Inge Brees

VOICE, Belgium

Inge BreesInge Brees has been the Advocacy and Communication Officer of VOICE since 2010. VOICE (Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies) is a network of 83 European NGOs active in humanitarian aid worldwide and is the main NGO interlocutor with the European Union on emergency aid and disaster risk reduction. Inge’s portfolio includes EU humanitarian policy (European Consensus), EU humanitarian budget, Linking Relief Rehabilitation and Development, civil-military relations and humanitarian space. Inge holds a PhD in political science from the University of Ghent (Belgium), where she specialized in forced migration, livelihoods and transnationalism, with Burmese refugees in Thailand as a case study for the research. Previously she worked for the press and analysis unit of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Burma/Myanmar.

Anne Claire Bremard

Adra, Yemen

Anne Claire BremardMs. Anne-Claire Bremard recently joined the ADRA MENA team as Programs Director. Originally from France, Ms. Bremard is proficient in Arabic and has been living and working in the Middle East since 2006. Ms. Bremard was previously based in Sana’a, Yemen where she supported the ADRA response to the IDP influx resulting from the 2009-2010 internal armed conflicts further enhanced by the 2011 civil unrest and collapse of civil services. In her current capacity, Ms. Bremard is responsible for following up on current ADRA operations in the MENA regions as well as for starting up new programs in most-affected areas, mainly Syria and the neighboring countries. Ms. Bremard has conducted several visits in Syria, Iraq (Kurdistan), Jordan and Lebanon since she joined ADRA MENA. She brings expertise in the areas of emergency management, IDP response, and remote monitoring.

Maria Teresa Dutli

Regional Legal Adviser for Europe, Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), ICRC Europe Mission in Paris

Maria Teresa DutliMs Dutli was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina), where she studied law and was admitted to the bar. She obtained a PhD on Political Science, with mention International Law, at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

Ms Dutli worked as a Lawyer in Buenos Aires from 1979 to 1981. From 1982 to 1986, Ms Dutli worked at the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva.

In 1988 Ms Dutli joined the International Committee of the Red Cross, were she worked at the Legal Division in Geneva. Her main responsibilities have been on issues related to the protection of children during armed conflict situations and the implementation of the International Humanitarian Law. From 1996 to 2010 Ms Dutli was the Head of the Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law, with the main task of providing legal advice to national authorities in the process of domestic implementation of international humanitarian law worldwide. From 2010 to 2013, Ms Dutli was Regional Legal Adviser of the Advisory Service, based in Moscow and covering States of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and on May 2013 she started in the same position, based in Paris and covering European and Central Asian States.

In addition, Ms Dutli has participated in many international conferences and meetings dealing with International Humanitarian Law. She has been teaching and has a series of publications on international humanitarian law issues.

Julia Gonzales

Education for an Interdependant World, Teresian Association

Julia GonzalesDr. Julia González is at present President of Education for an Interdependant World and General Secretary of the Teresian Association. She studied History and Geography in Ireland at University College Dublin, Cultural Anthropology in Italy and Urban Geography at Oxford where she received a D. Phil (Migration Studies).

She is former Vice-Rector for International Relations at the University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain and has coordinated several international networks and educational and research projects : the Thematic Network on Humanitarian Development Studies, the European Joint Doctoral Programme on Migration, Identities and Diversity and the Doctorate on Peace and Conflict Studies.

She was one of the initiators and then the Secretary General of the NOHA Association until 2012, responsible, amongst other of the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action.

Together with R. Wagenaar, she elaborated, designed and coordinates Tuning Higher Education in Europe and in the world: Latin America, Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine, Africa, USA, Asian Central Republics, China... Tuning is now a key project in the development of Higher Education at the global level translated into 15 languages.

Brendon Irvine

ADRA Myanmar

Brendon IrvineBrendon Irvine has been engaged in humanitarian development and relief work for over 19 years, primarily in Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, but has also engaged in multiple short term missions to 14 countries within Asia. Originally from Australia (but with a substantial portion of his childhood in India), he holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (La Trobe University, Australia) and a Masters in International Development Management (Andrews University, USA). His initial development experience was with agricultural development programming but this subsequently expanded to refugee humanitarian support and integrated rural development programming that included agriculture, livestock, education, health, WASH, livelihood skills training and micro-finance. His technical interests focus on building sustainable livelihoods within fragile and vulnerable environments using low cost and appropriate natural systems technology.

Aloysius John

Caritas Internationalis, Francie

Aloysius JohnAloysius John, Sociologist from the School of HIgher studies in Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris); Post Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences applied to Development, Université de Créteil, Paris XII and graduate in Mathematics from the Madras University. Has held differents functions and responsabilities in the international Department of Caritas France and is currently in charge of the coordination of Organisational building and Capacity Development in Caritas Internationalis, Rome. for the past three Decades, he has acquired vast experience in the field of Disaster response, Project planning, strategic planning and Instituitonal Capacity Building in differentparts of the world. He has a very profound knowledge of Asia, Middle East-North Africa and Africa regions. He is also a visiting part time lecturer for masters students in the Deaprtment of Internationl Humanitarian Action in the Creteil university and also teaches managemnet and Risk management in the school of managemnet attatched to ESIE, Marne la vallée.

Megan King

Megan King was born in the United States and has been active with Czech civil society since 1999. She has spent 14 years working for a public participation Czech NGO active domestically in the Czech Republic, People in Need and Caritas Czech Republic. Megan has served six years leading field offices in the Middle East and Indonesia, working mainly in capacity development and livelihood recovery.

Arkadiusz Kwaśny

Selleo, Polsko

Arkadiusz KwasnyArek is a founder and CEO of Selleo - a web and mobile software development house. The company provides civil-society organizations and nonprofits with web and mobile solutions with which they can efficiently fulfill their obligations to funding bodies, the beneficiaries of their programs and other stakeholders involved. Beyond that, Arek delivers services to his clients as a technology consultant: he reviews business cases, defines requirements, advises the clients on how best to use technology to meet their objectives. He strives to identify the best technical solutions with which to meet the challenges the clients are confronted with in their ventures and projects. Arek has been in charge of a number of web and mobile development projects implemented in such areas as NGOs, e-health, education, B2B and B2C solutions. Selleo’s web and mobile solutions are used by such organizations as CARE, Danish Red Cross, JIPS, ACAPS.

Stefan Lang

University of Salzburg, head of Z_GIS, Austria

Stefan LangStefan Lang, PhD, is Geographer, GIS and Remote Sensing specialist by training and Assistant Professor at the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS) at the University of Salzburg in Austria. He is heading the Z_GIS Division Integrated Spatial Analysis (ISA). Active in the fields of advanced geo-spatial image analysis, EO-based monitoring and spatial indicator development, Dr Lang has initiated the long-lasting collaboration between Z_GIS and MSF Austria. He coordinates EC-funded and national collaborative research projects, as well as bilateral R&D agreements with industry and NGOs. From 2007 to 2008 he held a 1-year substitute professorship at Berlin Institute of Technology. He authored and co-authored numerous scientific articles and an academic textbook as well as edited books and conference proceedings.

Laurent Ligozat

MSF, deputy operations director MSF OCG

Laurent Ligozat has a master I in economics science and a master II in political science from Paris Sorbonne “international cooperation and development” He has started to work for humanitarian organisation early 90's. First in the field of Central America, Africa and central Europe. He has been working for different humanitarian organisation (UNICEF, and small NGOs) but his main field experience was with MSF. He has joined MSF swiss headquarter ten years ago first as a member of the emergency desk then as a program manager of the emergency desk. Since several years He is deputy director of operation of MSF swiss.

Ashutosh Mohanty

Centre for Enviroment and Economic Development in New Delhi, India

Ashutosh MohantyDr. Ashutosh Mohanty did his PhD in Environmental Governance from Utkal University (Technical supervision / support from Prof. Michael H.Glantz, CCB, from University of Colorado, USA and MSc. in Urban Environmental Management at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Presently he is working with Center for Environment and Economic Development, India as Adviser for DRR and Environmental Programme . His last assignment was with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal in the Knowledge management Division as Regional Capacity Development Officer. Since last ten years, he was associating professionally with a number of humanitarian and environmental programmes and activities in the Asian region; in both capacity development and management. Moreover, he associated with international research centers like; National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA, FK- Norway and ECODIT-USA,FOCUS-Afghanistan INGOs like FORUM Asia, Oxfam-GB, RedR-India,IRCS-India and SAMARTH. He has also worked as a resource person in Environmental Science, DRR and IWRM subjects at number of universities; (IOE-Tribhuban University Nepal, Kabul University Afghanistan, Lanzhou University. China, IWFM -BUET-Bangladesh Utkal University. India etc) .He is a Steering Committee & Advisory Member of Kabul University Environment Protestation and Disaster Management Department, EPDM department Kabul, Afghanistan.

Tomáš Nídr

Tomáš NídrTomáš Nídr (1981) was born in Slaný, in the Czech Republic. He studied Political Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague. During his studies he worked in the USA, he got Erasmus scholarship for the UK and he volunteered in France and in Russia. Since 2001 he worked as an editor of the section From the World in Mladá fronta DNES magazine. In 2007 he started to work as a foreign editor in the same magazine. He mainly focused on France, Hispanic countries and African countries and he was also a deputy manager of magazine’s management. Since 2009 he works as an independent journalist focusing on the developing world. He contributes to Czech press, such as DNES, Respekt, Euro, Belmondo, Reflex, Xantyps, Instinkt, Lidé a Země, Koktejl and others.

Andrea Padberg

Welthungerhilfe, Germany

Andrea PadbergAndrea Padberg is presently the Emergency Coordinator of Welthungerhilfe, one of Germanys largest NGO with a mandate for emergency relief and development assistance. In this position she has coordinated the organisations response to all major disasters, including Tsunami, Pakistan (2010), the drought at the Horn of Africa (2011), Sahel (2012) and currently Syria. Welthungerhilfe focuses on Food Security and Livelyhood Support. She holds a Master Degree in Political Science and has completed a post-graduate programme in “Humanitarian Assistance” (the NOHA Programme). Already during her studies at university she volunteered in refugee camps in Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war. This triggered her professional interest in humanitarian assistance. After the completion of her studies she returned to the Balkans and worked in Kosovo for Caritas Suisse as a delegate for reconstruction. After a six-month assignment with MSF Germany she worked several years as a desk officer for Eastern Africa with the German Agency for Technical Relief (THW) before starting with Welthungerhilfe in 2004.

Andreas Papp

MSF, Austria

Andreas PappAndreas Papp is presently the Delegate & Program Director of MSF-Austria. The main goal of the Department is to support field activities in the area of nutrition and food security, Geographic Information Services (GIS) and Water & Sanitation, as well as the R&D for 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, South Sudan, Lebanon, Iraq and Somalia on project or country level.

Květoslava Princová

Professor at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology at Palackého University in Olomouc. She is the head of the department of Humanitarian studies and she leads research in this field. She has spent 10 years working as a humanitarian worker at leading position and even in the field for Charitas Czech Republic. In 2011 she defended her doctoral thesis with the title: Helping distant people (ethical topics in foreign help).

Hansjörg Ragg

University of Innsbruck, Austria

Hansjorg RaggIng. Hansjörg Ragg, M.Sc is a photogrammetry and remote sensing specialist at University of Innsbruck, Austria. He is responsible for UAS (unmaned aerial systems) campaigns at the Institute of Geography and focuses on alpine hazard monitoring based on surface models and orthophotos captured by UAS and LiDAR. With backround in machinery he has a deeper understanding on different types of UAS and their applicability.

Zuzana Sládková

Concord, Belgium

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

Ann Speak

Freelance fundraiser

Ann SpeakAnn Speak ran her first fundraising campaign in 1982 as Executive Director of a shelter for battered women and their children in Montréal Canada. She taught literacy in Nigeria from 1985-1987 and worked for CUSO(volunteer sending agency) head office until 1997, six of those years in the fundraising department in major gift and planned giving. She worked as National Director Fundraising for both Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada, and an international literacy group, CODE. She earned her Certified Fundraising Executive accreditation (CFRE) while working as a direct mail consultant with the FLA Group.

She has consulted, mentored and taught fundraising in Central Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and South America as well as leading alternative donor tours. She co-authored five fundraising manuals for use in Brazil, published articles in Canadian Fundraiser and presented at national conferences in both English and French and acted as bilingual master of ceremonies of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners(CAGP) conference in Québec City, Canada in 2005. She took leadership as Chair of the Ottawa roundtable of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and worked on Philanthropy Awards ceremonies through the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has a BA in linguistics from Université Laval and a certificate of Amharic language studies from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Timothy Spence

Senior Press Freedom Advisor, International Press Institute

Timothy SpenceTimothy Spence has more than 25 years experience as a reporter and editor, spanning the globe from Washington to the Western Pacific. He has taught journalism and trained journalists in post-conflict environments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caucasus, Balkans and Middle East. From 2007-2008, he was managing editor of Transitions Online in Prague and edited Transitions’ Classroom Struggles (2011), a collection of education reporting from post-Soviet countries. Until August 2013, Spence was a Brussels-based freelancer covering European Union international development, humanitarian and environmental policies. He is now the senior press freedom advisor for Africa at the International Press Institute in Vienna.

Marek Štys

People in need

Marek StysMarek Štys has been working for People in Need since 1999 when he volunteered in Kosovo and Albania. Since that time he organized and led several mission of People in Need (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Ethiopia, South Sudan) and for four years he led the humanitarian development department of People in Need in Prague. Actually he mainly focuses on People in Need’s program in southern Syria, he works in fundraising and he is a member of board of directors VOICE.

Ulla Næsby Tawiah

Ulla Naesby TawiahUlla is currently the DEPUTY HEAD of the DEPARTMENT FOR HUMANITARIAN ACTION, CIVIL SOCIETY AND ADVISORS in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

She has worked in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1999, mainly with humanitarian aid and development aid, including in the section for humanitarian aid to Danish NGOs, in the department for Southern Africa, and in the department for Development Policies. She has been on posting twice to West Africa (Ghana and Burkina Faso) for a total of 8 years.

From 1996-1999, she served as a Junior Professional Officer to the International Food Policy Research Institute’s regional office in Ghana.

She holds a masters degree in Political Science from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Hana Volná

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Hana Volná – Deputy Director of the Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. She is responsible for providing of humanitarian assistance abroad, including the coordination with other donors and cooperation with both international and non-governmental implementing organizations. She is also responsible for the official activities of the Czech Republic in the framework of the Good Humanitarian Donorship Initiative, where the Czech Republic together with Denmark fulfilled the annual co-chairmanship from July 2012 until July 2013.