Friday January 19, 2018

Friday January 19, 2018

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Workshop 1

Simone Mérieux Room

Introduction by Pr. Jean-François MATTEI


  • Virginie TROIT, Director General, Fondation Croix-Rouge française


  • Marie-Pierre CALEY, CEO, ACTED
  • Kévin GOLDBERG, General Director, Groupe SOS Action Internationale
  • Nathalie HERLEMONT ZORITCHAK, Director, Handicap International Foundation
  • Manoelle LEPOUTRE, Director, Civil Society Engagement, Total
  • Boris MARTIN, Editor in Chief, Humanitarian Alternatives
  • Dorcas ONYANGO, Director, Programs and Partnerships Implementation, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation
  • Ignacio PACKER, Executive Director, ICVA
  • Dr. Robert SEBBAG, former Vice-President Sanofi Aventis
The gradual intervention of businesses (companies – through their CSR policy, their foundations, etc.) in humanitarian action marks a turning point for humanitarians.
  • Should this development be regarded as worrisome, as businesses are apt to compete with resources provided by States?
  • Should NGOs worry about this development?
  • How do NGOs and businesses complement each other?
  • What about safeguards?

Workshop 2

Charles Mérieux Room

Introduction by Philippe RYFMAN


  • Amal ABOU EL GHAYT, Advocacy and External relations, Secours Islamique France


  • Marie BRUNAGEL, Executive Director Public Sector/ Government Services, EY
  • André CARIA, Senior Fraud Prevention and Investigation Officer, IFRC
  • Axelle DAVEZAC, General Director, Fondation de France
  • Alexandre GIRAUD, General Director, Solidarités International
  • François GRUNEWALD, General scientific director, Groupe URD
  • Marc GSCHWEND, Cash expert, Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • Philippe LÉVÊQUE, Executive Director, CARE France
  • Ben PARKER, Senior Editor, IRIN
  • Henrike TRAUTMANN, Head of Unit C.1, Policy Development and Regional Strategy, ECHO
  • Dylan WINDER, , Senior Adviser Humanitarian and Protracted Crises / Counsellor, DFID
“Cash” is presented as an instrument for simplifying the aid distribution, thus guaranteeing a certain amount of autonomy for beneficiaries. For some, it opens the door to a new way of diverting aid.
“Cash” raises many questions, including:
  • Can this strategy be made globally applicable?
  • How can we guard against aid being diverted and used to fund armed groups?

Coffee break

Espace rendez-vous

Free time for individual or horizontal group meetings on the updates of humanitarian action, suggested by participants themselves.

Two suggestions as of today:

The new “payment against results” policy of institutional donors

Mont Veyrier conference room

  • Thierry MAURICET, CEO, Première Urgence International (PUI)

Initiative against Inhumanity: Current status and enhancement of the project mobilizing civil societies in the South and North

Simone Mérieux conference room
Invited by the Humanitarian Alternatives:

  • Nounou BOOTO, Programme Director, Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prenvention (CPS-AVIP)
  • Antonio DONINI, Visiting Fellow, Tufts University

Recap of the workshops

With translation services
By the rapporteurs:

  • Pauline CHETCUTI, Lead of the Humanitarian Commission, Coordination SUD
  • Magali MOURLON, Program Coordinator and Deputy Director, VOICE

Lunch and group photo


Charles Mérieux Room

Introduction of the Round-table by the FEH Steering Committee


  • Nan BUZARD, Head of Innovation, ICRC; Former Executive Director of ICVA


  • Dr. Ahmad FAIZAL Mohd PERDAUS, President, MERCY Malaysia, YBhg. Dato’
  • Bénédicte HERMELIN, Executive Director, Coordination SUD
  • Runa KHAN, Founder and Executive Director, Friendship
  • Patrice PAOLI, Director of Crisis and Support Center, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
  • Regis SAVIOZ, Head of Delegation France, ICRC
  • Prof. Doris SCHOPPER, Director, CERAH
  • Michel SIDIBÉ, Executive Director, UNAIDS

Keynote Commentator:

  • Francis AKINDES, Africa Vice President of the Scientific Council, Fonds Croix Rouge française
Everything has become “humanitarian”, including development projects and the reception of migrants.
Discussion on differences and ambiguities in the concept of humanitarianism in as perceived by the countries of the “North” and of the “South”.

Coffe break


Charles Mérieux Room

Introduction of the Round-table by the FEH Steering Committee

The educational and civic duty of having people understand the raison d’être of humanitarian action and the role of national and international humanitarian actors through awareness-building.

Buses leave for the evening event

Evening in the Savoyard mountains

Savoyard evening in the mountains with musical entertainment and a torch-light sledge descent to conclude the evening (for those who wish).

1st bus leaves for Les Pensières

2nd bus leaves for Les Pensières