Monday, June 4 | 9:00 – 10:30am

Dr. Paul Spiegel, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health

Photo - SpiegelPrior to his appointment as Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Dr. Spiegel was the Deputy Director of the Division of Programme Support and Management at the UNHCR in Geneva. He was Chief of the Public Health and HIV Section (2002-2012) and the Refugee Agency’s Global HIV Coordinator for UNAIDS (2004-2016). Before UNHCR, he worked as a Medical Epidemiologist in the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch at the CDC. Dr. Spiegel has responded to crises and undertaken field work and research in humanitarian emergencies in numerous countries on all continents. He has published and lectured extensively in the field of humanitarian emergencies. His research interests are in epidemiological methods, health information systems and HIV.



Tuesday, June 5 | 9:00 – 10:20am

Real-Time Case Study: Links between Development and Humanitarian Programming for Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Since August 2017, approximately 671,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh, fleeing large-scale violence and human rights abuses in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state. This new influx is in addition to Rohingya already in Bangladesh from previous violence, resulting in over 900,000 Rohingya seeking shelter in Bangladesh. The scale and speed of this most recent displacement has overwhelmed the capacity of local authorities and NGOs to meet the immense needs. Many local and international long-term development actors have stepped-in. This sessions will provide insight into the current crisis, explore roles of various development and humanitarian actors in Bangladesh, and discuss how they work together to balance immediate and longer-term needs of the Rohingya refugees and their host country.

Trina Helderman, Senior Health and Nutrition Advisor-Global Emergency Response Team, Medair

Jesse Hartness, Senior Director, Emergency Health & Nutrition, Save the Children 

Mahfuzar Rahman 

Emily Chambers Sharpe, Senior Health and Nutrition Advisor, Medair (Moderator)

Prioritizing the Investment and Financing for the Humanitarian-Development Nexus

Wednesday, June 6 | 2:30 – 4:30pm

Panelists will lead a discussion around the following objectives:

  1. To discuss financing and costing of health services, response, and/or public health interventions, int he humanitarian-development nexus.
  2. To challenge stakeholders to think about advocacy for financing for the humanitarian-development nexus and how do we augment CSO engagement.
  3. To discuss methods to work with governments on how to prioritize allocation of funding for humanitarian and development.

Loyce Pace, President and Executive Director, Global Health Council 

Ernest E. Massiah, World Bank 

David Collins, Senior Principle Technical Advisor-Health Care Financing, Management Sciences for Health 

Hafeez Ladha, Director, Innovative Finance; Financing Alliance for Health