, undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Commerce from University of Nairobi, and other additional professional qualifications in project management.
Clea Kahn has more than 20 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector with NGOs, the UN, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and DFID (now FCDO), in countries across Africa, Asia, and Europe. Clea holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law and focuses on migrant and refugee issues and protection, especially protection of civilians in armed conflict and gender-based violence. In addition to her involvement with PHAP, Clea serves on an Independent Monitoring Board for an immigration detention centre in the UK and chairs an MSF associative group challenging the UK’s "hostile environment" to migrants and refugees.
I am a Protection Specialist with more than seven years in development, implementation, monitoring, coordination, researching, and supporting humanitarian protection/child protection programs in the MENA region. I began working on humanitarian issues in Syria in 2004 in the context of the Iraqi refugees. Then I moved to Turkey and worked as a Child Protection Specialist in many local and international NGOs, such as World Vision International, Children of One World, and International Rescue Committee. Currently working with IRC co-leading the Protection Cluster for Syria response / Turkey Hub, my focus is aiming to uphold and promote the rights of women, men, girls, and boys affected by the Syrian conflict and ensure that persons in need affected by the conflict have access to safe and dignified services that mitigate and respond to rights violation.
Chadian and 41 years old, I am a humanitarian practitioner with substantive field experience in developing, managing, and administering protection programs in various and challenging operational contexts mainly in South Sudan, RD Congo, Burkina Faso, Chad, and currently in Cameroon. My educational background, Masters in Business Law (University of Ndjamena – Chad) and in International Relations (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), enable me to successfully accomplish my tasks so far. For me, there is nothing more valuable than giving hope and joy to a helpless and distraught person. Then, PHAP is a second indirect professional way to alleviate the sufferings of reaching affected and more vulnerable people. Therefore, my contribution aims to build a dynamic, innovative, and professional governance that guides and provide strategic direction for more professional protection work.
My name is Marc Linning and I am currently based out of Washington D.C. working as the Senior Protection Advisor for the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC). Focus areas of my work include the operationalization of civilian harm mitigation efforts by armed actors, the engagement with conflict-afflicted communities to better self-protect, as well as looking at new learning tools to do so more effectively, for example, via serious gaming. Before joining CIVIC in 2018, I worked on humanitarian protection and prevention issues as a Delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for almost 15 years.
Melindi B. Malang, Ph.D. has close to 30 years’ experience in health development, peace education, and humanitarian work. She taught at Notre Dame University for 7 years and served as coordinator of Peace Center for a year. She became a specialist in the health program of CRS for 8 years. In 2010, she joined OCHA Philippines as a Humanitarian Affairs Analyst and became the Head of Sub-office in Mindanao since 2019, coordinating the Mindanao Humanitarian Team, a sub-national coordination forum composed of UN agencies and NGOs. She served on surge assignment in Typhoon Haiyan in 2014, in UNMM for Syria in 2016, as a team leader for the Marawi response in 2017-2018, and on the Mindanao earthquakes response in 2019.
Nelly Maonde is a humanitarian and development practitioner with over 20 years of experience working in Africa. Currently, she is a Regional Humanitarian Advisor at Trócaire for the Central, West, and Southern Africa region. Her professional expertise and passion centres on humanitarian preparedness, humanitarian response leadership, and capacity development of local humanitarian organisations in line with the localisation agenda. Nelly holds an MSc in Development Management (UK) and undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Food and Nutrition, Family Sciences, and Management Studies.
Raphael joined HIAS in 2018 as SVP of its Programs Division in overseeing International Programs, US Programs, and the Emergency Programs Departments. As part of the Executive Leadership Team, he helps drive HIAS’ mission to protect refugees, support host communities, and help forcibly displaced populations to access their rights. Formerly, Raphael served as Director of International Operations for the German INGO Humedica International, focusing on medical rapid-response aid mechanisms and complex emergencies. Over the years, Raphael has led emergency humanitarian operations in various contexts and connected with PHAP to educate himself and his staff and to create connections with other humanitarian professionals. Raphael was born in Switzerland, grew up in Israel, and holds an MPH in Emergency and Disaster Management from Tel Aviv University.
Lucio Melandri brings over 28 years' experience in international humanitarian interventions in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, where he contributed to the humanitarian response to main complex emergencies with several organizations. In January 2018, Mr. Melandri was appointed as UNICEF Country Coordinator in Greece, leading the agency's response to the refugee and migrant crisis and establishing in 2019 the UNICEF Greece Partnership Office, of which he has been the Representative a.i.
At the beginning of 2016, Mr. Melandri was appointed as Senior Emergency Manager for UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe, based in the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Melandri operated in Jordan coordinating UNICEF's emergency response to the refugee influx to Jordan and its humanitarian implications.
Before his deployment in Jordan in 2013, Mr. Melandri served as Emergency Coordinator with UNICEF in Pakistan where he coordinated the humanitarian response to the 2010 floods and to the conflict-related population displacement from the North-West Province and acted as Chief of UNICEF Field Office in Peshawar.
Since the beginning of the '90s, he operated with the International Movement of the Red Cross, where he was an instructor of International Humanitarian Law. From 1995 he served with international NGOs, where he has also been appointed as Director-General of major organizations. He served with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Senior Humanitarian Adviser, with UNOCHA as Team Leader for Civil-Military Coordination, and as Chief of Kandahar Office for the Southern Region in Afghanistan.
Mr. Melandri earned a bachelor of Law (LL.B), a Master's in Humanitarian Assistance (MHA), and a Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership (HLP) from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
From 2013 to 2019, Mr. Melandri was a member of the Board of Directors of PHAP. He collaborates with Deakin Humanitarian Research Centre, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and other academic and humanitarian think tanks.
Since May 2020, Lucio coordinates the UNICEF Refugee and Migrant response in Spain.
My name is Alex Melbourne, and I am from the southwest of England. Since 1993, I have been working with local NGOs, OSCE, and UN in a variety of conflict and post-conflict settings in Croatia, Kosovo, Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan. My career has focused on peacebuilding, support to good governance, monitoring human rights, protection of civilians, and most recently reporting on the emergency response for UNICEF in Ukraine and South Sudan. I have a Master's Degree in Peace Studies from Bradford University and certificates from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative on humanitarian response in emergencies and child protection.
Marta Abrantes Mendes is a consultant with the Open Society Foundations working on transitional justice issues in Yemen. Prior to this, she was a Delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Her two last assignments with the ICRC were in Syria and before that in Yemen as Protection Coordinator. Previous ICRC postings include the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Colombia. Before joining the ICRC, Marta worked for the Rule of Law Unit of the European Union Police Mission in Kabul. She is a graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Myrtia Murgia works with an international organization, where she provides political advice to the senior management with a focus on Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. In parallel, she has been developing and implementing human rights programmes as a tool to develop contact and collaboration between communities in post-conflict "grey zones” (i.e., territories of States which are under the control of de facto authorities). Myrtia has a double academic background in legal and political sciences and extensive professional experience working in humanitarian affairs, human rights, programme management, and political affairs.
Milward has a diverse background spanning the fields of Earth Sciences and Demography and Intercultural Studies, with a 20-year professional journey through administrative roles, teaching at various levels, including as assistant and adjunct lecturer. Having served in several countries in the aid sector as Program Manager, Country Director, and Regional Support Officer before taking up HQ roles in Sweden, he is the Humanitarian Coordinator at Läkarmissionen and has led responses in some of the hard-to-reach areas in, among others, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, South Sudan, Somalia/Somaliland, Sudan, and Uganda and until recently, doubled as security focal point.
I have been in humanitarian work since 1994 when I joined United Nations World Food Programme in Somalia. Since then, I have moved from one country to another, among them Kosovo 1999, Tsunami in 2004, Pakistan earthquake, Haiti, Pakistan floods in 2010, Libya 2010, South Sudan 2011-2015, Sudan 2015-2020, Ethiopia, and currently in Yemen. I spent the greatest days of my time in humanitarian access interventions and negotiations. My current focus is in project management, coaching, and leadership transformation in humanitarian access with a bias in human rights and humanitarian legal framework. I stepped on PHAP while trying to a find solution to humanitarian access negotiation in conflict environment. This was related to the South Sudan crisis in 2013. I feel very honored to have benefited from PHAP leadership in many ways, especially face-to-face training and not to forget online engagement with respectable stakeholders who share and shape our day-to-day challenges as we deliver, save, and change lives of our beneficiaries. Trying to make lasting impact and empowering beneficiaries resilience.
Cornelius N Nagbe
Cornelius N Nagbe holds a Master’s in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Liberia. In 22 years on assignments in conflict/post-conflict settings (South Sudan, Iraq, Somalia, and Liberia) with the United Nations, African Union, USAID, Save the Children UK, civil society, and media sector, Mr. Nagbe has applied expertise in democracy and governance, human rights, protection, and conflict management. Since November 2012, he has served as Human Rights Officer in UN peace missions in Iraq (2012-2014) and South Sudan (2014-2020) and in the Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) at UN HQ, New York (2019-2020).
I'm a Development/Humanitarian Aid Worker especially on (maternal and child) health with 17 years' experience in about 10 countries in Asia and Africa including post-conflict areas/countries.
Recently, I worked with Médecins Sans Frontières as Project Coordinator and am now working with Médecins du Monde for Rohingya refugees. I am managing a project of COVID-19 awareness raising for refugees and the host community, building community mutual support mechanism and resilience among refugees, and strengthening response by host community clinics, in partnership with Rohingya volunteers and a local NGO.
I am an enthusiastic humanitarian professional with 10+ years of international experience in designing and delivering complex humanitarian programs in active conflict, post-conflict, and recovery settings in some of the world’s most fragile and under-developed countries. The current focus of my work is in the domains of food security and nutrition, resilience, and rural livelihoods programming in high-risk, remote, and/or conflict settings. I’m reputed for my diplomatic and effective interlocutor skills, with expertise to distill operational complexities and cultural sensitivities, while interfacing easily with a broad range of multi-level actors and stakeholders in both anglophone and francophone operational settings.
Oranutt Narapruet is a consultant based between Bangkok and London specialising in refugee and forced migration issues. Previously, Oranutt held the position of Senior Grants and Programmes Coordinator at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Thailand, where she steered the advancement of refugee and migrant assistance programmes, leading the IRC to win awards in innovation in access to legal aid and higher education. Prior to this, she worked in philanthropy development in the UK, cultivating social programmes across Asia and the BRICS. Oranutt was also Visiting Lecturer at Thammasat University in Bangkok and has written on the subject of displaced people in several publications.
Joanna Nathan is currently Deputy Director (Programmes) in Gaza of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, supporting education, healthcare, and food assistance for over one million Palestine refugees. She has been with the UN for 10 years, previously in Kabul, Tehran, and Erbil, focused on refugee affairs, electoral support, and preventative diplomacy and deeply engaged in strategic planning and large-scale change management. Prior to this, Joanna established the International Crisis Group’s presence in Kabul as a Senior Analyst for South Asia (2005-2009) and, on a leave of absence (2019), acted as a principal advisor to the public inquiry into the Earthquake Commission in her home country New Zealand.
Agnes Ivy Ndung'u
I am Ivy Ndung’u and I am a humanitarian at heart and protection expert by choice. Currently, I am working as the PSEA Coordinator in the Office of the RC/HC in Sudan. My role involves interagency coordination to implement the PSEA and safeguarding programme as endorsed by the HCT and as a core IASC AAP/PSEA commitment. While PSEA is a cross-cutting issue, I work most closely with the protection sector (including the GBV/CP subsectors) and the AAP Working Group. The PHAP association has provided me with a platform to access reading resources, share experiences in communities and through attending webinars, and sharpen my technical skills by participating in the certification programme.
I am currently the Country Director for Save the Children in Afghanistan. I am passionate about addressing the humanitarian needs of people affected by conflict and displacement. I have over 20 years’ experience in the field in Sudan, South Sudan, Iraq, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. I spent the last 12 years in leadership roles that have sharpened my skills as a leader and humanitarian diplomat in international settings. I have grounded experience in strategy development, change management, leading diverse teams, humanitarian diplomacy, and representation, and I am a Holder of Bachelor's and Master's of Laws degrees.
Joel Nyanding Ngba
Joel Ngba Nyanding is a holder of a Master's in International Cooperation from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from Valley View University (Accra, Ghana). He counts 20 years’ experience in non-profit organizations and 14 years of these have been in the humanitarian space. He is currently the Country Director for Oxfam International in Burundi. Joel is fluent in French, English, and Spanish, and he will draw from his experience in leading multicultural and multidisciplinary teams to participate in the success of the goals of the Association.
Killen Otieno is the Chief Operating Officer for Joint Aid Management (JAM International) based at the Headquarter in Johannesburg. JAM International is an African founded NGO, focused on “Helping Africa Help Itself”. Killen has about 30 years of global humanitarian leadership experience, most of this focusing on food security & livelihoods programming in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Middle East. He was the Country Director of JAM South Sudan and Uganda. He was also the Regional Head of Livelihoods at the Danish Refugee Council (Eastern Africa and Yemen). He worked for UN agencies (WFP and FAO) as the National Food Security & Livelihood Cluster Coordinator in South Sudan. Killen was the global Head of Food Assistance and Nutrition Unit at Plan International Headquarters in London, UK. Prior to that, he provided leadership as the Response Director for World Vision’s Syria refugee response in Jordan and also during the Horn of Africa response. He was the Global Director of World Vision’s Food Aid Management & Emergency Response based in Johannesburg, South Africa. At World Vision and Plan International, Killen was part of the surge capacity in some of the largest humanitarian responses including Darfur, Indonesia, Philippines, Haiti, Niger, and Syria (Jordan).
Ahmad Faizal Perdaus
Faizal Perdaus is a qualified medical doctor, appointed as President of the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia) in 2009, after having joined the organization in 2003. Since becoming President, he has provided leadership for humanitarian responses in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines) and beyond (Afghanistan, Chile, Haiti, North Korea, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan (Darfur), Syria, and Turkey). He is also currently Chair of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), Board Member of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), member of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) Certification Project, and an Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Principal.
I have worked with ICRC since 2000, mostly in the field managing protection programs and at Headquarters in Geneva. I was head of the Protection of the Civilian Population unit in 2012-2017. Since 2018, I have joined ICRC’s Internal Audit. Before that, I worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina with UNHCR and with the UN-Mandated International Stabilization Force (SFOR), and I studied International Law and Politics in France and the UK.
Currently, my work focuses on helping to improve the governance and management of the ICRC, in all key areas – from the quality and relevance of our programs to the efficiency of support services.
Fred Robarts is an experienced independent humanitarian consultant who has worked for the ICRC, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), Department for International Development (now FCDO), and UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo, among others. He has been a PHAP member since 2012 and has a particular interest in humanitarian protection, particularly in conflict situations.
I am Masaharu Saito. I have been working as an international development practitioner in both public and non-profit sectors. I have nearly three decades of experience in responding to humanitarian emergencies at the forefront to listen to people’s voices to change their lives, endeavoring to find the best options among project alternatives, proactively lobbying with institutional and individual donors, and exploring funding opportunities from an operational perspective.
Ha Eun Seong
Dr. Seong Ha Eun Marcellino is the Representative of Good Neighbors (GNI) International Cooperation Office in Geneva. With a 15-year career in development, refugee support, and human rights, he has been active both in international UN advocacy and empowerment of GNI’s 38 country offices throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Based on his international experience as the Chief Humanitarian Coordinator of GNI and his coordinating activities in the GRF Co-sponsorship Group for livelihood, Dr. Seong is focused on strengthening the capacity and awareness of humanitarian stakeholders of East Asia for larger burden and responsibility sharing.
I started in humanitarian response on January 3, 2005 when I landed in Medan, Indonesia for the tsunami response. Since then, this work has taken me to 35 countries and across all phases of disaster management. I completed an MA in Disaster and Emergency Management in 2016, and since 2019, I have been teaching emergency management full time at Arkansas Tech University, where I embed the core humanitarian competencies in my curricula. I am passionate about building community resilience and about setting standards in the humanitarian profession.
Daniel Sherman is the Founding Director of the Clinic for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Truman Institute. Prior to that, he was a strategic consultant focusing on peace and development issues. He has also served as a Senior General Staff Officer in the Israel Defense Forces' Strategic Planning Division; developed social welfare programs in central and eastern Europe with the Joint Distribution Committee; and was International Relations Director for an Israeli human rights organization, where he was responsible for engagement with diplomats and international policymakers around issues at the nexus of human rights and humanitarian affairs. His work is especially focused on leveraging insights from theories of systems, social networks, and leadership.
I have worked in the humanitarian sector for nearly 10 years after finishing an MSc in water and wastewater engineering. Initially a Project Manager (2.5 years), I then moved on as a WASH and Infrastructure Advisor (2.5 years) and Country Director (3 years) – always with Medair in D.R. Congo. Besides organisational duties, I engaged often with the humanitarian coordination system: co-lead of cluster, member of the CRIO (and guest for HCT), advisory board for INSO, Executive Committee of the INGO Forum, and leading Country Director meetings. I am currently working as Head of Country Programme for DRC at Medair headquarters.
Iesha has more than two decades of humanitarian programme, policy, and advocacy experience with the former DFID, MSF, Oxfam, and ACF in particular. She has worked in various capacities including (Regional) Humanitarian Advisor, Regional Programme Manager, and Head of Mission.
Iesha’s country experiences include the regional Syria and Burundi crises, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Chad, Eritrea, DRC, and Afghanistan. Thematically, she has worked in conflict and strong state settings; IDP and refugee contexts; as well as on the humanitarian/development (peace) nexus, humanitarian access, and preparedness.
Iesha currently works with UNHCR in Senegal to establish the agency’s regional evaluation service.
Raju Sira Mahalingappa Guru
Raju is a physician, researcher, and trainer in medical humanitarian sector. He has worked with Doctors Without Borders and in disaster management. He is interested in issues related to humanitarian negotiation, diplomacy, and health security. He has a degree in medicine and a Master's in Health Administration from India, a Diploma in Humanitarian Diplomacy from Diplo Foundation and IFRC, and a Certificate in Multilateral Diplomacy and is currently based in Oslo.
Kathryn Striffolino is the Senior Manager for Humanitarian Practice at InterAction where she manages the team responsible for humanitarian country response operational and advocacy support for the NGO community. She regularly conducts field missions and represents collective humanitarian NGO interests at all levels across the UN system, with donor governments and with host authorities at field level. Previously, Katie worked for Amnesty International, Physicians for Human Rights, Save the Children, and the International Rescue Committee where she worked on international human rights crime investigations, crisis prevention and response research, analysis and advocacy, and humanitarian access negotiations.
After about 10 years working in the private sector in France, I’ve decided to shift to the humanitarian aid sector in 2009, because I felt that I needed to work in a sector driven more by humanistic values. I’ve been initially serving as a project manager in DR Congo in 2009 and later in Haiti in 2010 (after the earthquake) where I’ve actually learned what a humanitarian emergency situation is about and how to respond and personally cope with it. Then taking on more leadership roles in complex humanitarian operations as Field Coordinator, Emergency Manager, Area Manager, and finally a growing leadership and strategic role in programme development and operations management as Head of Programme or Head of Operations with Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), both roles being part of the Country Management Group and deputizing the Country Director. I’ve been deployed many times in DR Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Greece, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Uganda. I speak French, English, and some Arabic and German. I hold a Master’s degree in Management and Organization from the ENPC engineering school (Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées) and Université de Marne la Vallée in Paris Region, France.
Angelina M. Twinomujuni has over 15 years of national and international development experience. Angelina is currently involved in the vetting and management of grantees under the ERIKS Development Partner portfolio in East Africa. ERIKS Development Partner is a child rights organisation working in 17 countries.
Wilbert-Jan van Hovell
Wilbert-Jan van Hovell has worked in a variety of operational and management positions for UNHCR in Africa, Asia, and Europe, including in Geneva as Deputy Director for international protection. In between, he served in two UN peacekeeping operations (Kosovo and Timor-Leste, where he was also OHCHR Representative) and at the International Criminal Court. Over the years, his areas of expertise have broadened from refugee and IDP protection to the protection of civilians in armed conflict and transitional justice. Since his retirement from the UN, he has been active as a guest teacher (university course on protection of civilians), an ad hoc judge, and as a humanitarian and justice advocate in the foreign affairs committee of a Dutch political party.
Kris Wallace is the Head of Internal Audit for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, based in Geneva. He is a professionally qualified audit leader, with expertise in assurance, risk management, fraud and corruption investigations, and safeguarding. Kris has a detailed knowledge and understanding of the risks faced by the humanitarian system having spent many years working in senior roles for DFID. During his career, Kris has worked extensively in the field, delivering audits in over 50 countries, including conflict zones such as Sudan and Somalia, as well as Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis.
Anthony Zwi is a Professor of Global Health and Development at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Anthony is a medical doctor actively engaged with global health, global development policy, and the humanitarian-development interface. He has used his academic position to advance collaboration with policy makers, practitioners, and civil society structures. He is a member of the Development Practice Committee (DPC) of ACFID, the peak body for Australian agencies working on international and global development. He is keen to lead project work to identify the dilemmas faced by humanitarians and the solutions and strategies they generate in response.
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