Roundtable Discussion: How to Better Coordinate Humanitarian Response?

Where: Marcus Nanotechnology Building at Georgia Tech (345 Ferst Drive – Atlanta, GA 30332)
When: October 27, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

In recent years, humanitarian emergencies, particularly those following natural disasters, have raised a major issue: how to achieve coordination and synergistic collaboration among different NGOs and government organizations, so as to avoid overlapping efforts, waste of resources, and inefficiencies? During this roundtable discussion, representatives from French and American NGOs and government agencies such as Handicap International, CARE, Medshare and USAID reflected on the tools that could be developed in order to improve management of humanitarian crises.


2:00 p.m. – Welcoming remarks

2:05 to 2:25 p.m. - Opening Keynote Address: Mark Bartolini, Director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

2:25 to 3:25 p.m. - Panel 1: Haïti, Towards Capacity Building / Delivering sustainable humanitarian response

Moderator: Santosh Vempala, Professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech and Developper of LifeNet (disaster emergency communication system)

Dominique Toussaint, Chairman, Mobilize For Haïti
Sandrine Chopin, Handicap International
François Grünewald, Director, URD

+ Q&A

3:25 to 3:40 p.m. - Break

3:40 to 4:40 p.m. - Panel 2: Governing Humanitarian Response

Moderator: Pinar Keskinocak, Professor, School of Industrial & Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, Georgia Tech

David Gazashvili, Senior Advisor in Emergency Preparedness, CARE
Luca Pupulin, Program Director, Acted
Nell Diallo, Vice President for Corporate & International Relations, MedShare

+ Q&A

4:40 to 5:00 p.m. – Conclusion by François Grünewald, Director, URD

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