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New speakers and agenda announced for Start for Change 2015

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Start for Change 2015: building new humanitarian solutions together is less than two weeks away! With the Start Network's Annual Conference on 20 May fast approaching, we are delighted to announce our agenda for the day and an initial line up of exciting speakers. Please check back soon for more announcements in the lead up to the day.


09.30 - 10.15 Session 1: Welcome and framing the dayFacilitator: Halina Ward
  • Welcome from Sean Lowrie, Director, Start Network
  • Introduction to the day, Halina Ward, Start for Change 2015 Facilitator
  • Update on Start’s activities during 2015, Start Team
  • Table-based exercise



10.15 - 11.15 Session 2: What do we know about how the humanitarian system needs to change?Chair: David Alexander, ActionAid
  • A paradigm shift for the humanitarian system, Randolph Kent, Honorary President, Start Network
  • An East-meets-West perspective, Mehmet Güllüoğlu, Turkish Red Crescent
  • A private sector perspective, Clare Bebbington, Petrofac
  • An innovation perspective, Giulio Quaggiotto, NESTA
  • A local NGO perspective, Ahmed Ibrahim, ALDEF



11.15 - 11.45 MID-MORNING BREAK
11.45 - 12.15 Comments and questions (cont’d…)
12.15 - 13.30  Session 3: Humanitarian leadership reflections & wider learnings on changeChair: Lola Gostelow, Start Network Trustee 
  • Jan Egeland, Norwegian Refugee Council (via video message)
  • Allan A. Calma, Community World Service Asia
  • Gaurav Ray, Plan International
  • Richard Miller, ActionAid
  • Young change agents in Sierra Leone (video) with Ed Francis, Restless Development
  • Aleema Shivji, Handicap International



13.30 - 14.30 LUNCH

Session 4: Challenging the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS)Facilitator: Halina Ward 


14.30 - 14.50 ‘Futures’ table exercise
15.00 - 16.00 Start Network’s contribution to the World Humanitarian Summit
  • Vision for the negotiations, Jemilah Mahmood, WHS (via video message)
  • State of the negotiations & presentation of the Start Network’s statement to WHS
  • Open discussion on the advance document




16.00 - 16.20 TEA/COFFEE BREAK
16.20 - 16.45 WHS discussion continues…
16.45 - 17.30 Session 5: Closing provocationsChair: Paul Smith Lomas, Start Network Chair
  • Doug Miller, Globescan
  • Dr Lynette Nusbacher, Nusbacher Associates (to be confirmed)


17.30 Thank you and close



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