Conference Program - 2016
10:00 - 11:00Official Opening of the Conference Opening Statements
Speaker: H.E. Dr. Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouie, Chairman of the board of Directors, Speaking on Behalf of H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Representative of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi in the Western Region and President, Emirates Red Crescent
Speaker: H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Bumelha, Humanitarian Advisor Of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman, DIHAD Higher Committee And President, DISAB
Speaker: H.E. Ms Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
11:00 - 12:00Official Opening of the Exhibition (Ribbon Cutting) and Exhibition Tour
13:30 - 14:30High Level Panel: “Addressing Vulnerability Through an Innovative, Joint, Humanitarian Assistance and Development Approach.”
Moderator: Ms. Heba Aly, Managing Editor, IRIN
Speaker: H.E. Mr. Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner For Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management
Speaker: Mr. Rashid Khalikov, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Partnership with the Middle East and Central Asia, OCHA
Speaker: Ms. Sandra Mitchell, Deputy Commissioner-General, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA)
14:30 - 16:00Session 1: Innovation and Humanitarian Aid Part 1: “Innovative Approaches to Ensure Food Security in Humanitarian Assistance Settings”
Chairperson: Ms. Arlene Mitchell, Executive Director, Global Child Nutrition Foundation; Seattle, USA
Speaker: Ms. Merete Johansson, Chief, Coordination and Response Division - Geneva Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Speaker: Mr. Sean Lowrie, Director, Start Network, London
Speaker: Mr. Saul Guerrero, Director of Operations, Action Against Hunger, UK
16:00 - 16:30Coffee/ Tea Break
16:30 - 18:00Session 2: Innovation and Humanitarian Aid Part 2: “Innovative Approaches; Humanitarian Assistance in Conflict Zones”
Chairperson: H.E. Amb. Atta El Manan Bakheet El-Haj, Deputy Secretary-General, Islamic Appeal For Relief and Development, Sudan
Speaker: Dr. Gilles Carbonnier, Professor of Development Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Speaker: Dr. Sherine El Taraboulsi, Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI; London
Speaker: Ms. Isadora Quay, Gender In Emergencies Advisor, Care International

09:00 - 10:30Session 3: The Application of International Humanitarian Law - and International Human Rights Law - In Today’s Conflicts; are Innovative Approaches Possible, and Called For?
Chairperson: H.E. Amb. Peter Schatzer, International Institute for Humanitarian Law, San Remo
Speaker: Mr. Vincent Bernard, Head Of Unit, Law And Policy Forum, International Committee Of The Red Cross, Geneva
Speaker: Mr. Rolf Ring, Deputy Director, Raoul Wallenberg Institute Of Human Rights And Humanitarian Law, Lund University, Sweden
Speaker: Ms. Mona Rishmawi, Chief, Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
10:30 - 10:45Keynote Address
Speaker: Mr. Yves Daccord, Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva
10:45 - 11:15Coffee/Tea
11:15 - 12:45Session 4: Partnerships For Innovation; Incentives to Make a Difference
Chairperson: H.E. Mr. Khaled Al Kamda, Director-General, Community Development Authority, Dubai, UAE
Speaker: Mr. Robert Opp, Director, Innovation and Change Management Division, World Food Programme, Rome
Speaker: Dr. Richard J. Brennan, Director, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response Department; World Health Organisation, Geneva
Speaker: Mr. Hassan Al-Damluji, Head, Middle East Relations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
12:45 - 14:00Luncheon
14:00 - 15:30Session 5: Innovation and Development Part 1: “Ensuring Innovation is Both Sustainable and Responding to Genuine Needs”
Chairperson: Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary-General, International Federation Of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (Ifrc), Geneva
Speaker: Dr. Jelte Van Wieren, Director, Humanitarian Aid Department, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague
Speaker: Mr. Francois Grunewald, Executive Director, Groupe Urgence, Rehabilitation, Development (URD) France
Speaker: Mr. Robert Watkins, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Bangladesh
15:30 - 15:45Special Session : The Humanitarian Impact of The Protracted Syria Crisis
Speaker: Mr. Amin Awad, Director, Middle East & North Africa Bureau and Regional Refugee Coordinator, UNHCR
15:45 - 16:15Coffee/Tea
16:15 - 17:45Session 6: Innovation and Development Part 2: “Building Resilient Communities Through the Pursuit of SDG and DRR Objectives”
Chairperson: Mr. Claus Sorensen, Senior Adviser for Resilience, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, European Political Strategy Centre (ESPC)
Speaker: Mr. Dominique Burgeon, Director, Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, Food And Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome
Speaker: Mr. David Kaatrud, Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, World Food Programme, Bangkok
Speaker: Ms. Harpinder Collacott, Executive Director, Development Initiatives

09:00 - 10:30Special Session: Leadership, As Important in Humanitarian Aid and Development As Coordination
Chairperson: Dr. Mukesh Kapila, Professor, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester and Special Advisor, World Humanitarian Summit (WHS)  
Speaker: Mr. Toby Lanzer, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel
Speaker: Ms. Saba Al Mubaslat, Cheif Executive, Humanitarian Leadership Academy, London
Speaker: Dr. Jean-Francois De Lavison, President, Ahimsa (Respect for Life) Partners, Lyon, France
Speaker: Dr. James Kisia, Executive Director, International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Secretary-General, Kenya Red Cross, Nairobi
Speaker: Mr. Jack Sim,  Founder, World Toilet Organisation, Singapore
Speaker: Dr. Runa Khan, Founder and Executive Director, the “Friendship” Organisation, Bangladesh
10:30 - 11:00Coffee/Tea
11:00 - 12:00Special Session: Leadership, As Important In Humanitarian Aid and Development As Coordination (Continued)
12:00 - 12:30Special Session: “Innovation and organizational change”
Speaker: Dr. Edith Brigitte Marie Favoreu, Deputy Director, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH)
12:30 - 14:00Luncheon
14:00 - 14:20“Why creativity and innovation go hand-in-hand with success and growth..”
Speaker: Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad, Founder and Chairman, Al-Khair Foundation
14:20 - 14:35Innovative methods in Emergency Response
Speaker: Ms. Liz Hughes, Chief Executive, Mapaction, Saunderton, UK
14:35 - 14:50Innovative approaches to access
Speaker: Mr. Mario Stephan, Founding Director of Arabian Perspectives
14:50 - 15:10The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), results and perspectives for humanitarian actors
Speaker: H.E. Amb. Patrice Paoli, Director, Crisis and Support Centre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Paris
15:10 - 15:30The World Humanitarian Summit (Istanbul, 23-24 May 2016); Update on Preparatory Activities/Consultations
Speaker: Mr. Robert Smith, Chief, Office of the WHS Secretariat, Geneva
15:30 - 16:00Closing Addresses
Speaker: H.E. Dr. Sergio Piazzi, Secretary-General, Parliamentary Assembly of The Mediterranean, Malta
H.E. Mr. Hesham Youssef, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
16:00 - 16:15Chairman’s Summary and Conclusion
H.E. Amb. Gerhard Putman-Cramer, Director, DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board.