In an effort to promote an open discussion about some of the major issues affecting the humanitarian sector, the Geneva Centre for Humanitarian Studies and Harvard Medical School launched a new webinar series to ask what will it take to redistribute the power in the aid sector. During the webinars we will introduce, discuss, and frame the issues on the coloniality and decolonisation of humanitarian aid and humanitarian medicine with the help of experts from humanitarian academy and practice, global health and action groups. Join us for the first webinar on Wednesday, 26 May 2021 at 20:00 CEST on Zoom. Panelists will discuss the power and coloniality of the humanitarian sector and how does such a concept apply to policy and outcomes in global health. Panel:

Tammam Aloudat, Strategic Advisor, MSF Access Campaign Tammam Aloudat is a Syrian physician and public health specialist. He has worked over the past two decades for the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). His work ranged from treating patients in humanitarian settings to project management, policy, advocacy, and research. He has researched and written on access to medicines, migrant health, palliative care in humanitarian settings, epidemics, humanitarian ethics, and health equity. He organises, writes, and teaches, under the banner of decolonising humanitarian aid and global health and is a co-founder of Action to Decolonise Global Health (ActDGH).

Alice Cameron, MSF Australia Alice Cameron has worked with Medécins Sans Frontiéres in a range of paid and volunteer roles since 2006. Alice is an advocacy, communications and engagement consultant who now focuses on Indigenous-led development, community and environmental projects. Of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and Pākehā descent, Alice lives in Whakatāne, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Dr Zahirah McNatt, Assistant Professor, University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda Dr Zahirah McNatt is the Godley-St. Goar Chair of the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine and Assistant Professor at the University of Global Health Equity. She also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University. Dr McNatt has been a consultant in the areas of global health, humanitarian systems, education in emergencies and human rights. Dr McNatt has more than 13 years of experience in the Middle East, East Africa, the Americas & Southeast Asia, working on health systems strengthening in partnership with governments and research in humanitarian settings. Dr McNatt was awarded the John and Kathleen Gorman Public Health Humanitarian Award in 2017 and earned her doctorate from Mailman School of Public Health.

Dr Eugene Richardson, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School Dr Richardson is a physician-anthropologist and an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He previously served as the clinical lead for Partners In Health’s Ebola response in Kono District, Sierra Leone, where he continues to conduct research on the social epidemiology of Ebola virus disease and COVID-19. He also worked as a clinical case management consultant for the WHO’s Ebola riposte in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. More recently, he was seconded to the Africa CDC to join their COVID-19 response. His overall focus is on biosocial approaches to epidemic disease prevention, containment, and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. As part of this effort, he is co-chair of the Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistributive Justice.


Dr Valérie Gorin, Senior Lecturer, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies Dr Valérie Gorinis is SNF Senior researcher at the University of Lausanne and Lecturer in History in the Unidistance programme. Her areas of research are related to the visual culture of humanitarianism, the history of communication and humanitarian action and the evolution and uses of photojournalism in modern times. She is currently doing research on virtual reality in humanitarian appeals, and on the link between citizen photojournalism, (eye)witnessing and advocacy strategies in humanitarian settings. More information about Dr Gorin is available here.

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