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Françoise Duroch

Holder of a doctorate in educational sciences and a master’s degree in history, law and human rights, Françoise Duroch has worked for the past ten years as an expert in gender-based violence. She has worked for several agencies in the field – Caritas, Handicap International and MSF – and is currently the head of the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) of MSF Switzerland. She was also a lecturer in a master’s course at the University of Geneva and a consultant for various international organizations.

Caroline Abu-Sada

Caroline Abu-Sada is the holder of a doctorate in political science and international relations from Sciences Po Paris. She has held several positions in the field, notably in the Middle East, for Oxfam GB, the United Nations and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Switzerland. She is the author of ONG palestiniennes et construction étatique: L’expérience de Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) dans les Territoires occupés palestiniens, 1983-2005 (2007, Beyrouth: IFPO), Dans l’œil des autres: Perception de l'action humanitaire et de MSF (2011, Lausanne: Ed. Antipodes), Le développement, une affaire d'ONG? Associations, Etats et Bailleurs dans le monde arabe (2011, Paris: Karthala-IREMAM-IFPO), Dilemmas, Challenges, and Ethics of Humanitarian Action: Reflections on Médecins Sans Frontières' Perception Project (2012, Montréal: McGill Queen’s University Press, Médecins Sans Frontières), as well as numerous articles, reports, and chapters on humanitarian action, NGOs, and the Middle East. Since 2010, she has represented MSF at the Steering Committee of the Centre for Studies and Research on Humanitarian Action (CERAH) in Geneva and is currently Honorary Lecturer at the Humanitarian and Conflict Research Institute (HCRI) of the University of Manchester.

Philippe Calain

Philippe Calain is a medical doctor specialized in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. He also holds a doctorate in biology (virology). He has worked in Rwanda, Afghanistan and Laos and is currently a senior researcher at the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) of MSF Switzerland. His research focuses on humanitarian medicine, public health ethics, governance of global health, public health surveillance systems, preparedness to pandemics and development theories.

Marc Poncin

Marc Poncin is a doctor in Molecular Biophysics. After a short research career in the field of structural biology, he joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 1995. During his extensive field experience, he worked as a Head of Mission and an Emergency Coordinator, mainly in Africa (DRC, Angola, Sudan, Guinea,...) during conflicts or medical crises. He also worked as Deputy General Director and Head of Programs in the Swiss branch of MSF for 8 years. He recently came back from Guinea, where he coordinated the MSF response to the Ebola crisis for 8 months in 2014. Today, he is a researcher at the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH).

James Smith

James Smith is trained as a medical doctor and holds a Masters in Global Health and Development from University College London. Before joining UREPH, James completed a junior research fellowship with the Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and held a number of voluntary positions with MSF UK. He has authored a variety of articles on evidence-based humanitarian response, migration and health, and global health security.