Pioneering experts to speak at DIHAD

DUBAI - A pioneer group of experts and officials in the field of humanitarian aid are expected to take part at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Redevelopment Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) starting tomorrow at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.

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Published: Mon 5 Apr 2004, 11:47 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:55 PM

DIHAD is being organised under the patronage of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Foundation and Dubai Aid City, supported by Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporations, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dubai World Trade Centre. DIHAD exhibition will host around 450 exhibitors, humanitarian agencies and aid associations around the world. More than 7,000 participants are expected to attend this three-day conference ending on April 8.

On the first day, Brunson Mckinley, Director General, International Organisation for Migration will highlight the role of IQM in the Middle East while Abdul Rahman Al Sumait, CEO of DIRECTAID, Kuwait, will shed light on the humanitarian activities in the African Continent. The first day will also feature presentations by Khalifa Nasser, Chairman of UAE Red Crescent, John Powell, Deputy Executive Director of World Food Programme, Mir Asghar Husain, Director Division of Educational Policies and Strategies (UNESCO). The day will conclude with a paper by Dr William Tiga Tita, CEO of Global Management Consortium.

The sessions on the second day will focus on the complexity of refugees' issue as well as the role of local and international humanitarian aid organisations in the Middle East.

Speakers will include Shaikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Human Appeal International, UAE, Bend Eisenblatter, Managing Director of GTZ, Peter Hansen, Director-General of UNRWA, Anne Willem Bijleveld, Director of Communication and Information for UNHCR, John Stocker, Chief Charity Commissioner of United Kingdom, Sluieman Jasir Al Herbish, Director General Opec Fund for International Development and Karim Laouabdia, Director-General of Medicins Sans Frontiers as well as Professor Dr, Mohammed Al Tureiki, President of World Council on Disability and Rehabilitation and Fadi Riachi, Middle East Director of Creative Associates International.

On the last day of the event the sessions will be addressed by Swar Al Dahab, Former President of Islamic Dawa Organisation in Sudan, Alan Court, Robert Bellhouse, Executive Director of Resource Network who will present a paper entitled, "An Initiative of the World Economic Forum", in addition to Faisal Abdul Aziz Al Zamil, Executive Director of Islamic Development Bank and Ronald Kopicki, supply Chain Adviser of the World Bank.

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