Marta R. Colburn
Country Program Manager, UN Women Yemen
Responsible for the strategic positioning of UN Women as a leader in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Yemen. Tasked to lead and manage the Yemen country portfolio and to translate UN Women’s strategic plan into development and humanitarian initiatives and results by designing, implementing and managing programs. Additionally, responsible to develop effective partnerships with government counterparts, UN system agencies, international and local civil society organizations and with bi-lateral and non-traditional donors to promote inter-agency partnerships, mobilization of visibility and resources to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Formerly, inter alia, Director of UNRWA Operations in Jordan (2012-2013), Yemen Country Director for CARE USA (2010-2012), Jordan Country Director for Mercy Corps (2003-2007).
Eva Abu Halaweh
Eva Abu Halaweh is a lawyer and human rights activist in Jordan, and was awarded the International Women of Courage Award in 2011.
She is a co-founder and currently Executive Director of the Mizan Law Group for Human Rights. Abu Halaweh has a BA specializing in Law, and a master’s degree in Diplomacy. Previously Abu Halaweh ran a private practise and was employed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Abu Halaweh campaigns against honor killings and for protecting women at risk and the vulnerable, and in eliminating torture and abuse in the Jordanian prison system and police stations
Dr. Jan Brommundt is a is a health economist and a medical doctor specialized in anesthesiology. He leads the cardiac anesthesia team at Groningen University Hospital, the Netherlands’ largest center of excellence and teaches med students at Groningen University. In his parallel life he has worked in conflict zones with MSF and MDM since 2004 and is a board member of MDM Germany. He also serves as the Medical Director of MELONET, an international repatriation organization. He lives with his Portuguese wife and two children near Bonn, runs half marathons and loves Mediterranean food.
Ms. Sophie Borel has worked over 20 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 Executive Director of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA).
Chamutal Afek Eitam
Humanitarian practitioner, strategic advisor, researcher and lecturer at NOHA GSG Groningen university NL
With 18 years of experience, Chamutal worked and lived in the Balkans, Africa, Asia and Europe in complex conflict and natural disaster environments managing emergency health, emergency education programs, food and security operations and a variety of organizational MEAL and capacity building initiatives. Her research passion lays in Organisational Learning and the efficiency and impact of non-profits, in Needs and Capacity assessments and, in not for profit use and integration of technological innovation. She believes that better aid is routed in a paradigm shift where giving and taking is done responsibly as international aid powers release control of aid and parallel national capacities and national social corporate responsibility lead aid programming. Today she is a lecturer and researcher at NOHA Groningen and is an active international adviser.
Associate Professor on International Law and Human Rights Law, coordinator of the Law Module in the NOHA programme at the University of Deusto. She has published extensively in journals and books on issues regarding refugee law, the externalization of migration control, the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice, racial discrimination and International Humanitarian Law. She is the Director of the Transnational Law Department of the Faculty of Law at the University of Deusto since 2015; and before she was the Vice-dean for International Relations and Research at the same Faculty.
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.
Currently working as Head of Risk Management Department – Global Desk Risk Management at Action Against Hunger -Spain , having more than 15 years of experience in humanitarian, recovery, advocacy, campaign and development work spreading across the thematic areas of Hunger, Malnutrition, Water and Sanitation, Food Security and Livelihoods, Internal Displaced People (IDPs) , Refugee Crisis, Policy Advocacy, Good Governance, Cash Transfer Programming, Rural and Urban Disaster Risks Reduction, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) , Local Partners Capacity Building and Empowerment and lastly Strategic Risk Management by setting the strategic direction of the Model Risk Management and Building up a culture of risk management in the organization. I have worked in Iran, South Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) , Philippines with diverse countries’ context and currently in Madrid Spain. More: https://www.linkedin.com/in/javadamoozegar/
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 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.
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.
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.
Director of the Institute for International Humanitarian Studies
Director of the NOHA Master in Humanitarian Action and Law
Director of the Legal Clinic in International Human Rights Law
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Chair of Excellence A*MIDEX in International Human Rights Law and Global Law
Asma Khader, a lawyer and human rights activist, is President of Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) and Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women. She is former Minister of Culture & Government Spokesperson for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and former President of the Jordanian Women’s Union.
A member of the Arab Lawyer’s Union, the Arab Organization for Human Rights, the Executive Committee of the International Commission of Jurists, and the Advisory Committee of the Women’s Division of Human Rights Watch, she has received numerous awards and honors for her work. Asma has written and spoken widely on the topics of women, children’s rights, and human rights. She recently served on the UN International Commission of Inquiry investigating human rights violations in Libya.
Lars Löfquist has a PhD in Theological ethics from the Theology Department at Uppsala University. Research background is primarily focused on applied ethics with emphasis on development and energy questions. He presently works as Programme Director for NOHA programme Uppsala (120 ECTS) and for the Master programme in Humanitarian Action in Conflict (60 ECTS)
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.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Guido Van Heugten
After finalizing European Law School in Maastricht in 2009, Guido started his humanitarian career in Madagascar when joining the World Food Programme. This experience led him to start the NOHA Master’s Programme in Uppsala, from which he graduated in 2012 with a dissertation on post-conflict property restitution. He subsequently worked in Afghanistan, The Netherlands, DR Congo, Belgium and Switzerland for a variety of organisations.
Currently Guido is a Donor Relations Officer at UNHCR’s headquarters in Geneva, in charge of managing the MENA governmental donor portfolio.
Guido also has been a member of the NOHA Alumni Committee from 2013 – 2016.
Before entering the humanitarian sector professionally, Evin worked as a teacher, tour-guide, soldier and pizza-bike driver in between many voluntary roles. Following studies in psychology, French and political science, and finally the NOHA masters from UCD, he got work with the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) in 2011.
In 2013, Evin started with the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) where his work included creating WFP’s www.familymeal.eu project, as well as short-term postings in Central African Republic and Ethiopia, and missions to Jordan and Myanmar.
In 2015, Evin moved to WFP’s Zambia office where improving market access for rural smallholders is a major focus of WFP’s work. Evin managed the design and piloting of an e-commerce app called ‘Maano’, which works just like eBay but is adapted to the needs of rural smallholder farmers.
Now living back in Ireland, Evin works with asylum seekers who are being housed in a rural Irish village, helping facilitate their social inclusion and community development.
Manuel Sanchez Montero
Manuel Sánchez-Montero was born in Madrid in 1964, he is married and has two children. He holds a BA in Laws by the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid and also a Master Degree in Foreign Trade by the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. He is fluent in Spanish (mother tongue), English and French and also can communicate fluently in Serb-Croat.
He has worked on International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action since 1993. His experience started that year as Head of Mission of Doctors of the World Spain in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he worked until 1994; then contributed to the foundation of Action Against Hunger in Spain (1995) where he managed the Logistics department up to 1997 before to work as Head of Mission for Action Contre la Faim France in Chad (1998) and again for Action Against Hunger Spain as Regional Coordinator in the Southern Caucasus (1999).
Afterwards he worked as Director of Operations for this organisation in Madrid (2000-2007) and then joined FRIDE (a European think tank based in Madrid and Brussels) as Research Director of the Humanitarian Action and Development area (2007-2010). He is author of the book “The Fractures of the New World Order” (2005, CIDEAL) and contributed to the yearly reports “Geopolitics of Hunger” 1999 and 2001 (Ed Icaria).
He has also collaborated as professor in several Master Degrees on International Development Cooperation, Conflict Management and Humanitarian Aid at different institutions such as the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid, Universitat Jaume I of Castellón, Universitá di Pavía or the Insituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset of Madrid. He is currently director of Advocacy and Institutional Relations at Acción contra el Hambre and has worked as the Humanitarian Action Office of the Spanish Agency for International development Cooperation. (AECID) from June 2012 – October 2015.
Head of Talent Acquisition, Accion contra el Hambre
Valére de Riedmatten
Valere de Riedmatten is a Swiss national that has worked in the humanitarian sector since 2009 in Syria, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic. From 2011 to 2017 he was a Protection delegate and manager with the International Committee of the Red Cross before joining the Danish Red Cross in 2018 as Protection and Humanitarian Mediation Delegate.
Head of Operational Communications, MSF