“The Role of Islamic Philanthropy in Supporting Refugees during Covid19”

Mr. Khaled Khalifa
Senior Advisor and Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
30 September 2020, 16:00-17:00 (UAE Time)

Mr. 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.

“Covid19 and Africa Migration and Mobility: Challenges and Opportunities for Development”

Dr. Marie McAuliffe
Head, Migration Policy Research Division, International Organization for Migration
14 October 2020, 16:00-17:00 (UAE Time)

Dr. McAuliffe is the head of the Migration Research Division at IOM headquarters in Geneva and Editor of IOM’s flagship World Migration Report. She is an international migration specialist with more than 20 years of experience in migration as a practitioner, program manager, senior official and researcher. Dr. Marie has researched, published and edited widely in academic and policy spheres on migration and is on the editorial boards of scientific journals International Migration and Migration Studies. She edits IOM’s World Migration Report in partnership with leading migration researchers.

“The Impact of Covid19 on Food Security and Nutrition in Africa”

Mr. Abdel Mageed Yahia
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Director, UAE office and Representative for the GCC Region
23 September 2020, 16:00-17:00 (UAE Time)

Mr. Yahia is leading the WFP operations’ support and services and spearheading efforts to enhance WFP’s engagement with Government entities as well as the Private and Public sector in the Region. He brings in diverse experience enriched by both functional and geographic mobility. Prior to taking up this position, Mr. Mageed was the WFP Representative, Country Director and Emergency Coordinator in Jordan, responsible for one of the largest WFP emergency operations in the Middle East Region.

“Healthcare in the Time of Corona”

Dr. Manal Omran Taryam
CEO of Primary Health Care in Dubai Health Authority, Director of the Dubai Field Hospital for the Management of Corona, CEO and Board Member of Noor Dubai Foundation

Dr. Taryam is the CEO of Primary Health Care Sector (PHC), 1 of the 4 main sectors at the Dubai Health Authority. The sector is responsible for the planning and operation of all primary health care services across the Emirate of Dubai, forming the largest accredited network globally by the Joint Commission of International Accreditation for Healthcare Facilities. Primary Health Care Sector offers health and wellness services including Family Medicine, Pediatric, Gynecology, Elderly Health, School Health, Mental Health, Community and Preventive Medicine as well as Dentistry.
Dr. Taryam holds an MBBS from Dubai Medical College and the German board for medical specialization in Ophthalmology from Germany; she also holds a Fellowship degree in Retinal Surgery from the University of Cologne.
She currently serves as the CEO and Board Member of Noor Dubai Foundation, an NGO active in the field of blindness prevention, part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Initiatives. The Foundation contributed to helping over 27 million individuals around the world, providing preventive, therapeutic and educational training programs in developing countries to help the eradication of blinding diseases and improve the infrastructure for sustainable eye care programs.

“Covid19 and The Plight of Fragile States in Africa”

Mr. Amin Awad
Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Mr. Amin Awad is a 2020 Fellow at the Advance Leadership Initiative at Harvard University where he is engaged in issues related to fragile states and states in transition. Mr. Awad served in a dual capacity as the United Nation’s regional refugee coordinator for the Syria and Iraq Situations and as Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Bureau at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in which capacities he was responsible for delivering humanitarian aid to 20 million displaced people in the region. Over his 30 years with the U.N. he has been engaged in humanitarian action and emergency response supporting forcibly displaced persons in some of the most challenging field operations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the former Soviet Union, and the former Yugoslavia.

“The Impact of the Coronavirus in Africa”

Dr. Mukesh Kapila
Professor, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester

Dr. Kapila has extensive experience in global and public health, international development, humanitarian affairs, conflict and security issues, human rights and diplomacy, and social entrepreneurship, with substantive leadership roles in government, United Nations system and multilateral agencies, International Red Cross and Red Crescent, civil society, and academia. He is also an author and public and media speaker.

His work has taken him to some 120 countries in all continents. Originally schooled in India and England, Dr. Kapila graduated in medicine from the University of Oxford and received postgraduate qualifications in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

“Covid19; is there a coordinated whole-of-UN response?”

Dr. Dena Assaf
UN Resident Coordinator for the UAE

Dr. Dena Assaf is the United Nations Resident Coordinator for the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Assaf has been with the United Nations for over 20 years in various senior management positions and advisory roles in both UN headquarters, supporting the Arab region, and in country offices. She has worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), United Nations Department of Peace Keeping (UN DPKO), and United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).

“Covid19, Médecins Sans Frontières’ Role and Challenges”

Mr. Mario Stephan
Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UAE Regional Office

Mr. Mario Stephan is the Executive Director for Médecins Sans Frontières’ UAE office. He brings over 15 years of experience in the humanitarian sector with him, having worked for a number of international organizations in a variety of contexts. He has lived and worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Egypt. At a regional level, Mario has held positions covering eastern and southern Africa, as well as the MENA and Gulf regions. Mario first worked with MSF in 2009. He holds a Master’s degree in Management and Business Administration from the KEDGE business school (Bordeaux, France), and an accreditation as a professional trainer from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (London, United Kingdom).

“Covid19; the IHC’s Role and Accomplishments..”

Mr. Giuseppe Saba
Chief Executive Officer of the International Humanitarian City

Mr. Giuseppe Saba has been the CEO of Dubai’s International Humanitarian City since March 2017. With over 34 years of extensive experience in the humanitarian field with the United Nations and international organizations, he is one of the most leading logistics and support services expert.
He is also the founder of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot Network (UNHRD). In 2000, he set up, with the support of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the first UNHRD in Brindisi, south-east of Italy. This served as a consortium of UN Agencies and international humanitarian organizations, which include governmental and non-governmental entities.

“Covid19, the ICRC’s Role and Challenges”

Ms. Sophie Barbey
Head of Mission, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) UAE

Ms. Sophie Barbey is the Head of Mission at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the United Arab Emirates. Sophie enjoys a long working experience with the ICRC, extending to over fifteen years, during which she took on several positions in a variety of contexts, both in the field and at the ICRC’s headquarters (HQ) in Geneva.
Before arriving to the UAE to set-up the ICRC’s new office, Sophie spent five years at the ICRC’s HQ in her role as an expert at the Protection department, covering detention issues and files of persons deprived of their liberty. She is also a specialist on the fight against torture and other forms of ill-treatment.
From 2001 until 2011, Sophie built her field expertise in the protection of civilians through her continuous presence in various operational missions from India, Chad, Iraq (Dohuk and later Erbil), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Serbia and Albania. She demonstrated a cunning ability to manage operations and lead teams in complex, volatile and multi-cultural environments.

“Covid19; the European Response”

H.E. Ambassador Andrea Matteo Fontana
Head of the EU Delegation to the UAE

Ambassador Andrea Matteo Fontana joined the European Commission in 1996. Throughout his career in the European institutions, he worked on a wide range of issues including political analysis, development aid, trade and economic reforms with a focus on Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood countries. He worked in Brussels as well as in Russia and Syria before being appointed EU Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 2015. He held this position until 2019 when he became EU Ambassador to the UAE.