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  • International Conference on

    Social Protection in contexts of

    Fragility & Forced Displacement Brussels

    28-29 September, 2017

    Speakers’ Biographies

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    Francesca Bastagli is Head of the Social Protection and Social Policy

    Programme at ODI. She specialises in research and advisory work on the

    design, implementation and evaluation of social policy, with a focus on social

    protection policies and their poverty, inequality and employment outcomes.

    Her most recent research is on the distributional impact of taxes and

    transfers, targeting and conditionality in cash transfers, the employment

    trajectories and wages of women with children. She has extensive experience

    in the monitoring and evaluation of social assistance programmes and on

    social protection system development, including in the context of crises and

    shocks. She holds a PhD and MSc in Social Policy from the London School of

    Economics and a Laurea in Economics from Bocconi University.


    Sheree Bennett currently serves as a Technical Advisor within the Research,

    Evaluation and Learning Unit at the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

    She is a part of the Evidence to Action team and leads the organization’s

    strategy for increasing the use of evidence in programmatic and policy

    decisions within the organization and the broader humanitarian sector. She

    also supports the IRC’s Client Voice and Choice Initiative, which seeks to

    improve the organization’s responsiveness to the preferences, needs,

    desires and expectations of the populations the IRC serves. In her previous

    role at the IRC, she worked with academic experts to design and manage

    impact evaluations for governance programs in countries such as the

    Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Zimbabwe. Ms. Bennet’s

    background is in comparative politics, empirical methods and social psychology. She holds degrees from Yale



    Ms Sandie Blanchet was appointed as Director of the UNICEF Office for

    Partnership with the EU, in Brussels, in July 2017. Ms. Blanchet comes with

    23 years of experience with UNICEF and other UN agencies. In her previous

    position, as the UNICEF Representative in Romania, she led the

    implementation of the partnership agreement with authorities to accelerate

    the universal realization of child rights in the country between 2012 and

    2017. From 20008 to 2012, she worked as Deputy Representative in UNICEF

    Moldova, focusing on education and child protection reforms for the most

    vulnerable children. Earlier, she was the Knowledge and Communication

    Manager in UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen, where she improved

    communication and knowledge management on the procurement of

    essential supplies for children inside and outside the Organization. Between

    1996 and 2002, Ms. Blanchet contributed to UNICEF's advocacy on child rights and partnerships with the media

    first in Vietnam, and then in India. She graduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Aix-en-Provence), and

    has a MA in international law from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International Studies.

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    Dr. Joanne Bosworth is UNICEF’s Regional Advisor on Social Policy for

    Europe and Central Asia, covering 21 countries with a focus on child

    poverty, social protection and public financial management for

    children. She has over twenty years’ experience working on poverty,

    economic and social rights in diverse contexts in Europe and Africa,

    including support to the development of social protection for children

    in Kenya and Uganda. She has wide experience in research, evaluation,

    policy engagement and programme management in the field of social

    policy and social protection including social development in the context

    of decentralization. She has contributed to numerous publications on

    social protection and child poverty, including the “Social Monitor 2015:

    Social protection for Child Rights and Wellbeing in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia”

    and “From Evidence to Action: The Story of Cash Transfers and Impact Evaluation in Sub Saharan Africa”.


    Professor Tilman Brück is the Founder and Director of ISDC - International

    Security and Research Center in Berlin and Team Leader of Development

    Economics at IGZ – Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops,

    Germany. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the „Households

    in Conflict Network” (HiCN). Professor Brück's research interests focus on

    the economics of household behaviour and well-being in conflict-affected

    and fragile economies, including the measurement of violence and conflict

    in household surveys and the impact evaluation of peace-building programs

    in conflict-affected areas and of humanitarian assistance. He was previously

    Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and

    Professor of Development Economics at Humboldt-University of Berlin. He obtained his doctorate in

    economics from the University of Oxford.


    Dominique Burgeon, a national of Belgium, holds an M.Sc. Diploma in

    Agricultural Engineering from the State University of Gembloux, Belgium

    and a post-graduate degree in International Relations and European

    Integration from the State University of Liège, Faculty of Law, Belgium. He

    has over 20 years of professional experience with FAO in various functions

    in the field and in headquarters. In July 2011, he was appointed as

    FAO Representative in Bangladesh, overseeing one of the largest country

    programmes of the Organization putting in practice the concepts of

    disaster risk management for food and nutrition security. In November

    2012, he was appointed Director of FAO’s Emergency and Rehabilitation

    Division. Mr Burgeon also leads the FAO Corporate work on Increasing the

    resilience of agriculture-based livelihoods to threats and crises.

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    Jonathan is the WFP Deputy Country Director in Turkey where he oversees

    the operations assisting Syrian and other refugees. He supervises the

    programme and monitoring units as well as the area offices ensuring WFP

    coverage across Turkey.

    A long-term WFP staff member, Jonathan has worked predominantly in

    emergencies, serving with WFP in various positions before coming to

    Turkey including as Emergency Coordinator for the Syrian response in

    Jordan, regional emergencies office for the MENA region during the Arab

    Spring and head of programme for the tsunami response in Sri Lanka.

    Before WFP, Jonathan worked for NGOs in DR Congo and Kosovo.


    Ted Chaiban was appointed as Director of Programmes for UNICEF in August

    2014. Working for UNICEF, he has been Director of Emergency Programmes,

    Representative in Ethiopia, Sudan and Sri Lanka, Regional Emergency

    Advisor for the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office and Deputy

    Chief of Operations for the Operation Lifeline Sudan consortium based in

    Nairobi. Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. Chaiban was Country Representative

    for Catholic Relief Services in Haiti, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan. He also

    worked as a Programme Manager focusing on food security and child

    survival. Mr. Chaiban is a national of both the United States of America and

    Lebanon. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Political Science from Tufts University and a

    Master of Arts Degree in Development and Arab Studies from Georgetown University, USA.


    Mr. Joseph Chege is a food security specialist with USAID East Africa mission.

    He possesses extensive experience in the formulation and implementation

    of emergency food security programmes. He has 7 years’ experience in cash

    transfer programmes in fragile context having previously worked in different

    capacities for International NGOs implementing food security programmes

    in Somalia. In the last one year, Joseph has been instrumental in the design

    and implementation of large scale cash transfer programme funded by

    USAID FFP to prevent famine in Somalia. He holds a Master’s degree in

    Project management from University of Nairobi and Bachelor degree in food

    and nutrition from Egerton University. He is a certified monitoring and evaluation professional.

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    Deputy Minister for European Integration, Ministry of Social Policy of

    Ukraine (since September 2017). Responsible for child protection, social

    services and international relations portfolio. Social policy officer, UNICEF

    Ukraine (2014 - 2017). Responsible for child poverty, social protection and

    public finance for children programmes. Head of Financial Policy

    Department, Institute for Budgetary and Socio-Economic Research (2011-

    2014). Lead the design and imple


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