Failure to respond: the challenges of today's humanitarian action in violent environments
Jérôme Oberreit - Secretary General, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International
Sara Pantuliano - Head, Humanitarian Policy Group
The second Humanitarian Policy Group annual lecture will be delivered by Jérôme Oberreit, the Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Mr Oberreit will speak to the topic: "Failure to respond: the challenges of today's humanitarian action in violent environments", focusing on MSF's experience of operating in Syria and the Central African Republic.
Jérôme Oberreit has been Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since September 2012. The Secretary General directs the offices of MSF International. Jérôme joined MSF in 1994, and has worked in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Occupied Palestinian Territory. In 2001, he began working in programme management at MFS's operational directorate in Brussels, becomming director of operations in 2006. Jérôme has developed particular expertise in working in conflict settings, and in managing HIV programmes. He has degrees from London University and California State University.
The Humanitarian Policy Group annual lecture is delivered by a senior figure in the humanitarian sector on a leading issue. In 2012, the inaugural HPG annual lecture was delivered by Yves Daccord, the Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The lecture examined the changing international humanitarian landscape and ICRC's adapting role in providing humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence.