IP 2017 Speakers

The NOHA Intensive Programme 2017 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.

Christos Stylianides - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

In November 1st, 2014, Christos Stylianides became the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. He is also the European Council’s Ebola Coordinator. Before that, he was the Government Spokesperson of the Republic of Cyprus and accompanied President Nicos Anastasiades, as a member of his delegation, to all EU and UN high-level meetings.

From 2006 to 2013 he was a member of the Cyprus House of Representatives and Member of the Committee on European Affairs, the Committee of Internal Affairs and the Committee of Employment and Social Affairs. He represented Cyprus at plenary sessions and committee meetings of the Union for the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly.

Born June 26, 1958 in Nicosia, Christos Stylianides is a Cypriot who graduated as a Dental Surgeon in 1984, but then he Co-founded the Movement for Political Modernization and Reform, and was a leading member of youth movements in support of EU membership and the solution of the Cyprus problem since the early 1980's. He speaks Greek and English.

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.

Peter Billing

Dr Peter Billing was born in 1961 in Heilbronn/Germany. He joined the European Commission in 1996. As from 1999 he has held several positions in DG ECHO (Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations). From 2001 to 2005 he headed the Strategic Planning Sector. From 2005 to 2014 he was responsible for the Crisis Centre. From 2014 to July 2016 he served as Head of the Human Resource Unit. Since July 2016 Head of the newly created Unit for Emergency Preparedness and Security (A.2) in DG ECHO.

Sophie Borel

Ms. Sophie Borel has worked 19 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).

Jolanta Choińska-Mika

Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Quality of Teaching , University of Warsaw

Cristina Churruca Muguruza

Cristina Churruca Muguruza, PhD in International Relations, is lecturer and researcher at the Human Rights Institute of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, at the University of Deusto, where she teaches international relations and humanitarian action and peace building. She is Director of the Joint Master’s Erasmus Mundus in International Humanitarian Action at the University of Deusto, Coordinator of the NOHA Master’s Consortium of Universities on Humanitarian Assistance and Coordinator of the EUPRHA Network, European Universities on Professionalization on Humanitarian Action.

Her current areas of research are human security, protection and peace building. She has combined her teaching and research work with the promotion of joint curriculum development and quality assurance in humanitarian action and participation in joint recognition and accreditation initiatives supported by the European Commission, national accreditation agencies and the European Consortium for Accreditation.

Joseph Debono

NOHA Coordinator, University of Malta

Luca Falqui

NOHA Graduate & ICRC Medical Advisor

An Italian medical doctor who has spent: 
- 12 years in Italy working in different medical areas (internal medicine, obstetrics, surgery, oncology) 
- 20 years overseas implementing and managing emergency and development programs in various contexts (including fragile states, developing countries and war zones).

- Needs assessment – Planning – Implementation – Monitoring & Evaluation of health interventions in emergency and development situations (areas: First Aid and Emergency care, Primary Health Care and Community health, Hospital care) 
- Medical documentation of ill treatment and assistance to trauma victims 
- Health System Strengthening (HSS) in civilian and prison settings 
- Project cycle management and Result-Based Management (RBM) 
- Negotiations with authorities and non-state actors - Relationships with beneficiaries, local communities, international agencies and donors.

Robert Ghosn

Bob Ghosn is a humanitarian aid worker with an extensive experience in the field. He has worked in DRC, Chad, Iraq, Guantanamo, Liberia, Yemen, Jordan and other countries where he has designed and implemented Protection and Assistance programmes, in fragile or emergency settings. Holder of an LLM in Law, he has served in different capacities with the ICRC, UNICEF and Penal Reform International. He participates to the programme on his personal capacity and tweets @BobGhosn.

Jérôme Grimaud

Jérôme Grimaud is a humanitarian worker. He devoted his first missions to protective accompaniment in Central America and to frontline negotiations in the Middle East before becoming a psychosocial support delegate of the International Movement of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He gradually specialized in the field of protection, conflict sensitivity, humanitarian access as well as humanitarian mediation and dialogue facilitation, both as a practitioner and a trainer. His humanitarian negotiation and mediation experiences range from negotiating access of medical agencies and civilians at check points in the Palestine territories to facilitating humanitarian mediation processes in the Central African Republic. For the last three years he has developed and piloted third party neutral humanitarian mediation initiatives aiming at improving protection of civilians and humanitarian access for various NGOs, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Red Cross. He is currently collaborating with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) as roving humanitarian negotiation and mediation adviser. He is affiliated as a research fellow with Harvard University’s Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) focusing on Humanitarian Mediation. He also provides training with Harvard University’s Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action in collaboration with the Geneva based Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiations as well as with the NOHA Network on Humanitarian Action.

Tristan Hale

Tristan joined Sphere in July 2017 as Learning and Training Manager. Before that he worked as a curriculum designer in the financial sector. He is a Computer Science graduate whose interests include entrepreneurship, social impact startups, disruptive technologies, edtech (education technology), volunteering, car-pooling and cycling. He lives in Annecy, France with his wife and 2 daughters.

Hans-Joachim Heintze

NOHA Director and Professor of International Law at the Ruhr-University Bochum. His research interests focus on, inter alia, minority rights (Co-author of the OSCE Lund Recommendations), self-determination of peoples, human rights and rule of law, international humanitarian law, post-conflict law, United Nations and international security, prohibition of the use of force and the law of humanitarian assistance. More.

Joost Herman

NOHA President, NOHA Director and Professor in Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action at the University of Groningen. He studied History and International Law in Leiden and conducted PhD research at the Institute for Human Rights at the University of Utrecht into the protection of minority groups in Central and Eastern Europe. He joined the University of Groningen in 1995, became University Reader in International Relations and International Organization in 2003, and professor in 2012. Mr Herman is Director of the Institute for Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG). More.

Jarno Hoving

NOHA Groningen, expert on NOHA Blackboard.

Anita Kołodyńska

Senior expert, Humanitarian Aid Unit, Development Cooperation Dept., MFA of Poland

Dealing with European and global humanitarian agenda. Polish delegate to the Council working party on humanitarian aid and food aid (COHAFA). World Humanitarian Summit focal point for Poland. Responsible for developing Polish humanitarian aid policy as well as implementation (focus country - Jordan). Previously dealing with international civil protection (DG ECHO, UN OCHA) and Eastern Partnership cooperation (i.e. Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine). Before joining MFA worked in the International Cooperation Dept. of the Ministry of Interior and International Cooperation Dept. of the National HQ of the State Fire Service. Speaks English and Russian.

Julienne Lusenge

Julienne is the Director of the Fund for the Congolese Women and the President of Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development (SOFEPADI), a coalition of 40 women’s organizations in the Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

SOFEPADI works to defend and protect women’s rights and provide support to survivors of sexual violence by advocating for justice. Julienne works tirelessly to manage the coalition as it fights for an end to sexual violence in the DRC.

Julienne became an activist in 1998 when inter-ethnic war arrived at her doorstep. After witnessing members of armed groups raping and brutalizing women in her community, Julienne was compelled to act. She began documenting the cases of abuse and condemning the acts in public. She challenged the leaders of the armed groups in writing, demanding that they cease using violence against women in their war. “When armed groups confront one another, it is the women who pay,” she cried, “Women’s bodies are used as battlefields—and this must end.”

Monika Korowajczyk-Sujkowska

Monika Korowajczyk-Sujkowska is the Head of the Humanitarian and Development Aid Department and the plenipotentiary of the management board for security at Polish Humanitarian Action.  Since 2013, Monika has been responsible for the preparation, implementation, and supervision of the  development and humanitarian aid program, which currently includes missions in South Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine, and Iraq.  She joined PAH in 2009 as the Desk Officer for PAH’s Mission in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.  She obtained her Master’s Degree from the University of Warsaw specializing in European Studies in 2006.  She has completed a variety of security related trainings including Managing People and Projects in Emergencies, Security in a War Zone, and Security Management.

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.

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.

Magali Mourlon

Magali Mourlon is the programme coordinator at VOICE. She is currently responsible for the following portfolios: FPA and funding, DRR, quality and accountability, sectoral policy related to humanitarian aid operations (gender, food assistance), EU Aid Volunteers. She has been working for seven years in the field; both in humanitarian and development contexts. In particular she worked for Handicap International in Pakistan, Nicaragua, Cambodia and Ethiopia.

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.

Siri Tellier

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.

Wiet Vandormael

Initially in social services in 2001 in a day care centre for children in the heart of Brussels, my career started off by meeting with and working alongside people from different backgrounds, challenges and opportunities. It was back then that I got inspired by many individuals working in the field of development, civil society, activism and humanitarian aid. After spending some time traveling and starting my own small Non-Profit organisation, I found my way to the NOHA Master. After doing a semester in Louvain-la-Neuve and Groningen, I ended up in Melbourne at Monash Asia Institute writing my thesis. The encounters in the region pushed me towards humanitarian work in particular, especially the stigmatisation of aid and the geopolitics behind the aid businesses.

When I returned, I applied for an internship with Caritas International under the mentorship of a teacher at the university of Louvain-la-Neuve. Until today, I consider him as my mentor and consult him frequently on several issues. After my 1 year internship with Caritas, I applied with MSF and left for my first assignment to Afghanistan as a logistic manager. Today, it has been 6 years since I started working for MSF and have been on missions in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Tunisia, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Haiti and the Mediterranean Sea (Search and Rescue). I have had the chance to work both at project, mission and HQ level. Humanitarian work has changed my life in many ways and will continue to do so for the coming years. NOHA has provided me with a lot of luggage to make my way within the field, but it cannot replace the personal and professional experiences you will encounter.