IP 2018 Speakers

The NOHA Intensive Programme 2018 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.