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May 10 - Wednesday - 7 pm-8:30 pm
Somalia to Syria: Evolving Humanitarian Crises and the UN Response
At a time when the US may further slash funding for crucial humanitarian aid - please join UNA Brooklyn to hear UN veteran, Dr. David S. Bassiouni, about the plight in Syria and the United Nation's historic role protecting vulnerable populations.
We'll also explore actions you can take.
Co-sponsors include UNA's Young Professionals-Southern NY Division; Brooklyn for Peace; Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture; Delta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. & LIU's UN Graduate Certificate Program.
Where: Brooklyn Campus, Long Island University (1 University Plaza), Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Pratt Bldg 1st. floor
Dr. Bassiouni is the chairman and CEO of The Bassiouni Group, where he leads the company’s mission to empower global institutions and communities in the developing world through Sustainable Development, Strategic Public/Private Partnerships and Socially Responsible Investment. He is also adjunct professor on International Humanitarian Assistance for United Nations Graduate Certificate Program at Long Island University. A former government official/minister, diplomat and international development veteran, his track record encompasses a wide range of experiences.
Dr. Bassiouni served in the United Nations system for over twenty-five years, primarily working with UNICEF, DHA, OCHA and UNDGO and held several senior positions including deputy director for UNICEF’s Office for Emergency Programmes and chief of the Inter-Agency and Response Branches in DHA/OCHA. He also marked an important milestone in UN history by becoming the first-ever humanitarian coordinator and the only coordinator directly appointed by the secretary general and the Security Council. Dr. Bassiouni also served as the UNICEF representative in Somalia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Ethiopia, Israel/Palestine, Egypt and Bangladesh. Prior to his career in the UN, Dr. Bassiouni served in senior government positions, including regional minister of Agriculture in the Sudan. His experience includes Humanitarian Aid/Assistance, Complex Emergencies, Conflict/Crisis Resolution, Post- Conflict Reconstruction, Change Management, Sustainable Development, Agricultural & Natural Resources Management, and Veterinary Science/Medicine. Dr. Bassiouni is a graduate of Veterinary Medicine School of Khartoum University, Sudan, and he holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as a Parvin Fellowship from Princeton University. He sits on the boards of the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Foundation, International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, Global Humanitarian Forum and Mary N. Bassiouni Foundation.