BCCIC partnered with the University of the Fraser Valley to host a hybrid event to learn from humanitarian organizations responding to conflicts in war-torn regions of the world.

The event aimed to raise awareness and foster a deeper understanding of the complexities of armed conflict, the dire need for action, and the tireless efforts of humanitarian organizations.

The recording is now available! 

Opening Remarks By:

Adetoun, BCCIC's lead on policy, smiling

Adetoun Ilumoka, Program Officer – Lead on Policy, Social Movements and Knowledge Exchange at BCCIC

Adetoun Ilumoka was born and raised in Nigeria and has campaigned actively for social justice since she was 19 years old, focusing on decolonisation in Africa, women’s health and human rights.

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Dr. Geetanjali Gill, Assistant Professor and Program Chair, Global Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley

Dr. Geetanjali Gill has carried out academic studies in Development Studies at the University of Toronto, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), and University of Sussex (UK).
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Matthieu Kimmell, Director for Humanitarian Policy, Global Affairs Canada

Matthieu Kimmell joined Global Affairs Canada in 2010 and has served overseas in Islamabad, Accra and Dakar, and at headquarters where he worked to advance nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.


Ahseea Ahmed, Global Protection Expert

Ahseea Ahmed is a protection expert interested in the intersection of power, politics, justice and humanitarian aid. She has 14 years of experience working globally with NGOs, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations to protect the rights of civilians during, and post-conflict. 

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Ghinwa Monzer, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, Right to Play Lebanon

Ms. Ghinwa Monzer is a professional in monitoring, evaluation, and research, holding a master’s degree in public health with a focus on Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the American University of Beirut. 
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Mr. Mohammad Lawah, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Assistant, Right to Play Lebanon

Mr. Mohammad Lawah is a dedicated professional in monitoring, evaluation, and research with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and History. With five transformative years of experience in conflict resolution and peace building in Tripoli, Lebanon, Mohammad discovered his passion for research.

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William Kolong Pioth, Managing Director of Pan Aweil Development Agency

Mr. William Kolong Pioth is a resilient leader and Managing Director of Pan Aweil Development Agency (PADA). Born at Ayat payam, Aweil West country, Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, he overcame the challenges of being a “Lost Boy of Sudan,” finding refuge in Ethiopia and later emerging as a leader in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.

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Dr. Lauryn Oates, Executive Director of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan 

Dr. Lauryn Oates advocates for equitable access to quality education in conflict zones, for the universalism of human rights, and works to realize the transformative power of educated women and girls. 

This event was carried out as part of BCCIC’s International Development Week programming. Global Affairs Canada contributed funding to support this initiative.

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