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Working for Development and Humanitarian Organisations

Date:
Monday 30 November 2020
Time:
6.00pm - 7.30pm
Venue:
Online via Zoom

Join us for an interactive discussion on what it is like to work for a development or humanitarian organisation in the UK and internationally.

Representing a wide variety of organisations and job roles, our panellists will discuss a typical day at work, aspects of their jobs that they find rewarding, as well as those that they find challenging. Panellists will also offer advice to anyone who is interested in following in a similar career path.

Confirmed speakers

  • Dr Paul Fean - Global Roving Youth Advisor, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
  • Megan Kinsey - Reading and Education in Conflict or Crisis Advisor, Creative Associates International
  • Ali Al Agri - Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF (Yemen)
  • Hannah-May Wilson - Associate Director, Strategy and Partnerships, Education Partnerships Group
  • François Sennesael - Humanitarian Affairs Advisor, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF)
  • George Harris - Youth Worker Migration, working with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children

Speaker biographies

Paul Fean – Global Roving Youth Advisor with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Paul Fean provides strategic guidance and technical support to NRC country offices to develop youth education and training programmes. Paul has over 17 years’ experience of designing and implementing youth development initiatives in the Middle East and Africa, including large scale humanitarian youth programming. Prior to joining NRC, Paul completed a PhD at the University of Sussex on action research for the professional development of youth education teachers in Sudan.

Hannah-May Wilson – Associate Director at the Education Partnerships Group (EPG)

Hannah-May is an Associate Director at the Education Partnerships Group (EPG) and has been based in Nairobi, Kenya for over a decade. At EPG, Hannah-May oversees strategic initiatives to support governments in low- and middle-income countries to design and implement contextually relevant, evidence-based and results-focused education policy. Prior to joining EPG, Hannah-May worked as a consultant for the Global Partnership for Education in the Education Policy and Performance Team, and played a leadership role in establishing the People's Action for Learning (PAL) Network. Hannah-May started her career as a Policy Analyst in the government of Ontario’s Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. 

Megan Kinsey - Reading and Education in Conflict or Crisis Advisor at Creative Associates International

Having started out as a teacher in Cambodia, China and Colombia, Megan moved into international development to work in project-based roles, working as an Education Advisor across a variety of organisations including Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS), Cambridge Education, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Creative Associates International in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Uganda. Currently, she is working as Reading and Education in Conflict or Crisis Advisor on a programme for out-of-school children and youth in Somalia.

Ali Al Agri - Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF (Yemen)

Ali Al-Agri has over 13 years of experience in development and humanitarian work. His experience includes programming and supporting programmes and policies that enhance quality education, with a particular focus on inclusion, social protection, cohesion, youth and women empowerment, gender mainstreaming, and education in emergencies. Amongst others, he holds an MA in Education, Gender and International Development from the University of London and an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University.

François Sennesael - Humanitarian Affairs Advisor, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and doctoral researcher at the African Studies Centre (Oxford University)

After graduating from UCLouvain (International Affairs), Francois Sennesael worked at the Embassy of Belgium in Uganda and South Sudan, before working as a humanitarian worker in South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo with ALIMA and Médecins Sans Frontières. He is currently doing a Phd at the Department of Politics of the University of Oxford. 

George Harris - Youth Worker Migration, working with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children

George is an alumnus of St Mary’s university where he read a masters in Education, Culture and Society. During his studies he explored education through humanitarian and social policy and practice. George possesses an interest and passion in Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC), identity development and marginalised children. These interests have lead him to work alongside such groups through his own research and professional roles as a youth migration worker and civil servant.

 

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Date:
Monday 30 November 2020
Time:
6.00pm - 7.30pm
Venue:
Online via Zoom

Find out more

For more information about this event please contact Dr Line Kuppens (Postdoctoral Researcher - Education):
Email: line.kuppens@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel:

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