Opening Session – Resetting the clock: Moving forward from the Millennium Development Goals towards a Post-2015 Development Agenda

0b344b5Bianca Jinga is a governance adviser on National defence and security with DFID’s Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department. She has recently completed a two year tour in Afghanistan as Deputy Head of the Governance Reform Group. Her previous assignments include inter-alia working as Political Adviser to the NATO Senior Civilian representative to Afghanistan (2010-12), Reporting Officer with the EU Integrated Rule of Law mission in Kosovo (EULEX) (2009-10) and Political Affairs Officer with the UN Mission in Kosovo (2007-2009). Previous expertise covers security sector reform in Eastern Europe and democratisation South Caucasus. Bianca is a graduate of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced international Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.

re-resizedHead shot - 320x488Jawed Nader is the Director of the British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG) and has extensive experience of working with both Afghan civil society and the Afghan Government.  Since 2002, he has been working on promoting civil society and good governance in Afghanistan.  He has worked as Programme Adviser and Director of the Afghanistan Land Authority in the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture (2009-2011), and as Advocacy Manager with the Afghan Civil Society Forum (2002-2006). He has represented Afghan civil society in many international conferences and has worked as a consultant with international agencies and educational institutions, including Heinrich Boll Stiftung, the University of York and Human Rights Watch. Jawed is from Ghazni, Afghanistan.  He holds a postgraduate degree in Public Policy from the University of Bristol and an undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Bangalore.

YayaDr. Bappah Habibu Yaya holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in International Studies from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He also successfully defended a Master of Science Degree (MSc) thesis and a PhD Dissertation in Political Science from the same University in 2008 and 2014 respectively. Bappah has published multiple articles and a book chapter, including “ECOWAS and the Promotion of Democratic Governance in West Africa” (2014); “The End of the Cold War and the Emergence of ECOWAS towards Supranationalism” (2014); “ECOWAS and the Challenges of Building a Community Citizenship in West Africa” (2013), and “Global Economic Crisis and its Impact on Africa’s Development” (2010).  For eight years, Bappah worked as academic staff in the Department of Political Science/International studies at the Ahmadu Bello University. He rose to the position of Lecturer from the rank of a Graduate Assistant. He is currently a Fellow with the African Leadership Centre at King’s College London.

Cheng-2014206x209Dr. Christine Cheng (Chair) is a Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She joined the department in 2012. Her research on post-conflict transitions sits at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, with a particular focus on extralegal groups, corruption in peace-building and women in politics. Dr. Cheng holds a DPhil from Oxford (Nuffield College) and an MPA from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School). Previously, she was the Bennett Boskey Fellow in Politics at Exeter College, University of Oxford.


Opening Remarks

Jelke-Boesten1Dr. Jelke Boesten is Senior Lecturer in Emerging Economies and International Development at King’s College London. She is interested in social policy and politics of development and emancipation in Andean Latin America. Her work seeks to contribute to debates over gender and sexuality from comparative perspectives that foreground the complex ways in which targeted gender policy in developing countries challenges or reinforces gendered and sexualised configurations of power. Dr. Boesten previously taught at the University of Leeds and held a research fellowship at the University of Bradford. She holds a PhD in Gender and Latin American Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

Opening Keynote
The Future We Want: Targeting fragility and conflict to ensure a successful fight against poverty, hunger and inequality

sarahbeechingSarah Beeching is the Executive Director of the Oshun Partnership, a boutique consultancy that takes innovative approaches to unique challenges at the global scale. An economist, strategist, and operational policy maker, Sarah has a strong overview of current priorities and debates in international development, Post 2015 and human rights issues. With over fifteen years experience in the UK Government, non-profit sector, international organisations and academia, Sarah is known for effective campaign and advocacy strategies, engaging Heads of State and ministers to deliver effective results and innovative international development solutions, particularly in nutrition, education, health, human rights and conflict affected environments. Sarah has led on international policy negotiations including: Nutrition for Growth Summit, G20 London Summit, Every Woman, Every Child, G8 and peace negotiations.  Her portfolio also includes working on private sector engagement, including innovative finance solutions.   She has worked for: DFID, Cabinet Office, World Bank, Global Partnership for Education, EC, CIFF, Save the Children, London Business School and Chatham House, among others. Sarah has worked in over 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and CEE and speaks fluent English and French.

Panel 1 – Health Under Fire: The difficulties of building health care in conflict zones

John-Seaman-215x143Dr. John Seaman OBE is Co-Founder and Director of Research at Evidence for Development and has been a leading practitioner in international development, conducting operational research in disasters and emergencies as well as in the economics of poverty, throughout his career. John is the creator of the analytical approaches and models underpinning Evidence for Development’s work. In 1992 he initiated work on the household economy approach, a ground-breaking methodology for famine prediction and vulnerability assessment. From 1979–1997 John was Head of Policy Development at Save the Children UK, during which time his professional responsibilities and interests were in household economy, food and nutrition, and the economic aspects of health policy. From 1998 to 2004 he was Research Director of the Food Security and Livelihoods Unit at Save the Children UK.

Richard-Sullivan149x224Professor Richard Sullivan is Director of the Institute of Cancer Policy and King’s Health Partners Integrated Cancer Centre global health work. He also teaches on the conflict and security module of the Global Health iBSc and is the cancer lead for the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership. His research programmes extend from the public policy of global cancer, to the development of care and research systems in emerging economies and the development of public health systems, particularly NCDs, in high-risk conflict areas focusing on DR Congo, Afghanistan & Libya. Professor Sullivan is a Visiting Professor (Faculty of Medicine) at Universidad Catolica, Santiago de Chile, Washington University and a senior fellow at the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon.

andrehellerperacheAndré Heller Pérache, Head of the Programmes at Médecins sans Frontières, has worked for MSF in Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Haiti, South Sudan and Syria. Andre was a member of MSF USA’s Board of Directors while attaining his MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics. He has led the UK Programmes unit since late 2013.

PATEL152x217Dr. Preeti Patel (Chair) has been a Lecturer in Global Health & Security in the Department of War Studies since 2008. Her many interests include health systems in conflict-affected countries and health, security and state-building in fragile states. She is a member of the Global Health Advisory Board and the Conflict and Health Research Group at KCL. Prior to joining King’s College, Dr. Patel worked as a Lecturer in Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She has a PhD in Political Science (The Politics of Health in Kenya, 1989-2000) from the University of London, a MA in International Relations and a BSc in Economics.

Panel 2 – The Foundation of Development: Implementing education in areas of armed conflict

36David Bull joined the United Nations Children’s Fund as Executive Director of the UK Committee in September 1999. Since then UNICEF UK’s voluntary income has more than tripled and the charity has positioned itself as an advocate for the world’s children through a series of campaigns focusing on maternal health, poverty, conflict, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. Recent initiatives include the children’s parallel G8 summit, the Rights Respecting School Award programme and advocacy for Child Wellbeing in the UK. Since joining UNICEF UK, Mr. Bull has visited development and emergency programmes in many countries, including Sudan (Darfur), Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Iran, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Bosnia, Kosovo, Laos, Cambodia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Jordan, Egypt, the Philippines and Somalia.

Rob-WilliamsRob Williams OBE is the CEO of War Child UK, a charity dedicated to supporting children affected by conflict. War Child promotes child protection, education and livelihoods in a range of countries affected by war including Afghanistan, Iraq and The Democratic Republic of Congo, helping children who have been abused, abducted, displaced or marginalised by conflict.

tejendra-featureDr. Tejendra Pherali is a Senior Lecturer in the Education and International Development at University College London’s Institute of Education. His research, teaching and consultancy focus mainly on interactions between education and conflict and post-conflict peacebuilding in fragile environments. He is broadly interested in critical debates on international development with a particular focus on education in emergencies, post-conflict educational reforms, the role of education in peacebuilding, political movements and social change, political economy of education and critical pedagogies. Dr. Pherali’s regions of interest include South Asia (Nepal, India and Pakistan) and South-East Asia (Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand). He is also the Coordinator for Network for Research in Education, Conflict and Emergencies and convenes the annual Education in Conflict and Emergencies seminar series.

mitton185x236Dr. Kieran Mitton (Chair) joined the department in 2012 as Lecturer in International Relations, after completing his MA, MRes and PhD within the Department of War Studies. From 2007 he worked as a Research Fellow in the KCL Conflict Security and Development Research Group, conducting extensive fieldwork in Sierra Leone for a study of reintegration. He also worked with a range of research and development organisations, including the International Policy Institute, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the United Nations Development Programme, and various risk intelligence consultancies. Dr. Mitton’s current research examines the causes and shaping dynamics of extreme violence during conflict, with a particular focus upon the role of emotions and psychology at both individual and group level. He is also interested in the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) of combatants; post-conflict justice and reconciliation processes; narcotics trafficking in West Africa; and maritime security in West Africa.

Panel 3 – Blue Gold: Impending threats to water security and development

Mika_Mered_ylmdyuMikå Mered is a political analyst primarily interested in scenario planning applied to geopolitics and geoeconomics with 9 years of experience in the field of political analysis. Since 2012, he has been dedicated to Polar risk analysis, primarily focusing on Greenland, Iceland, Nunavut and the Antarctic. As Managing Partner at the POLARISK Group, Mr. Mered has brought together more than 60 Polar specialists of diverse backgrounds and interests to form a unique Polar analysis capability in the field of political risk and macroeconomic perspectives consulting. Mr. Mered is also co-founder of the French Polar Cluster, France’s first network for Polar researchers, businesses, hackers and officials, leads the Arctic-Antarctic policy research group at the Paris-based Institut Prospective & Sécurité en Europe (IPSE) and serves on the advisory boards of Modern Diplomacy, the first mainstream international affairs magazine with a specific “Polar Regions” section.

Marwa-DaoudyDr. Marwa Daoudy is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her research and teaching focus on international and regional security, international relations, the environment, and Middle East politics. In 2005, she published a book is entitled ‘The Water Divide between Syria, Turkey and Iraq: Negotiation, Security and Power Asymmetry’ (CNRS Editions). She is currently working on two major research projects. One is a new book project on Water Security, and the other examines Syria’s new international relations after the Uprisings. In parallel to her academic work, she has collaborated as policy advisor and consultant for government agencies, non-governmental and multilateral organisations, and the private sector.

Mark ZeitounDr. Mark Zeitoun is Founder of the UEA Water Security Research Centre, and Reader at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. His research on environmental policy and politics follows three themes: a) transboundary water conflict and cooperation, at international, sub-national and trans-national levels; b) water policy and social justice issues; and c) urban water supply and treatment during and immediately following armed conflict. This stems from his work as a humanitarian-aid water engineer and advisor on water security policy, hydro-diplomacy, and transboundary water negotiations in conflict and post-conflict zones throughout Africa and the Middle East.

daanishmustafaDr. Daanish Mustafa (Chair) obtained his BA in Geography from Middlebury College in Vermont, USA. He worked for two years in Pakistan for the non-profit sector on donor funded social development and environmental preservation projects. He subsequently obtained his MA in Geography from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 1995 and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA in 2000. He was a visiting assistant professor of geography at George Mason University, and then an assistant professor of Geography, at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, before joining the Department of Geography at King’s College, London in 2006.

Panel 4 – A Complex Partnership: The role of the security sector in delivering humanitarian aid

BryceHannahHannah Bryce is the manager of the International Security Department at Chatham House. Prior to this appointment Hannah spent several years working overseas in the humanitarian sector, with a particular focus on humanitarian mine action. Hannah managed demining programmes in Sudan, South Sudan and Vietnam, including manual demining teams, explosive ordnance disposal teams, and mine risk education teams. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the London School of Economics and a Master of Studies in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

DJBipPicDavid Jones is the Chief Executive of Rescue Global, an international NGO specialising in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response. David has spent his career in the private, uniformed and civilian emergency services sectors, specialising in operational command, control and instruction. He is a multi-disciplinarian and qualified instructor in strategic emergency and disaster risk reduction and response, incident command, multi-agency command support, search and rescue operations and contingency planning. David is on the Leadership Council of the United Nations (UN) Foundation, Humanitarian Awards, and the Editorial Panel of the Crisis Response Journal. He is an advisor in the fields of Disaster Risk Reduction and Response at nation state level, as well as project lead on disaster management development projects for the governments of the USA, India and the Philippines. David is also one of the co-founders of Rescue Global.

charlesstyleVice Admiral Charles Style CBE is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Vice Admiral Style works on his own account in the area of leadership development, helping organisations – both UK national and international – to develop sound strategies and to make the most of a fast changing world. In addition to his KCL research fellowship, he is an Executive in Residence at Manchester Business School, a member of the UK Advisory Board of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and a Younger Brother of Trinity House. In March 2012 he left public service after 37 years, having served for four years as the Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies in Belgrave Square London. His prior working life was Royal Naval. His sea commands included five ships culminating with the aircraft carrier and fleet flagship HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, the UK Maritime Force, and the maritime element of the NATO Response Force. As Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Commitments) in the Ministry of Defence, he was Director of UK Military Operations, and ran the Defence Crisis Management Organisation. He was appointed CBE in 2002.

Anders193x290Dr. Birthe Anders (Chair) is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her research interests include private military and security companies (PMSCs), contemporary civil-military relations, non-state actors under international humanitarian law, and NGOs and NGO approaches to security. Dr. Anders holds a Diploma in Political Science, Law and Peace and Conflict Studies from Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany) and a PhD from the Department of War Studies, where she co-founded the Private Military and Security Research Group.

Closing Keynote Address

dan_smithDan Smith has been the Secretary General of International Alert since 2003. Having graduated in 1973 from Cambridge University where he read English Literature, Dan’s work on peace issues started when he began research on UK defence policies in 1976. Prior to joining Alert Dan held a number of senior positions, most notably as Director of the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo from 1993 to 2001. He also held fellowships at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Hellenic Foundation for Foreign and European Policy (ELIAMEP), and was for over a decade the Chair of theInstitute for War and Peace Reporting.

Dan is a prolific author and since arriving at Alert he has continued to publish widely. All told he has authored, co-authored and edited sixteen books including successive editions of The Atlas of War and Peace. Responsible for over 100 journal articles and chapters in anthologies he is also regularly invited to advise governments and international organisations on policies and structures for peacebuilding, including through his membership of the Advisory Group for the UN Peacebuilding Fund, of which he was Chair until 2011. At Alert he produced the path breaking A Climate of Conflict (2007) report on the links between climate change, peace and war and continues to lead the organisation’s advocacy on a range of issues critical to the reduction of conflict and building of peace. Dan is also Professor of Peace and Conflict at the University of Manchester, attached to the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute. He was awarded the OBE in 2002 and blogs on international politics at