“Covid19, the ICRC’s role and challenges”

7 June 2020 | 18:00 – 19:00 (UAE Time)

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 IHC’s role and accomplishments..”

9 June 2020 | 20:00 – 21:00 (UAE Time)

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, MSF’s role and challenges”

11 June 2020 | 17:30 – 18:30 (UAE Time)

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

17 June 2020 | 19:00 – 20:00 (UAE Time)

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; the European Response”

20 May 2020 | 17:00 – 18:00 (UAE Time)

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.