Speakers

Speakers
mireille
Dr. Mireille Bétrancourt
Faculty of Psychology and Education, University of Geneva

Dr. Mireille Bétrancourt is Professor in Information Technology and Learning processes at the Faculty of Psychology and Education, University of Geneva.
Since 2003, she is the head of TECFA, a research and teaching unit exploring the use of information technology for teaching and training. Her current topics of research include the design of multimedia instruction, computer-supported collaborative writing for professional development and emotions in computer-mediated collaboration.
She was appointed by the OECD as Expert Member of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) in Technology Rich Environments (2008-2013).
She is also involved in teacher training with regard to the instructional use of computer technology in the classrooms (primary, secondary and vocational education).

court
Alain Court
Head of the Learning Solutions Unit – Learning and Development Division, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva

Alain joined the ICRC in 2010, as a pedagogical adviser, where he took the responsibility of developing learning technologies on behalf of the Assistance Division; since 2014 he is managing the Learning Solutions Team in the L&D Division. The aim of the Learning Solutions Unit is to promote innovative and pragmatic uses of technologies in learning programs. In connection with specialist departments from all over the ICRC, the Learning Solutions Unit has guided dozens of learning projects at the institution’s headquarters as well as in the field.
Before joining the ICRC, Alain worked as an Information Technology consultant and trainer for 15 years; later he focused his activities as a consultant to promote the use of technologies for learning for different customers, such as corporate, academic, and non-profit organizations during another 10 years.
He also worked with the Centre de Recherche en Action Humanitaire (CERAH) in 2013 as a supervising consultant in the beginnings of the “Humanitarian Distance Learning” Program.
Alain has three Master Degrees:
Sociology, from Aix-Marseille University
International Negotiation, from Aix-Marseille University
Science in Learning and Teaching Technologies from Geneva University (Tecfa)

devort
Alexandre Devort
MOOC & CIE, Lyon

Alexandre Devort started to work in the humanitarian sector in 2004 with Action Contre la Faim in Haïti, following the hurricane Jeanne that stroke Gonaïves. He continued to work for different organizations (Medecins du Monde, Triangle GH) abroad (Cambodia, Liberia, South Sudan, OPT...) and from France on projects development and management up to 2012.
Interested by the learning process and based on his experiences, he started to develop and facilitate trainings on humanitarian skills in Universities and at the Institut Bioforce in Lyon, contributing notably to implement the first digital training session on Project Management proposed by Bioforce.
Since 2014, he has joined the “MOOC et Companie” team that supports different organizations in the development and construction of their MOOC (La Poste, Orange…) or other digital learning courses.

edith
Edith Favoreu
Head of Learning Department and Deputy Director, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), University of Geneva

Edith Favoreu leads the MAS in Humanitarian Action since 2010 at CERAH. She also coordinates the CAS “Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action” and the “Humanitarian Distance Learning” Program.
She holds degrees in Public Law (1999), International Law (2000) and Political Science (2000), a Professional Master in Humanitarian Action (2001) and a Research Master in Protection and Humanitarian Security (2005). She holds a PhD in comparative public law focusing on ethno cultural diversity in the context of a Nation.
Since 2005, she has delivered courses and seminars at the Institute of International Humanitarian Studies at Aix en Provence University (part of the NOHA network). After working for Bioforce (French Training Institute) as Project Manager, she hold the position of Training Manager at Eirene-Switzerland which provides training to Swiss aid development workers.
She has worked in development aid in fragile context and post-conflict areas for over fourteen years in the field and at headquarters of national and international NGOs as well as for UNESCO. She has established several local capacity-strengthening initiatives particularly through the creation of and support to national and local NGOs. She used to facilitate participative workshops and coordinate collaborative and interdisciplinary projects.

ag
Antoine Geissbuhler
MD, FACMI, Department of Radiology and Medical Informatics, University of Geneva

Antoine Geissbuhler is a Professor of Medicine, Chairman of the Department of Radiology and Medical Informatics at Geneva University, Director of the Division of eHealth and Telemedicine at Geneva University Hospitals. He is also President of the Board of the Health-On-the-Net Foundation, Past-President of the International Medical Informatics Association, and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informaticians.
He trained as a physician at Geneva University where he specialized in internal medicine, then, after a post-doctoral fellowship, became Associate Professor of biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University.
In 1999, he returned to Geneva to take the responsibility for the design and implementation of the medical information systems at Geneva University Hospitals. In 2005, his efforts in developing telemedicine and tele-education are recognized by the creation of the UNESCO chair for telemedicine and multidisciplinary teaching, and, in 2010, of the World Health Organization collaborating center for eHealth and telemedicine.
Author of more than 140 original scientific publications, his current research focuses on the development of innovative, knowledge-enabled information systems and computer-based tools for improving the quality, safety and efficiency of care processes, at the local level of the hospital, the regional level of a community healthcare informatics network, the implementation of the national eHealth strategy for Switzerland, at the global level with the Health-On-the-Net Foundation (http://www.hon.ch) and with the development of a large telemedicine network in developing countries (http://raft.network). He is also leading an effort by Geneva University Hospitals to develop a world-class medical tele-expertise network.

Atish Gonsalves
Atish Gonsalves
Director of DisasterReady.org

Atish Gonsalves is the Director of DisasterReady.org and is responsible for the strategy, development and outreach for this effort to support the critical and demanding training needs of the global humanitarian community.
DisasterReady is an initiative of the Cornerstone on Demand (CSOD) Foundation and is supported by lead humanitarian agencies.
Atish comes to the CSOD Foundation from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) where he led the learning technology team and was responsible for innovation, e-learning content development, and information communication technology training.
Atish’s professional experience also includes working with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Telstra, and GE. Atish has over 15 years of technology innovation and training experience in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.
Atish graduated from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

lear
Anna LEAR
URD, France

Anna Lear graduated with a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Management from UPEC University (Paris) and has worked for Groupe URD, an independent research and policy institute based in France, since 2002.
Anna initially worked on research projects, including field research work for ALNAP’s Participation Handbook in Guinea, DRC and Liberia, and translation.
For the past three years, she has been coordinating Groupe URD’s training activities, including professional training for middle and senior management both in France and worldwide and training courses for Universities and specialised training centres in France and Europe. Groupe URD’s training team delivers a range of courses and modules on project methodology and complex issues related to humanitarian response.

Barbara
Barbara Moser-Mercer
Professor, Director of InZone, University of Geneva

Barbara Moser-Mercer is Professor of conference interpreting and founder and Director of InZone, University of Geneva. Her research focuses on cognitive and cognitive neuro-science aspects of the interpreting process and on the human performance dimension of skill development.
She has co-developed the Virtualinstitute©, a fully integrated virtual learning environment, which she also leverages in partnership with ICRC, ILO, UNHCR, UNOCHA, UN-WFP, and UNAMA for training humanitarian interpreters working in conflict zones both on-site in the field and virtually.
Through the development and installation of InZone computer labs in refugee camps in the Horn of Africa, she has expanded InZone’s activities to include Higher Education in Emergencies working in close collaboration with UNHCR, the International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), and higher education institutions in the Global North and South.
She was a member of the High Level Group on Multilingualism of the EU Commission, and coordinated the European Masters in Conference Interpreting, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Pan-African Masters in Conference Interpreting (PAMCIT).
She is also an active conference interpreter, member of AIIC.

Rossella Pagliuchi
Rossella Pagliuchi
DIrector, UNHCR's Budapest-based Global Service Centre

After completing her studies in Political Science and International Relations at La Sapienza University of Rome in 1984, Rossella Pagliuchi worked for an NGO dedicated to the resettlement of refugees.
In 1986 she joined UNHCR in Pakistan and, with the exception of a two-year period in which she led the Legal Office of the Italian Refugee Council in Rome, she has been with UNHCR ever since, working in various protection functions, including as a trainer for the Division of International Protection, and in management roles in Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
Since mid-2009 she is in charge of UNHCR’s Budapest-based Global Service Centre, and of the Global Learning Centre, UNHCR’s centralised training service catering to the learning needs of some 17,000 learners between staff and partners.

Reinhard Pfeiffer, SDC

Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer holds a doctorate in Agricultural Science from University Stuttgart-Hohenheim. He worked for 30 years for various bi-, multilateral and civil society organizations.
Before joining the Quality Assurance Section of SDC he was senior scientist at ETH Zurich. Currently he is in charge for methodological training at the SDC.

Doris Schopper
Doris Schopper
Director of the Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), University of Geneva

Doris Schopper is Professor at the medical faculty of the University of Geneva and Director of the Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) since July 2011. She is also chair of the MSF Ethics Review Board since 2002. In November 2012, Doris Schopper was appointed member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She obtained a medical degree at the University of Geneva (1978), trained as a specialist in Internal Medicine (1986) and completed a Doctor in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (1992). Between 1982 and 1990 Doris Schopper spent several years with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the field. She was president of the Swiss branch of MSF (1991–1998) and twice president of the MSF International Council during this period. In 2001 Doris Schopper was asked to constitute an Ethics Review Board for MSF International. Since then she has chaired the Board coordinating the ethical review of MSF research proposals and providing advice on ethical matters to the organisation. Doris Schopper worked as health policy adviser in the Global Programme on AIDS at WHO headquarters in Geneva (1992-95). Further international work includes two years as senior health policy adviser at the Swiss Tropical Institute and developing several policies and strategies for WHO (e.g. guideline for policy makers on national policies for violence and injury prevention; strategy for mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Europe; WHO-wide strategy on child and adolescent health). Professor Schopper has also been responsible for the development of health policies and strategies at the national and regional level in Switzerland (e.g. Swiss National Cancer Control Programme 2005-2010; framework to prevent obesity at the national level; comprehensive health policy for the canton of Geneva). Her main fields of interest are: • Public health in humanitarian contexts • Development and analysis of health policy • Research ethics in humanitarian contexts • Ethics of humanitarian medical intervention • HIV-Aids, Cancer

Gideon Shimshon
Gideon Shimshon
Director of the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University, Netherlands

Gideon Shimshon is the director of the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University, a university think tank that both explores and executes enterprising projects at the juncture of education, research, technology and society.
Motivated by his passion for learning and innovative research practices, Gideon manages a diverse portfolio of projects that examine both the future of education as well as non-traditional applications of up-and-coming technologies.
Over the course of the past few years, Gideon has co-founded the Leiden Online Learning Lab -which considers how online learning environments can enhance and extend the university’s reach as well as foster new learning landscapes – and the Peace Informatics Lab – a knowledge hub for scientists and practitioners interested in applying Big Data analytics to the fields of peace and justice.
Before joining Leiden University, Gideon was a consultant and project manager at Accenture. He began his career in the realm of political economy, working at the World Bank on governance issues, subsequently setting up a foundation for serious gaming and simulations in international relations and conflict management. He received his MSc from the University of Amsterdam and lives in The Hague.


top