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.
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
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.
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.
Robin Ramsahye is a doctoral candidate and research associate at Ruhr University Bochum’s Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV). His research interests lie in Public International Law, particularly Human Rights Law with a current focus on land rights and vulnerable populations. Robin received his law degree from Ruhr University Bochum and also holds a Masters Degree in International Law from Sorbonne Law School.
Przemysław Witkowski (1982), Ph.D., publicist, journalist and poet; studied international relations and cultural studies; member of the Krytyka Polityczna team; published three volumes of poetry and one essays (Glory to Superman. Ideology in Pop Culture); is currently researching and describing the panorama of the Polish extreme right and is working on a book on the subject; lectures at the University of Wroclaw and Collegium Civitas.
David-Pierre Marquet is an ICRC delegate, working currently as a public affairs advisor based in Brussels. During his twenty years ICRC career, He notably has collaborated with documentary film makers and photojournalists in various contexts affected by armed conflicts and was acting as Spokesperson and Public Relations officer in Geneva. Previously, He was managing the ICRC Moscow Regional Communication Centre and was a COM coordinator in Bagdad, Tashkent, Cairo, Yangon and Beijing. Prior to that, David-Pierre served as a detention delegate notably in Georgia, Armenia and Chechnya.
Marc Salvadó i Vallmajó
Chartered mechanical engineer by the University of Girona, he spent several years working as product engineer within the mechanical engineering and automotive industry.
He began working for Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in the year 2005 as logistician and water and sanitation technician, evolving towards field coordination in several projects, always in African contexts. He also acted as a mentor on security analysis and management of the Dadaab project, in Kenya.
In 2014, after obtaining an MBA, he founded ReAcció Humanitària, a non-profit organization specialized in overall technical training and raising awareness activities focused on humanitarian aid.
Marc is co-founder and president of Cooperativa Humanitaria. He is the general activities manager and contributes to the development and implementation of project management training and emergencies response training.
Lars Löfquist work as Senior Lecturer and as Director for two master programmes in humanitarian action (60 and 120 ECTS).
His research background is in the field of Ethics with a PhD degree in Theological Ethics 2008. Lars has primarily researched in applied ethics with emphasis on humanitarian ethics, development and energy questions. One of the key research interest is how moral values underpin different conceptions of development and how this can explain disagreement about how we should evaluate different development paths.
In his current research, Lars study how humanitarian workers can cultivate moral character traits and especially how organizations can support these traits.
Affiliations: Uppsala University
Research interests: Ethics, Theological ethics, Virtue ethics, Humanitarian action, Faith-based organizations, Sustainable development
Studied Political Science and Literature in German and the US. Working with UNHCR since 2013 in Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Jordan and Yemen in Programme Management and External Relations. Currently based in Geneva with UNHCR Division of External Relations, acting as the focal point for Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria in the Donor Relations and Resource Mobilization Service.
Sabrina Ebert is the Project Officer for the German-funded Project “Phase 2 – Leave no one behind!: Mainstreaming Disability in Humanitarian Action” at Handicap International e.V.. A project that is capacitating German humanitarian actors and their local partners on inclusive humanitarian action. Sabrina holds a master double degree from the NOHA (Network on Humanitarian Action) Programme in “International Humanitarian Action” from the University of Warsaw and the University of Deusto, as well as a bachelor degree in “Multilingual Communications”. She is an expert on inclusive humanitarian action and has presented her research on “Humanitarian Organisations’ Efforts and Challenges to Protect and Assist Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action” in various occasions, such as this year’s Humanitarian Network and Partnerships Week in Geneva and the IAPSS World Congress in Madrid. With her expertise, Sabrina was also invited to become one of the founding members of Multipod’s Initiative the “Global Network of Young Thinkers and Innovators in Global Health and Human Development”. Over the last years Sabrina assumed roles as project coordinator for a German Initiative, working on inclusive cultural education at national level, she has worked with Ärzte ohne Grenzen / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for the Humanitarian Congress Berlin 2018 and at the European Commission for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) for the Southeast Asian/ Latin-American Desk.
Laura Hofmann is a PhD candidate and assistant editor of the Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at Ruhr University Bochum’s Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict. Her research interest lies in the protection of cultural heritage in international human rights law. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Maastricht and an LLM in International Laws from Maastricht University.
Małgorzata Wosińska. Cultural Anthropologist. Psychotraumatologist. Director Representative for International Cooperation at Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland. Ph.D. (ABD), Faculty of History at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.
Małgorzata Wosińska’s research interests cover a wide range of interrelated disciplines from Critical Holocaust Studies through the lens of Anthropology of Genocide and Forensic Studies. She is a lecturer and has taught courses in Genocide Theory, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Museum Studies at the University Adam Mickiewicz, University of Poznan/PL, Northeastern University Boston/USA, and King’s College Halifax/CA. She also works with the witnesses of traumatic events and for this she has both completed courses in general psychotraumatology and continues her educational development in a specialist psychoanalytic training program.
Her doctorial thesis concerns the identity of genocide survivors in Rwanda, where she has conducted regular field research since 2009. She is also an expert adviser on the management of memorial sites and how they intersect with the “social tension” present in public narration/discourse for both governmental and non-governmental organizations of preventive measures (i.e. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum/USA, National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide – CNLG/Rwanda, Aegis Trust/UK). From 2012-14 she was an aid of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum where she was responsible for cultural diplomacy with the Rwandan government (CNLG, Rwandan Governance Board).
She is an expert consultant for the “UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List” for the National Heritage Board of Poland (focus: performing arts). She is also the youngest winner of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Award “Museum Event of the Year Sybilla 2011” for her individual project titled “Sztutowo or Stutthof? The taming of the cultural landscape.” Since 2011 she has worked in Poland as a curator of exhibitions and as a public educator about the former concentration camps at various sites including the Stutthof Museum and Memorial and the Gross-Rosen Museum and Memorial.
In addition, Ms. Wosińska is the author of 39 publications in scientific journals, the co-editor of four books and one collection of reportages. For many years she has taught, performed and recorded traditional music (Yiddish, Balkan) and believes that music and the visual arts are significant pathways toward creating a common language between seemingly disparate groups and their relationship to the past.
Dominic MacSorley is the Chief Executive Officer of Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest international humanitarian and development organisation that operates in 25 of the world’s poorest countries.
Mr. MacSorley, a Belfast, Northern Ireland native, studied law at Queen’s University before joining Concern in 1982. In the past four decades he has led Concern’s responses to some of the world’s most devastating humanitarian emergencies including Rwanda, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti.
Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2013, Mr. MacSorley served as Senior Director in the Concern Worldwide US office, representing Concern at the UN and with major donors in Washington DC. During this period, he was elected twice as NGO representative and Chair of the Interagency Standing Committee Humanitarian Forum.
More recently, Mr. MacSorley served as President of Alliance 2015, a strategic partnership of seven European NGOs. He is currently Chair of the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence, an alliance of human rights, humanitarian and development organisations, Irish Aid and the Irish Defense Forces.
In 2010, Mr. MacSorley was awarded the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to international humanitarian aid and, two years later, was honored by the Northern Ireland All Party Group on International Development for his outstanding contribution to international humanitarianism.
Siswanto Agus Wilopo
Siswanto Agus Wilopo, is a Professor of Population Health and the Director of Center for Reproductive Health, Faculty of Medicine, The Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta Indonesia. He is also an adjunct full professor UCD, Ireland. He is a medical doctor and received Master of Science degree from McMaster University, Canada in 1984 and Doctoral Science degree from the School of Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University in 1990. He is a former the Deputy Chairperson of National Family Planning Coordinating Board (BKKBN), Indonesia (2001-2008) and the Deputy Assistant Minister of Population and Environment and Population/FP from 1991-2000. He is a former Chair of Indonesia Public Health Physician Association (2011-2015) and the First Chairpersons of Indonesia Demographic Association (IPADI) from 2010-now. He is currently working for Indonesia’s FP2020 working group on Data and Monitoring Evaluation. His research and publications are mainly in area of population health.
Desire Mpanje is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin, Ireland. His doctoral research focuses on Social Capital and Urban Resilience in vulnerable urban contexts of Kenya, Colombia, and Indonesia. He is also currently, the Programme Coordinator for the Joint Master’s degree in Humanitarian Action (NOHA Joint Masters program) and the Research Associate for the Preparedness and Resilience to address Urban Vulnerabilities, a Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie Rise Programme funded by the European Commission. He also teaches Advanced Research Methods module at the UCD. Before the current roles, Desire 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, Brussels, Belgium. He also worked as the Research Intern at the UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action. Before joining UCD, he worked as the Project Officer for an Irish Aid funded Programme in Malawi and as an Agriculture Extension Officer with the Malawi Ministry of Agriculture. He has vast experience in areas of Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Livelihoods, and Food Security. His research interests include social capital, resilience, disaster risk reduction, urban vulnerability, urban poverty, and sustainable livelihoods. He is a recipient of Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs Fellowship and currently the recipient of the UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action Research Fellowship.
Tim Huiskes joined the University of Groningen as lecturer at the department of International Relations and International Organization in 2013. At its Faculty of Arts, he also taught European Politics and Society classes for the European Languages and Cultures degree programme. Tim has been elected by the members of the University Council to serve as their president annually since 2015, and combined this position with appointments as international project leader with the department of Alumni Relations and Fundraising at the Office of the University, lecturer in International and European Law at the Faculty of Law, and early stage researcher for the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange project on Preparedness and Resilience to address Urban Vulnerabilities. He holds a MA degree in International Relations from the University of Groningen, and plans to continue his current research as a doctoral student.
Dorota Heidrich, PhD – graduate of Institute of International Relations and of Institute of Regional and Global Studies at the University of Warsaw, earned her PhD in Humanities in the field of Political Science in 2004 from the University of Warsaw. Assistant professor at the Institute of International Relations (IRR), University of Warsaw, from October 2016 until July 2019 – Deputy Director of the IRR. Main research areas include: forced migration (with special attention to IDPs); international criminal justice; transitional justice; international organizations (governmental and non – governmental). Author and co-author of publications on forced migration, transitional justice, criminal justice, international organizations.
Alejandro Pozo is Humanitarian Affairs Senior Researcher at MSF. He joined MSF for the first time in 2002, and has also worked in the headquarters as Adviser to the Director of Operations, and in the field as head of mission, project coordinator and researcher, mostly in conflict settings. Beyond MSF, he is a researcher for the Centre Delàs (Barcelona) and collaborates with numerous organisations and institutions. He has conducted related field investigations on armed conflicts, peace, disarmament and military affairs, both from within and outside of the humanitarian sector. Alejandro holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies and is a lecturer on armed conflict, peace and security, and geopolitics on Ramon Llull University’s degree in International Relations and on various master’s programmes at different universities.
Wojtek Wilk, Ph.D., is a Chief Executive Officer of a Polish humanitarian aid NGO PCPM and Team Leader of PCPM’s Type 1 Emergency Medical Team (Poland EMT PCPM). He supervises PCPM’s aid operations in refugee crises in Lebanon and Uganda, as well as development programs in, among others, Kenya, Georgia and Palestine (West Bank).
Prior to joining PCPM in 2012, he worked for OCHA in South Sudan, Iraq, Zimbabwe, in OCHA Regional Office for the Middle East and in the UN Secretariat in New York, as well as for UNHCR in Kosovo. In the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake he served as OCHA Inter-Cluster Coordinator during the post-disaster and recovery phase. He is a member of UNDAC (UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination rapid response team) and certified UNDP Early Recovery Advisor.
He holds Ph.D. in Economics of Humanitarian Crises from the Warsaw School of Economy.
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Clara Egger joined the University of Groningen as an Assistant Professor in Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action in december 2018 and currently serves as the NOHA Groningen Academic director. She holds an MA degree in Political Science from Sciences Po Grenoble and a PhD in political science from the University Grenoble Alpes. Her research focuses on the determinants of humanitarian donors’ aid behaviors, on the relationship between public and private non-state actors in humanitarian action (with a specific focus on NGOs), on the contestation of humanitarian aid as well on how domestic institutions shape international crisis-management policies. Her comparative research focuses both on traditional and non-traditional actors of humanitarian action and combines the analysis of statistical data with qualitative data collected through field research (in various countries of the Middle East and sub- Saharan Africa).Her research received several awards and recently appears in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Peacebuilding. Clara Egger has held research and teaching position in France (Sciences Po Grenoble), Switzerland (CERAH Geneva), Canada (UQAM) and Germany (FSU Jena).