2020 Conference Theme: “Aid, a focus on Africa”:

OPENING CEREMONY

10:00 - 11:00

Official Opening of the Conference
HE Saeed Al Eter | Director General, The Executive Office of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Deputy Secretary-General, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives
HE Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouie | Speaking on Behalf of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President, United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority
HE Aisha Muhammadu Buhari | First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
HE Pawel Jabłoński | Undersecretary of State (Development Cooperation), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland

11:00 - 12:00

Official Opening of the Exhibition

12:00 - 13:45

Luncheon
INTRODUCTION

13:55 - 14:00

Outline of the Conference Programme
HE Gerhard Putman-Cramer | Director, DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board (DISAB)
SESSION 1

14:00 - 15:30

Africa: The Impact of Conflicts and Humanitarian Crises
Ms. Ann Encontre | UNHCR Representative in Ethiopia
HE Patrizia Danzi | Regional Director for Africa, International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC)
HE Mohamed Abdi Affey | UNHCR Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa
Mr. Mohammed Abdiker | Regional Director For East and the Horn of Africa, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

15:30 - 15:45

“Aid and Food Security in Africa”
HE Valerie Guarnieri | Assistant Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)

15:45 - 16:15

Coffee Break
SESSION 2

16:15 - 17:45

Africa: The Impact of Climate Change
HE Ovais Sarmad | Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Climate Change Secretariat, Bonn
HE Nawal Al Hosany | Permanent Representative of the UAE to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Dr. Musonda Mumba | Chair, Global Partnership for Forest and Landscape Restoration and Chief, Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit, UN Environment, Nairobi
Ms. Lois Quam | Chief Executive Officer and President, Pathfinder International, Washington D.C.
SESSION 3

09:00 - 10:30

Africa: Population Growth, Urbanization, Education and Employment
Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier | Regional Director for West and Central Africa, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Mr. Gerhard Mai | Program Director for the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer International Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), Addis Ababa
Dr. Luay Shabaneh | Regional Director for the Arab States and North Africa, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Dr. Waleed Al Ali | Adviser, Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Initiatives (MBRGI) and Coordinator, Dubai Future Council on Humanitarian Aid
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

10:30 - 10:45

“A Priority in Africa: Education”
HE Christos Stylianides | Former European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break
SESSION 4

11:15 - 12:45

Africa: Aid Flows, Remittances, Trade, Investments and Economic Growth
Ms. Rachel Scott | Head, Crises and Fragility Unit, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Mr. Paul Dowling | Customer Operations Manager for the Middle East and North Africa, DHL

12:45 - 13:45

Luncheon
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

13:45 - 14:00

"The Current Situation in the Sahel"
HE Mbaranga Gasarabwe | Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Minusma and Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator, Mali
SPECIAL SESSION

14:00 - 17:15

Shaping African Futures, The SDGs and Beyond
Dr. Mukesh Kapila | Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs, University of Manchester; Former Under Secretary-General, IFRC and Founder, Defeat-NCD Partnership, Geneva
Dr. Asha Mohammed | Secretary-General, Kenya Red Cross Society, Nairobi
Mr. Yannick Du Pont | Director, “SPARK”, Amsterdam
Dr. Jebamalai Vinanchiarachi | Principal Adviser, Knowledge Management Associates (Austria); Former Principal Adviser to the Director-General, UNIDO
Dr. Caroline Kisia | Executive Director, Action Africa Help International, Nairobi
Dr. Jakkie Cilliers | Head, African Futures and Innovation, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria
SESSION 5

09:00 - 10:30

Africa: Natural Resources, Water, Energy, and Land
HE Ameenah Gurib Fakim | Biodiversity Scientist, Author and Former President of the Republic of Mauritius
Ms. Coumba Sow | Chief, Resilience Team for West Africa and the Sahel, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Dakar
Prof. Andris Piebalgs | Professor, Florence School of Regulation, Former EU Commissioner for Energy and Former EU Commissioner for Development
Ms. Hind Al Owais | Vice-President, International Organizations, Expo 2020; Former Senior Adviser, Intergovernmental Support and Partnerships, UN Women
SPECIAL PRESENTATION

10:30 - 10:45

“Peace in Africa; The Cost of Waiting”
Dr. Nathalie Ndongo-She | UN Resident Coordinator, Mbabane, Kingdom of Eswatini

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break
SESSION 6

11:15 - 12:45

Africa: Contemporary and Future Health Challenges
Dr. Ibrahim Soce Fall | Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response, World Health Organization
Dr. Juliet Mwanga | Director, Epicentre Research Centre, Mbarara, Uganda
Mr. Peter Kwame Yeboah | Executive Director, Christian Health Association of Ghana, ACCRA
Mr. Mamadi Diakite | Special Adviser for Security, Humanitarian Affairs and Fragile Countries, UNAIDS , Geneva

12:45 - 14:00

Luncheon
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

14:00 - 14:20

"The UAE Red Crescent in Africa"
Mr. Fahad Bin Sultan | Deputy Secretary-General, Development and International Cooperation, UAE Red Crescent Authority

14:20 - 14:40

"Activities and Accomplishments in Africa"
Dr. Ali Al-Hakami | Secretary-General, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Humanitarian Foundation

14:40 - 15:00

"The Nexus, its impact on Africa"
Mr. Claus Sorensen | Member of the Board, Norwegian Refugee Council, and Former Director-General, ECHO

15:00 - 15:20

"IHC Response to African Emergencies"
Mr. Giuseppe Saba | CEO, International Humanitarian City, Dubai
CLOSING CEREMONY

15:40 - 16:00

Closing Address
HE Sergio Piazzi | Secretary-General, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean

16:00 - 16:30

Chairman’s Summary and Conclusion
HE Gerhard Putman-Cramer | Director, DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board (DISAB)

**Conference Presentations will be delivered in English; translations will be provided in Arabic.