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Wednesday, March 22 • 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Afternoon Breakout 2 – Operationalizing the Humanitarian and Crisis Connectivity Charters FILLING

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The satellite industry’s Crisis Connectivity Charter and the mobile industry’s Humanitarian Connectivity Charter are sets of commitments from private sector signatories to enhance connectivity in times of crisis, facilitating communications between and across all those responding to humanitarian emergencies, including affected communities. What does it take to consolidate the industry around specific and predictable deliverables to support humanitarians in their operations, and how can these industry-led charters be activated?

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Alpha Bah

Chief – Emergency Telecommunications Cluster and IT Emergency Coordination, World Food Programme (WFP)
Alpha Bah is the Chief of IT Emergency Preparedness and Response and Global ETC Branch at the World Food Programme (WFP). He oversees the coordination and provision of live-saving ICT emergency services to support WFP’s operations and that of the humanitarian response community... Read More →

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Simon Gray

Vice President of Humanitarian Affairs, Eutelsat
Simon Gray is the Vice President of Humanitarian Affairs for Eutelsat and he is also a member of the ITU Advisory board for developing disaster comms strategy world-wide. He has been elected by the other 8 satellite fleet operators to coordinate the Satellite charter with the UN for... Read More →
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David Hartshorn

Secretary General, Global VSAT Forum
David Hartshorn has more than 25 years of experience in the satellite communications industry. He serves as Secretary General of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF), the non-profit international association of the satellite communications industry. GVF includes organisations from every major... Read More →
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Mark Hawkins

Global Field Technology Manager, Save the Children
After 15 years at sea in the Royal Naval Submarine Service as a technician, and then in the merchant navy commanding small sailing vessels and survey ships, Mark entered the humanitarian sector in 1999 where he joined Merlin. He was responsible for running all of Merlin’s IT and... Read More →
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Olly Parsons

Market Engagement Manager, Disaster Response, GSM Association (GSMA)
Olly joined GSMA in August 2013 and is currently the Market Engagement Manager for the Disaster Response programme. Olly’s role includes the strengthening of relationships with mobile network operators across priority regions in order to identify strategic opportunities to provide... Read More →
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Hani Shannak

Chief, ICTD Operations, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
With over twenty years of experience working in international, multi-cultural environments, Hani Shannak is a proven results-driven leader whose strong vision has led teams to achieve cross-functional business objectives. As Chief of ICT Operations in UNICEF Headquarters New York... Read More →

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