CBi Annual Event 2018

Connecting Business initiative Secretariat • 2 February 2018
Event date 6 Feb 09:00 - 17:30
Event location Geneve International Conference Centre • Rue de Varembé 17, Geneva, 1211, Switzerland

8:00 – 9:00

Registration

Event Moderator: Mr. David Young, Managing Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Session 1: Expanding Opportunities for Private Sector Engagement

9:00 – 9:10

Official Welcome

In the report on enhancing cooperation, the UN Secretary-General called for an increased focus on multi-stakeholder partnerships. This session will highlight the role of the private sector in disaster management and new innovative ways for the humanitarian system to engage with businesses.

  • Mr. Marcos Neto, Director, Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development, UNDP

9:10 – 9:30

Opening Dialogue

In this session, the speakers will reflect on the reasons why the private sector is in fact taking a more active role in disaster management, supporting global, regional and local actors.

  • Ms. Morika Hunter, Chair, Fiji Business Resilience Council
  • Mr. Hans-Peter Teufers, Director, International Humanitarian Supply Chain, The UPS Foundation

9:30 – 10:30

Collective Private Sector Action through CBi

The Connecting Business initiative (CBi) is transforming the way the private sector engages before, during and after crises. Through a conversation between the CBi Secretariat and its Member Networks, this session will highlight the work of the initiative on the global and local levels.

  • Mr. Jagan Chapagain, Under-Secretary General for Programmes and Operations, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Mr. René “Butch” Meily, President, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation
  • Mr. Rudolf Müller, Interim Functional Lead, Coordination Division, OCHA Geneva
  • Ms. Alisi Tuga, Chief Executive Officer (Acting), Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization
  • Moderator: Ms. Marina Skuric-Prodanovic, Officer in Charge, System-wide Approaches and Practices Section, OCHA

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

Session 2: Role of the Private Sector in Preparedness

11:00 – 11:10

Firestarter Remarks

  • Ms. Kathryn Taetzsch, Global Director, Humanitarian Partnerships & Cash Based Programming, World Vision / HPPP East Africa

11:10 – 12:30

Interactive Forum followed by a Discussion with the Audience

Increasing investments in emergency preparedness are critical to effectively and efficiently respond to humanitarian crises in the future. During this session, the participants will discuss the role of the private sector in collective and coordinated preparedness efforts.

  • Mr. Arda Batu, Secretary General, ‎TURKONFED - Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation
  • Mr. Manuel Bessler, Ambassador, Vice-Director, Delegate for Humanitarian Aid and Head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA)
  • Mr. Faisal Djalal, Chairperson, Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management
  • Mr. Paul Musser, Senior Vice President, Humanitarian and Development Services, Mastercard
  • Ms. Kathryn Taetzsch, Global Director, Humanitarian Partnerships & Cash Based Programming, World Vision / HPPP East Africa
  • Moderator: Ms. Tiina Mylly, CBi Secretariat

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch

Session 3: Role of the Private Sector in Response and Recovery

14:00 – 14:10

Firestarter Remarks

  • Mr. Firzan Hashim, Country Director, Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Sri Lanka

14:10 – 15:30

Interactive Forum followed by a Discussion with the Audience

Disasters have a major impact on the private sector, but companies can also play an important role in response and recovery. This session will discuss why and how the private sector can resume operations and ensure that vital goods and services are available to affected communities as quickly as possible.

  • Ms. Catherine Gill, Humanitarian Counsellor at Australia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva
  • Mr. Firzan Hashim, Country Director,Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Sri Lanka
  • Ms. Isabelle Salabert, President, Madagascar Private Sector Humanitarian Platform
  • Mr. Oisin Walton, Instant Network Roll-out Manager, Vodafone Foundation
  • Moderator: Ms. Tiina Turunen, CBi Secretariat

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

Session 4: Innovative Approaches to Disaster Management

16:00 – 16:10

Firestarter Remarks

  • Mr. René “Butch” Meily, President, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation

16:10 – 17:15

Interactive Forum followed by a Discussion with the Audience

More could be done to unleash the full potential of the private sector role in disaster management. This session will explore the technological know-how and innovative solutions that the private sector can contribute to the humanitarian system.

 

  • Ms. Sinikka Antila, Ambassador; Senior Adviser, Trade and Development, Finland
  • Mr. Olivier Delarue, Chief Executive Officer, Global Humanitarian Lab
  • Mr. Vidar Ellingsen, Manager of the Norwegian Emergency Preparedness System, Innovation Norway
  • Mr. Luis Gomez, President, Centro Nacional de Apoyo para Contingencias Epidemiológicas y Desastres CENACED, Mexico
  • Mr. René “Butch” Meily, President, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation
  • Moderator: Mr. Sahba Sobhani, Global Policy Advisor, UNDP

17:15 – 17:30

Closing

  • Mr. David Young, Managing Partner, Boston Consulting Group

17:30

Annual Event Ends

Photo: Viktar Palstsiuk