HE Ahunna Eziakonwa

Assistant Secretary-General; Director, Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP | USA

Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa is a leading development and humanitarian specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the United Nations, culminating in her 2018 appointment by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to serve as UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA), at the rank of Assistant Secretary-General. She leads an over 1-billion-dollar development programme for Sub Saharan Africa, and a team in 46 countries supporting African Governments to remove structural im [...]

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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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Mr. Amin Awad

Senior Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States of America | USA

Amin Awad is currently engaged as a fellow at Harvard University on issues related to vital sectors and drivers for economic and social change in fragile states and states in transition. Prior to this, Mr. Awad served in dual capacity as United Nations Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Syria and Iraq Situations, and as Director of the Bureau for the Middle East and North Africa of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland. In this capacity, he led [...]

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Ms. Ann Encontre

Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 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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Charles Allan

Mr. Charles Allan Kwenin

Regional Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Southern Africa | United Arab Emirates

Regional Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Southern Africa

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Ms. Chiara Scanagatta

South Sudan Programme Manager, Cuamm Doctors with Africa, Padova, Italy | Italy

Chiara Scanagatta obtained a MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is working with CUAMM since 2008. After three years in Angola as Project Manager and Area Coordinator, she has moved to South Sudan, where she has been based for four years as Country Director. Then she has been appointed as Senior Program Manager, supporting CUAMM intervention in the field. Amongst her tasks, the preparation of proposals for and the management of [...]

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Dr. Chibuzo Okonta

President, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Central and West Africa | United Arab Emirates

Dr Chibuzo Okonta is president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) West Africa. Originally from Nigeria, he joined MSF in 2005 and has worked with MSF’s emergency medical teams across the region. Here, he calls on practitioners from the African continent to own the narrative of the current COVID-19 pandemic and take advantage of Africa’s experience of outbreaks in order to mount a tailored response.

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Mr. Claus Sorensen

Senior Adviser on Resilience, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Norwegian Refugee Council | Denmark

Until 2016 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 (Paris). In 1988-89 he was trade and finance councilor at the Danish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. In 1990 he moved to the Executive arm in the Co [...]

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Dr. Tariq

HE Dr. Tariq Al Gurg

Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors, Dubai Cares | United Arab Emirates

Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors, Dubai Cares

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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) | United Arab Emirates

Chairman of the Board, The Kofi Annan Foundation; Former Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

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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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Dr. Fawzi Amin

Head, GCC Cluster Office, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Dubai | United Arab Emirates

Dr. Amin joined the Ministry of Health since 1979, work in different sections and department of both Health center and Salmanyah Medical Center over 32 years, appointed in leadership positions, He was appointed on 2004 by Royal decree as Assistant Undersecretary for Training, Planning and Information. Retire from Ministry Of Health on October 2011. He continue working in his private Comprehensive Medical Clinic and teaching Family Medicine including Elderly Health in Arabian Gulf University. [...]

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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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Prof. Gibril Faal

OBE, JP, Director GK Partners; Visiting Professor Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics | United Arab Emirates

Professor Gibril Faal is a multi-disciplinary business and development executive. He is the co-founder and director of GK Partners specialising in socially responsible business models, sustainable development and programme implementation. He is the first visiting professor in practice at the Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics (LSE), vice chair of Bond (UK), and council member of Carnegie African Diaspora Program (New York). Gibril is a former magistrate, former chairman of A [...]

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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

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Red Crescent

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Ibrahim Soce

Dr. Ibrahim Soce Fall

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

Doctor Ibrahima Socé Fall is the Assistant Director General for emergencies response. He was formally the Regional Emergencies Director for WHO in the African Region. Dr has worked as WHO Representative in Mali before being appointed by the UN Secretary General as Ebola Crisis Manager and Head of UN mission for Ebola UNMEER in Mali in November 2014. He returned to WHO in March 2015 as Director of the Health Security and Emergencies Cluster in the Regional Office after a successful mission [...]

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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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HE Janez Lenarcic

European Commissioner For Crisis Management | United Arab Emirates

2019- European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Brussels 2016-2019 Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU, Brussels 2014-2016 State Secretary for European and Foreign Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister 2008-2014 Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) 2006 - 2008 State Secretary for European Affairs, Ljubljana 2003-2006 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Slovenia to the OSCE, V [...]

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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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HE Jutta Urpilainen

European Commissioner for International Partnerships | United Arab Emirates

As European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Ms Jutta Urpilainen oversees the European Commission’s work on international cooperation and sustainable development. Before joining the Commission, Ms Urpilainen served as a Member of the Finnish Parliament from 2003 to 2019. In 2008, she became the first woman leader of the Social Democratic Party of Finland. From 2011 to 2014, she served as Finland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister. During that time, she became closely [...]

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Mr. Khaled Khalifa

Senior Advisor and Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, UNHCR; | United Arab Emirates

Mr. Khaled Khalifa has served as the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council since 2016 and serves as a senior advisor to the High Commissioner for Refugees on Islamic philanthropy. He is a professional international expert with 20 years of experience in relief and development and has led humanitarian operations in various settings of natural disasters, complex emergencies and armed conflicts. Khaled has held several senio [...]

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Linda Adhiambo

Dr. Linda Adhiambo Oucho

Executive Director, African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC) | United Arab Emirates

Dr. Linda Adhiambo Oucho is an established migration expert and Executive Director of the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC), a independent research think tank leading in policy-based research on migration and development issues in Eastern Africa and beyond. Dr. Oucho holds a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick, where she specialized in international migration of African Women. She returned to Kenya after 16 years abroad to contribute to research activit [...]

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Ms. Lola Castro

Regional Director for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean States, World Food Programme (WFP) | South Africa

Lola Castro has spent her professional career working in the international humanitarian development field. She joined the United Nations World Food Programme in 1994, and in that time has served as Head of Sub-Office in Mozambique (1994-1996); Sub-Office Coordinator in Rwanda (1996-1998); Emergency Officer in Sudan (1998-2000); Head of Programme in Guatemala (2000-2002); Deputy Country Director in Malawi (2002-2006); Country Director in Georgia (2006-2009) and Armenia (2008-2009); and Representa [...]

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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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Mr. Mati Goldstein

Director, Magen Division; Commander Zaka Int’l Rescue Unit Tac-Med, Israel | Israel

Mati Goldstein Director, Magen Division, Commander ZAKA International Rescue Unit TAC-MED Professional Crisis Management Plan Instructor (PCMI) Professional Crisis Management Team Instructor (PCMTI) Married with five children, 42 years old, lives in Mevo Horon. In 2003 I established the Magen Division at the request of ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav. Since then, I have devoted the majority of my time to training communities, organizations and countries around the world in emergency preparednes [...]

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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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Mehari Taddele

Prof. Mehari Taddele Maru

Professor, School of Transnational Governance and Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy | United Arab Emirates

Dr Mehari Taddele Maru is currently Part-time Professor at the School of Transnational Governance and Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities, he holds fellowships in prestigious academic programmes at various think-tanks and institutions of higher learning. With more than 20 years of management and professional working experience in multilateral bodies, he combines research excellence with a deep knowled [...]

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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. Mohamed Abou Nar

Chief Organizational Growth Officer, Pathfinder International, Washington D.C. | Egypt

Mohamed Abou Nar has more than 25 years of experience in international development, quality management, project design, implementation, and evaluation. Since May 2007, he has served as Pathfinder International country representative in Egypt; since 2011, he was also the senior advisor for systems strengthening. In August 1st, he became Senior Program Director with Pathfinder International. In June 2017, Mohamed was appointed Chief Programs and & Impact Officer overseeing Pathfinder International [...]

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Mr. Mohammed Abdiker

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

Mohammed Abdiker assumed his role as Regional Director for the East and Horn of Africa at International Organization for Migration in Nairobi, Kenya on 1 August 2019. As the Regional Director, Mohammed reports directly to the Director General and represents the Director General vis-à-vis institutions of a regional character within and outside the United Nations systems. He liaises closely with Departmental Directors and IOM’s Senior Regional Adviser for Africa and is a member of IOM’s [...]

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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. 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 Patrick Youssef

Regional Director for Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | United Arab Emirates

Patrick Youssef joined the ICRC in 2005 and completed different missions in Sudan, Chad, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. Between 2010 & 2013, he was the deputy head of operations for the Near and Middle East covering Yemen, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council. Mr. Youssef was the Head of the delegation in Iraq (Baghdad) for more than 2 years, before taking the role of Deputy Regional Director for Africa in January 2016, where he managed ICRC operations in the Maghreb, the [...]

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Robert Kweyunga

Dr. Robert Kweyunga Kwesiga

Secretary-General, Uganda Red Cross Society | Kenya

Robert Kweyunga Kwesiga is a graduate from Makerere University of Kampala with a Masters Degree in Social Sector Planning and Management. Currently, he is persuing a PHD at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare and writing a thesis “The Paradigm shift in Resource Mobilisation for Humanitarian work in Africa”. He holds post Graduate Diplomas in Project Planning and Management at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare and Education at Makerere University, Kampala. He graduated with a Bachelors De [...]

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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 | United Arab Emirates

Saeed Mohammad Al Eter Al Dhanhani is the Director-General of the Public Diplomacy Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and the Director-General of the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai. In addition, Al Eter is the Deputy Secretary General of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), considered one of the highly recognized philanthropist multi-entity organization in the region. In 2018, MBRGI spent a total of [...]

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HE Salama Al Ameemi

Director-General, Ma’an, Abu Dhabi | United Arab Emirates

H.E. Salama Al Ameemi has been an integral founding member of the Department of Community Development (DCD), prior to her appointment as the Director General of Ma’an; the government authority decreed to build the entire ecosystem to enable non-government organizations and social enterprises to participate in the development process, advancing multistakeholder collaborations, social innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit and social cohesion in Abu Dhabi. An accomplished and pioneering Emirat [...]

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Mr. Sean Granville-Ross

Regional Director for Africa, Mercy Corps | United Arab Emirates

Sean Granville-Ross is the Regional Director for Mercy Corps covering Africa. He is a specialist in economic development and a seasoned field leader with 20 years of experience working in the private and non-profit sectors. Granville-Ross has been with Mercy Corps for nineteen years. He first worked with the agency’s team in Kosovo. He also has served as regional director in East Asia, country director in Mongolia, Indonesia and Uganda. He currently is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Granv [...]

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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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Dr. Sukhwinder Singh

Assistant Professor, UAE University, Al Ain | United Arab Emirates

Dr. Singh is registered Social Worker with a background in humanitarian practice and interdisciplinary casework. He currently serves as a Special Envoy to the Red Cross and leads on refugee operations in West Nile. Prior to joining UAEU he worked at the University of Northampton in England as Senior Social Work Lecturer and Institutional lead for ‘Changemaker’ work in East Africa. Dr. Singh has been at the interface of social work for the past 25 years and has worked in a number of award [...]

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HE Sultan Alsadoon

Director General, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Foundation for Humanitarian Activities | Saudi Arabia

H. E. Mr. Sultan Alsadoon is the Director General & Advisor to HRH Chairman of the board of Directors of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Foundation for Humanitarian Activities. With over 29 years of experience in global economy, organizational Development, Banking, and the financial Sectors. Mr. Alsadoon is a certified Financial & Management Advisor, member of the Saudi Economic Association, member of the Saudi China Business Council. Prior to joining the foundation, Mr. Alsadoon se [...]

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Tedros Adhanom

HE Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO) | United Arab Emirates

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017. He is the first WHO Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer. Immediately after taking office on 1 July 2017 Dr Tedros outlined five key priorities for the Organization: [...]

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Ms. Umra Omar

Founder of Safari Doctors, Lamu, Kenya | Kenya

Umra Omar is from Pate Island in the Lamu archipelago and was raised in Kenya. She went on to earn degrees from two prestigious American universities. After completing graduate school and working in Washington, D.C. Umra decided cubicle life was not for her. She returned to Lamu to explore her purpose and learned about a life-saving medical aid project that had been abandoned because of security concerns. In 2015, she launched Safari Doctors. The following year, Umra was selected a CNN Hero [...]

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Mr. Yannick Du Pont

Director, “SPARK”, Amsterdam | Netherlands

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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