IP 2016 Speakers

The NOHA Intensive Programme 2016 gathers NOHA Faculty members, a vast range of consultants, international experts, policy makers, aid managers and other guest speakers from NGOs and IGOs. They are to share with NOHA students their experience of work in the humanitarian sector.

Robert Smith - keynote speaker

Robert Smith is Chief of Partnerships Coordination Section, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (formerly Head of Geneva Office, World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat, leading the WHS Global Consultation and other European-based parts of the process). Previously he was chief of OCHA's Common Humanitarian Action Planning Section, which coordinated strategic humanitarian response plans and monitoring for the major humanitarian crises. Before joining OCHA, he worked with Oxfam, CARE, IRC, WaterAid and other NGOs in emergencies and development for 10 years, mostly in Africa (DR Congo, Mali, Mozambique, Zambia, Congo-Brazzaville and Angola, plus Brazil). Robert completed a Ph.D. in Development Studies at the University of London, researching land tenure issues, and has published three peer-reviewed articles in top social-science journals. He comes originally from Boston, USA.

Bastiaan Aardema

Bastiaan Aardema studied International Relations, a combination of Business Administration and Information Technology, as well as Semitic Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Part of his studies was conducted in Cairo, Salamanca and Central Borneo. While graduating, he started to work for the Department of International Relations & International Organisation at the Faculty of Arts and has been involved in the Bachelor-Master on International Relations and particularly the European Joint Master on International Humanitarian Action (NOHA) up till now. Within the NOHA network, he is mainly involved in Curriculum Development and Quality Enhancement. Linked to that, he co-led the development of the Humanitarian Action Qualifications Framework in the international EUPRHA-project (European Universities on Professionalization on Humanitarian Action). As a follow up, he is now co-leading in the international EUHAP-project (European Humanitarian Action Partnership) the research on how humanitarian qualifications, skill sets and occupations interlink.

Ossama Almohsen

Sophie Borel

Ms. Sophie Borel has worked 15 years in the field in the human rights and humanitarian action sectors, managing a wide range of projects and programmes. From DRC, to Lebanon, Yemen, Cambodia and Jordan, Ms. Borel has worked with a number of governmental and non governmental organisations, of which the United Nations, Save the Children and the European Commission. More recently, she managed The Carter Center's operations in DRC. She specialises the development of training programmes in the human rights and humanitarian sectors, with a focus on local civil society strengthening. She has designed, coordinated and implemented a wide range of training and capacity building programmes based on state of the art adult learning methodologies for humanitarian and human rights actors. Ms. Borel is currently the General Manager of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA).

Celia Cranfield

Ms Cranfield is responsible for advocacy and communications at VOICE (Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies), a network of 84 European humanitarian NGOs. Based in Brussels, she has worked on EU foreign affairs for close to a decade, both in the government and NGO sectors. With a postgraduate degree in Human Rights Law, she has worked on the EU’s development cooperation, in particular on inclusion and rights based approaches and on legal and institutional issues related to EU security and defence cooperation. With VOICE her focus is on EU humanitarian policy, including the preparation of the World Humanitarian Summit, the EU’s aid architecture and EU humanitarian funding.

Marie-José Domestici-Met

Marie-José Domestici-Met is Professor in Public and International Law. She has been the promotor of the first Academic diploma in Humanitarian Action ever created, in 1993. And, soon after, she became one of the negotiators of the NOHA agreement (December 1993). She has been running the relevant Master since then; and the Institute for International humanitarian studies at the Aix-Marseilles University (Faculty of Law) since 2004.

She has a background in Law (PhD in International Law, Agrégation des Universités en Droit Public), and also in Political Sciences (Master) and in History (Bachelor, with a Minor in Political Sociology). Outside University, and in parallel, she has a clinical experience in Law, as a Barrister for 15 years, with a specialization in Public law and Land Property. Her Field experience in Humanitarian action goes back to Bosnia-Herzegovina, when she was involved in post-war return of refugees, property restitution, elections supervision (1998-2000).

Her legal research articulates around two different but complementary streamlines:-the one is public order and imperative norms of international law, and the other one is operationalization of protective norms through pro-active action, namely humanitarian and human rights projects. Both topics, indeed, contribute to protection of the human being. For her educational activities, Pr Domestici-Met has received a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam (2010), she has been tasked with running an AMU project of Excellence (HUMAN’AIX A*MIDEX) (2013) and has been granted the French Palmes académiques (2014).

She has been nominated the Chair of the French National Humanitarian Law Implementing Body (2012)

Zofia Dulska

A skilled communication and fundraising professional with more than 11 years of experience in international humanitarian organization (UNICEF), including 5 years in managerial position. Developing and implementing organizational communication, budgeting, programmatic planning, conducting successful marketing and communication campaigns. In depth knowledge of digital marketing tools.

Luis Enrique Eguren

Medical Doctor and NOHA Masters in International Humanitarian Action. Expert in protection of human rights defenders and of civilians in humanitarian contexts, he is a consultant and author of several books, chapters and articles on these topics.  He has worked in long term missions in several countries (El Salvador, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Colombia) and has undertaken many short term field assignments in the Americas, Africa and Asia. As a consultant for the Inspire Consortium he has provided advice and training to DG ECHO on the topic of humanitarian protection. Currently guest lecturer and researcher in the Institute of Human Rights of the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain); Co-Director of the NOHA Summer and Winter Schools on Humanitarian Protection (also lecturer in other academic institutions); consultant for the Inspire Consortium for DG ECHO, and Senior Researcher at Protection International (Brussels).

Xabier Garay

Humanitarian professional with over 20 years of experience managing humanitarian operations. Has worked with Action Against Hunger, Doctors of the World, Spanish Red Cross, Christian Aid, etc. For the last 4 years Xabier has focused on the training of humanitarian professionals. He coordinates the Management module at the University of Deusto.

Patrick Gibbons

Pat Gibbons PhD is Director of UCD’s Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA).  He is a member of the World Humanitarian Summit Team on Humanitarian Effectiveness and Chairperson of the Irish Humanitarian Summit Steering Committee.  Pat worked for more than a decade on both humanitarian and development programmes, in Africa and Ireland, before returning to UCD in 1997 to manage the Master’s Programme in Humanitarian Action under the auspices of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA).  He served as President of NOHA between 2007 and 2013, and then became founder member of UCD’s CHA.  His experiences in a range of aid sectors including public, private, NGO and academia have provided the determination to develop improved modus operandi for collective responses in aid programming from Ireland.  His research interests include: humanitarian principles, urban vulnerabilities and risk; impact assessment; and the interface between humanitarian action and reconciliation.

Patrycja Grzebyk

Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw. In 2006 graduated from Law (Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw) and in 2005 from International Relations (Faculty of Journalism and Political Science, University of Warsaw). Main field of research: International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Use of Force, Human Rights Law. Awarded with many scholarships and Mandfred Lachs Award for the best monograph in international law.

Amador Gomez

Technical Director of Action Against Hunger, nurse, expert in International Health, with an M.A. in the Management and Planning of health policies and programmes. He has studied at the University of Salamanca, the Institute of Health Carlos III, and the European University of Madrid. With over 18 years’ experience in international cooperation and humanitarian aid, he has worked in diverse emergency and reconstruction and development contexts, working in countries such as Angola, Somalia, the Philippines and Guinea-Conakry, among others. Furthermore, he has taught on a number of post-graduate courses related to international cooperation, nutrition and food security. His current responsibilities include leading the technical development of Action Against Hunger in the fields of nutrition, food security, access to water, sanitation and hygiene and disaster prevention. .

Catherine Gourbin

Catherine Gourbin, Ph. D. in demography, is Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain, where she is in charge of various courses, including Humanitarian Action and Development, interdisciplinary seminar in International Humanitarian Action, Health and Population, and Reproductive Health. She is director of the Master in International Humanitarian Action at UCL as well as the NOHA Secretary General.

Hans-Joachim Heintze

NOHA Director at the Ruhr-University Bochum, working extensively on international law. More.

Joost Herman

NOHA President, NOHA Director and Professor in Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action at the University of Groningen. More.

Michiel Hofman

Michiel Hofman worked for MSF in field missions between 1993 and 1998 as Emergency Co-ordinator and Head of Mission for MSF in Liberia, DRC, Bosnia, Burundi, Sri Lanka, Brazil, South Sudan and Kosovo, returning to his former career as freelance journalist in between missions. Between 1999 and 2001, Michiel co-founded The Antares Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organisation which supports local NGOs in providing psycho-social support for staff working in high-stress environments. Michiel returned to MSF in 2001 working as Country Director in Russia and Operations Director in Amsterdam and Country Director for Afghanistan. Since 2011 Michiel works as senior humanitarian specialist for MSF based out of Belfast, concentrating on research, training and operational support as well as publications in the humanitarian field.

Jarno Hoving

NOHA Groningen, expert on NOHA Blackboard.

Bram J. Jansen

Dr Jansen is assistant professor with the department of Sociology of Development and Change at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He was trained as a cultural anthropologist and lectures and publishes on humanitarian, conflict and refugee issues. In the past ten years he conducted ethnographic fieldwork in East and the Horn of Africa, mostly in Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan. He has done extensive ethnographic fieldwork on the social organisation and governance of protracted refugee situations in Kenya and humanitarian governance and decision-making processes in relation to insecurity in South Sudan.

Zuzanna Kulińska

Zuzanna Kulińska Ph.D.  is a lawyer specializing in human rights law, space law and international law. For the past 16 years she has been involved in various human rights activities, serving as the Chair of the Polish section of Amnesty International currently and between 2007 and 2011. During her time in Amnesty International she was also involved in the governance of the international movement as a member of the International Executive Committee (currently the International Board) between 2012 and 2014.

Sulagna Maitra

Sulagna Maitra (Ph.D. University College Dublin, 2013) is currently Lecturer in Humanitarian Action and the Programme Director for the MSc in Humanitarian Action (NOHA Joint Masters programme). She joined the Humanitarian Action Programme in UCD in 2010 as a doctoral researcher and academic coordinator of the NOHA Masters course. Prior to joining UCD, she worked as a researcher on the Global Change Programme in Jadavpur University, India. She has a Masters degree in International Humanitarian Assistance from Uppsala University, Sweden and a Masters in International Relations from Jadavpur University, India. Her research interests include identity and natural resource conflict resolution, intra-State transboundary river water conflicts, regional cooperation in South and Southeast Asia, governance issues in post-conflict societies and professionalization of humanitarian action. She is a recipient of Erasmus Mundus Scholarships and the SYLFF Fellowship

Artur Malantowicz

Artur Malantowicz, Ph.D., is a geographer and political scientist, with his interests focused on the Middle East and its socio-political and humanitarian crises. He has worked in academic, governmental and NGO settings and since 2012 is professionally involved in the humanitarian sector, primarily engaged in projects aiming at its professionalization (e.g. EUPRHA – European Universities on Professionalization on Humanitarian Action, EUHAP – European Humanitarian Action Partnership). As part of the EUPRHA project, he contributed to drafting the European Qualifications Framework for the Humanitarian Sector (HA QF) and creating the European Map of Humanitarian Action (HA Map). Currently Artur works as Operations Manager of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) and serves as Middle East Expert at the Warsaw-based think tank Centre for International Initiatives.

David-Pierre Marquet

David-Pierre is the Public Affairs and Communication Advisor of the delegation. He has worked notably in Bagdad as a Communication delegate (2003), in Moscow as Head of Communication Support Centre (2005-2009), as a Communication advisor in Cairo (2010), Communication Coordinator in Beijing (2011-2012), and Public Relations officer for Europe and Central Asia in Geneva (2013-2014). He speaks fluent French, English and Russian.

Ronan McDermott

Ronan McDermott is a post-doctoral researcher at University College Dublin’s Centre for Humanitarian Action.  His research to date has been conducted from the perspective of the inter-disciplinary field of socio-legal studies.  He is interested in how law and policy relating to humanitarian action are created within broader social, economic and political contexts and, in turn, how such contextual factors influence compliance with law and policy in disaster and armed conflict settings.  He is currently engaged in a multi-disciplinary research project concerning urban preparedness and resilience.

Elżbieta Mikos-Skuza

Assistant professor in public international law at the Faculty of Law and Administration UW and a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Natolin. Member of the International Humanitarian Fact Finding Commission established under Protocol Additional I to the Geneva Conventions on the protection of war victims and a member of the Advisory Council of the European Institute of Peace. In 2004-2012 a Vice-President of the Polish Red Cross. Author of numerous publications on public international law and international humanitarian law.

Monika Miłowska

Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Expert. She has been working in international non-governmental organizations and United Nations Agencies and Initiatives: UN Global Compact Network Poland, Microfinance Centre, UNICEF Poland. She run development projects in 10 countries (including Uzbekistan, Indie or Bolivia). Since 2013 she has been working directly with polish business within polish and global Corporate Social Responsible activities.



Markus Moke

Dr. Markus Moke is Head of Quality Assurance and Training at Germany’s Relief Coalition, Aktion Deutschland Hilft, e.V. (ADH). As Emergency Relief Coordinator he predominantly worked in field missions to the Middle East and Asia. Markus Moke holds a PhD in Communication Sciences and Journalism, International Politics and Psychology. Between 2007 and 2012 he was Director of the Joint Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action at University of Bochum, Germany. Markus Moke is editor of “Humanitarian Action Facing the New Challenges” together with Andrej Zwitter. He is author of articles on Media and Humanitarian Action, Disaster Risk Reduction, Professionalization of Humanitarian Aid and Humanitarian Logistics. As official Sphere Trainer he led a project on the translation of the Sphere Project into German language. Markus Moke is senior lecturer at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (University of Bochum) and the University of Malta. His main fields of teaching are on Programme and Project Design, Standards and Quality Instruments, and Human Resource Management. He also provides training on the Sphere Standards for Humanitarian Aid Organisations.

Desire Mpanje

Desire Mpanje is currently a PhD candidate at the University College Dublin where he also serves as the Programme Coordinator for the MSc in Humanitarian Action (NOHA Joint Masters programme).  Prior to joining UCD, he worked as an Assistant Desk Officer-NOHA Intern (Operations) in operational Unit B5 of the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG-ECHO), European Commission. He also worked as Research Intern at the Centre for Humanitarian Action and as Project Officer for an Irish Aid funded Programme in Malawi. He holds Master of Science degree in Humanitarian Action from University College Dublin; Bachelor of Science degree  in Agricultural Extension from University of Malawi and a  Diploma in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management from Natural Resources College of Malawi. His research interests include social capital, resilience measurement, urban vulnerability, urban poverty, and sustainable livelihoods. He is a recipient of Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs fellowship.

Klemens Ochel

Brian Palmer

Relinde Reiffers

Relinde Reiffers has a background in cultural anthropology, transnational communications & global media and humanitarian action. She is teacher anthropology in humanitarian action at the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) programme of the University of Groningen. Relinde also works as project coordinator for War Trauma Foundation, a NGO that provides psychosocial support to people affected by war and violence, where she coordinates the projects in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Jordan and Sudan. Previously Relinde was psychosocial advisor in the psychosocial programme for Bhutanese refugees of TPO Nepal.

Kristina Roepstorff

Kristina Roepstorff is a scholar-practitioner in the field of peacebuilding and humanitarian action, with a regional focus on South and Southeast Asia. She holds a degree in Philosophy, Social Anthropology and Comparative Religious Studies from Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich and a Master’s Degree in International and Comparative Legal Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. In 2007, she was a Marie Curie Fellow in Humanitarian Action and Conflict Studies at University College Dublin and has been teaching the Social Anthropology module of the NOHA Master in International Humanitarian Action for many years. She completed her PhD in political science in 2009 and subsequently worked as Assistant Professor at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. For her research in conflict-induced displacement in Northeast India, which she conducted at the School of International Studies at Simon Fraser University, she was awarded a Government of Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Most recently, Kristina Roepstorff has been a Visiting Fellow in the Research Division Asia at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. She presently serves as Associate Faculty at the School of Humanitarian Studies at Royal Roads University, Canada, and works as mediator, trainer and consultant. Contact: kristina.roepstorff@hu-berlin.de

Maurice Said

Maurice Said, PhD, is an Anthropologist and Research Analyst with the Crisis Management team at Trilateral Research Ltd., London. He was trained as a cultural anthropologist and researches and publishes on post-disaster rehabilitation, kinship, political factionalism and exoticisation. He has spent over a decade conducting anthropological field research in Sri Lanka, as well as in southern India and Malta. His work has focused on social transformations in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami with a specific focus on the formation of kin-based village level political factions and the ensuing rivalry between them. His research has also focused on the suicide epidemic in South Asia and disputes over the ownership and use of land in southern Sri Lanka. He has worked extensively in post-disaster scenarios with NGOs, voluntary organisations, consultancies and academic institutions.

Anne Simon

Anne Simon has been working in ECHO since 2007, first as a desk officer for Chechnya and for the Saharawi refugee crisis. After two years, she moved to the finance and contract unit where she has been in charge of the relationships with ECHO partners. She is currently the Deputy Head of Unit of ECHO Unit in charge of emergency preparedness and security. Anne started her professional career as a volunteer in Russia. She has long experience of working in the humanitarian field, both at headquarter and in the field, with non-governmental organisations and with European institutions. She graduated in Political Sciences and translation.

Dawid Sześciło

Assistant Professor at the Public Administration Research Institute, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw. Visiting scholar at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna (2014-2015), expert on public administration reforms at OECD-SIGMA. NGO expert on public management, human rights and public law. Author of over 100 scientific publications, including handbooks and monographs.

Siri Teller

Siri Tellier holds an Master's from Harvard School of Public Health, 1970, with a specialization in public health demography. She has 40 years of experience in international health, including as Director of International Department of Red Cross in Denmark (1992-2001), as well as long term field postings as representative of UNFPA in Afghanistan, China, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Programme Director for Community Participation in Water and Sanitation with the UNDP, and Chair of the UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS in China. Siri has 20 years of teaching experience, and since 2009 she has been responsible for the module Health in Emergencies and Refugee Health on the University of Copenhagen's Master of Disaster Management and MSc in Global Health.

Jan Weuts

Mr Weuts is Caritas International Belgium Emergency Aid Coordinator since 2006, overseeing worldwide disaster response of the Caritas network. He is a member of the Humanitarian Commission of Caritas Internationalis (coordinating body of the Caritas Federation), and represents Caritas Internationalis in the Sphere Project Board. He lectures on humanitarian management at the Catholic University of Louvain. Before joining Caritas, he worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Belgium for fifteen years, where he started in logistics on the field (RDC, Iran, Iraq, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan) worked in headquarters in logistics, then operations department (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Guineé) and finally coordinated the “Emergency Pool” of MSFB. Jan is still a member of MSF Belgium's Board, and of MSF Supply.

Karolina Zelent-Śmigrodzka