3rd November 2017, Friday afternoon

Program takes place at Charles University, Institute of Economic Studies, Opletalova 26, 110 00 Praha 1, room 109

Registration 16:00 – 16:30

Opening panel


How to maintain basic ethical criteria? What do these principles mean today? To what extent are they still valid and accepted by new humanitarian actors?

Opening panel 16:30 – 19:00

Taking place Friday afternoon at Charles University, Institute of Economic Studies, Opletalova 26, 110 00 Praha 1, room 109

4th November 2017, Saturday

Program takes place at University compound in Jinonice (metro station Jinonice, line B – yellow)
Panel 1

9:30 - 12:00

Protection of Civilians Inside a Conflict and After Displacement

When working in conflict and post-conflict regions, an important part of the relief effort is determining who should be protected, why, and how. These questions get to the heart of what is one of the most important aspects of humanitarian assistance. The goals of humanitarian action must be impartial and non-political. But does a non-political space really exist when humanitarian organizations have to negotiate for it and advocate in favor of those on the ground who are affected?

Protection of civilians is often part of peace-building activities. Which P-B activities are more successful: those mandated at high political levels (e.g. UN troops) or those arising from community concerns (e.g. Local Peace Committees - Great Lakes Region)?

Panel 2

9:30 - 12:00

The Emergency Gap: Does it Exist? How to Understand it?

We often hear that global needs are growing faster than response capacities. How is the sector prioritising and what are the remaining gaps? Do we find them mainly in armed conflicts settings? Is there a gap in emergency response capacity? If the answer is yes, what needs to be done to increase response capacity of the sector?

Lunch Break 12:00 – 13:30

Panel 3

13:30 – 16:00

New Trends and New Actors in Humanitarian Aid

What were the key commitments made by humanitarian actors at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul? What is the ‘Grand Bargain’ between donors and implementing agencies? To what extent will the WHS be shaping the humanitarian landscape in the future and what tangible results has it brought so far. Will it improve the delivery of aid?

Panel 4

13:30 – 16:00

Marketing of Humanitarian Action and the Role of Media

How important are media and marketing to the visibility of disasters and the allocation of resources to them?

To what extent are humanitarian agencies competing? Do they always play fair? Can the difference in media attention given to natural disasters (the ‘CNN setting’) and to conflicts be changed? Can we blame the media for under-visibility and under-financing of certain disasters and relief efforts? What is the role of new media in the humanitarian sector and in its marketing? Do resources drive marketing of humanitarian efforts and the connected ethical questions?

Saturday program takes place at University compound in Jinonice (metro station Jinonice, line B – yellow)

The Congress invites international guests and experts from different fields. Humanitarian practitioners, academics, the media and students are invited to discuss and exchange experiences, new trends and innovations in humanitarian aid.

Marc DuBois

Independent consultant and analyst. Former Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in UK.
After graduating from Yale, Marc DuBois (SM '81, BA in Philosophy) worked for the Peace Corps in rural Burkina Faso. Upon returning from Burkina, he obtained an MA in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and then a law degree from Columbia University in New York, where he concentrated on international human rights.

Following a judicial clerkship, Marc was awarded a prestigious Skadden Arps Public Interest Law Fellowship, enabling him to fight housing discrimination in New Orleans through litigation and advocacy. Joining MSF in 1999, he first worked in the field (Sudan and Angola), and then in Amsterdam HQ, specialising in advocacy issues. Then he took over as Executive Director of MSF-UK (until 2014).

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Branislav Fečko Čegiň

Brano has been part of the debating community for over sixteen years as a judge, trainer, debater, and coach in 15 different countries. He attended his first World Schools Debating Championship in 2008 as a judge where he broke to the Grand Final. Since then, he has adjudicated the Grand Final at six of the seven WSDC tournaments which he attended as a judge and served as a member of the Chief Adjudicator’s Panel in 2009, 2013 and 2015. In 2011 he coached the Slovak national team. He served as Co-Chief Adjudicator for WSDC 2016 in Stuttgart.

He was Vice-Chair of the Charles University Debating Club and the convener of the Allen & Overy Prague Debate Tournament in 2008. He attended the IDEA Youth Forum as a member of the organising committee in 2007 in the Czech Republic, and as a trainer in 2009 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, breaking into the Grand final in the latter one. He has also been on the CAP for Bratislava Schools Debating Competitions 2011-2016, Eurasian Schools Debating Championship 2013 and 2015, Korea Schools Open 2015, Prague Debate Spring 2014 and 2015, as well as ARGO Open 2013 – 2016, and English College Open 2017. He was a member of the 2015 Czech and Slovak Universities Debating Championship winning team as well as winning the Best Speaker award.

Wolfgang Bauer

Wolfgang Bauer is a reporter for Die Zeit. His reportages have won him many prizes including the Prix Bayeux¬ Calvados for War Correspondents. He has worked in the Arab world and Africa for many years, including in war zones in Syria and Libya. He published several books.

Gie Goris

Gie Goris (1955) started working in development education from 1980 untill 1990, when he started working in journalism: from 1990 as editor of Wereldwijd Magazine, from 2003 as editor of MO*. He also edited some books on religion and violence (God met ons. Wereldwijde verhalen over godsdienst en geweld -1997), on art, cultural diversity and globalization (Glokale Kunst -1998; De kracht van diversiteit -2002); on worldviews and engagement (Wereldbeeld, a photo- and interviewbook -2002, Truthout -The revenge of the real world (photobook & exhibition). In 2011 he published Opstandland. De strijd om Afghanistan, Pakistan en Kasjmir, a wide ranging account of the conflicts in South/Central-Asia. Goris usually writes on the issues of interculturality, development and globalization. He has been travelling all corners of the globe and did interviews with a diversity of writers and thinkers, politicians and farmers alike.

Besides his professional career in journalism and publishing, Gie Goris was president of different organisations and platforms (HAVEN vzw (1986-1999: advocacy organisation for refugees, asylum seekers and illegal immigrants in Antwerp; 1999 - 2006: president Open Doek (international filmfestival in the city of Turnhout, with a focus on films from the Global South); 2006 – 2014: president of Africalia (donor organisation supporting cultural projects in Africa); 2014 - president of Media.21, platform of online newsorganisations in Flanders).

Thomas Haunschmid

Thomas Haunschmid has worked for CARE Österreich (CARE Austria, since 2010, first as Content Manager, then as Senior Communication Manager in the Executive Office and for the last 4 years as Communication and Regional Development Director. Also during his work as a Radio Journalist for the Austrian broadcasting Corporation (ORF), the cultural anthropologist was always interested in Humanitarian and Development Aid. He made numerous reports on refugees, social issues, travel and music.

Dr. Cristina Churruca Muguruza

Cristina Churruca Muguruza, PhD in International Relations, is Associated Professor at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences and Senior Researcher at the Human Rights Institute of the University of Deusto (UD) since 2007. She is Coordinator of the Joint Master's Degree in International Humanitarian Action of the NOHA network (Network of Universities in International Humanitarian Action) and NOHA Master´s Director in the UD. She previously developed her research career at the University of the Basque Country, UPV-EHU, and at the University of Bochum in Germany. She has received several research grants such as the Researcher Training Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education (1991-1995) at the UPV-EHU, the Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship from the European Union (1998-2000) and the SYLFF (2000-2001) at the Institute of Peace and Armed Conflict of the University of Bochum. Her main areas of research are human security, peace-building and protection challenges of humanitarian action in particular the protection of displaced persons and the common foreign and security policy of the European Union in these areas.

Dr. Markus Moke

Dr. Markus Moke is Head of Quality Assurance and Training at Germany’s Relief Coalition, Aktion Deutschland Hilft, e.V. (ADH). Moke holds a PhD in Communication Sciences and Journalism, International Politics and Psychology. Between 2007 and 2012 he was Director of the Joint Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA) at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Markus Moke is editor of “Humanitarian Action Facing the New Challenges” and author of several articles on Media and Humanitarian Action, Disaster Risk Reduction, Humanitarian Logistics and the Professionalization of Humanitarian Aid. As Sphere Trainer he led a project on the translation of the Sphere Project into German language. Markus Moke is senior lecturer at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (Ruhr-University Bochum) and the University of Malta. His main fields of teaching are on Programme and Project Design, Standards and Quality Instruments, and Human Resource Management. He also provides training on Sphere and CHS for Humanitarian Aid Organisations. Currently he is involved in the European Humanitarian Action Partnership (EUHAP) project that contributes to the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training in Humanitarian Action.

Michaël Neuman

Director of studies at Crash / Médecins sans Frontieres
Crash (The Centre de réflexion sur l'action et les savoirs humanitaires) was created by Médecins sans Frontieres in 1999. Its objective is to encourage debate and critical reflexion on the humanitarian practices of the association, in order to improve its actions. Michaël Neuman graduated in Contemporary History and International Relations (University Paris-I). He joined Médecins sans Frontieres in 1999 and has worked both on the ground (Balkans, Sudan, Caucasus, West Africa) and in headquarters (New York, Paris as deputy director responsible for programmes). He has also carried out research on issues of immigration and geopolitics. He is co-editor of "Humanitarian negotiations Revealed, the MSF experience". He is also the co-editor of "Saving lives and staying alive. Humanitarian Security in the Age of Risk Management".

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Gareth Price-Jones

Gareth Price-Jones, Senior Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, leads the humanitarian policy side of CARE’s work from the CARE International HQ in Geneva.

He has over 17 years’ senior experience with INGOs, working in eleven countries, mainly in Asia, and has led operational responses in a number of contexts including the Asian Tsunami, the Haiti Earthquake and in Syria during the current conflict. Before joining CARE in 2015 Gareth was Oxfam’s Humanitarian Affairs Representative in Geneva, where he focused on bringing his practical experience as a country director and member of cluster and Humanitarian Country Teams to the often jargon-filled discussions in the global humanitarian policy arena. He was actively engaged in the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, leading first Oxfam, and then CARE’s policy engagement and contributing to WHS consultations in South Asia, Europe and globally, and leads CARE’s engagement with the Grand Bargain and other major initiatives. He has authored a number of influential blogs and articles. Gareth has bachelor degrees in Business and Law and a master’s degree in Sustainable Development with Disasters. His fundamental driver is a belief that it is both realistic and possible for every human being on the planet to have access to the same resources, choices and opportunities that he has been fortunate enough to benefit from.

Velina Stoianova

Velina Stoianova is a Humanitarian Affairs Adviser at MSF and has over ten years of experience in humanitarian financing and policy development. Before joining MSF, she worked as a consultant specialising in humanitarian policies and standards, pooled funds and strategic response plans. She has worked for a number of organisations including DARA and Development Initiatives’ Global Humanitarian Assistance programme, and has supported the work of a variety of humanitarian actors such as OCHA, IFRC, international NGOs and donor governments.

Kathrin Starup

Ms. Kathrine Starup is the senior Global Protection Advisor at the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and has more than 20 years of experience with humanitarian and displacement work. Kathrine has specialised in protection, protection information management, mixed migration and displacement solutions. Kathrine has worked with the UN, NGOs and CBOs in the field and at headquarters and has field experience from Africa and Asia. Prior to joining DRC, Kathrine worked with UNHCR in the field.

Petr Kostohryz

Petr Kostohryz, graduate from the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague, has over 15 years of international experience in managing large scale humanitarian programmes. He has worked with People in Need (2000-2003), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2003-2006) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (2006-present) in the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, East Africa and the Middle East, most recently as the NRC Country Director in Jordan. He served on the Board of Directors of NRC in 2015-2017 and joined the Board of People in Need in 2017.

Ed Schenkenberg

Ed Schenkenberg is co-founder and Executive Director of HERE-Geneva, an independent humanitarian think-tank founded in 2014 that looks at the gap between policy and humanitarian practice. HERE-Geneva delivers studies and reviews on the reality of humanitarian action, with a view to fuel debate and change behaviour. For more information visit: Examples of recent publications that HERE has produced include: Principled Humanitarian Assistance of ECHO Partners in Iraq and The Challenges of Localised Humanitarian Aid in Armed Conflict. Ed brings to HERE 25 years of experience in humanitarian affairs. He has worked as Executive Director of DARA in Madrid where he led humanitarian studies and evaluations. He has also been the Executive Director of ICVA, the Geneva-based humanitarian NGO network that facilitates NGO coordination and cooperation on humanitarian policy and advocacy. Ed’s special interests include issues such as humanitarian principles; coordination; protection; and accountability. Ed has been the Chair of the Board of the Sphere Project (2006 -2008) and has co-authored the Sphere Handbook protection principles. He sits on the Board of Directors of the humanitarian quality assurance initiative and Stichting Vluchteling

Anne Street

Anne has been Head of Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy at CAFOD, the England and Wales section of Caritas International since 2010. Her work addresses a range of issues including international humanitarian system change, promotion of partnership approaches in humanitarian action, humanitarian financing and particularly southern NGO access to humanitarian funding, conflict sensitivity, humanitarian principles, and a focus on country-specific humanitarian crises.

Before specialising in humanitarian policy she had programmatic experience of living in or working on development, emergency and conflict issues in Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. She has published in both academic and practitioner journals, and has contributed to a range of publications.

Complete list of speakers will follow soon.