The Broadcasting Board of Governors and Voice of America, in partnership with the Aid and Development Forum, present a pre-conference training on media response during disasters. Event will take place at VoA headquarters in Washington D.C.
The AIDF Disaster Relief Summit is specifically designed for senior representatives and experts from governments, NGOs, UN agencies, investors, research institutes and the private sector engaged in disaster relief and response. In order to keep the networking opportunities at the highest level we have limited access to the event to an audience interested in discussing disaster relief management and related issues.
Only registered participants will be allowed to attend the Summit.
Please register here according to your professional category. You can choose to attend Day 1 only, Day 2 only or Both Days.
The 2-day package covers the two days of the Summit and includes participating at all sessions, workshops, networking sessions and experiential zone, meals and refreshments. The 1-day package covers a single day of the Summit only and includes participating at all sessions, workshops, networking sessions and experiential zone, meals and refreshments.
Please note that the Summit fee does not include travel and accommodation.
Please refer to our website for travel indications and partner hotels.
In order to ensure maximum networking opportunities and a well balanced audience a maximum of 5 delegates from each participating organisation is allowed.
It is the delegate's responsibility to investigate the visa requirements for the United States and apply for an appropriate visa, if necessary. Delegates should ensure that they apply for their visa, if required, at least two month before travelling to the United States. Full information regarding visa requirements is available at: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english.html.
Only registered attendees / speakers / partners will be eligible to obtain the invitation letter for a visa application from AIDF. Please contact Pierluigi Garibaldi at firstname.lastname@example.org to request it.
Cancellation by delegate (you):
Should you be unable to attend you may nominate a substitute to attend in your place. You must contact us in advance of the conference to substitute as on-the-day changes will not be accepted. If you do not wish to nominate a substitute we will give you a refund less a 20% handling charge for all cancellations received in writing 30 days before the conference date. After this date we will give no refunds. Delegate places are for the named delegate only and cannot be transferred on the day of the conference. Please refer to our conference entry terms and conditions. All cancellations must be received in writing (fax, email or post) and will be replied to. We do not accept cancellations orally. If you do not receive a reply to your cancellation request please contact us immediately on +44 (0)20 7871 0188.
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If we are obliged to cancel a conference for whatever reason then we will give you a full refund of all delegate fees already paid. If we are obliged to postpone a conference we will offer you the opportunity to rebook for the new conference date at the same rate or to cancel with no penalty. We are not liable for any travel or accommodation expenses incurred by you or your company if a conference is cancelled or postponed. Your travel insurance may cover cancellation costs.
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The AIDF Disaster Relief Summit will be held at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA. The building is also home to USAID and other US institutions placing you in the centre of decision making and networking. Being in the heart of Washington, DC, you’ll be within walking distance of many of sightseeing hotspot and the city’s finest hotels and other prominent businesses, historical sites and cultural organizations.
Public parking is available in the building underground parking lot with entrances at 13 ½ Street off Pennsylvania Avenue and two entrances on 14th Street. Garage hours are 5:00 AM until 2:00 AM.
Guests should allow extra time as all guests and vehicles are screened upon entry. There is no overnight parking available. The clearance for public access is 7 feet.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates an extensive network of buses and subway trains throughout the District of Columbia and neighboring suburbs. Bus and subway fares are based on the time of day and how far you travel. For more information concerning routing and schedules, call (202) 637-7000. The Federal Triangle Metro Station (orange/blue lines) is located on-site, and is connected to the building by covered passageway. The Metro Center Metro Station (red line) is located just two blocks north on 13th Street.
A list of partner hotels with discounted prices for participants will be available soon. Please check our website for regular updates.
For speaking opportunities or to recommend a speaker please contact Sonja Ruetzel, Event Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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With a history spanning over a decade of delivering of successful summits and exhibitions in Geneva, Nairobi, Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) is the world leading forum uniting policymakers, NGOs, UN agencies, research institutes, intergovernmental and private organisations to meet, share knowledge and experiences on Disaster Resilience & Relief, Food Security and Water Security. The AIDF events highlight a need for ongoing networking, targeted dialogue and an exploration of strategic alliances on a more intimate level and are organised to attract the world’s attention through forming an exclusive platform of global expertise and cross-sector engagement. AIDF events are for individuals aspiring to make a difference by joining and influencing the debate and ensuring sustainability and poverty alleviation goals will be met.
The Aid & International Development Forum’s 6th annual Disaster Relief Summit is an unique gathering for international humanitarian experts at relief agencies, NGOs and charity associations, UN and government agencies, development banks and donors and innovative technology and service providers. It was notable at previous AIDF events that the conference sessions were the most attractive and best attended element of the event. Therefore AIDF is distilling the popular event into a conference format to better facilitate debate and networking. Following extensive research we are putting more emphasis on content and concentrating the themes of the event so that there are three distinct focus streams: Logistics & Field Operations, ICT and Water Security.
In particular, the AIDF Disaster Relief Summit will feature:
The conference is expected to be fully booked well ahead of time. To attend this summit, please register below according to your professional category and choosing whether you wish to attend DAY 1 only, DAY 2 only, or BOTH DAYS.
Day 1 – Field Operations & ICT Solutions
Day 2 – Logistics & Emergency Water
Cancellation by delegate (you):
Should you be unable to attend you may nominate a substitute to attend in your place. You must contact us in advance of the conference to substitute as on-the-day changes will not be accepted. If you do not wish to nominate a substitute we will give you a full refund less a 20% handling charge for all cancellations received in writing 45 days before the conference date. After this date we will give no refunds.
Delegate places are for the named delegate only and cannot be transferred on the day of the conference. Please refer to our conference entry terms and conditions.
All cancellations must be received in writing (fax, email or post) and will be replied to. We do not accept cancellations orally. If you do not receive a reply to your cancellation request please contact us immediately on +44 (0)20 7871 0188.
Cancellation by us:
If we are obliged to cancel a conference for whatever reason then we will give you a full refund of all delegate fees already paid.
If we are obliged to postpone a conference we will offer you the opportunity to rebook for the new conference date at the same rate or to cancel with no penalty.
Henley Media Group is not liable for any travel or accommodation expenses incurred by you or your company if a conference is cancelled or postponed. Your travel insurance may cover cancellation costs.
Circumstances beyond the control of the Organiser may necessitate substitutions, alterations or cancellations of a speaker and/or programme topic. The Organiser reserves the right to alter the programme wherever necessary without penalty or liability. Any alterations will be updated on the web page of the Organiser without unreasonable delay.
Recording the Event
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Delegate Packages Policy
Due to nature of the event we offer complimentary tickets only to senior representation from Governmental Ministries, UN Agencies, and Governmental Aid Agencies and Media. All the corporate delegates must register and pay full delegate package price.
The summit strives to enable quicker and better response during crisis and catastrophes in a more effective, sustainable and cost-efficient way. We have developed the agenda in consultation with key organisations, such as UNOCHA, World Vision, UNOPS, USAID, Red Cross, World Bank, Aidmatrix, and CIPS. This year’s programme focuses on best practice in logistics and transport, innovations in water security and ICT solutions for disaster relief – while also offering our sought-after experiential zone and unique pitch tank sessions.Watch 2014 Highlights
By attending you’ll hear the latest trends in relief and crisis management, discover new innovations and practical solutions, compare your approaches and benefit from first-hand insight from your peers and partners. AIDF will help you to build long lasting partnerships and more effective collaborations. In only two days you will discover new business opportunities, exchange ideas and influence the global debate on improving disaster relief and recovery.Latest Agenda
This summit has been designed to attract the world’s attention through forming an exclusive platform of global expertise and cross-sector engagement, including senior representatives from UN and government agencies, development banks, civil societies and the private sector. Particularly Directors in Operations, Logistics, Procurement, Supplier/ Partner Management, IT and Technology Directors as well as Water Experts, Engineers and Field Managers will benefit from this multi-stream event.Register Now
Previous speakers include
UN Procurement Division
Dmitri G. Dovgopoly joined the United Nations in 1987 as the winner of a national competitive exam. Until 1994, he performed several, mostly peacekeeping-related jobs within the organization. From 1992 to 2008, he consecutively held positions as Chief of Transportation Section, Chief of Travel Section, Chief of Peacekeeping Procurement Section. In 2008, Mr. Dovgopoly was promoted to Chief of Procurement Operations Service, a unit responsible for the acquisition of a wide variety of goods and services in the amount exceeding USD 3 billion annually. While working in his various positions, Mr. Dovgopoly acquired extensive experience in commercial negotiating, especially in Africa, the Balkans, Central America and the Middle East. In June 2011, he assumed the position of Director of the UN Procurement Division. Mr. Dovgopoly has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Kiev National University.
With over twenty years of experience working in international, multi-cultural environments, Hani Shannak is a proven results-driven leader whose strong vision has led teams to achieve cross-functional business objectives. As Chief of ICT Operations in UNICEF Headquarters New York, he is responsible for the overall global management and strategic planning for the ICT infrastructure, Data Centers, and Global Customer Support Center. With his dynamic and collaborative personality Hani has created high performing teams in emergency preparedness and response operations globally. Hani has equipped the UN system and its humanitarian partners with an advanced Emergency telecommunications training curriculum in which hundreds have successfully graduated and gone on to provide vital support to countries in emergency. Hani’s in-depth knowledge of the UN system comes from having worked in various capacities across four continents, namely the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Pacific, East and South Africa and most recently North America. During this time, Hani has made significant contributions to UNICEF’s global ICT strategy, policies, system development, ICT innovations, and MIS networks. Recent accomplishments include the development of Emergency Guidelines for Telecommunications Response, Information Technology accessibility and support for staff with disability, and disaster recovery plans for UNICEF field offices to support the organizational BCP plans. Hani has also been an active contributor to UN reform initiatives that aim to improve the efficiency of ICT at the global and field level. Hani’s education and training includes a Cambridge diploma in Senior Leadership Development, MBA, MA in Leading Innovation & Change and a Bachelor’s degree in CIS. Hani’s pursuit for higher learning has taken him to institutions of education in the UK, Switzerland, South Africa, Jordan, Thailand, Kenya and the US. In 2009, Hani received a prestigious Laureate from the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation for his case study, “Fly-Away Emergency VSAT and Enterprise Management Systems” documenting the development of a revolutionary portable communications systems that changed the nature of emergency telecommunications response.
Drew Brandy is Vice president of Inmarsat’s Strategy & Development division, part of the Enterprise business unit, where he has responsibility for sector and channel strategy and development of the portfolio with regards to product and concept introduction, proposition development and marketing. Prior to joining Inmarsat in 2005, he gained extensive experience working in the telecommunications sector in both North America and Europe, and has held a variety of positions ranging from corporate strategy to business and market development. Drew holds an undergraduate degree in sociology and communications from York University in Canada and an MBA from Henley Management College.
American Red Cross
Keith Robertory is responsible for the Disaster Logistics department for the American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services. Robertory oversees the business practices and tools guiding how resources are using during disaster preparedness, response and recovery events. His department coordinates the resources staged across the country to ensure readiness. Robertory works closely with Red Cross Supply Chain Management, FEMA, partners and vendors to get the right material resources to the point of need in a timely and cost effective manner. He has been with the Red Cross since 1997 and involved in many of the major disaster responses. Robertory is an IAEM Certified Emergency Manager. He is an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management; and lecturer at Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs.
UN World Food Programme (WFP)
Managing an emergency team of over 60 staff across five continents, Gianluca Bruni is Chief of the IT Emergency Preparedness and Response branch of the World Food Programme (WFP). Based in Dubai, Bruni spearheads WFP and Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) initiatives to increase efficiency and effectiveness of IT response to humanitarian emergencies across the globe. Bruni has also been behind some of the most successful emergency IT public-private partnerships
Global Refuge International (GRI)
Jaden McNeely is working on reduction of high mortality diseases among displaced populations. With more than 12 years of experience building health programs in conflict & post conflict settings, great strides have been made in minimizing deaths from Malaria, Cholera, Malnutrition and diarrheal diseases. Jaden is an original part of the creation of Global Refuge, which began in 2001. He has a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies & Arabic Language from Indiana University. He studied Epidemiology at Columbia University (NY) & has a Post Graduate Certificate in Global Health from University of Manchester (UK).
Having born in Argentina and grown up in Germany, Martin Keitsch is part of the international framework from the very beginning. Since 12 years he is working as a volunteer in the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) in national and international disaster response missions and active in worldwide field missions to affected areas. Beside his physics studies he worked as Freelance Consultant for different humanitarian and disaster relief Organisations as UNHCR, UNOCHA, WFP, EU ECHO, DEMA, MSB, GIZ, etc in the field of disaster response trainings, exercises, policy making and operational management. Since 2012 he is working for Kärcher Futuretech to improve the development of efficient field solutions.
Radwan Chowdhury is a philanthropist, activist, author and a bona-fide visionary. Throughout his career, Radwan has won recognition for his entrepreneurial acumen; sharp business skills; a vision that transformed education and poverty; leadership qualities that won championships; and his unprecedented philanthropy. Radwan Chowdhury is the Founder & CEO of UDiON Foundation, he believes “Education is the best way to end the cycle of poverty and the exploitation of children”. His most challenging and fulfilling mission to date is to dedicate himself to the unfinished work of “Equal Opportunity and Justice for All” by educating and leading young men and women in exercising their right and bring about the democratic changes they wish to see in the world. The deprivation of equal opportunity and rights to any saps this world of ours with maximum potential. Mr. Chowdhury has received widespread recognition, awards and honors for his work, Including the Life Time Service Award “Call to Service” by US President Barack Obama, He authored three books, granted of three Bangladesh “Patent” publications and authored over 25 publications. Blog: www.RadwanChowdhury.info | Twitter: @RadwanChowdhury | FB: RadwanChowdhury
International Relief and Development
James Lanning is a senior global acquisitions and logistics professional with over twenty years’ experience in the international development sector. He has been a leading voice in the industry and a keen advocate in the establishment of best practice for Gifts in Kind (GIK) with a particular focus on transparency and consistency in GIK reporting. He is widely recognized as a leader in the development of pre-disaster coordination protocol and development of effective approaches to donor funding. Since 2007, Mr. Lanning has served as Director of Acquisitions and Logistics at International Relief and Development (IRD) in Arlington VA. Before joining IRD he was the Director of Acquisitions and Logistics at Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) for 14 years. For both organizations, Mr. Lanning developed the respective GIK programs, averaging $100 million a year. In addition to the deep experience within the international non-profit world, Mr. Lanning has also worked at a senior managerial and director level in the commercial sector; for 11 years he was senior Vice President at a specialist healthcare architectural engineering firm. Mr. Lanning is renowned for going the extra mile to ensure aid and emergency relief materials get to where they are really needed. Continuing on ling after others have given up, his reputation is built in no small part on his tenacity and ability at navigating complex international regulations and transit logistics in over 30 countries. Within this context he is equally known for his ability to cultivate long term partnerships as demonstrated by the continuous grants from the highly competitive Ocean Freight Reimbursement Program (OFR) and the USAID Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP) over the last 20 years. Mr. Lanning has spoken internationally and is often called on by other non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and private voluntary organizations (PVO’s) for advice and guidance in regards to partnerships, networking, logistics, and other strategic input. Mr. Lanning holds two Bachelor Degrees in Business and Health Care Management from Adventist University on Tacoma Park, MD and is a licensed jet-rated pilot and certified flight instructor. Mr. Lanning is married to Jane Lanning with whom he has three adult children. He is currently a Rotarian and has been a member of Rotary for over 20 years.
Global VSAT Forum
Steve is the Chairman of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Programs for the Global VSAT Forum, the global satellite industry’s non-profit trade association. He has more than 20 years of technical, operational, consulting and executive management experience in the global telecommunications industry while working throughout North America, the Middle East, and Africa. His specialty is the management of complex telecommunications projects in austere environments and with limited resources. He has worked with both public and private sector clients, including Google, the US Naval Postgraduate School, the United Nations, and O3b Networks. In addition to his telecommunications work Steve has nearly a decade of experience in disasters and crisis management. He was an adjunct rope rescue instructor, a former member of a wilderness high angle search & rescue team, and is currently serving as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) technician in Montgomery County, Maryland. He is also a member of the Roddenberry Foundation Disaster Response Team, responsible for team communications. Steve holds multiple certifications in disaster response and crisis communications, including Firefighter and Structural Collapse Rescue Technician. He has deployed to disasters in the United States and internationally with a range of teams, and in 2013 he was named a Champion of Change in a ceremony at the White House for his work with the FEMA Innovation Team in Hurricane Sandy. Steve also serves on the US Department of State ACICIP International Disaster Response Sub-Committee, the UN Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, and the US Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responder Resource Group.
International Relief & Development
Amaury Cooper is Deputy Director of Risk Management & Global Security at International Relief & Development (IRD) where he oversees all aspects of security, crisis, and business continuity management for the organization’s international programs, including: personnel and facility security; pre-deployment security training; contingency and emergency planning & management; and internal investigations. He has over ten year’s experience in international private and NGO sector crisis and security analysis, planning, and management. Prior to IRD, he held positions in crisis response, security management, and threat analysis at Creative Associates, CHF International, Control Risks, and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Amaury is co-founder and Secretary of the International NGO Safety & Security Association (INSSA); founding Chair of the Overseas Security Advisory Council's (OSAC) International Development Working Group (IDWG) and a member of OSAC's Pan-Asian Regional Council (PARC) steering committee. He is an active member of InterAction’s Security Advisory Group (SAG), the International Leadership Council of the Monterey Institute, and sits on the Board of Advisors of the American Mandarin Society.
An engineer by training, Paul started his career working for Otis elevators keeping people moving up in the world! Paul joined Philips in 1994 where he provided technical support for Philips imaging equipment. Since then Paul has been a Project Manager, managing several large and complicated integrated building and equipment installation projects and a Programme Manager, where he was successful in delivering Philips first Managed Equipment Services programme worldwide – a ten year programme where Philips are appointed as imaging, service and support consultants and partners for Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast. Most recently Paul was an International Business Development Manager working with partners and customers globally. Passionate about developing solutions that meet the needs of those delivering care in remote areas, Paul believes in a collaborative approach and has been at the forefront of developing unique new and award winning medical care solutions. In 2013, working with partners Marshall, Paul was instrumental in winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. Paul leads an international team currently focusses on building relationships, partnerships and solutions in the military and NGO sectors. A keen cyclist and avid support of Liverpool football team Paul loves to be outdoors with his two children being an active participant in a wide range of sports.
Kendra Davenport heads staff and monitors daily business at Africare headquarters. Davenport additionally leads Africare’s development program, publications and public relations. Davenport’s experience spans more than 25 years at organizations including Project HOPE, the Population Reference Bureau, the International SeaKeepers Association and the National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance.
Conley is responsible for the design and implement of geographic information system (GIS) used during iMMAP operations. In addition Conley is responsible for developing data analysis tools and presentation materials in accordance with country specific problems and various user requirements. Conley is also responsible for providing database and GIS training to field operations staff as well as to act as a source of technical support for field operations.
Huffington Post, Legion Magazine, Blacksmith Institute
Ben Barber has been a journalist and photographer for 30 years for the London Observer, LA Times, USA Today, United Press International, the Washington Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Legion magazine and McClatchy newspapers. He also served as senior writer for USAID and is a communications consultant. His photojournalism book GROUNDTRUTH: Work, Play and Conflict in the Third World is to be published in 2014 by de.MO Design.
District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH)
Dr. Joxel Garcia, MD, MBA, currently serves as the Director for the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH). Under his leadership, the department has embarked on several innovative public health initiatives to improve and protect the health of residents, visitors and those doing business in the District of Columbia. His health priorities include ensuring the District of Columbia receives national public health accreditation. He has also spearheaded the development of an infant mortality reduction program in collaboration with several private and public sector community partners and funders. Dr. Garcia also leads the charge in reducing/eliminating cervical cancer and other health disparities. His priorities also include creating International Health Centers of Excellence, to establish the District of Columbia as the premiere destination for research, training and medical tourism by the year 2015. Dr. Garcia is committed to public health efforts to serve District of Columbia residents. His passion for health equality and identifying the social determinants of health in order to mitigate disparities is evident in the department’s policy, programs and initiatives. Prior to his appointment to the Department of Health, Dr. Garcia served as the 13th Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As the Assistant Secretary for Health, he was the primary advisor to the Secretary of Health on matters involving the nation’s public health system and health science. He also oversaw the U.S. Public Health Service and its Commissioned Corps and served with the rank of Admiral. In this position, Dr. Garcia was the highest ranking public health officer in the US. He also served as the US Representative to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. Dr. Garcia’s experience in public health encompasses health care systems, bioterrorism, public health preparedness and disaster mitigation, health policy, and global health affairs. Dr. Garcia served as the Commissioner of Public Health for the state of Connecticut and served as Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office Western Hemisphere for the World Health Organization. Most recently, he served as the President of the Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Ponce, and Puerto Rico. A native of Puerto Rico, Dr. Garcia currently resides in Washington, D.C.
The World Bank
Bryan Cook is Chief, Corporate Procurement for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank Group). Bryan has over 20 years of professional experience in Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Contracts and Logistics. Prior to joining the World Bank, Bryan was the Strategic Procurement Manager for Chevron Australia Pty. Ltd. which was the central supply chain department working in support the Gorgon US$43bn Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) project and the start of the Wheatstone US$20bn LNG project. Bryan was Regional Chief Procurement Officer of UNDP for Asia Pacific based in Bangkok, Thailand and set up the regional procurement office for the Asia Pacific region with an expenditure of over US$400m per annum. Bryan obtained his MBA from Durham University, UK and Honors Degree from the University Wales Swansea, UK. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (FCIPS), UK; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT), UK; and Member of the Australian Institute of Project Management (MAIPM). He has worked in Hong Kong, Nepal, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in International Development, Oil and Gas Companies and the Private Sector. Bryan has led and implemented the World Bank Group Corporate Procurement Reform process under six strategic objectives including: Organizational Design, Category Management, Electronic Systems Tools and Applications, Training and Contract Management.
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Sergio Pombo has been an Investment Officer with IFC’s Global Financial Market Private Equity Funds, in Washington, DC since 2002. He focuses on sourcing, structuring, and negotiating private equity funds globally. During his tenure in Private Equity Funds, Sergio has been the transaction leader for more than 20 funds, including generalist, real estate, leveraged, VC and mid-size companies focused funds. He has advised Latin American governments as well as local private pension funds on private equity and due diligence. From 1998 to 2001, he was a consultant for the World Bank’s Risk Management Unit. Prior to his work at the World Bank Group, Sergio was Principal Manager at the Financial Policy and Strategy Department of the London-based European Bank (EBRD). He participated as a consultant in the restructuring of the Bank from 1994-1998. Before his tenure in London, he was a consultant for several financial institutions in the area of treasury, risk management, and strategic planning. Sergio received a bachelors’ degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, including a one-year student exchange program at Georgetown University. He holds an MBA from the Kogod School of Business at the American University. He attended the Private Equity and Venture Capital program at HBS. He serves on several funds’ advisory boards and is currently serving as the alternate member on the advisory committee of Emerging Capital Partners (Africa).
Prior to joining WaterAid, Lisa served as policy director at the Global AIDS Alliance, and was a member of the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Lisa has a Masters of Arts in International Human Rights and Global Health Affairs from the University of Denver, and a BA in English Literature and French Language from Northwestern University. She is based in Washington, DC.
Mr. Sarwar has 20 years of unparalleled experience in the relief industry and is heading the NRS International headquarters in Dubai, UAE. NRS International is a family-run humanitarian enterprise with a state-of-the-art production facility in Lahore, Pakistan. He is overseeing the business activities of NRS Relief, TANA Netting and Flexiway Solar Solutions and manages a highly skilled team of 30 multilingual and multicultural professionals. Mr. Sarwar is highly knowledgeable and is responsible for the overall business cycle, exploring new avenues of business and liaising with clients and partners. As a true humanitarian entrepreneur, innovation is very close to his heart, aiming at providing the best quality core relief items to beneficiaries. In this spirit, he initiated partnerships with NGO’s, universities, private sector and government bodies to commonly improve standards and quality of products and strategies. Furthermore, the Mr. Sarwar cares greatly about doing business in a responsible and sustainable way. Corporate Social Responsibility and giving back are deeply rooted within the company’s culture. NRS International offers a safe and healthy working environment with fair benefits. The company’s foundation, the Bilqees Sarwar Foundation, supports various initiatives such as medical facilities for all staff, community hospital renovations, female empowerment programme and global donation campaigns.
Center for Technology and National Security Policy
Samuel Bendett is an Assistant Research Fellow for Domestic Disaster Response with the TIDES Project at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (National Defense University, DoD), where his primary tasks include interagency cooperation, field experimentation and research into technologies and policies related to disaster response and recovery. His previous work at the National Defense University involved research and analysis of science and technology issues related to homeland security, as well as review of counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency tactics and methods. His previous work encompassed security and foreign policy issues at the US Congress and research with a range of private and non-profit consulting companies. Mr. Bendett received his MA in International Security and Conflict Resolution studies from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and a BA in English and Politics from Brandeis University.
Peter James joined Clements Worldwide in 2006 and has over 10 years of experience in the insurance industry. As a commercial producer and account executive in the Global Organizations division, he specializes in specialty and war risk coverage for contractors and NGOs including but not limited to Property, Liability, Automobile, Cargo and Accident / Health insurance. Peter previously worked at John Hancock as a broker for one of the top-selling senior retail life agents in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He also holds licenses to provide Property & Casualty, Life and Health and Surplus Lines insurance and is a designated Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). Peter is currently working toward his second accreditation, Certified Risk Manager (CRM). Peter is a graduate of the University of Maryland.
Vincent Annoni. Humanitarian worker with extensive (8 years +) experience in the field; especially within sub-saharian Africa. He has been operating mainly in protracted and/or conflict crisis as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Assessment specialist and Head of Mission of international NGOs. He joined Impact Initiatives in January 2012 as REACH Global Coordinator based in Geneva with field deployment in emergency contexts. Since then he has been deployed and/or supervising REACH operations and activities in Africa (Somalia, South Sudan, Mali, Niger, CAR), Middle East (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey) and Asia (Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines). He’s chairing the Global Shelter Cluster Accountability Working Group and the Global Food Security Cluster Quality and Programming Working Group. He has completed a MA in International Sciences and Diplomacy and a MA in Peacekeeping Management at the University of Turin (Italy).
Global DIRT (Disaster Immediate Response Team), Logistic Coordinator (UNDP)
Adam Marlatt is the founder of Global DIRT as well as a member of the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department, a US Marine Infantry Sergeant, a Veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan, and a recipient of the Presidential Award for Volunteer Service. Adam has headed the EMS Project in Haiti, water purification projects in Pakistan as well as New Zealand, and the team monitoring radiation levels up to the Fukushima Diachi-1 TEPCO Plant.
International Monetary Fund
Jin Leong is the Chief Procurement Officer for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and is accountable for a global spend of $400m across more than 150 global locations. He is an expert in strategic sourcing, procurement transformation and managing supply chain risk . Jin started his career in the Hewlett Packard Company in Research and Development before moving into the field of procurement and the supply chain. Since then, he has had various roles in both supply chain consultancy and category management. Prior to joining that IMF in 2008, Jin worked an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company. Jin was born in Singapore and has a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from the University of Manchester and an MBA from the University of Virginia. He currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.
Craig Ball has been the Sales Director at Butyl Products since 2011. During that time Butyl Products has focused on establishing close relationships with our customers, priding ourselves on gaining an understanding of our customer’s future needs specifically in the areas of water storage, purification and sanitation. Craig’s career within sales engineering spans 25 years. He has vast experience of production procedures and establishing long lasting client relationships. His aim has always been to ensure that customers are provided with an exceptionally high level of service that far exceeds expectation. Craig is married with two children.
Save the Children
Lauren D’Amore joined Save the Children’s Global Safety and Security team in 2011. She previously served in management and analyst positions at the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). Her previous work experience also includes positions at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Children First, the BRAD Foundation and other non-profit organizations. Lauren holds a Master of Science degree and a dual Bachelor of Arts.
Kirk Born is a 30-year veteran with Ford Motor Company (Ford) and has held various positions at Ford Head Quarters in Dearborn, MI, and across the U.S. in after-sales support, warranty, finance, fleet, and is currently the Emerging Market Services Aid & Development Sales Manager. Ford has developed vehicles that customers desire and value for over a century. Consistent with our heritage, Ford is dedicated to the Aid and Development sector providing a full array of quality cars, trucks, vans and utility vehicles to support your transportation needs helping you “Go Further.”
David has spent his career in the private, uniformed and civilian emergency services sectors, specialising in operational command, control and instruction. He is a multi-disciplinarian and qualified instructor in strategic emergency and disaster risk reduction and response, incident command, multi-agency command support, search and rescue operations and contingency planning. He has led operations and training teams all over the world. David is on the Leadership Council of the United Nations (UN) Foundation, Humanitarian Awards, and the Editorial Panel of the Crisis Response Journal. He is an advisor in the fields of Disaster Risk Reduction and Response at nation state level, as well as Project Lead on Disaster Management development projects for the governments of the USA, India and the Philippines. He is a guest speaker at the Emergency Planning College (Cabinet Office, United Kingdom) and the United States National Search and Rescue Academy, Federal Agencies (NSARA). In line with his professional activities, David co-supervises PhD Candidates at the University College London (UCL), in the fields of Disaster Management and Response, as well as teaching on the UCL Masters Program. He is one of the co-founders of Rescue Global.
Project Concern International
Richard Parker is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at PCI (Project Concern International), leading its global brand and marketing strategies, media relationships, and online tools in 16 countries. He previously led the communications teams for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the U.S. Peace Corps, and served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Sara Murray is Mercy Corps’ Electronic Cash Transfer Program Manager. In this capacity, she is responsible for helping Mercy Corps teams in forty two countries transition from physical cash to digital payments. Mercy Corps believes that digital payments offer a way to improve efficiency and transparency when providing cash assistance to communities affected by crises. She has supported the roll-out of electronic payment programs in Nepal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Philippines and Niger. Prior to her work on electronic payments, Sara worked for Mercy Corps in Latin America and the Balkans. She has designed, implemented and evaluated economic development and recovery programs and possesses a MsC in International Development Management from Lund University in Sweden.
Widson holds Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering and Applied Economics and Master of Science in Telecommunication Networks. With over 20 years in ICT and Telecommunications, Widson has experience working and interacting with various organizations in Haiti and all across Africa.
World Vision International
Chris Palusky is a humanitarian professional with more than 15 years of international relief, development and fundraising experience. During that time, he has served on a wide range of emergency responses, assisting with both natural disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. Palusky served with World Vision from 2003 to 2006 and then has served in senior leadership positions all over the globe with leading humanitarian organizations, including CARE, MAP International, Samaritan's Purse and World Relief. He has worked in hot spots and crises for a majority of his time as a humanitarian worker, including Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Sudan, Myanmar, Lebanon and Mali. Before returning to World Vision in 2012 (after working with the organization from 2003 - 2006), Chris served in senior leadership positions all over the globe with leading humanitarian organizations, including CARE, MAP International, Samaritan's Purse, and World Relief. He has worked in hot spots and crises for the majority of his time as a humanitarian worker, including Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Sudan, Myanmar, Lebanon, and Mali.
Habitat for Humanity International
Catholic Relief Services
Vanessa Tobin is the Senior Technical Adviser for Water Supply, Sanitation and Water Resources Development for Catholic Relief Services, based in Baltimore, Maryland. Until December 2011, Ms. Tobin led UNICEF activities in the Philippines for children and women; advocacy and resource mobilization; and emergency response. Prior to that, she served as Chief of Water, Environment and Sanitation (WES) in UNICEF New York Headquarters, 2001 -2006. For nearly 30 years, Ms. Tobin worked extensively in the field for the United Nations and other organizations, in South Sudan, Lesotho, Pakistan, Egypt, and Nepal. Ms. Tobin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Birmingham (UK) University and Master’s degrees in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1985, and in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Water for People
John Sauer works as Head of Communications and External Relations International Programs for Water For People. He supports organizational learning to empower all staff, board and volunteers to be innovative thinkers about solving the water and sanitation challenge sustainably. He also works to influence change in the water sector by tracking the documentation of innovations from the field, showing inspiring results and sharing these with key stakeholders. Before joining Water For People John worked as the Communications Director for Water Advocates in Washington, DC, implementing communications strategies to increase US support and action - in both the private and public sectors - for worldwide access to safe, affordable, and sustainable drinking water and adequate sanitation. John has worked as a program manager with several international humanitarian organizations over the last 19 years. His responsibilities ranged from managing water and sanitation projects in Uganda to developing an emergency aid program for street children in St. Petersburg, Russia. John graduated from Fordham University in 1992 and also holds a Master's degree in In
International Procurement Agency, Inc
Barry holds Masters of Science degrees in International Economic Relations & Financial Reporting from the University of Amsterdam. Additionally, he also studied European Union Law at Leicester University (England, UK). After obtaining his MSc in Economics, Barry worked at a boutique investment firm in Amsterdam, The Netherlands before joining International Procurement Agency (IPA). He initially joined IPA as a Business Development Officer in the US office tasked with managing jointly executed projects and programs between US and European Office. During this time, he was also a guest lecturer on International Project Management & Supply Chain Management at Colorado State University. In 2007, he was promoted to Director of Operations for IPA Europe where he gained his field experience (e.g. Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Sudan, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Vietnam). Since 2010, Barry has been the Managing Director of IPA USA and resides with his wife and twin boys in Washington, D.C.
Worldwide Industries Group
Dr Ian L Halsall is the Director of R&D at Worldwide Industries Group. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge UK, is a Fellow at Aston University UK, and has 30 years experince in process industries. Before working at Worldwide, his corporate career was Procter & Gamble then DuPont, in addition to this he has written several environmental publications and is on the Board of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Jennifer Schaus & Associates
Jennifer Schaus is principal of Jennifer Schaus and Associates, a Washington DC based consulting firm advising US Federal Government Contractors. Clients span the globe and include product and service firms, small mid-size and Fortune 500 companies. Service offerings range from federal sales, proposal writing, GSA Schedule contract vehicles and more.
Suman is the CEO and Chief Software Architect of NiyamIT, Inc. With over twenty years of experience in Information Technology, he currently spearheads technology strategy, innovation and execution at this vibrant, fast-growing multimillion dollar company. Under his leadership, NiyamIT has partnered with IBM and built data analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions atop varied, massive datasets, to provide quantified and geospatial views of potential risks for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Suman and his team work hand-in-hand with client’s leadership team to architect and develop next generation solutions based on emerging technologies of big data analytics, GIS, Business Process Management (BPM), cloud technology and mobile computing.
Millennium Water Alliance
Dennis Warner, the Senior Advisor on WASH and Environmental Health for the Millennium Water Alliance, has more than forty years’ experience in international development. He recently retired from Catholic Relief Services where was senior technical advisor for programs in water supply, sanitation, environmental health and emergency relief assistance. Previously he headed up the Water, Sanitation and Rural Health office in WHO/Geneva. He studied history and engineering at the University of Illinois, where he earned BA, BSc and MSc degrees, and at Stanford University, where he obtained a PhD in civil engineering. Dr. Warner has lived in Tanzania, Uganda, Switzerland and France and has held additional positions with the Peace Corps, University of Dar es Salaam, Duke University, World Bank, USAID and a number of engineering consulting firms. Dr. Warner is a board member of several humanitarian NGOs and in 2000 served as representative of Pax Christi International to the United Nations in Geneva. In 2010, he received the University of Illinois Alumni Humanitarian Award.
Phil Langhorst is the president of Sun-STAT, a new venture formed to bring institutional scale solar cooking to the market. He is the founder with 30 years experience engineering energy devices. From their base in St. Louis USA, the company expects to provide deployable solar energy to remote sites all over the world.
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Courtenay Engelke is a Senior Director in the Finance, Investment, and Trade (FIT) Division at the United States’ Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) where, among other activities, she is responsible for mobilizing private investment in and around MCC’s partner country portfolio. Ms. Engelke has led the development of projects and programs in several countries and has contributed to the development of MCC policy and guidance. She has been a country team lead, a project lead, risk manager, and advisor, especially in finance, energy, infrastructure, and environmental programs. Prior to joining MCC, Ms. Engelke was a project finance and development manager at a leading engineering and construction firm and a currency and commodity fund manager at a leading commercial and investment bank. Ms. Engelke holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University, and a BS from Lehigh University. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Alastair Morrison was a commissioned Officer in the Scots Guards and the Special Air Service (SAS) for 20 years. He was awarded the Military Cross during the war in Dhofar, Oman and was decorated for his part in the successful hostage rescue operation of German passengers and crew held on board a Lufthansa aircraft at Mogadishu, Somalia in 1977. On leaving the Army he founded Defence Systems Limited (DSL), where he and Lord Westbury built DSL into the leading provider of specialist security and life support services in remote and hostile locations, serving most of the world’s leading Mining, Oil and Gas, Aid organisations and Infrastructure companies as well as providing outsourcing services to the US and UK Governments and the United Nations. DSL was the main provider of logistics support manpower for the UN operation in former Yugoslavia during the mid-90s. He is a director of the CHELSEA Group.
Global Disaster Preparedness Center
Omar Abou-Samra joined the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) May 2012 where he has lead innovating programs including the Universal First Aid App and important partnerships with the Walt Disney Company and the National Building Museum. Previously, as a leader in the American Red Cross Disaster Operations Department Omar worked closely with ARC chapters, volunteers and staff to implement key programs and initiatives related to disaster service delivery in addition to the responsibilities of leading disaster response on large relief operations. Omar has a BA from Emory University and a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Gabriel Pincus, a procurement specialist at Chemonics International, provides support to over twenty USAID-funded projects in purchasing, logistics, and compliance. He has traveled, studied, and worked throughout the Middle East, where he has focused on municipal service delivery, especially water, solid waste, and electricity in informal areas.
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Leonardo joined the Pan American Health Organization in 2002. Since 2008, he has been working as a Shipping Specialist for the procurement of pharmaceuticals, medical/lab supplies including water sanitation equipment, insecticides, diagnostic kits and reagents for the countries in the Americas and the Caribbean. Leonardo is also in charge to keep current all the shipping instructions by country including preferred ports of discharge, notes, markings and instructions that need to be stated on the purchase orders so that the goods shipped arrive with the appropriate markings and documentation required by final beneficiary and customs agents. Leonardo received his bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Universidad de America (Bogota, Colombia) and holds a master’s degree in Engineering Management from The George Washington University (Washington, DC) .
Connected Development Group
As a serial Entrepreneur and Business Growth professional, Nick has worked with companies which provided reliable, remote, self powered communications systems as well as sustainable power systems which saved time, lives, and our environment for the Military/Government, Commerical/Energy, and Humanitarian Assistance particularly for Emergency Response. Nick also started MedClimate in 2010, however consults now for CirrusMD, a software engagement platform aimed at connecting patients to medical care through a virtual platform. He sees Telemedicine as the future of healthcare not only in the USA, but on a global scale expanding the reach of doctors in the U.S. to help people from all over the world that do not have access to care. Nick was also a key participant from the inception of Global Pharmaceutical Sourcing, building sales to $30M in less then 4 years by providing hospitals chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics, and vaccines when they could not find it elsewhere. Prior to GPS, he started his sales career and built his business experience with successful telecom companies. Nick is passionate about partnering with the best companies to find solutions for non profits and NGOs, saving them time and money with operations while improving their operating efficiencies. This allows the companies he works with to give back to their clients who are not for profit. He is also passionate about healthcare, philanthropy, and staying active. In his personal life, he started a environmentally friendly clothing line with friends that donates a portion of the proceeds to the "Save the Bay Foundation" in Maryland. He also is an avid triathlete and has successfully completed a number of marathons including the Boston Marathon.
Cookstoves and Clean Indoor Air
John Mitchell works at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency coordinating the Agency’s cookstove activities to rapidly increasing the use of affordable, reliable, clean, efficient, and safe home cooking practices. For 10 years he coordinated the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) which integrated with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in 2012. PCIA had almost 600 Partners working in 115 countries to improve health, livelihood, and quality of life by reducing exposure to indoor air pollution, primarily among women and children, from household energy use. Prior to working at EPA, he worked at the Maryland Department of the Environment coordinating Maryland’s international environmental initiatives and on a wide range of environmental issues, including: Smart Growth, air and water quality, waste management, as well as Chesapeake Bay protection and restoration. John also worked at Greenpeace promoting pollution prevention, toxics use reduction, recycling, recycled content in newspapers, and managed Greenpeace’s National Canvass Program.
Jason Meisner is the Asia Regional Program Associate for Relief International based in the Philippines. Since Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, Jason has been supporting emergency and recovery efforts in Tacloban, particularly focused on WASH. He holds an MA in ethics and human rights from American University and a BA in peace and conflict studies from Guilford College.
International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, USA
Thomas Sullivan is the Chief of Staff for the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. In addition to his other duties, Mr. Sullivan has led the Bureau’s domestic disaster response preparations for the past 11 years and has coordinated the FCC’s participation and response efforts to the Haitian Earthquake in 2010 and the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. He joined the Commission in 1991 after earning his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Member of the Political-Diplomatic Insertion Unit at White Helmets, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs (December 2014- present). Diplomat, Graduated from the Institute of the National Foreign Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic (2013). Degree in Politic Science, Universidad Católica Argentina (2007).
White Helmets, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic
Corporate Comunications Coordinator at White Helmets, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic (March 2014- present). Master in Journalism, Torcuato Di Tella University (2009). Degree in Politic Science, Buenos Aires University (2007).
Director at Pacifico, an innovation project focused in disaster risk reduction. (www.pacifico.la) Partner and Digital Director at Circus agency, a micro network with offices in Mexico, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles and Madrid. www.circusmarketing.com Creator of the Toxic Tours initiative for Greenpeace, awarded a Gold Lion in Cannes Creativity Festival 2012. Creator of the Earthquake Amulet, a surviving electronic device developed with the Topos Rescue Brigade. Worked in Japan in four editions of the Final Fantasy series of videogames. Developed the 'Atlas of Cyberspaces' for Spanish markets. Created digital products for the visually impaired at the Buenos Aires Library for the Blind. Studied Information Science in London and Linguistics in Buenos Aires
Born and raised in northern Ghana, Dr. Akudago lived in a community where water and sanitation facilities were almost non-existent which resulted in an interest to study a discipline related to water supply from his early childhood. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geological Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and proceeded to Okayama University, Japan, where he obtained his masters and PhD degrees in Environmental Science. Dr. John Akudago has more than 18 years’ experience in development and disaster response. His core expertise include water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), behavior change, waste management, water resources development and protection, water quality issues and community development under both development and relief contexts as well as providing technical advice and implementing projects in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors in both rural and urban environments. Currently, He is a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Technical Advisor for Samaritan’s Purse global WASH Programs. He also held various positions in several organizations including Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Ghana, World Vision Ghana and Pacific Institute in the USA. Dr. Akudago responded to the Haiti earthquake and cholera outbreak in 2010, Japan Tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011, Mozambique floods in 2013, Philippine typhoon Yolanda in 2013 and Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, in all disasters as a WASH technical expert and lead. Having installed over 1,000 water supply wells and over 6,000 latrines in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, Dr. Akudago has so much interest in water quality and its contribution to disease, poverty reduction and self-esteem in both relief and development contexts. He is fluent in English with intermediate French and Japanese and seven Ghanaian languages with over 20 conference and Journal publications to his credit.
Aquamira Technologies Inc
Gary Cruikshanks is the CEO and co-founder of Aquamira Technologies Inc., as well as the vision behind the innovative DIVVY Emergency Water System - a system designed to serve the unique conditions of low resource and post disaster environments. As a product developer he and his team adhere to a philosophy where simplicity, practicality, usability and community resilience are primary influences. He is committed both personally and professionally to reducing the health risks for individuals and communities without access to safe drinking water. He attributes success to the many domestic and international partnerships where combined efforts and complementary capabilities result in positive outcomes for the people who need it most. For nearly two decades he has specialized in manufacturing over 100 products designed to perform and provide comfort and safety in the field. Visit Gary in booth 19 to learn more about purpose built water solutions for use in emergency preparedness and disaster relief. Contact: email@example.com Web: emergencywatersupply.com
Alex Pompe is a Technical Advisor in IREX’s Center for Collaborative Technology. He works on new business and software development; technology consulting (Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, and Bhutan); and manages IREX's ICT programs in Namibia, Kazakhstan, and Tunisia. He previously was the Chief Information Officer for the IREX Ukraine office. He is a proponent of ICT only when the tools define neither problem nor solution, and enjoys disarming the hype cycle of tech for development. Alex has a Masters in Information Science from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors in Physics from the University of Illinois.
Operation Blessing International
Toilets for People
Jason is founder and president of Toilets for People (TfP), a social business, created in 2012, that designs and manufactures composting toilets and trains NGO partners in the developing world how to install and maintain these toilets. TfP is the intersection of appropriate technology and sleek, attractive design — seeking a higher quality of life for our customers and advancing global development. TfP specializes in serving communities living in flood prone and waterlogged areas where conventional sanitation technologies like pit latrines and flush toilets fail. Jason, an environmental engineer by trade, has 15 years experience in water, sanitation and environmental cleanup. Jason has been applying his skills to international development since joining Engineers without Borders in 2006. Since then, he has worked on water and sanitation projects in Kenya, Peru, El Salvador, Senegal, Nicaragua and Haiti. Jason received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Tufts University in Environmental Engineering.
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
Crown Agents USA
Bryan has worked predominantly in Africa, living on the Continent for nine years gaining an appreciation of Africa’s development environment. He leads Crown Agents’ Supply Chain Services division and supply chain relationship with DFID; including their exclusive Procurement Services provider relationship with DFID in 15 of their 27 partner countries.
Johannes Slabbert manages multi-million dollar procurement budgets for global disaster relief efforts with Samaritan’s Purse. A native of South Africa, he was formally trained in agriculture and managed procurement and logistics for a large sheep farm. His career in the humanitarian field began with multiple deployments to Haiti in 2010.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Juanita Rilling is Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI). Before joining CIDI, Juanita served 26 years in the U.S. Senate and 6 years as a Disaster Operations Specialist in USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). Her Senate service includes 13 years on the professional staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee and 6 years as a Director of staff and programs under the Senate Sergeant at Arms. While in OFDA, Juanita served on a number of Response Management Teams (RMTs), earning awards for her service during the Gujarat Earthquake RMT, the Kosovo RMT, the Southern Africa Floods RMT and the El Nino Working Group. She rows competitively and has won over 70 medals in local, national and international regattas. Juanita graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in English (a long time ago).
Action Against Hunger
Nathalie Rothschild is the Senior Logistics Officer at Action Against Hunger (ACF-USA) at the headquarters in New York, NY. With 20 years of humanitarian logistics experience, she has worked internationally managing procurement and supply, coordinating with suppliers, and finding solutions to respond effectively to programmatic needs.
Terranova Global Trading Solutions
President of Terranova Global Trading Solutions LLC since April 2014 -the company’s objective is to provide specialized and vocational vehicle solutions to users worldwide. Previously Bernardo was Senior Vice President, Global Operations at Navistar since 2008. In this position, he was responsible for directing Navistar’s truck sales operations in Latin America, Southern Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and Russia.
]American Red Cross
Helen Welch is the American Red Cross International Response Information Management Lead. Helen provides data management, reporting and system development for the American Red Cross’s International Response Operations Center. Helen has also supported the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s Disaster and Crisis Management Unit in the development and management of the Surge Information Management System that provides remote and deployed IM and GIS support to response operations. Helen has responded a variety of international disaster operations remotely and was deployed to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan to provide information management support to the operation and more recently to Iraq to support the IFRC response to ongoing population movement
Elynn Walter is the Sustainability Director at WASH Advocates. Elynn works with corporations, foundations, civic groups, academia and implementing organizations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their WASH investments, projects and programs. Elynn received her Master of Public Health from George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University.
UN World Food Programme
Experience; 20 years with World Food Programme (WFP) has held positions of Vehicle Workshop Manager, Procurement Officer, Global Fleet Manager, Established and Manager the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot in Ghana and currently Programme Manager WFPs Global Vehicle Leasing Programme (GVLP). Prior to Joining WFP, I served 15 years in the Irish Military in a supply and transport Unit. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering and am also a fully qualified Automotive Engineer.
Steve Hunt is or has been a scientist, engineer, infantryman, manager and construction worker. He has degrees in Physics (B.S.) , Astronomy (M.A.) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Steve was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne and a reservist. Steve spent 25 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory working in support of US national interests. He has extensive experience in operations and technical R&D. For about 10 years Steve has supported humanitarian work inside and outside the US. Prior to being CIO/CTO, Steve was the Director of Field Operations for Region I at Team Rubicon.
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Hilary Cairnie focuses his practice in public contract law and public project funding, including public/private collaborations and cooperative ventures. Mr. Cairnie has worked with domestic and international clients including commercial companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profit enterprises involved in delivery of infrastructure, healthcare, agricultural, financial markets, banking and disaster relief services to third-world and developing countries. Mr. Cairnie represents and assists clients in connection with projects funded by or in collaboration with USAID, World Bank, ExIm Bank, International Monetary Fund, U.S. Department of State. With two engineering degrees and several years' experience working as an engineer for various companies, Mr. Cairnie uses his unique technical background to represent clients involved in logistics support, cargo delivery, transportation, construction, medical and healthcare service delivery, agriculture and large scale engineering projects, among others. Mr. Cairnie assists clients in negotiating prime funding agreements and sub-agreements to include requirements mandated by international, national and local laws and customs, as well as the lender mandated requirements (World Bank, IFC, USAID, ExIm, IMF, and others). His clients include borrowers, prime recipients, prime contractors, subcontractors, and lower tier recipients, as well as companies and individual consultants.
Previous partners include
Kärcher - Makes a difference
Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG. KG is a global corporation with over 9600 employees in 60 countries and agents that will soon cover all nations. Karcher is the world leading manufacturer of innovative cleaning products for both professional and private users. The product range includes high pressure washers, vacuum cleaners, window washers, steam cleaners, garbage and scrubbing machines, car washes and telehandlers for land conservation.
Kärcher is a wholly owned subsidiary of the German parent company, Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG. KG. The company is headquartered in Gothenburg, with vendors, distributors and service partners throughout the country.
Ford Motor Company has developed vehicles that customers desire and value for over a century. Consistent with our heritage, Ford is dedicated to the Aid and Development sector providing a full array of quality cars, trucks, vans and utility vehicles to support your transportation needs helping you “Go Further.”
As the industry leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat has been powering global connectivity for more than three decades.We offer an unrivalled portfolio of global satcom solutions and value-added services to keep you connected at all times – whether travelling on land, at sea or in the air. No matter where your business takes you, you can rely on Inmarsat for all your mission-critical communications. Inmarsat was set up in 1979 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to enable ships to stay in constant touch with shore or to call for help in an emergency, no matter how far out to sea. Today our customers are found in may different sectors – but they are typically business and organisations that need to communicate where terrestrial telecom networks are unreliable or simply reach.
Care and treatment where and when needed. Philips is dedicated to improving and saving lives through meaningful innovation. We develop innovative medical technology solutions across the continuum of care in partnership with clinicians and our customers to expand access to care and improve outcomes, saving and improving more lives. This year we are celebrating 100 years of delivering meaningful innovation. Our solutions include clinical solutions from prevention, diagnosis and treatment through to recovery and wellness. We also work with partners and customers to deliver commercial innovation, helping them access solutions in different ways. All designed to ensure people can have better, faster access to care. Working together, we can find meaningful solutions to deliver better care at lower costs.
Sun-STAT is focused on providing solar pasteurized clean water and soar cooking for the developing world. Sun-STAT’s award wining solar collector weighs only 150lbs, ships compact, and expands to cover a large area. 41,000BTU/hr can be gathered to pasteurize 4,000 liters of water per day. Based in St. Louis USA.
Sun-STAT and its parent Invention House have been developing renewable energy systems, power electronics, and control systems for over 13 years. Sun-STAT understand access to energy is the prerequisite to health, peace, and prosperity.
International Green Structures (IGS) offers a total economic model that solves the global housing crisis.
By converting agricultural residue into durable panels and coupling it with our pre-engineered steel framing system, IGS produces green, innovative houses, schools and health care facilities.
IGS provides emerging nations and states the opportunity to purchase or produce sustainable, durable building structures. IGS Structures are ideal for permanent, temporary housing, rapid response and global humanitarian structures.
Thuraya is a leading mobile satellite communications company that empowers people with tools to bring the organizations and communities they serve closer together. We offer innovative, flexible and dependable technology that helps you overcome the toughest challenges and achieve the highest aspirations - facilitating reliable communications where and when it matters most. Our global customers include industry leaders from a variety of sectors including energy, media, marine, government and NGOs. Our superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the world via satellite and across the globe through our unique GSM roaming capabilities.
Achieving value from risk, Clements Worldwide’s Partner Solutions leverages more than 65 years of insurance and risk management expertise in helping partners’ add value for their customers, enter new markets and innovate. Covering a broad spectrum of insurance services, Partner Solutions helps launch and manage affinity programs of global scope. Our work is informed by a rich consultative model that answers the question “What can we do together that we cannot do on our own?” Partner Solutions offers a range of services, decision support tools and consultative engagements designed to help firms maximize the value of their international market opportunities and mitigate the risks in their worldwide operations.
Amzco is a supplier of medical surgery equipment for emergency situations in Asia, Africa, South America. The company serviced to UNFPA and equipped Child Health Care (MCH Kits) for about 6000 Portable Kits to Bangladesh and about 200 sets to Vietnam. Among Amzco main services and projects, worth mentioning are the assistance to UNFPA with no scalpel vasectomy instruments and several collaboration with USAID projects such as the supply of tents in Ethiopia, the manufacturing of norplant insertion for a Family Planning program, the furnishing of hospitals and healthcare clinics in Jordan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Honduras, El Salvador and more. Recently Amzco/Zams furnished about 4500 International Revenue Service (USA) offices for Disaster Relief PreparednessKit. Main Amzco/Zams products feature medical kits, first aid kits, portable water purifiers, portable autoclaves, sterilizers.
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, and IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services.The International® ProStar® with Cummins ISX15 and International® TerraStar® 4x4 were named 2014 heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial truck of the year, respectively, by the American Truck Dealers (ATD) association. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com.
Founded in 1871 as a family business, we are proud of our independence, our continuity, and our entrepreneurial tenor. Over the years we have grown into one
of the world’s largest international logistics providers; today our network of over 440 offices is represented in more than 157 countries.
Our expertise and network make us a global player in logistics. We transport goods, data, and above all, know-how. In addition to traditional shipping services via truck, rail, air freight, and sea freight, we also offer individualized supply chain solutions integrating IT and purchase order/vendor management with customized
and industry specific solutions.
Sustainability and green initiatives continue to play an important role within Hellmann in the design and implementation of solutions such as reverse logistics and charitable donations.Extensive partnerships throughout the world make us your reliable logistics partner both globally and close to home. For us, global not only means being at home in worldwide markets, but also represents the constant search for individualized solutions to meet the needs of our customers. Thinking ahead – moving forward is our slogan; we continue to think ahead and actively shape the future through innovation, efficiency, and custom-made logistics solutions.
NRS International is a family-run humanitarian business offering innovative products that have social impact to those who need it the most. We are industry leader in developing and manufacturing core relief items, long lasting insecticidal nets and solar products for the humanitarian aid- and public health sector.
Dubai-based NRS International is the parent company of our individual subsidiaries NRS Relief (core relief items), TANA Netting (long lasting insecticidal nets) and Flexiway Solar Solutions (solar
We are proud that we manufacture what we sell in our own state-of-the-art production facility in Pakistan. Our products are 100% compliant with the highest,standards of international organizations and NGO’s that provide humanitarian aid globally. We produce in a responsible and sustainable way and create excellent working facilities for our local staff.
SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 55 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide. SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.
SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information under: www.ses.com.
Emergency.lu is addressing the challenge of worldwide rapid response capacity and preparedness for humanitarian emergencies by providing a solution to fill the communication gap in the first hours and days after a large-scale disaster. Emergency.lu is a multi-layer platform consisting of satellite infrastructure and capacity; communication and coordination services; satellite ground terminals for longterm (NoSaCo® Regular and transportable antenna) as well as rapid deployment (NoSaCo® Rapid and inflatable antenna); and transportation of equipment to the disaster area within the first 12 to 20 hours. The 24/7 basis of the emergency.lu platform is an innovative end-to-end service for the international humanitarian community. This pioneering platform will improve the effectiveness of rapid response.
As a socially conscious consumer products company, MPOWERD Inc. manufactures game-changing micro-solar energy products for use by people living and playing on and off the grid. The company’s award-winning Luci® family of patented inflatable solar lanterns is infinitely versatile. Fully waterproof and shatterproof, with a built-in rechargeable battery, Luci lights hold a charge for hours and stay bright all night. Perfect for everything from everyday indoor use to outdoor entertaining and recreation, roadside assistance and power outages, Luci is ready for anything—anytime, anywhere, any weather. More sustainable than flash lights! Safer than candles and kerosene lanterns! www.mpowerd.com
At Royal Roads University learn to question everything, including yourself. Online and on-campus classes let you discover unique resolutions to current
workplace challenges while developing the tools to achieve your ideal career. Perfect for working professionals, our cohort learning model of small group, on-campus residencies lets you examine the connection between personal growth and academic achievement, and our Flexible Admissions policy allows learners lacking formal educational requirements to qualify for admission based on formal and informal learning. You’ll be surprised, not only by what you’ve learned and accomplished, but also by how much you’ve changed and grown as an individual.
W3T is brand new, patented technology which has been designed for cleanup of contaminated water for reuse. Our system can easily be set up and eliminates bacterial without the use of membranes, chemicals or disposable filters. The system is housed in a steel container for ease of transportation and can treat a minimum of 100,000 liters per day. It has a low power consumption which is ideal for remote areas, villages and small towns promoting sustainability of resources.
The W3T system is able to ensure that clean, reusable water can be provided anywhere. All that is needed is a water the rest to us.
ARGENTINIAN CHAMBER OF POULTRY PRODUCERS
Chamber business representative of producers of eggs, incubators, chicken’s producers, industry suppliers, refrigeration of chickens, eggs breaking, exporters of eggs and egg products .
Founded in 1974 in Istanbul, Basboga has become one of the leading tent manufacturer companies in Turkey today. With its two manufacturing plants located in Babaeski-Kirklareli and Kemerburgaz- Istanbul covering a closed manufacturing space of 10.000 square meters in total, Basboga is striving for high quality products in compliance with the international standards. Our 35+ years of experience in the field are enabling us to create technology-driven, flexible and customer-oriented solutions in an ever growing competitive market with a clear cut advantage.Our project team of experienced engineers and architects design creative solutions that meet the specific needs and requirements of our customers’ projects. These designs are then realized by our expert technical staff at our state-of-the-art facilities.We are providing you with turnkey solutions with a wide spectrum of products in a variety of styles, colors and sizes. With our low-cost, easy-to-install and weather resistant products that are manufactured with the highest quality of international standards, we know that we have a solution that will meet your needs. Our ISO based quality control process, after sales support and a unique two-year warranty package are just a few of the advantages that differentiate us from our competitors. We understand that customer satisfaction is of paramount importance, and that’s why we are dedicated to top quality service and products.
Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, military, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, Central and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE and wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services:
• YahClick – offers home solutions, business solutions and transportable
• YahService – offers managed solutions and government capacity
• YahLink – offers IP trunking solutions, corporate networking capacity
and backhauling capacity
Yahsat’s first satellite Y1A was successfully launched in April 2011 and the company’s second satellite Y1B was successfully launched in April 2012.
Founded in 1918, Parker Hannifin Corporation is a $13 billion, global company.
With annual sales exceeding $13 billion in fiscal year 2014, Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 57,500 people in 50 countries around the world.
Parker’s engineering expertise and broad range of core technologies uniquely positions the company to solve some of the world’s greatest engineering challenges. By partnering with customers, Parker improves their productivity and profitability and seeks new ways to solve humanity’s biggest challenges.
Imagine 100,000 gallons of clean water in the palm of your hand. The Sawyer MINI Hollow Fiber Membrane water filter offers the fastest, most cost efficient and easiest way to get potable water, anywhere in the world. Uses: Emergency preparedness, disaster response, humanitarian aid, military.
Aquamira Technologies Inc. has been developing water purification, filtration and storage solutions for personal and emergency use since 1999. As a proud sponsor of the AIDF summit, we will showcase our DIVVY Emergency Water System. The DIVVY system can be configured to deliver 2,500 - 6,000 gallons of quality drinking water without the need for fuel, electricity, special tools or technical expertise.
The DIVVY system is ideal for low-resource environments and provides relief teams, disaster victims, field hospitals and communities with a technology designed to reduce the risks associated with widespread water contamination.
Butyl Products Limited have been working with Global Aid Agencies, International Relief Agencies and National Governments since 1965, responding to emergency/humanitarian aid situations and as part of planned infrastructure development projects. Our aid equipment will be found in refugee camps and disaster zones throughout the world.
Butyl Products manufacture a range of supply, storage, treatment and water distribution systems plus kits especially manufactured for emergency aid use. Our Research & Development department is constantly developing new items and modifying existing products to meet the changing requirements of climate and conflict driven disaster needs. The engineers welcome the opportunity to work directly with Aid Agencies assisting in the design of new systems, products and equipment.
GREENSHIELDS COWIE & CO LTD
OVER TWO HUNDRED YEARS EXPERIENCE IN PROVIDING FINAL MILE LOGISTICS
GreenShields Cowie will provide you the logistical edge in today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace.
As an industry trusted leader in final mile logistics, we specialize in the door-to-door transportation on behalf of many international clients to some of the most challenging, remote and volatile regions of the world.
With offices and warehouses in the UK, USA and Italy, our services include packing, consolidation, freight , cargo insurance, warehousing, customs clearance and delivery to final destination for commercial cargo, humanitarian aid, perishable, cold chain and pharmaceuticals.
BeInSync is a unique award-winning communication agency, specialised in universal communication. We use a total communication package of universal signs and symbols, gestures and body language to communicate often, complex community messages across diverse cultural groups.
Our products are highly effective, regardless of language or literacy levels.
Our animations and storyboards are designed for digital platforms and social media as well as educational resources and communication collateral.
For the Australian government we produced a series of pictorial action guides communicating what to do in an emergency. These were awarded the 2013 Australasian Emergency Management award.
View some of our innovative work: www.beinsync.com.au.
LABORATORIO PYAM is a pharmaceutical company based in Argentina. Since 1991, it works in the elaboration of water biological purification tablets and powders for human use; and for general disinfections of hospitals and other areas. Institutions such as UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, PAHO, RED CROSS and others use our products to attend and prevent water diseases, especially in humanitarian emergencies and disasters around the world.
We are a group of professionals focused in the International Trade that believe that South America can and must bring their food to the rest of the World. South America is a vast territory where live a large number of plant and animal species, crossed by different climates, a feature that gives a wide variety of foods. That is why we are present since 2012 bringing our products to different latitudes.
In some cases we are direct producers while others function as intermediaries between supply and demand.
This time we are bringing an innovative product under the brand Fortefood. It is composed of 70% wheat and 30% of soybeans with high digestibility and high nutritional value.
Operation Blessing International (OBI) is one of the top-rated charities in America, providing humanitarian aid programs for safe water, disaster, medical and food security in 23 countries. OBI’s multifold approach to safe water includes filtration and disinfection strategies, rural community water systems, deep water wells and catchment systems.
H2gO® Purifier offers safe water for individuals and small groups, killing waterborne virus, bacteria, and protozoa to EPA and World Health Organization standards. The device converts common salt into a powerful sterilizing solution with a lifetime capacity over 124,000 liters and no replacement parts. H2gO is a sustainable, easy to use, and cost-effective water treatment solution for disaster relief.
As a member of RMA Group, Global Fleet Sales (GFS) is the authorized distributor of Ford Motor Company products to the Aid & Development community worldwide. One of the world’s largest providers of critical vehicle sales and after-sales support in developing countries and post-conflict markets, GFS has a proud 25-year history of providing quality products to organizations involved in global humanitarian aid, relief work and development projects from Afghanistan to South Sudan to Haiti.
GFS provides Aid & Development customers with a wide variety of pickup trucks, SUVs and other vehicles and maintains a strategic inventory of non-modified base vehicles ready for shipment anywhere globally. The right vehicle at the right time… wherever the mission may be.
Covering more than 3000 cities and 130 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet solutions, IP solutions, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, managed services and solutions, international voice and VoIPX services. PCCW Global maintains regional centers in Hong Kong, Herndon, Virginia in the US, Paris in France, London in the United Kingdom, Gosselies in Belgium, Johannesburg in South Africa, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Beijing in China, Tokyo in Japan, Seoul in Korea, Singapore, while our team maintains presence in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. For more information, please visit www.pccwglobal.com
NiyamIT is a fast growing technology solution provider for enterprise and engineering services in federal and commercial sectors. Our solutions based on emerging technologies of Big Data Analytics, mobile enablement, GIS and diverse cloud toplogies promise newer perspectives and capabilities to existing IT implemations in fields of Emergency Management, Grants Management, Healthcare and Business Process Management.
Our disaster management solutions are FEMA’s technology backbone that estimate potential losses for first response, emergency, mitigation planning and catastrophe modeling for natural and man-made hazards. Crunching 220+ TB of GIS data residing in varied databases, our high performance search engine enables analytics for valuable insights for FEMA’s Risk Analysis Division.
The Chelsea Group of companies operates across the world in land, sea, and air environments enabling businesses to grow, protecting people and generating power. The group combines security, power engineering, construction and specialist HR management in one group.
Chelsea group comprises of CTG Global, Enigma Alliance, Erinys Iraq, Hart Security, Longport Aviation, Symbion Power, and NapCap. We employ over 8,000 people worldwide and are committed to training and empowering the communities with which we work; our socioeconomic policies are pioneering and a key element of our success. The Chelsea Group’s core values include integrity, social responsibility and an ethical approach to all that we undertake.
Pacifico is a social innovation startup based in Mexico, Los Angeles, Santiago, Buenos Aires and Madrid.
PACIFICO develops innovation solutions to reduce risk in the face of natural disasters.
BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, our more than 900 lawyers litigate cases and resolve disputes that potentially threaten clients’ competitiveness, navigate the laws and regulations that shape the global economy, and help clients develop and close deals that fuel their strategic growth.
We have five core practice groups: Litigation, Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, and Tax. Within these groups are several large specialty practices, including antitrust, bankruptcy, health care, energy, middle market mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial litigation, data privacy and security, patent prosecution and international tax. Our attorneys have broad knowledge and experience in many industries, including energy, media, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and insurance, consumer products, and hospitality.
We distinguish ourselves through our commitment to the highest standard of client care. By emphasizing an approach to service delivery as exacting as our legal work, we are determined to surpass our clients’ expectations.
Our firm was founded on three core principles: to develop and sustain mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with each of its clients; to provide timely, responsive, and high quality legal services; and to be generous with both time and money to the communities where we work. We have consistently nurtured a collegial approach among our lawyers, assuring effective teamwork in handling client work, while maintaining a culture of providing exceptional legal counsel with a clear focus on value. We are committed to the continuous development of our people and of the resources essential to delivering effective and distinctive legal services worldwide.
Every week, more than 206 million listeners, viewers, and Internet users around the world turn on, tune in, and log on to U.S. international broadcasting programs.While the “Broadcasting Board of Governors” is the legal name given to the federal entity encompassing all U.S. international broadcasting services, the day-to-day broadcasting activities are carried out by the individual BBG international broadcasters: the Voice of America (VOA), Alhurra, Radio Sawa, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), and Radio and TV Martí, with the assistance of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB).
Voice of America produces popular news, information and cultural programs in 45 languages and reaches more than 164 million people around the world every week on television, radio, web and mobile platforms.VOA is the largest of the BBG’s networks, and attracts 80 percent of the total U.S. international media audience. In countries with strict censorship, such as Iran or North Korea, VOA is often the only source of balanced news and information about the U.S., its policies and its people.
VOA provides a forum for open debate, as well as an opportunity to question newsmakers and U.S. officials, through call-in shows and web interactives. Its programs are guided by a legally mandated Charter that requires them to be accurate, objective and comprehensive. From its Washington headquarters, VOA produces more than 70 television shows, and more than 200 radio programs. VOA’s digital TV master control sends signals to multiple direct-to-home satellite networks simultaneously, and shortwave, FM and AM transmitters beam VOA to hot spots around the world. Individual language services each maintain their own websites, mobile platforms and social media sites.
VOA reaches a significant part of its audience on affiliate stations that rebroadcast its programs or receive live updates from VOA reporters. This affiliate network now includes more than 2,350 individual stations, which air a wide variety programs. In Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, more than 300 affiliates carry VOA programs. And VOA now reaches more than 26 million adults in Latin America, thanks to an ever-expanding affiliate network that stretches from Mexico to Chile.
You can find additional information about BBG and VOA here: http://www.bbg.gov/broadcasters/
Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. Internews provides communities the resources to produce local news and information with integrity and independence. With global expertise and reach, Internews trains both media professionals and citizen journalists, introduces innovative media solutions, increases coverage of vital issues and helps establish policies needed for open access to information.
Diplomatic Courier is the global affairs magazine that connects the diplomatic and policy establishment to the next generation of leaders in diplomacy and foreign policy. Diplomatic Courier publishes six print issues per year, as well as weekly online content and a daily blog, On Point. The Diplomatic Courier is an independent publication both in its voice and its organization. Publishing opinions from all political spectrums, the Courier adheres to the ideals of freedom of expression, individualism, and fair and balanced journalism.
LogisticsMatter is an independent supply chain and logistics news aggregator and blog. Top news and background stories in the areas of 3PL, Logistics, Supply Chain, Transportation, Shipping, Innovation, Sustainability and Social Media are tweeted through @LogisticsMatter, and we blog about topics of interest.
Design4Disaster connects designers, philanthropists, citizens and corporations in an effort to create a better and more sustainable world, one that will stand up to natural disaster and eradicate man-made disaster. Design4Disaster helps our users by providing access to cutting edge solutions to disaster and ecological crisis, providing an open forum for the exchange of knowledge, ideas and resources and by showcasing designs that develop sustainable infrastructure and methodology to better guard against crisis.
It is Design4Disaster’s mission to offer design solutions and developments that contribute to the prevention, relief and recovery from the effects of disasters. Designs that ensure we are better prepared for disaster, that we have stronger infrastructure, more developed methods of avoiding damage, less suffering post-crisis and fewer death tolls.
Disaster.Com is a comprehensive international disaster and crisis news and article portal with an active online community for victims, responders, fundraisers, and the curious.
Our objective is to connect individuals and populace around the world, creating opportunities for people to both receive assistance or to offer it – whether it’s through education, action or community.
We welcome new members to participate by actively engaging within our online forums, or by providing content, such as articles, pictures or graphics, that educate and inform.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation stands for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption worldwide and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking.
We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programmes that trigger real change and empower people around the world, including free legal assistance, journalism and media training, coverage of the world’s under-reported stories, and the Trust Women Conference. We tackle global issues and achieve lasting impact.
World Bank Group InfoShop is a full-service bookstore, carrying all titles published by the World Bank and thousands of books from other IFIs, NGOs and commercial publishers. Offerings range from hardcore economics to international fiction. We have a large selection of remainder and bargain books, many at $5 or less. InfoShop also carries maps, travel guides, souvenirs, children’s books and calendars. InfoShop is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM. We’re located at the corner of 18th Street and Pennsylvania Ave NW. You can find more information at www.worldbankgroup.org/infoshop or by calling 202-458-4500. All AIDF attendees will receive the World Bank staff discount – just show your badge!
SANGONeT was founded in 1987. Over the past 26 years SANGONeT has developed into a dynamic civil society organisation with a history closely linked to the social and political changes experienced by South Africa during its transition to democracy. SANGONeT is still one of very few NGOs in Africa involved in the field of information communication technologies (ICTs) and continues to serve civil society with a wide range of ICT products and services.
ISOA is the international trade association of the stability operations industry, promoting ethics and standards worldwide and advocating for effective utilisation of private sector services. ISOA members are leaders in the industry and are supported by ISOA’s outreach, education and government affairs initiatives.
The International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association, founded in 2001 as the International Peace Operations Association (IPOA).
ISOA’s mission is to:
- Promote high operational and ethical standards of firms active in the peace and stability operations industry;
-To engage in a constructive dialogue and advocacy with policy-makers about the growing and positive contribution of these firms to the enhancement of international peace, development and human security;
-To provide unique networking and business development opportunities for its member companies; and to inform the concerned public about the activities and role of the industry.
ISOA is committed to raising the standards of the peace and stability operations industry to ensure sound and ethical professionalism and transparency in the conduct of peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction activities.
All member companies subscribe to the ISOA Code of Conduct, which represents a constructive effort towards better regulating private sector operations in conflict
and post-conflict environments and disaster relief. It reflects our belief that high standards will both benefit the industry and serve the greater causes of peace, development, and human security.
IRIN is an internationally recognised leading provider of specialist humanitarian news and analysis. Since 1995 it has offered the humanitarian community and affected populations original, insightful reporting on issues and countries not well-served by the mainstream media or other information sources. IRIN reports, analysis, multimedia specials and films are freely available at www.irinnews.org.
NetHope is a new-generation collaboration of the international community’s leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs) representing over $40 billion (USD) of emergency relief, human development and conservation programs in more than 180 countries.
Through member collaboration and by facilitating public-private partnerships with major technology companies, NetHope enables members to leverage their technology investments to better serve their end beneficiaries.
Learn more at www.nethope.org.
AsianNGOis the pioneer media platform designed to empower NGOs and development professionals in Asia-Pacific, capacitating them with resources for sustainable growth.The main channel of AsianNGO is a web portal for users to track and apply for available grants, project partners and download learning assets for their better organisational management; and event updates for their relevant
interests. In addition, AsianNGO releases a print magazine every two months with news and policy updates from the development sector; as well as a weekly e-newsletter with the latest grants and upcoming events across the region. Sign up now at www.asianngo.org.
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. The Los Angeles based non-government organization offers material and financial assistance to community-based organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education, health services, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people. Learn more at www.opusa.org.
CYUDA LIMITED is an enterprise that delivers the tools of technology – sustainable computing and broadband – to those who need it most, to transform lives through better education, healthcare, economic opportunities, and faster relief. CYUDA LIMITED believes that improved access to technology can transform lives and opportunities even in some of the poorest and most technology challenged communities in the world. But technology is not enough – the right approach is critical for long-term sustainability.
Here is our 3-point approach:
1. We serve organizations to accelerate their impact through sustainable, smart computing and broadband technologies
2. Our solutions are expertly designed – including hardware, software, and power – for challenging environments with harsh climates and unreliable power
3. By partnering with local ICT projects,
CyuDa’s approach ensures that ICT projects are sustainable, builds
local capacity, and develops an ICT ecosystem for the future
Humanitarian Aid Foundation (HAF) is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working to address critical issues facing impoverished and underprivileged communities in Ghana. Founded in 2010, HAF have been working with volunteers to provide and improve the quality of education, healthcare, nutrition and care for needy children while supporting the development of sustainable solutions for community growth.
HAF runs a range of projects which rely on the skills, commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers from around the world. Our grassroots effort is dedicated towards assisting communities in their quest to achieve a healthy self-sustained life.
Additional information about what we do and project’s focus can be found on our website:
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact has generated more than $1.7 billion to help people in need. Learn more at charity.org.
Jennifer Schaus & Associates is a Washington DC based consulting firm with over 20 years of government contracting experience. We help companies that wish to sell products or services to the US Government. Our services include proposal writing, federal sales and business development, GSA Schedules, government contractor training classes and more.
The firm hosts networking events which draw over 200 attendees including federal agencies, corporate sponsors and government contractors at The John F Kennedy Center. Ms. Schaus is a frequent speaker in the Washington area and an occasional investor in privately held companies.
IntJobs.com is a new international affairs jobsite with a quickly growing audience of international policy, development, economics, communication and legal experts, who want to work in international organisations, development agencies, consultancies, to help governments NGOs, associations and consultants make the world a better place. Their skills range from human rights and democracy experts, legal experts, and economic policy advisers to more commercially oriented consultants and business skills. The jobs listed are on all the continents, some in Europe and North America, but many in Africa, Asia and South America. IntJobs has around 18000 visits a month.
Practical Action uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries and is this year’s UN official communications partner for the campaign “Sustainable energy for all”.
Our strength is our approach. We find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology we enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions. Thus transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.
By doing this each year we help around a million people break out of the cycle of poverty ….for good.
Rescue Global is a charity, not-for-profit and NGO dedicated to the empowerment of decision-makers whose mission, like ours, is to save life. Rescue Global works across the disaster phases of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, to actively encourage a cross-sectoral systematic and holistic approach to disasters, with the goal of
CaDRA, a Rescue Global initiative, is a diverse network of organisations that work together to increase a nation’s resilience to hazard impact in the longterm.
SAFE Steering Committee
The SAFE Steering Committee is an interagency consortium of humanitarian organizations that facilitates a more coordinated, predictable, timely, and effective response to the fuel and energy needs of crisis-affected populations. Members envision a world in which crisis-affected populations can satisfy their energy needs for cooking, heating, lighting, and powering without fear or risk to their health, well-being, and personal security.
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a United Nations Foundation-led public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance’s goal calls for 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors and Voice of America, in partnership with the Aid and Development Forum, present a pre-conference training on media response during disasters. Event will take place at VoA headquarters in Washington D.C.
Throughout the two day summit, there will be numerous opportunities for the attendees to engage and discuss hot topics in more detail and beyond the limits of the conference rooms. We invite you to participate in our series of engaging and interactive round table discussions as well as practical workshops.
We will be launching a mobile networking application to let you speak and arrange meeting with delegates before the event.
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC 20004
Located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, event building is in the heart of Washington, DC, within walking distance of the White House, the Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, many of Washington, DC's finest hotels and other prominent businesses, historical sites and cultural organizations.
Visitors should make their own flight transportation arrangements to the Airport and to their respective hotels.
Located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, event building is in the heart of Washington, DC, within walking distance of the White House, the Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, many of Washington, DC's finest hotels and other prominent businesses, historical sites and cultural organizations.
2 Double Bed Standard @ $184 + Tax (13%)
Book online via The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC - Crystal City website. Reservations must be made no later than 20th of September 2014.
Standard Room – One Queen bed
@ $199 + Tax (14.5%)
Deluxe Room – One Queen or King bed
@ $209 + Tax (14.5%)
Junior Suite – One King bed and sitting area
@ $249 + Tax (14.5%)
Book online via The Henley Park Hotel website and use the promo code AIDF or by calling 001-202-414-0503 and quoting the promo code AIDF. Reservations must be made no later than 6th of October 2014 and please note, the arrival date is from 19th of November 2014.
King Room - Single Occupancy
@ $179 + Tax (13%)
King Room - Double Occupancy
@ $179 + Tax (13%)
King Room - Triple Occupancy
@ $204 + Tax (13%)
King Room - Quadruple Occupancy
@ $229 + Tax (13%)
Book online via The HYATT Regency Crystal City website. Reservations must be made no later than 28th of October 2014.
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004 United States +1 202-628-9100
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In November last year AIDF hosted its 6th annual Disaster Relief Summit in Washington, D.C. This year’s event brought together humanitarian experts from NGOs, UN and government, military and the private sector for two days of thought-provoking discussions on how to improve disaster response.Read full story
In November last year the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) hosted its 6th annual Disaster Relief Summit in Washington, D.C. This year’s event brought together humanitarian experts from NGOs, UN and government, military and the private sector for two days of thought-provoking discussions on how to improve disaster response. The summit attracted close to 300 participants and over 70 key speakers.
Sonja Ruetzel, Event Director, AIDF addressed a full house with the opening remarks emphasizing the importance of disaster relief coordination. Followed by expert panel discussions including Hani Shannak, Chief Operations & Services, UNICEF, David Jones, Chief Executive, Rescue Global, Richard Parker VP Communications, Project Concern International on the changing technology landscape for disaster relief and emergency communications. The speakers addressed the data challenges in emergency situations, the digital gap between first responders and local communities and the importance of humanitarian social networks and shared communication between responders. The American Red Cross presented their disaster preparedness app. Gianluca Bruni, Chief of IT Emergency Coordination, WFP pointed out that “Information communication IS aid!”
Safety of field personnel was also a main topic at this event. Alastair Morrison OBE MC, Director at RW Chelsea Group mentioned that “International aid workers at greater risk due to perceived links with the government”. Amaury Cooper, Deputy Director of Risk Management & Global Security at INSSA warned that “security is often seen as afterthought and first thing cut from the budget. In fact, security should be seen as enabler”. Drew Brandy, VP Strategy & Development at Inmarsat, showed how ICT communications and tracking solutions can support safety and security of staff.
The summit was organised into parallel sessions, and expert speakers contributed to various discussions on field operations, ICT solutions, logistics and transport and emergency water security. Those in attendance benefited from discovering the latest trends and innovations, best practice approaches, first hand research results and general advice on relief and crisis management.
The Ebola emergency was a big topic throughout the event from Ebola communication in Liberia, WASH programs, special logistics effort up to regional advice from Dr. Joxel Garcia, Director, District of Columbia Department of Health on Ebola preparedness here in the city.
On the second summit day Dmitri Dovgopoly, Director, UN Procurement Division lead an inspiring and entertaining presentation on emergency procurement stressing the importance of using modern technology and innovations. He explained his department’s best value approach for procurement, saying that basing procurement on lowest price costs too much and should rather be based on total costs, including disposal.
His session was followed by an outstanding gathering of procurement professionals from the World Bank, UNOPS, IMF and USAID sharing first hand insights on best practice and useful tips on working with the UN and investors.
AIDF saw a packed exhibit floor with over 30 carefully selected exhibitors from around the world showcasing their latest technologies, products and solutions that will drive the humanitarian industry forward. Strategic partners includedKaercher Futuretech GmbH, Ford, Inmarsat, Sun-STAT, Thuraya, Clements Worldwide, Navistar, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, NRS International, MPOWERD, Royal Roads University, PYAM, SAF, Operation Blessing International, Yahsat, Basboga, Butyl Products Ltd, Greenshields Cowie, Parker, Sawyer, SATMED, Emergency.lu, Worldwide Industries, Amzco, BeinSync, H2gO Purifier, Embassy of Argentina, Fundación Exportar, Capia, Philips, The Chelsea Group, BakerHostetler, Transversal, Pacifico,
Bolloer and Female Heath Clinic.
Aquamira, NIyam, PCCW,
Overall the summit was a successful and productive event for humanitarians, entrepreneurs and international development organizations to establish effective policies and best practice for better, faster, safer and more efficient disaster relief and emergency response.
Following the incredible success of the event, Sonja Ruetzel, Event Director, AIDF has announced details of the 2015 program which include summits in USA, Asia and Africa.
This week is the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). The day is celebrated on 13 October every year and this year’s theme is “Resilience for life”. The focus of this year is on older people as their needs are often ignored, despite being some of the most vulnerable people in disasters. IDDR encourages all citizens and governments, to participate in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. In connection with the day, Aid & International Development Forum recognizes the importance of disaster reduction and has released an infographic on “Building Resilience for Disaster Reduction”.Read full story
This week is the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). The day is celebrated on 13 October every year and this year’s theme is “Resilience for life”. The focus of this year is on older people as their needs are often ignored, despite being some of the most vulnerable people in disasters. IDDR encourages all citizens and
governments, to participate in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. In connection with the day, Aid & International Development Forum recognizes the importance of disaster reduction and has released an infographic on “Building Resilience for Disaster Reduction”.
The information-packed infographic, highlights key facts including: less than 0.7% of the total relief aid goes to disaster risk reduction, which contributes to economic growth by reducing losses and
protecting livelihoods; there were an estimated 179.5 million people living in extreme poverty in countries receiving long-term humanitarian assistance in 2012 and many other interesting facts.
Without coordinated and collaborative action, reducing the risk of disasters poses a challenge to governments and stakeholders. It is
important to take action as climate change is a factor in the frequency of disasters and hazards.
Aid & International Development Forums’ infographic provides up-to-date information on the challenges faced in providing global humanitarian assistance; followed by emphasis on where disasters occur most – a staggering 90% of disasters occur in developing countries. The infographic reveals how much is being spent to reduce disaster risk. Funds spent on disaster risk reduction have increased in comparison to previous years. AIDF points out what has worked so far to reduce the risk of disasters with examples of actions the Philippines and South Africa have done.
Next month, Aid & International Development Forum will host the 6th Annual AIDF Disaster Relief Summit in Washington, DC.
International humanitarian experts at relief agencies, NGOs and charity associations, UN and government agencies, development banks and donors and
innovative technology service providers will be in attendance to discuss the best practices for disaster management.
Help raise awareness for International Day for Disaster Reduction by sharing this infographic.The infographic is available to download on the following landing page - https://kp191.infusionsoft.com/app/page/infographic-disaster.
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