Speakers

A

Fernando Almansa

B

Bohumila Baštecká
Jan Bárta

D

Alistair Dutton

E

Joel Echevarria

G

Beatrice Godefroy
Encho Gospodinov

K

Sasja Kamil
Andrew Kasirye Kato
Petr Kovanda

L

Tomáš Lindner

M

Jan Mrkvička

N

Martin Náprstek
Karolína Neuvirtová

P

Viktor Paggio
Šimon Pánek
Andreas Papp
Petr Patočka
Květoslava Princová
Luca Pupulin

R

Jean Daniel Rainhorn Edith Rogenhofer

S

Zuzana Sládková
Václav Sochor
Anne Street

T

Jan Trachta
Magda Trusinová

V

Jaroslav Valúch
Hana Volná

W

Bryan Walker
Richard Walker


Fernando Almansa

Univerzita Deusto, NOHA

Fernando Almansa is a Doctor of Civil Engineering; he has a Degree in International Conflict Resolution as well as a Senior Executive Business Administration Degree from ESADE Business School. He also studied Political Science and Humanitarian leadership at Harvard University. He is currently CEO of NOHA (Network of Humanitarian Assistance). From 2003 to 2010 was Humanitarian Director of Oxfam International, being in charge of coordination of major emergencies, including the Asian tsunami in 2004. Currently he combines his job with lecturing on Humanitarian Ethics and Strategic Management at Deusto University.

Bohumila Baštecká

Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University in Prague

Dr.Bohumil Baštecká, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist with experience in social services. She currently works and educates in the area of psychosocial crisis assistance after disasters, supervision, quality standards and other social and health issues.

Jan Bárta

ADRA

Born in 1965. Graduated in Promotional Arts and Theology. After the Velvet revolution worked as an editor of Czech Radio. Director of ADRA since 2004.

Alistair Dutton

CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS

Alistair Dutton is the Humanitarian Director for Caritas Internationalis, the global confederation of 164 national Caritas members. A chartered engineer, Alistair has studied Physics, and Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He has worked in the humanitarian sector for the last 15 years, during which he has led several major responses and worked in over thirty countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Joel Echevarria

ADRA Somalia

Joel Echevarria is a Peruvian national and has been working for almost 14 years now with ADRA a non for profit development and relief organization, having held different positions, currently is the Country Director for ADRA in Somalia. Trained originally in finance, he gained a Master degree in Business Administration at Lima's University in Peru. Over the years has attended non formal trainings in the NGO management sector and security. He is action oriented with strong passion for seen practical solutions brought out of complex situations, one of them being the current complex humanitarian situation in Somalia.

Beatrice Godefroy

Médecins Sans Frontières

Beatrice Godefroy started to engage into humanitarian action about 10 years ago. With a background both in political studies and in finances (Masters degree in Sciences Po Paris), she first left as a field administrator for Action Contre la Faim (ACF) a French NGO specialised in nutrition then switched to operational positions of head of mission for ACF first and then Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Over the years, she worked in various contexts of conflicts such as Burundi, Sierra Leone, Chad or Soudan and participated as well to emergency interventions after natural disasters (Tsunami 2005. Haiti 2010). Since 2008, she is working as Deputy General Director for MSF Switzerland, and mostly in charge of resources, strategic planning and international/institutional development.

Encho Gospodinov

ECHO

Mr. Gospodinov has spent the last 20 years with the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, both in the field and at IFRC HQs in Geneva. In his professional work he managed operations in Romania (1991), Russia (1992), Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1993-1999), and was IFRC Permanent Observer to the UN HQ in New York (1999-2007). His last duties with the International Red Cross were at the IFRC HQ in Geneva as Director of Policy and Communications. Currently he is Special Adviser to the EC Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Response.

Sasja Kamil

CORDAID

Sasja has a background in Home Economics/ human nutrition from the Agricultural University Wageningen (MSc). For 30 years she has been working in development cooperation. Her main expertise is in foodsecurity, humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction, drought cycle management and climate change adaptation. She lived and worked for 9 years in Kenya, Nepal, Indonesia and India. In 1990 she joined Caritas Netherlands as food security coordinator, being responsible for the programme in Africa. Since 2000 she's joined Cordaid where she built up the disaster risk reduction programme in 10 countries worldwide. Currently she's mainly responsible for the Cordaid contribution in the Partners for Resilience (PFR), which is an alliance of Cordaid, the Netherlands Red Cross, the Red Cross Climate Centre, CARE Netherlands and Wetlands International. PFR is working on reducing the impact of natural hazards on the livelihood of vulnerable communities, thereby strengthening resilience. PFR works on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate change adaptation and natural resource management and restoration in 9 countries.

Andrew Kasirye Kato

Kampala Catholic Church Archdiocesan Uganda

Born in 1964 Rev. Fr. Dr. Kasirye Kato Andrew obtained a diploma in Philosophy and-Ethical studies from Nairobi and an affiliated Bachelor degree in Philosophy and Ethical–social studies from Urbaniana University of Rome Italy in 1987. He was ordained as a catholic priest in 1993. In 2002 he obtained a Doctorate degree in Laws with a specialty in Church Law. He currently works as a judicial vicar( Legal advisor), vice chancellor (Diocesan secretary) and missionary in Kampala Catholic Church Archdiocesan in Uganda. He founded a humanitarian association (Walking Together) in 2008 working with orphans, women and disadvantaged persons and families in Uganda. From 2010 he is a local project coordinator of Italian volunteers working on humanitarian projects in Uganda.

Petr Kovanda

UNIVERSITY OF DEFENCE, BRNO

Graduated from the Military Academy in Brno in 1991. Completed course of operational level of CIMIC (Civil Military Cooperation) in Budel in Netherlands and operational course PSYOPS (Psychological operations) in Oberammergau in Germany. From 1997 to 2001 was a member of Department of operational preparation of the state territory. From 2001 to 2010 worked as chief of staff – deputy commander of CIMIC and PSYOPS unit of Czech army. His responsibility was training and preparing member of his unit for missions. Participated in three missions: KFOR – KOSOVO as chief of Czech CIMIC, operation ISAF – IRAQ as chief of CIMIC group with Czech field hospital and KFOR – KOSOVO as a member of CIMIC group on operation level in Multinational battle group (Centre). Since2011 works at the Department of Lifelong Learning of the Faculty of economics and management of the University Defense in Brno as assistant. He has been dealing with the operational use of Civil Military Cooperation, Psychological operations and Information operations (INFOOPS) in scientific research, publications and teaching activities.

Tomáš Lindner

Respekt

Tomáš Lindner studied Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences and since 2008 works as Editor of Respekt magazine. Focuses on sub-Saharan Africa and the relationship of rich and poor countries. He is the author of the book of reports from south Africa "Waiting for the Rainy Season. Zambian Mosaic".

Martin Náprstek

Czech Development Agency

Martin Náprstek acts as Deputy Director of the Czech Development Agency. He has worked in the Development Centre of the Institute of International Relations, which gradually became the Czech Development Agency in 2008 (under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), since 2002. The Agency is responsible for implementation of various development projects in selected developing countries and territories. He is responsible for communication and cooperation with Non-governmental organizations and other non-profit development cooperation stakeholders (both Czech and international) and is also responsible for management of various grant schemes for NGOs.

Karolína Neuvirtová

IGAF Polaris

Karolina Neuvirtova has more than 8 years experience in audit process and audit. In the last three years she is responsible for managing external audits carried out on behalf of the European Commission. She annually coordinates about 60 audits.

Viktor Paggio

Parliament of Czech Republic, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Defence and Security

Viktor Paggio studied International Relations at the Economics University in Prague and Political Science at the University of Bologna. Prior to his political carrer he worked in humanitarian sector. Member of Parliament Czech Republic since 2010. He is Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Defence and Security of the political party Věci Veřejné. Before his political career he was actively involved in humanitarian and development work.

Šimon Pánek

People in Need

Šimon Pánek was born in 1967 in Prague. Studied Biology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Charles University but didn't finish his studies. In 1988 he co-organized a humanitarian collection for the victims of a devastating earthquake in Armenia. In 1989 he co-founded the student movement STUHA. He participated in all the anti-Communist demonstrations that took place between 1988 and December 1989. During the student protests in early November 1989 he was elected to the presidium of the Student coordination center. He also became a member of the Civic forum and an envoy of a special team of Václav Havel that was charged with negotiating the formation of a new democratic government. In 1990 he was co-opted to the Federal Assembly for the Civic forum but he didn't accept the offer. He refused the mandate even after in June 1990 he was elected to the Assembly by preferential votes from a back position on the candidates list. He was one of the founders of the private Information agency Epicentrum where he worked. He further co-founded the Lidové noviny foundation, which later became the NGO Člověk v tísni (People in need). He worked in the Office of the President of the Republic and was engaged in film production. Today, he's the director of the largest Czech humanitarian, development and human-rights non-governmental organization Člověk v tísni.

Andreas Papp

Médecins Sans Frontières

Andreas Papp is presently the Head of the Operational Support Department of MSF-Austria. The main goal of the Department is to facilitate services in the area of nutrition and food security, Geographic Information Services (GIS) as well as the application of new technologies to meet the needs in the field.

After graduation from a mechanical engineering school, Andreas has studied Business Administration and Economics in Vienna, before he started to work as a Human Resources Manager at the Austrian Newspaper "Der Standard". His professional engagement for humanitarian aid began in 2004, when he went on his first mission as a Logistic-Administrator with MSF in West-Darfur. After his first assignment, he continued to coordinate missions mainly in complex emergency settings, such as Sudan, Lebanon, Iraq and Somalia on project or country level.

Petr Patočka

Glopolis

Petr Patočka studied Social Geography and Regional Development. Since 2006, he is an analyst at the Prague Global Policy Institute - Glopolis and since 2009 he is a head of Energy and Climate Change Programme. He deals with analysis and advocacy work concerning chmate change, energy and development policy with special focus on acces to energy in local level. In 2009 he spent two months in Georgia and in 2011 one month in Ethiopa, where he conducted research focusing on the role of sustainable energy for local development. In 2010 he participated in the UNFCCC International Climate Change Conference in Cancun. Petr is also representing Glopolis in Czech Climate Coalition, in Czech Forum for Development Cooperation policy group and Climate Action Network Europe.

Kveta Princova

Palacky University Olomouc, the head of master program of International Humanitarian and Social Work and similar bachelor program at Caritas College Olomouc. As a humanitarian Worker and the head of programs of Caritas Czech Republic worked in the countries of former Soviet Union and Balkan countries. She has a PhD in applied ethics.

Luca Pupulin

Médecins Sans Frontières

Luca Pupulin is the global Director of Programs for ACTED, an international non-governmental organization implementing humanitarian, recovery and development action in over 30 countries world-wide. With over 10 years of field experience in the aid sector, Mr Pupulin has been employed by ACTED since 2003 – previously as Regional Coordinator for Central Asia and Regional Director for Asia. Prior to joining ACTED, Mr Pupulin's has worked in Kosovo, Burundi and the Thai/Burmese border with a number of other INGOs. Mr Pupulin graduated with a BSc in Development and Economics and an MSc in European Political Economy (Transition) from the LSE.

Jean Daniel Rainhorn

Institute for global studies, Professor

Dr. Jean-Daniel Rainhorn is medical doctor who graduated from Paris VII University and Professor in international health and humanitarian action. Since early 1970s he was involved in humanitarian NGOs including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). He worked in various universities including Paris XI University (France, 1994/1998), Hanoi University (Vietnam, 1999/2003), Geneva University (Switzerland, 2003/2011). He has been the director of the Centre for education and research in humanitarian action in Geneva (CERAH, 2004/2011). He has invited professor in public health and humanitarian action in both University L. Senghor in Alexandria (Egypt) and Tel Aviv University (Israel). He is currently head of the chair "Social inequality, health and humanitarian action" in the Institute for global studies in Paris and is member of the Belgian doctoral school in development studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB/Belgium).

Edith Rogenhofer

Médecins Sans Frontières

Edith Rogenhofer has started her work in the field of Water & Sanitation in 1994 with the Austrian Red Cross. Since 1998 she has worked with MSF and has been in the field for more than two dozen times, mainly in Africa with a few stints in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The majority of the projects have been emergency projects, focusing on water supply and sanitation in camp settings and rural areas, as well as exploratory missions and evaluations of existing programs. Since June 2011 she has been contracted by MSF-Austria, as WatSan-Advisor in the Operational Support Department, with the specific task to develop and integrate GIS applications in MSFs work.

Zuzana Sládková

Concord

Zuzana Sládková is the AidWatch Coordinator in the European Confederation of Development & Relief NGOs (CONCORD). AidWatch monitors the quality and the quantity of aid provided by the EU member states and the European Commission and holds them to account on their aid commitments. Zuzana worked for three years as the Policy Officer of the Czech Forum for Development Cooperation (FoRS). She obtained PhD. in EU Development Cooperation at the Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics in Bratislava (2008). CONCORD is the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development. Its 26 national associations, 18 international networks and 1 associate member represent 1,800 NGOs which are supported by millions of citizens across Europe.

Václav Sochor

Czech Radio - Radio Cesko

Editor-in-Chief of Czech Radio - Radio Cesko since 2011. He started to work in the media since 1994 during his studies of Political sciences at Charles University in Prague. Less than one year later he started to work for BBC in Prague. In 1996 he moved to London. In 2000 he moved back to Prague with Czech BBC where he worked as a presenter and editor until the end of broadcasting in 2006. Then worked as Programme Director in Prague International Advertising Festival (PIAF), author and presenter in television Z1, Editor-in-Chief of Strategie magazine and presenter in Czech Television.

Anne Street

CAFOD

Anne Street is Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor at CAFOD, the England and Wales section of Caritas International. Her work addresses a range of issues including humanitarian reform and international humanitarian system change, conflict sensitivity and donor policy towards fragile and conflict affected states, promotion of humanitarian principles, and a focus on country-specific humanitarian crises.She has experience of living in or working on development and emergency and conflict issues in a number of countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a bachelors degree from Exeter University in Politics and Sociology and a Masters degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Jan Trachta

Médecins Sans Frontières

Since 2005 worked as surgeon at the Clinic of Pediatric Surgery, University Hospital Motol in Prague. In 2011 he moved to UK because of intership. Since 2008 Dr. Jan Trachta cooperate with the organization Medecins sans frontieres as surgeon. He worked in a total of 7 missions in African countries ( Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, southern Sudan and Côte d'Ivoire) and in Haiti immediately after the earthquake in January 2010. At these missions Dr. Trachta made over 600 operations. Part of his work was a training of local doctors and nurses. Since 2009 he was for two years a board member of the Austrian and Swiss section of MSF.

Magda Trusinová

Czech Radio - Radio Cesko

As a reporter of public radio (Český rozhlas Rádio Česko) Magdaléna Trusinová had chance to visit developping countries on different level of progress and self-governance. Last year she explored developping projects in Afghanistan and Georgia. She deals with the question of ethics and media impacts on public on weekly basis when she prepares and presents her piece of programme about NGOs called The other way (Jak jinak). She works in public radio since 2005. She started in local radio in Prague where she covered stories about people in need and those who chose to stay on the edge of comminuty such as drugs addicted, homeless people, mothers with children in asylum houses and grafitti makers. In 2007 she started to work for Rádio Česko, she also took part in (payed) trainee program in European Parliament when she assisted to the Europarltv (web tv of European Parlament) to be born (see link: http://www.europarltv.europa.eu), than she worked for couple of months for website of czech public tv (ct24.cz) during last presidential election in US. Since 2009 she works in public radio (Český rozhlas Rádio Česko) as its reporter and she assisted as web-editor when needed as well.

Jaroslav Valúch

People in Need, Standby Task Force

Jaroslav Valuch is a One World Social Innovation Program Manager at International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World in Czech Republic. Recently he co-organized Social Innovation Camp Internews in Bosnia, he provides consultations and trainings to numerous citizen and activist initiatives in CEE, Balkans, Caucasus and Southeast Asia regions. He is working closely with Transitions Online, media development organization that conducts journalism and new media training and publishes Transitions Online, a newsmagazine on Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Jaroslav is a co-founder and one of the coordinators of the Standby Task Force – Online Volunteer Community for Live Mapping. In 2010 he co-launched the Ushahidi crisis mapping platform deployment after the earthquake hit Haiti and later became the Ushahidi Haiti field representative in Port-au-Prince. The project received a prestigious Knight Batten Special Distinction Award. He worked for Czech based international relief and development organization called People in Need, focusing on implementation of media literacy program into the educational curriculum. He worked in Burma as a humanitarian and capacity building projects coordinator after the cyclone Nargis and currently is also involved in human rights programs on Thai-Burma border.

Hana Volná

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Hana Volna is Deputy Director for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Department, MFA Prague. She is responsible for the agenda of humanitarian aid, incl. the bilateral humanitarian aid committed from the humanitarian line of the MFA budget, the Czech positions to humanitarian agenda in UN and EU, further for the implementation and popularization of GHD and for cooperation with NGOs and other humanitarian institutions or initiatives, incl. related voluntary activities.

Bryan Walker

Oxfam, UNHCR, UNICEF, RedR, Médecins Sans Frontières

Bryan Walker BSc MSc PhD CBiol FIBiol has followed careers in industry, hospitals, academia, the civil service and humanitarian work. After being Head of a University Department of Pharmacology for fifteen years he was appointed as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Higher Education. Led by his late wife, he engaged part-time in voluntary work. At the age of 50 Bryan moved into full-time emergency humanitarian work with the Voluntary Service Overseas, Oxfam, UNHCR, UNICEF, RedR, MSF, as a freelance consultant in Asia and Europe, and in Africa where he has recently been working for people with disabilities. Through his research work, academic appointments and humanitarian activities he has given more than a hundred invited lectures, workshops, seminars, TV and radio presentations. He has run courses in research, teaching methods, interviewing and aspects of humanitarian and emergency management. In addition to his publications he has contributed to humanitarian web sites.