10:00 - 11:00

Official Opening of the Conference
HE Saeed Al Eter | Chairman, UAE Government Media Office; Director-General, The Executive Office of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Deputy Secretary- General, MBRGI
HE Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus | Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
HE Janez Lenarcic | European Commissioner For Crisis Management
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

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 Patrick Youssef | 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)
Ms. Ann Encontre | Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ethiopia
Dr. Nathalie Ndongo-She | UN Resident Coordinator, Mbabane, Kingdom of Eswatini

15:30 - 15:45

“Adaptative Leadership in Crises”
HE Elhadj As Sy | Chairman of the Board, The Kofi Annan Foundation; Former Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

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)
Mr. Mohamed Abou Nar | Chief Organizational Growth Officer, Pathfinder International, Washington D.C.
Dr. Robert Kweyunga Kwesiga | Secretary-General, Uganda Red Cross Society

09:00 - 10:30

Africa: Population Growth, Urbanization, Education and Employment
HE Dr. Tariq Al Gurg | Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors, Dubai Cares
Mr. Yannick Du Pont | Director, “SPARK”, Amsterdam
Dr. Luay Shabaneh | Regional Director for the Arab States and North Africa, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Mr. Charles Allan Kwenin | Regional Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Southern Africa

10:30 - 10:45

“Innovation and Sustainability of African Diaspora Finance”
Prof. Gibril Faal | OBE, JP, Director GK Partners; Visiting Professor Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:30

“Humanitarian-Development Nexus – shifting from delivering aid to ending need”
HE Ahunna Eziakonwa | Assistant Secretary-General; Director, Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP

11:30 - 13:00

Africa: Aid Flows, Remittances, Trade, Investments and Economic Growth
HE Mohamed Abdi Affey | UNHCR Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa
Mr. Claus Sorensen | Senior Adviser on Resilience, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Norwegian Refugee Council
Mr. Khaled Khalifa | Senior Advisor and Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, UNHCR;
Dr. Linda Adhiambo Oucho | Executive Director, African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC)

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

“A Renewed EU-Africa Partnership: A Geopolitical Priority”
HE Jutta Urpilainen | European Commissioner for International Partnerships

14:20 - 14:40

“IHC Responses to the Coronavirus Pandemic on the African Continent”
Mr. Giuseppe Saba | CEO, International Humanitarian City, Dubai

14:40 - 15:00

“How National Disaster Management Authorities Usefully Integrate International Expertise”
Mr. Mati Goldstein | Director, Magen Division; Commander Zaka Int’l Rescue Unit Tac-Med, Israel

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:30

Shaping African Futures…beyond Covid-19
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
Prof. Mehari Taddele Maru | Professor, School of Transnational Governance and Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy
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: Food crisis, Gender and Resilience
Mr. Amin Awad | Senior Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States of America
Mr. Sean Granville-Ross | Regional Director for Africa, Mercy Corps
Ms. Lola Castro | Regional Director for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean States, World Food Programme (WFP)
Ms. Umra Omar | Founder of Safari Doctors, Lamu, Kenya

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. Chibuzo Okonta | President, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Central and West Africa
Ms. Chiara Scanagatta | South Sudan Programme Manager, Cuamm Doctors with Africa, Padova, Italy
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"
HE Sultan Alsadoon | Director General, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Foundation for Humanitarian Activities

14:40 - 15:00

The West Nile Refugee Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding Project
Dr. Sukhwinder Singh | Assistant Professor, UAE University, Al Ain

15:00 - 15:20

“An Update on the Epidemiology of Covid-19 in the GCC and Community-Level Good Practices in the UAE”
Dr. Fawzi Amin | Head, GCC Cluster Office, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Dubai
HE Salama Al Ameemi | Director-General, Ma’an, Abu Dhabi

15:20 - 15:40

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

15:40 - 16:00

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