Caroline Abu-Sada holds a political science and international relations PhD. Abu-Sada has held several positions in the field, notably in the Middle East, for Oxfam GB, the UNFAO, and MSF-Switzerland. Since 2010, she represents MSF at the steering committee of the Center for Studies and Research on Humanitarian Action in Geneva, an organization led by both the Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva, and coordinates the research unit of MSF. She is the author of ONG palestiniennes et Construction étatique, L’Expérience de Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) dans les Territoires Occupés Palestiniens, 1983–2005, as well as several articles, reports, and chapters on humanitarian action, NGOs, and the Middle East.
Li Anshan is vice president of the Chinese Society of African Historical Studies and director of both the Institute of Afro-Asian Studies and the Center for African Studies at Peking University. His publications include A History of Chinese Overseas in Africa, British Rule and Rural Protest in Southern Ghana, Studies on African Nationalism, Social History of Chinese Overseas in Africa: Selected Documents, 1800–2005, and others. He has recently given speeches on China-Africa relations in South Africa, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, United States, Canada, Spain, Norway, Kenya, Botswana, Geneva, and others. His interest covers African history, China-Africa relations, colonialism, Chinese overseas, comparative nationalism, and development studies. He was invited as distinguished guest at the FOCAC (Forum on China-Africa Cooperation)-Beijing Ministerial Conference (2000), the Sino-African Education Ministers Forum (2005), and the FOCAC-Beijing Summit (2006). In 2010, he led a delegation to Cameroon, Kenya, and Tanzania with a mission to evaluate the follow-up action of FOCAC.
Paul Bouvier is ICRC senior medical adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva. After medical studies in Geneva, he worked for the ICRC in the early 1980s in detention and assistance operations. After specializing in pediatrics and in child public health, he has worked since 1989 with the University of Geneva conducting research in child public health in Africa and in Switzerland. From 1997 to 2007 he directed the Child Health Services of Geneva, in charge of prevention and health promotion, developing programs on child abuse, violence prevention, and promotion of resilience. Since 2007 he has worked as the senior medical advisor of the ICRC, and develops his activities in the fields of public health and ethics in humanitarian settings.
Antonio Donini is a senior researcher at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, where he works on issues relating to humanitarianism and the future of humanitarian action. From 2002 to 2004 he was a visiting senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Earlier, he worked for 26 years in the United Nations in research, evaluation, and humanitarian capacities. His last post was as director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan (1999–2002). He has published widely on evaluation, humanitarian, and UN reform issues. In 2004 he co-edited the volume Nation-Building Unraveled? Aid, Peace, and Justice in Afghanistan. He coordinated the Humanitarian Agenda 2015 research project which analyzed local perceptions of humanitarian action in 13 crisis countries.
Samir Elhawary is a research fellow at the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at ODI. He is currently researching the evolving role of humanitarian action in conflict-affected emergencies, with a particular focus on the interface between humanitarianism and politics. Prior to joining the HPG, his work focused on the role of natural resources in armed conflict and he was engaged in various initiatives to promote conflict sensitivity in the extractive industry.
Linda Kairuthi Ethangatta holds a PhD in human nutrition from the University of Alberta, Canada, and an MSc in applied human nutrition from the University of Nairobi. She has been associate professor of nutrition at the Africa Nazarene University and the University of Nairobi, and served as independent consultant for nutrition and HIV/AIDS in the Eastern Africa Region from 2008 to 2010. She also worked in the field as a nutrition specialist for UNICEF from 1995 to 2007 in Kenya and South Sudan. She is the author of three nutrition books for high school in East Africa and several papers on public health nutrition and food security.
Jean de Dieu Fosso is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Montreal, Canada, specializing in medical anthropology. He is a researcher-assistant at the Intercultural Pediatric Unit of Sainte Justine Hospital, Montreal, and has participated in several studies, notably with MSF, the World Food Program, and the Institute of Public Health in Belgium. His primary field of research involves the contributions of medical anthropology, development, and public health.
Bruno Jochum studied at the Institutes for Political Studies of Strasbourg and Paris; he holds an MA in international law relations and one in international relations from the Universities of the Sorbonne in Paris and Nancy. He started working in medical humanitarian relief in 1993 and since 2006 is the director of operations for MSF’s operational center in Geneva, overseeing programs in 21 countries. He was recently appointed as general director of the organization in Switzerland, in June 2011.
Ronald Ofteringer holds an MA in Islamic studies, political science, and ethnology. He has worked as interpreter and delegate in Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Yemen, and North Africa. He is currently working as an advisor of the directorate of operations at the ICRC headquarters on global affairs.
Jerome Amir Singh (BA, LLB, LLM, PhD, MHSc) is head of ethics and health law at the Center for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Durban, South Africa, and adjunct professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Joint Center for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. He serves as an advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on ethical, social, cultural, and regulatory issues and is a member of the MSF International Research Ethics Board.
Abdul-Wahab Soumana enrolled in the sociology department at the University of Niamey, where he obtained an MA in sociology in 2007. He subsequently pursued doctoral studies at the University of Cotonou in Benin, which he completed in March 2010. He is currently employed in the private sector in Niamey as a director of studies and project management. He is also a doctoral student studying the sociology of development at the University of Niamey.
Abby Stoddard is a partner at Humanitarian Outcomes. In addition to co-directing the Humanitarian Outcomes research group, she has coordinated the research program on international humanitarian action since 2000 at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, where she holds the title of non-resident fellow. Prior to that, she served as program director for Doctors of the World (MDM-USA), and in field and headquarters positions at CARE USA. She is the author of Humanitarian Alert: NGO Information and its Impact on US Foreign Policy and numerous articles, reports, and book chapters on humanitarian action, non-governmental organizations, and the US foreign aid architecture.