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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host "The Global Humanitarian Landscape" with Sir Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, October 30 in Washington, DC

“The Global Humanitarian Landscape” with Sir Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The event is presented by the Foreign Policy Institute as part of the Humanitarian Crises Speaker Series.
Sir Mark Lowcock will discuss the challenges facing the international humanitarian system in the world of increasing conflict, rising human displacement and growing funding needs. He will also outline the new strategies to address these challenges.
Sir Mark Lowcock
United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Maureen White
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute
Time and Date
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting "Media" on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Media Contact
Stephanie Papa
Program & Research Administrator
Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5911
[email protected]
About the Speaker
In May 2017, Mr. Mark Lowcock of the United Kingdom was appointed as the UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). With more than 30 years of humanitarian and development experience, Mr. Lowcock serves as the chief coordinator of the world’s humanitarian response in times of urgent crisis. In his most recent position as Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Development (DFID), Mr. Lowcock led the United Kingdom’s humanitarian response to conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Syria, and to natural disasters in Nepal and the Philippines. Prior to his leadership of DFID, Mr. Lowcock served as DFID’s Director General for Africa and Asia, coordinating its response to humanitarian emergencies in Haiti, Myanmar and Pakistan. He served previously as Director General for both Policy and Corporate Performance, and as Director of Finance. Having served for extended periods in Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and with a subsequent designation as a Qualified Accountant, Mr. Lowcock brings a personal and analytical approach to humanitarian challenges. His leadership of a large and complex public organization has provided critical experience for his work as the world’s chief humanitarian advocate. Mr. Lowcock holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of London and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from Oxford University.
About the Moderator
Maureen White is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She was appointed as Senior Advisor on Humanitarian Issues to Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke in the State Department's Office of the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan. She traveled extensively in both countries dealing with needs of people who were displaced as a result of conflict and natural disaster. She served in that post from 2009-2013. She is an expert on the refugee crisis in the Middle East. She serves on the boards of numerous organizations involved in international humanitarian issues, including the International Rescue Committee, National Democratic Institute, Center for Global Development, International Women’s Health Coalition and, in the past, Human Rights Watch and Refugees International. In the Clinton Administration, she represented the U.S. Government at the United Nations Children’s Fund from 1997-2001. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Institute and the Middle East Institute. In addition, she was National Finance Co-Chair of the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign in 2008 and served as National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2001-2006. Prior to that, she had a career in international economic research in New York (First Boston Corporation), London (Royal Institute for International Affairs), and Tokyo (Nomura Research Institute).
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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