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DAY 1 – 6 September 2017





Registration & exhibition opens







Pedro Costa, Conference Producer, Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF)





Opening Keynote Address

Christopher Smith, Director of Individual Assistance, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), United States Department of Homeland Security




Procurement Strategy






Panel: Update on Emergency Procurement Strategy


-   Best practice and guidelines for procuring goods and services during emergency scenarios

-   Value for money: monitoring and evaluating your procurement decisions

-   Debate benefits and risks of social sourcing in local markets near the emergency affected area

-   Addressing considerations around reusability, sustainability, and scalability

-   Discussing specific challenges of procuring ICT solutions

-   How to improve supplier relationship management and long-term partnerships


Moderator: Carlos Carrazana, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Save the Children

Kenny Cheung, Chief of Procurement, World Bank

Bobby McCane, Head of Contracting, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Miguel Alvarez, Officer in Charge, Field Supply Team, Procurement Division, United Nations





 Innovation Pitch

Dr David Gittins, Global R&D Director, Imerys





 Refreshment Break



Humanitarian Logistics


Field Operations



Panel: Best Practice in Logistics and Supplier Management

- Addressing challenges

- Compliance and fraud prevention in INGO supply chains
- How to improve supplier relationship management and long-term partnerships


Moderator: John Service, STA Humanitarian Operations, HRD, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Anna Spindler, Head of Supply Chain Management Logistics Service, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Dean Stevens, Head of Logistics, Delivering Procurement Services for Aid (DPSA)

Panel: Disasters and Climate Change: Managing Risks & Crises Differently (Insurance, Financing)

- Building a culture of resilience and risk awareness
- Trends in public and private financing of new projects and initiatives
- Enhancing research support for large-scale investment programmes
- Discussing how short-term financing helps boost the productivity and income of rural families


Moderator: Dan Wolf, Chief Executive Officer, International Lifeline Fund

Vimlendra Sharan, Director, Liaison Office for North America (LOW), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Akshatvishal Chaturvedi, Senior Consultant, Disaster Risk Management, World Bank

Britt Lake, Chief Program Officer, Global Giving




Discussion: Challenges in Storage and Last Mile Logistics

- Addressing the challenges of last mile logistics: How access has changed in some regions
- Better engaging with local partners and communities
- The role of technological innovations

Moderator: Dr. Hlekiwe Kachali, Project Director, Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute

Alex Greene, Senior Manager, Logistics, RTI International

Ashley Canchola, Program Manager, Global Supply Chain, Americares

Discussion: Field Supplies and Improving Community Livelihoods

- Discussing new technologies to better reach and engage communities
- Establishing successful public-private partnerships
- Increasing cross-industry collaboration and coordination of new initiatives
- Enhancing research support for large-scale investment
- Discussing integrated community-based initiatives

Moderator: Jacqueline Bass, Director Livelihoods, Social and Economic Development (SED), FHI360

Alison Padget, Vice President, Programs, World Hope International

George Sullivan, Regional Director, CPRS, American Red Cross



Innovation Pitch

Carlos Glatt Russek, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Glatt Stove

Innovation Pitch

Susane Warner, Head of Sales, Tentnology 





Networking lunch


Closed Session - Pre registration required on site

Simulation: Disaster Response

- Virtual live action role playing to simulate post-disaster supply chains for key commodities
- Play the role of a business, government, or non-profit organization in a crisis scenario
- Coordinate and collaborate with your sector, demographic, and geographic partners to fill gaps and reduce overlap to keep supply lines open
- Visual performance metrics to allow players to review system-wide impacts of their actions


Dr Jamison Day, Chief Data Scientist, Ecosify
Facilitated by:
Kathy Fulton, Executive Director, American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)



Supported by:

Sawyer Products


Panel: Shelter Assistance and Post-Disaster Settlement Planning

- Enhancing disaster preparedness and strengthening disaster management capacities
- Improving preparedness and proactive mitigation: risk management and community management
- Discussing practices and policies for the advancement of disaster prevention and reduction
- Building back better: discussing initiatives for ensuring better recovery and post-disaster settlement

Moderator: Mohamed Hilmi, Senior Coordinator and Technical Specialist, Shelter, Settlements, and DDR, InterAction

Dr Joe Leitmann, Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Team Leader, Resilient Recovery and Urban Resilience, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), World Bank Group

Charles Setchell, Senior, Settlements, and Hazard Mitigation Advisor, USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

Richard Walden, President and Chief Executive Officer, Operation USA


Roundtable Discussions

  - Understanding the Humanitarian ICT Data Ecosystem with Anahi Ayala Lacucci, Senior Director, Humanitarian Programs, Internews

- Training and Safety of Aid Workers with Emmet Fitzgerald, Director, CBR Project for Humanitarian Relief Workers

- Localization of Aid: Execution of Disaster Relief and Recovery with Britt Lake, Chief Program Officer, Global Giving

- Responding with Cultural Competency with Anne Wilson, Director of Programs and Hani Hamwi, Disaster Response Manager, Islamic Relief USA

- Post Disaster Settlement Planning with Susana Rojas Williams, Director, International Shelter Initiatives, Global Programs, Habitat for Humanity

- Connectivity and Emergency Communications with Chris Ivory, Vice President, Land Solutions, Global Eagle  





Refreshment Break





Panel: Alternative Means of Financing Aid and Development 

- Discussing the future of humanitarian funding
- Nationalizing and localizing humanitarian response
- Ensuring different funding through diversity
- Looking at alternative financial models such as crowdsourcing
- Addressing inefficiencies and strengthening needs-based funding in the humanitarian systems

Moderator: Paolo Sison, Director, Innovative Finance, Gavi The Vaccine Alliance

Krista Riddley, Senior Director, Gender and Humanitarian Programs, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Jaime Atienza, Aid and Finance Global Lead, OXFAM





Keynote Address

Amos Doornbos, Disaster Management Strategy & Systems Director, World Vision International



17.30– 19.00



Networking Drinks Reception



DAY 2 – 7 September 





Registration & Exhibition Opens






Pedro Costa, Conference Producer, Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF)





Opening Keynote Address

Dr Stephen Redd, Director for the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)




Health Resilience





Panel: Innovations and Technologies to Support Health SDGs and Response

- Exploring latest trends and innovations in global health initiatives and technologies and their practical implications for improving community health
- Addressing the key stages for collaborative global health through the use of mobile solutions
- How to coordinate support and health-promoting activities
- Capacity building to better support at-risk groups

 Moderator: Ticia Gerber, Founder, and CEO, Integrative Center for eHealth (ICE), Consultant, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization (WHO)

Kristen Finne, Programme Manager, emPOWER Initiative, Senior Policy Analyst, Division of Healthcare System Policy, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Dr. Ciro R. Ugarte, Director, Health Emergencies,  World Health Organization (WHO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Speaker TBC, International Rescue Committee (IRC)





Innovation Pitch

Shelley Lynch-Holmes, Vice President, Government Affairs, Teletrac Navman




Refreshment Break





Conference Room 2

Health & WASH Innovations



Conference Room 5 

Technology & Data Strategy





Panel: Improving Maternal And Child Health


- Establishing robust emergency medical systems, especially for children and women
- Every Woman Every Child: Overcoming challenges of child and maternal health in emergency situations
- Addressing sexual and reproductive health
- Exploring medical innovations and future outlook
- Nutrition innovations and 
programmes to fight malnutrition


Moderator: Michael O'Brien, Global Director, Health, and Nutrition, Relief International

Alfonso Rosales, Senior Advisor, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, World Vision USA

Ugochi Daniels, Chief of Humanitarian Response, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Lena Wahlhed, Director, Alliance Development, Hemocue


Panel: Emergency Communication, Connectivity, and Social Networks


- Update on latest innovations in communication technology, social networks for relief agencies
- Discussing latest trends and innovations for communication with affected communities
- How to best connect emerging  with existing technologies
- Improving the communication and coordination between disaster response actors
- Lessons learned from previous emergencies

Moderator: Kareem Elbayar, Technology Partnerships Adviser, Office of the Director, Corporate Programmes Division, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Joseph Burton, Counselor for Technology and Security Policy, U.S. Department of State

Frank Schott, Vice President of Global Programs, NETHOPE

Steve Birnbaum, Business Development Manager, Americas Humanitarian, and NGO, Marlink

Lourdes Tiglao, Strategic Partnerships Officer, Team Rubicon Global

Hani Shannak, Chief, Operations, and Services, Division of ICT, United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF)



Innovation Pitch

Valerie Rowlands, Global Industry Advisor, NGOs and Strategic Projects, Envirotainer AB







Panel: Innovations and Best Practice to Tackle Communicable Diseases

- Disease prevention and control: vaccinations, testing, monitoring
- How to maximize the benefits of health 
programmes and collaborations
- Update on rapid testing solutions
- Improving access to HIV/AIDS prevention and counseling
- Scaling up treatment and care

Moderator: Steve Hansch, Director, International Business & Technical Consultants, Director, Ebola Response Evaluation, USAID/OFDA, Treasurer, Board  Member, Relief International

Dr Jordan Tappero, Senior Advisor, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Francesco Moschetta, Senior Lead, Portfolio Manager, Africa and the Middle East, Western Africa, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria


Panel: How to better use ICT and data strategy to Support SDGs


- How can satellite connectivity enable successful delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Update on the Crisis Connectivity Charter and its practical implications
- Examples and guidelines on successful collaboration and partnership
- Overcoming regulatory challenges and technical obstacles around interoperability and coordination  

Moderator: Mikel Maron, Board Member, Chair of Voting Members, Humanitarian Open Street Map Team (HOT)

Stephen Hellen, Director, ICT4D & GIS, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Syed Raza, Senior Director, Global Services, Digital Impact Alliance

Vince Onuigbo, Senior Director, Global Services, Hughes Network Systems






Lunch break




Roundtable Discussions

- WASH Partnerships and Initiatives with Luca Palazzotto, Global Director, WASH, Relief International

- ICT4D: Adoption of New Technologies by Communities with Daniel Coughlin, Deputy Director, Product Management and ICT Programs, International Rescue Committee (IRC)

- Building and Strengthening Partnerships with Marija Bateman, Partnerships Advisor, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

- Policy Challenges in the Digital Technology and Humanitarian Context with Ticia Gerber, Founder, and CEO, Integrative Center for eHealth (ICE), Consultant, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization (WHO)

- Topic TBC with Lauren Hendricks, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy and Institutional Relations, Grameen Foundation




Panel: Best Practice and Innovation in WASH


- Ensuring access to water and sanitation for crisis-affected population
- Discussing quality requirements and guidelines for drinking water in the field
- Examining solutions for water treatment
- Exchanging best practice for improving hygiene awareness

Moderator: Luca Palazzotto, Global Director, WASH, Relief International

Keith Norris, Director, Water, and Sanitation, World Hope International

Gemma Bulos, Director, Global Women's Water Initiative

Michael Goodwyn, Director of Engineering, Aldelano Solar Cold Chain Solutions



Panel: Payment Applications as Tools for Delivering Financial Relief and Inclusion


- Growth of mobile money and what it means for the development sector
- Driving digital and financial inclusion: Coordinating and enabling policies promoting financial inclusion
- Use of cash transfers in the emergency context  vs development programmes
- Partnerships and collaborations for electronic payment applications

Henri Dommel, Director, Inclusive Finance, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Rebecca Rouse, Director, Financial Inclusion, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Dorothee Delort, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Payment Systems Development Group, World Bank Group

Dan Balson, Lead Specialist, The Middle East and Eurasia, Smart Campaign, Center for Financial Inclusion





Refreshment Break


Planet of the Apps 





Effective Partnerships for Aid & Development Programmes


- Exploring the opportunities for sustainable collaboration with the humanitarian supply chain
- Maximizing social and economic benefits by choosing the right partner and 
- Monitoring and measuring effective collaborations
- Evolution of partnerships in the humanitarian and development space: new actors, crowdsourcing, and new trends


Moderator: Tyler Rundel, Global Analyst, Inter-Agency Regional Analysts Network (IARAN), Action Against Hunger (ACF)

Challiss McDonough, Senior Communications Officer, World Food Programme (WFP)

Brian Kelly, Head of Community Stabilization Unit, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Keith Kall, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, World Vision USA





Closing Remarks & End of Summit