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[ 09.30 ] Gathering of VIPs, Speakers, Sponsors, Media Representatives, International Scientific Advisory Board (DISAB) Members and Organizers in the “Dubai Majlis” of the Convention Centre
United Nations Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of International Humanitarian City
H.R.H Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein,
Wife of H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai
H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi
Minister of International Cooperation and Development, UAE
H.E. Dr. Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouie
Speaking on behalf Of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,Representative of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi in the Western Region and
President,United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority;
H.E. Mr.Ibrahim Bumelha
Humanitarian Advisor of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Chairman, DIHAD Higher Committee and President, DISAB;
H.E. Ms. Ertharin Cousin
Executive Director, World Food Programme;
[11.00 – 12.00 ]  EXHIBITION TOUR
[12.00 – 13.30 ] LUNCH BREAK
[13.30 – 14.15 ] KEYNOTE ADDRESSES
H.E. Ms. Kristalina Georgieva
European Commissioner for International Cooperation,Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response (ECHO);
H.E. Ms. Baige Zhao
Vice-President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent and Societies (IFRC) and Executive Vice-President, Red Cross Society of China
[14.30 – 16.00 ] SESSION 1: Women and War.
Dr. Fathima Gailani
President, Afghanistan Red Crescent Society – Chair;
Ms. Wendy Fenton,
Coordinator, Humanitarian Practice Network,
Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London;
Ms. Amneh Saqer,
Chief, Field Relief and Social Services Programme, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA Syria Field);
Ms. Maria Teresa Garrido,
Adviser on Women and War, ICRC, Geneva;
[16.00 – 16.30] COFFEE/TEA
[ 16.30 – 18.00 ] SESSION 2: Women and Disasters
H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi,
Minister of International Cooperation and Development, UAE – Chair;
Mr. David Kaatrud,
Director of Emergencies, World Food Programme (WFP), Rome;
Dr. Mona S. Chaya
Deputy Strategic Objective Coordinator (Resilience) and Senior Coordinator,
Food Chain Crisis Management Framework, FAO, Rome;
Ms. Sylvia Lopez-Ekra,
Head, Gender Coordination Unit, Office of the Director-General, IOM;
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[09.00 – 10.30 ] SESSION 3: Women and Development..
H.E. Ms. Yvette Stevens,
Ambassador, Permanent Representative Of The Republic Of Sierra Leone To The United Nations In Geneva;
Ms. Farah Kabir
Executive Director, Action Aid, Bangladesh
Ms. Colleen Lafontaine,
Co-Founder Present Purpose Network and Former Managing Director of Step Up Women’s Network, London
Mr. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, Executive Manager,
International Development, Qatar Charity;
[ 10.30 – 11.00 ] COFFEE/TEA
[ 11.00 – 12.30 ] SESSION 4: Women and Food Security
Mr. Mohamed Beavogui,
Director and Senior Adviser to the President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome
Ms. Florika Fink-Hooijer
Director, Strategy, Policy and International Cooperation,European Commission Directorate-General For Humanitarian Aid And Civil Protection (ECHO);
Ms. Joyce Luma
Deputy Director, Policy, Programme and Innovation Division, World Food Programme;
Ms. Amina Ibrahim Sheikh Abdulla,
Representative Middle East, Concern Worldwide
[ 12.30 –12.45 ] SPECIAL ADDRESS by United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador Muna Abu Suliman, Former/ Founding Secretary General of the Al Waleed Bin Talal Foundation, KSA


[ 12.45 – 14.00 ] LUNCH BREAK
[ 14.00 – 15.45 ] SPECIAL SESSION: The Syria Crisis; In-Country Assistance Requirements..
Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar,
President, Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society – Chair;
H.E. Mr. Atta Almanan Bakhit El-Haj
Assistant Secretary-General, Humanitarian Affairs, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation;
Mr. Nigel Fisher
Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Amman
Mr. Muhannad Hadi,
Regional Emergency Coordinator, World Food Programme, Amman;
[ 15.45 – 16.15 ] COFFEE/TEA
[ 16.15 – 18.00 ] SPECIAL SESSION: The Syria Crisis – Continued; Assistance Requirements in Neighbouring Countries..).
H.E. Mr. William Lacy Swing
Director-General, International Organisation For Migration (IOM)- Chair ;
Dr. Mohamed Atiq Al Falahi,
Secretary – General, UAE Red Crescent Authority
Mr. Amin Awad,
Director, Middle East And North Africa Bureau And Regional Refugee Coordinator, UNHCR;
Mr. Ehssan Saleh Seraj Taieb
Secretary-General, International Islamic Relief Organisation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
[ 19.30 – 22.00 ] GALA DINNER
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[ 09.00 – 10.30 ] SESSION 5: Women And Health In Crisis/Disaster Settings
Dr. Nahid Toubia
International Health Consultant, Founder and Director of the Reproductive Health Group, Sudan- Chair;
Ms. Nicole Ruder,
Chief of Staff Humanitarian Aid and SHA;
Dr. Adelheid Marschang,
Health Cluster Coordinator, World Health Organisation;
Dr. Adel Abdulaziz Al-Rushood
Secretary-General, Al Basar International Foundation;
[ 10.30 – 11.00 ] COFFEE/TEA
[ 11.00 – 12.30 ] SESSION 6: Women And Education.
Ms. Nahla Haidar
Member, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), OHCHR; Chair;
Dr. Dina Craissati,
Regional Adviser on Education, UNICEF;
Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad
Founder and CEO, Al Khair Foundation, United Kingdom
Ms. Bayarmaa Luntan,
Senior Adviser, Office of the Secretary-General, IFRC.
[ 12.30 – 14.00 ] LUNCH BREAK
[ 14.00 – 15.00 ] Special Presentations
The World Humanitarian Summit (Istanbul, May 2016); themes and preparatory activities/ consultations;
Ms.GWi-Yeop Son,
Director, Corporate Programmes, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
The Importance Of Women Playing A Key Role In Decision Making
Dr. Mukesh Kapila,
Professor, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute,
University Of Manchester, Former Under Secretary-General, IFRC, and Author.
The “Salam Ya Seghar” Initiative.
Ms. Noura Ahmed Al Noman
Director General, Executive Office Of HH Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi;
The Roles and Responsibilities of the media
Ms. Imogen Foulkes,
BBC Geneva Correspondent
Ms. Heba Aly
Reporter, IRIN humanitarian news service
[ 15.00 – 16.00 ] CLOSING ADDRESSES
H.E. Shaima Al Zarooni
CEO, International Humanitarian City, Dubai;
H.E. Dr. Sergio Piazzi,
Secretary-General, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean.
H.E. Mr.Gerhard Putman-Cramer
Director, DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board.
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