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


13:55 - 14:00

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

14:00 - 15:30

Africa: The Impact of Conflicts and Humanitarian Crises
HE Patrizia Danzi | Regional Director for Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Mr. Mohammed Abdiker | Regional Director For East and the Horn of Africa, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Mr. Marcel Akpovo | Director, Human Rights and Protection, The AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur
Dr. Nathalie Ndongo-She | UN Resident Coordinator, Mbabane, Kingdom of Eswatini

15:30 - 15:45

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

15:45 - 16:15

Coffee Break

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)
Ms. Edem Wosornu | Head of Office, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Nigeria
Ms. Lois Quam | Chief Executive Officer and President, Pathfinder International, Washington D.C.

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

10:30 - 10:45

“Unlocking Sustainable Finance for Africa’s Development”
HE Asako Okai | Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director, Crisis Bureau, UNDP

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:45

Africa: Aid Flows, Remittances, Trade, Investments and Economic Growth
HE Mohamed Abdi Affey | UNHCR Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa
Mr. Edward Kallon | United Nations Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, Nigeria
Mr. Paul Dowling | Customer Operations Manager for the Middle East and North Africa, DHL
Dr. Dena Assaf | United Nations Resident Coordinator, United Arab Emirates

12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:30

Safari Doctors and Doctors with Africa
Ms. Umra Omar | Founder of Safari Doctors, Lamu, Kenya
Ms. Chiara Scanagatta | Senior Programme Manager, Cuamm – Doctors with Africa, Padova, Italy

14:30 - 14:45

A Renewed EU- Africa Partnership: A Geopolitical Priority
HE Andrea Fontana | Head of the EU Delegation to the UAE, Abu Dhabi

14:45 - 15:15

Coffee Break

15:15 - 17:30

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

09:00 - 10:30

Africa: Natural Resources, Water, Energy, and Land
Mr. Claus Sorensen | Senior Adviser on Resilience, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Norwegian Refugee Council, and Former Director-General, ECHO
Mr. Simon O'Connell | Executive Director, Mercy Corps
Ms. Coumba Sow | Chief, Resilience Team for West Africa and the Sahel, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Dakar
Ms. Hind Al Owais | Vice-President, International Organizations, Expo 2020; Former Senior Adviser, Intergovernmental Support and Partnerships, UN Women

10:30 - 10:45

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

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break

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


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 West Nile Refugee Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding Project
Dr. Sukhwinder Singh | Assistant Professor, UAE University, Al Ain
Dr. Robert Kweyunga Kwesiga | Secretary-General, Uganda Red Cross Society

15:30 - 15:45

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

15:45 - 16:00

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