Aisha Muhammadu

HE Aisha Muhammadu Buhari

First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria | Nigeria

Her Excellency Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari is the wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari, who was inaugurated on May 29, 2015. Her twenty-nine years of marriage to the former Head of State is blessed with five children and two grandchildren. She hails from Adamawa State, North-Eastern Region of Nigeria. Her grandfather Alhaji Mahmoud Ribadu, who was a prominent politician and Nigeria’s first Minister of Defence. Mrs. Buhari has a Master’s De [...]

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Dr. Ali Al-Hakami

Secretary-General, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Humanitarian Foundation | Saudi Arabia

Dr. Ali Alhakami is the Secretary-General of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Humanitarian Foundation, which carries out humanitarian programs in 20 countries across the world in the fields of education, health, and economic and social development. Dr. Alhakami has extensive academic, managerial and technical expertise in the public, private and third sectors. He is the former CEO of Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4EDU) and the former General Manager of King Abdullah bin [...]

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HE Ameenah Gurib Fakim

Biodiversity Scientist, Author and Former President of the Republic of Mauritius | Mauritius

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been the Managing Director of the Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research and Innovation as well as Professor of Organic Chemistry with an endowed chair at the University of Mauritius. Since 2001, she has served successively as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Pro Vice Chancellor (2004- 2010). She has also worked at the Mauritius Research Council as Manager for Research (1995-1997). Ms Gurib-Fakim earned a BSc in Chemistry from the Univ [...]

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Prof. Andris Piebalgs

Professor, Florence School of Regulation, Former EU Commissioner for Energy and Former EU Commissioner for Development | Latvia

Andris Piebalgs is a Professor at the Florence School of Regulation in the European University Institute. His work now focuses on the decarbonisation challenges in the energy sector. He is the Chairman of the Board of Appeal of ACER. Before coming to FSR Andris Piebalgs was EU Commissioner for Energy and EU Commissioner for Development. He is a key figure in the formation of the EU’s renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and made a crucial impact in the creation of the Europea [...]

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Ms. Ann Encontre

UNHCR Representative in Ethiopia | Ethiopia

Ms. Ann Encontre assumed her functions as the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ethiopia on 3 October 2019. Prior to her arrival, Ms. Encontre was the Regional Representative of UNHCR based in Kinshasa, covering the DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo and São Tomé e Príncipe. At the same time, she was the Regional Refugee Coordinator for the DRC Refugee Situation. Hailing from Guyana, Ms. Encontre has a background in law, and has [...]

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Dr. Asha Mohammed

Secretary-General, Kenya Red Cross Society, Nairobi | Kenya

Dr Asha Mohammed is the Secretary General of Kenya Red Cross Society. She has over 25 years diverse experience working within Humanitarian and Government institutions. She has served in different capacities within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement including ; Movement Partnerships Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Geneva, Head of Operations for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Africa Zone office in Johannesburg, Head of Easte [...]

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Dr. Caroline Kisia

Executive Director, Action Africa Help International, Nairobi | Kenya

Caroline Kisia is Executive Director of Action Africa Help International (AAH-I). She is a Physician from Kenya, with a passion for working with disadvantaged communities. She has worked in remote rural communities, many of them conflict-affected. With experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, Caroline has played a key leadership role in health, humanitarian, and development matters in Eastern Africa, including working with large refugee populations and their hosting communi [...]

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HE Christos Stylianides

Former European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management | Cyprus

Christos Stylianides is the Former European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management since November 1st, 2014. On October 24th, 2014 he was appointed by the European Council EU Ebola Coordinator. He was elected Member of the European Parliament in the May 2014 European elections where he served until October 31st 2014. He was twice appointed Government Spokesperson of the Republic of Cyprus (in 2013-2014 and in 1998-1999). He was responsible for the management of the Govern [...]

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Mr. Claus Sorensen

Member of the Board, Norwegian Refugee Council, and Former Director-General, ECHO | Denmark

Senior Adviser on Resilience, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response reporting to the Danish Government, prev. to the European Commission President For the past four years Mr. Sørensen was the Director General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection in the European Commission (ECHO). Before that he held the post as Director General of Communication. He is a career diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. His first posting from 1981 was at the Danish Delegation to the OECD [...]

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Ms. Coumba Sow

Chief, Resilience Team for West Africa and the Sahel, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Dakar | Senegal

Coumba D. Sow is an agro-economist working with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations since 2006. She joined FAO as Agricultural Policy Officer, supporting analysis and development of agricultural and food security policies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She also supported the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and contributed to the development of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Compact and National and Regional Agriculture Invest [...]

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Mr. Fahad Bin Sultan

Deputy Secretary-General, Development and International Cooperation, UAE Red Crescent Authority | United Arab Emirates

Deputy Secretary-General, Development and International Cooperation, UAE Red Crescent Authority

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Mr. Gerhard Mai

Program Director for the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer International Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), Addis Ababa | Ethiopia

Gerhard Mai (62) is an expert on international cooperation, peace and security and governance with a focus on Africa. Currently he is Program Director for the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and heads a program which promotes cross-border economic development in Ethiopia and the Sudan - commissioned by the German Government and the European Union. The program is being implemented in close cooperation with the Intergovernmental [...]

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HE Gerhard Putman-Cramer

Director, DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board (DISAB) | Switzerland

Former member of the Advisory Expert Committee on International Operations of the Swiss Red Cross; former Senior Associate of the Global Humanitarian Forum, and former member of the Board of the Henri Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva. Ambassador Putman-Cramer has been active in a variety of international fora these last few years, in his capacity as Permanent Observer of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) to the United Nations in Geneva, providing support to [...]

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Mr. Giuseppe Saba

CEO, International Humanitarian City, Dubai | United Arab Emirates

Appointed as CEO of Dubai’s International Humanitarian City in early March 2017, Giuseppe Saba brings more than 34 years of extensive experience in the humanitarian field with the United Nations and international organizations. Saba is a leading logistics and support services expert. He is the founder of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot Network (UNHRD); In 2000, he set up under the UN World Food Programme (WFP) the first UNHRD in Brindisi, south-east of Italy, as a consortium of [...]

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Hamdan Musallam

HE Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouie

Speaking on Behalf of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President, United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority | United Arab Emirates

Speaking on Behalf of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President, United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority

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Ms. Hind Al Owais

Vice-President, International Organizations, Expo 2020; Former Senior Adviser, Intergovernmental Support and Partnerships, UN Women | United Arab Emirates

Before taking up a position at EXPO2020 as Vice President of International Participants for International organizations and Non Official Participants, Ms. Alowais was the first Emirati national to hold a senior position at the United Nations. Currently, Ms. Alowais is the Vice President of the International Participants Department at Expo 2020 Dubai where she oversees the presence and participation of International and intergovernmental organizations, a wide range of stakeholders including gl [...]

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Ibrahim Soce

Dr. Ibrahim Soce Fall

Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response, World Health Organization | South Africa

Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response, World Health Organization

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Dr. Jakkie Cilliers

Head, African Futures and Innovation, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria | South Africa

Dr. Jakkie Cilliers is the founder of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), a regional think- and do-tank with offices in Dakar, Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Pretoria. After stepping down as executive director in 2015 he now serves as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute and head of the African Futures and Innovation programme at the Pretoria office of the ISS. He is an Extraordinary Professor in the Centre of Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences, Faculty Huma [...]

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Dr. Jebamalai Vinanchiarachi

Principal Adviser, Knowledge Management Associates (Austria); Former Principal Adviser to the Director-General, UNIDO | Austria

Dr. Jebamalai Vinanchiarachi is a sustainable development expert, with over 30 years of experience in the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria, where he served in various capacities and eventually retired as the principal adviser to the Director General of UNIDO. He has to his credit several degrees, with distinctions. He has authored several journal articles, books and reports, highlighting the changing patterns of sustainable development, with a focus [...]

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Dr. Juliet Mwanga

Director, Epicentre Research Centre, Mbarara, Uganda | Uganda

Juliet Mwanga Amumpaire heads the Epicentre Research Centre in Mbarara Uganda, an epidemiology and research satellite created by Médecins Sans Frontières, an international medical humanitarian organization. She has held this position since 2014 and has overseen successful implementation of many research studies at the centre. She is an Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Medical School of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) for 15 years and contributed g [...]

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Ms. Lois Quam

Chief Executive Officer and President, Pathfinder International, Washington D.C. | USA

Accomplished leader with a track record of leading transformative change in business, government, and non-profit organizations. Named three times to FORTUNE’s list of most influential women leaders in business. Distinguished thought leader in health care, the environment, and diversity with outstanding academic credentials. Strong revenue raiser with demonstrated results through public-private partnerships, philanthropy, and product and operational innovation. Health care innovator with a [...]

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Dr. Luay Shabaneh

Regional Director for the Arab States and North Africa, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) | United Arab Emirates

Luay Shabaneh is the current Arab States Regional Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, assuming his duties since May 2016. A native of Palestine, he held a number of high-profile national and international public service positions over the last two decades - within the UN System, in government and in the multilateral arena - in the areas of official statistics, population census, population and development, monitoring and evaluation, programme management and advocacy. H [...]

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Mr. Mamadi Diakite

Special Adviser for Security, Humanitarian Affairs and Fragile Countries, UNAIDS , Geneva | Switzerland

Mr. Mamadi DIAKITE is an international lawyer specialised in Human Rights, Humanitarian and HIV issues. He has over 28 years of professional experience in the United Nations System and at bilateral levels under various capacities. He currently serves as the Special Adviser for Security, Humanitarian Affairs and Fragile Countries at UNAIDS HQ in Geneva since May 2017. Prior to his current appointment, he held the following key positions: • Chief of Security and Humanitarian Affairs at UNAID [...]

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Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier

Regional Director for West and Central Africa, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) | South Africa

Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier is UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa. Based in Dakar, she provides leadership to 24 country offices across the region. Her career with UNICEF spans more than 30 years across Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America in providing leadership for UNICEF’s advocacy, programme, communication and operations in both development and humanitarian contexts; working closely with governments, UN and other international actors, civil society, and the privat [...]

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HE Mbaranga Gasarabwe

Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Minusma and Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator, Mali | Mali

In May 2015, Ms. Mbaranga Gasarabwe was appointed Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for MINUSMA and Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Mali. In this capacity, she is responsible for the coordination of humanitarian and recovery assistance throughout the country. Ms. Gasarabwe has long experience working in emerging as well as conflict countries. In Mali, she plays the lead role to coordinate humanitarian response. In addition to humanitarian dimension, M [...]

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HE Mohamed Abdi Affey

UNHCR Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa | South Africa

Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey was appointed UNHCR Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa in October 2018. This appointment reflects political developments in the region, including the agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia, as well as other States in the region, which have the potential for progress towards finding solutions for the over 1.5 million refugees in the Horn of Africa. For two years before that (2016-2017), Ambassador Affey acted as the UNHCR Special Envoy for the Somalia situatio [...]

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Mr. Mohammed Abdiker

Regional Director For East and the Horn of Africa, International Organization for Migration (IOM) | South Africa

Regional Director For East and the Horn of Africa, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

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Dr. Mukesh Kapila

Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs, University of Manchester; Former Under Secretary-General, IFRC and Founder, Defeat-NCD Partnership, Geneva | Switzerland

Mukesh Kapila is Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester. He has extensive experience in global health, humanitarian affairs, conflict and security issues, international development, human rights and diplomacy, as well as social entrepreneurship. He has qualifications in medicine, public health, and development from the Universities of Oxford and London. Professor Kapila has served in senior leadership functions at the UK Government Department for In [...]

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Dr. Musonda Mumba

Chair, Global Partnership for Forest and Landscape Restoration and Chief, Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit, UN Environment, Nairobi | Kenya

Dr. Musonda Mumba is currently the head of the UN Environment’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Team and for over 8 years was the agency’s Coordinator for Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Flagship Programme within the Climate Change Adaptation team. She is also the UN Environment Mountain Focal Point, and is current Vice-Chairperson of the Mountain Partnership Steering Committee. She recently became the new Chair of the Global Partnership for Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). Her responsib [...]

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Dr. Nathalie Ndongo-She

UN Resident Coordinator, Mbabane, Kingdom of Eswatini | Swaziland

Ms. Nathalie Ndongo-Seh has been serving as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Kingdom of Eswatini since December 2018. She was previously the Chief of Staff of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ms. Ndongo-Seh is a former Attorney-at-Law, who started her career with the United Nations in 2000 in East Timor as a Legal Officer. Over the past 19 years, she has accumulated a wide-ranging United Nations peacekeeping and political experience [...]

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HE Nawal Al Hosany

Permanent Representative of the UAE to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) | United Arab Emirates

Dr Nawal Al-Hosany is the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Dr Al-Hosany’s career spans business and academia, both in the UAE and internationally. Dr. Al-Hosany served as the Deputy Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA). Prior to this, she was the Executive Director of Sustainability at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and the Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the UAE’s annual global awards [...]

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HE Ovais Sarmad

Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Climate Change Secretariat, Bonn | United Arab Emirates

Mr. Ovais Sarmad joined the United Nations Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC) on 1 September 2017. Mr. Sarmad supports the Executive Secretary in managing the operations of UNFCCC secretariat and its staff and organizational development, advising on a range of issues relating to the inter-governmental affairs and strategic planning. Previously he served as Chief of Staff/Chef de Cabinet at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva. Mr. Sarmad worked in several managemen [...]

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HE Patrizia Danzi

Regional Director for Africa, International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) | Libya

Patricia Danzi has been with the International Committee of the Red Cross since 1996, serving as a delegate, with increasing responsibilities, in the Balkans (Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo), Peru, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola, as well as at headquarters as a Deputy Head of Operations for the Horn of Africa and as Political Advisor to the Director of Operations before undertaking her position as Head of Operations for Americas from November 2008 until April 2015. She is [...]

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Mr. Paul Dowling

Customer Operations Manager for the Middle East and North Africa, DHL | United Arab Emirates

Irish national who has been living in the Middle East for the past 25 years while working for DHL Express in various operational roles. Currently responsible for Customer Operations in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition Paul is also the Deutsche Post DHL Go Help Manager for the Middle East & Africa with responsibility for the Deutsche Post DHL Disaster Response Teams and GARD (Get Airports Ready for Disaster) program. As part of the Deutsche Post DHL Disaster Response Team, Paul wa [...]

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HE Pawel Jabłoński

Undersecretary of State (Development Cooperation), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland | Poland

Undersecretary of State (Development Cooperation), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland

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Peter Kwame

Mr. Peter Kwame Yeboah

Executive Director, Christian Health Association of Ghana, ACCRA | Ghana

Peter Yeboah is the Chairman of Africa Christian Health Association Platform (ACHAP), which is a network of 41 Christian Health Associations and Health Organizations based in 32 sub-Saharan African countries. Peter is also the Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), which is a network of 345 Health Facilities and Health Training Institutions in Ghana owned by 33 Church denominations. CHAG is the 2nd largest provider of health services with presence and coverage in [...]

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Ms. Rachel Scott

Head, Crises and Fragility Unit, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) | United Arab Emirates

Rachel Scott leads the OECD Crisis and Fragility team, which includes the secretariats of the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) and the Expert Group on Risk and Resilience. The team has a broad agenda for research and action in all aspects of crises: prevention, resilience, response, forced displacement, stabilization and financing, and also publishes the OECD flagship States of Fragility report - supporting members and multilateral organizations to transform policy into pr [...]

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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 | United Arab Emirates

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

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HE Sergio Piazzi

Secretary-General, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean | Malta

Amb. Sergio Piazzi is a Senior Executive Officer of the United Nations. In January 2008, he was elected as the first PAM Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM). He is an Alumnus of the Nunziatella Military High School of Naples, Italy, holding an Honours Doctorate Degree in International Political Sciences (Naples), a Master’s Degree in Economics and Foreign Trade (Rome), and a Crisis Management Certificate (University of Wisconsin, USA). Amb. Piazzi start [...]

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HE Valerie Guarnieri

Assistant Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP) | USA

Valerie Newsom Guarnieri has been WFP Assistant Executive Director since January 2018. In this role, she leads cutting-edge programme and policy development to assist people and nations facing hunger and malnutrition during and in the aftermath of crises and to improve food security. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Guarnieri served as WFP Regional Director for East and Central Africa providing supervision, strategic guidance and support for some of WFP’s largest and most complex country operati [...]

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Dr. Waleed Al Ali

Adviser, Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Initiatives (MBRGI) and Coordinator, Dubai Future Council on Humanitarian Aid | United Arab Emirates

Waleed Al-Ali is an adviser at Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Initiatives (MBRGI) where he is in charge of a number of projects and initiatives including Madrasa e-learning initiative and the coordinator for Dubai Future Council for Humanitarian Aid. Dr. Waleed experience in the areas of strategic planning, innovation management, and ICT innovations. Dr.Waleed has worked with leading private and public organizations in UAE including Dubai Holding, UAE Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, Engineers Office of [...]

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Mr. Yannick Du Pont

Director, “SPARK”, Amsterdam | Netherlands The

Founder and director of SPARK, Yannick has been working in the field of higher education & economic development in post-conflict countries since 1994. With an MA in International Relations and Sociology from the University of Amsterdam, Yannick worked for the Netherlands Minister of Development Cooperation from 1996 to 1997. Later with the Dutch PAX; and the Development think-tank of the Dutch Labor Party, the Evert Vermeer Foundation, Yannick was engaged as researcher for the Netherlands Instit [...]

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