Niels Dabelstein was Head of the Evaluation Department of Danida, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark from 1988 to 2007. He was Chairman of the OECD/DAC Working Party on Aid Evaluation from 1997 to 2002. He led the drafting the DAC Principles for Aid Evaluation (1991) the DAC Guidelines for Evaluating Humanitarian Assistance (1998) the DAC Evaluation Glossary (2002) the DAC Guidance for Joint Evaluation (2005) and the DAC Evaluation Quality Standards (2006). From 2007 – 2012 he managed the Joint International Evaluation of the Implementation of the Paris Declaration, which received the American Evaluation Association 2012 Outstanding Evaluation Award. In 1994 he initiated and led the Joint Evaluation of the International Response to Genocide in Rwanda. He promoted the creation of ALNAP (honorary member since 2007) and he was Chairman of the board of the Humanitarian Accountability Project, which led to the creation of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) in 2003. He was instrumental in initiating and managing the ‘Tsunami Evaluation in 2005-2006. He has served as member or chair of a number of committees and boards concerned with development, humanitarian and human rights issues and has been teaching evaluation at three Danish Universities as well as at IPDET at Carleton University in Canada. Niels Dabelstein holds a M.Sc. from Copenhagen School of Economics and Business Administration.
Martha Maznevski is Professor of Organizational Behavior and International Management at IMD Business School. She teaches courses and modules spanning a broad range of organizational behavior topics, including teams and leadership in global and virtual (distance) contexts, diversity and inclusiveness, and the relationship between organizational and national culture. She teaches company programs for Borealis, Skanska, and others, and has served as a consultant and advisor to public and private organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia on issues of managing people globally. Professor Maznevski has presented and published numerous articles on these subjects, most recently The Blackwell Handbook of Global Management: A Guide to Managing Complexity (Blackwell, 2004), and she is a co-author of the popular textbook International Management Behavior (Blackwell). Her current research focuses on the on-going dynamics of high-performing teams and networks in multinational organizations, and managing people in global complexity. Martha Maznevski co-developed the Cultural Perspectives Questionnaire, an instrument that measures individuals’ cultural orientations and is widely used as a diagnostic tool in global teams and organizations. Before joining IMD, Professor Maznevski served as Faculty at the University of Virginia (USA) and the University of Western Ontario (Canada), and as a visiting researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden). She earned degrees in education from the University of Toronto (Canada), and in anthropology (undergraduate) and business administration (PhD) from the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou is Deputy Director and Academic Dean of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and at Sciences Po Paris. Previously, Professor Mohamedou was Associate Director of the Harvard University Programme on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, and Director of Research at the International Council on Human Rights Policy, and served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mauritania. He is the author of several books including Iraq and the Second Gulf War (2002) and Understanding Al Qaeda – Changing War and Global Politics (2011). In 2013-2014, he was a Commissioner in the Kofi Annan-appointed West Africa Commission on Drugs.
Kathleen Cravero-Kristoffersson was appointed President of Oak Foundation in February 2009. In this capacity she supports the Trustees of Oak Foundation to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. She also provides leadership and guidance to Oak Foundation staff in each of the six substantive programmes of the Foundation, including the Environment, Child Abuse, Housing & Homelessness, International Human Rights, Issues Affecting Women and Learning Differences. Prior to joining Oak Foundation, Ms. Cravero worked for over two decades on a range of international development issues, from newly emerging democracies to conflict and emergency situations. Ms. Cravero worked in various posts of increasing responsibility with UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP and WHO. Dr Cravero holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (Fordham University), and a Masters in Public Health (Columbia University).
Jose Antonio Bastos
Jose Antonio Bastos is the president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Spain since December 2010. He previously worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) starting in 2006 and was based in Pakistan (post- earthquake reconstruction of primary health care services, 2007), Iraq (medical doctor of the Detention Team, 2008) and Afghanistan (Health Coordinator, 2009 – May 2010). He was in charge of the creation of MSF-Spain Emergency Unit in 1995-96, worked as MSF-Spain interim Director of Operations in 1998 and was Operational Director in MSF-Holland between 2000 and 2003, managing the programs in East Africa (Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan) and Northern Caucasus (Ingushetia and Chechnya). Before that he gained field work and management experience in medical humanitarian work since 1991 with MSF (field missions in Turkey, Iraq, Angola, Bolivia, Kenya, Somalia, Rwanda, Balkans, Nigeria and DRC). Jose Antonio Bastos is a Medical doctor (graduated in Madrid, Spain in 1986) and Family Medicine specialist he holds an MSc Public Health of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1999).
Tania Dussey-Cavassini combines experience in global health, management consulting, executive education, diplomacy and law enforcement. Since August 2013, she serves as Swiss Ambassador for Global Health and Vice-Director General of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, in charge of International Affairs. In 2012, she was selected as a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. From 2006 to 2012, she worked at IMD, a world leader in executive education. As Director of Partnership Programs, she was responsible for developing IMD’s custom programs for multinational companies, designing transformational learning and development initiatives that blend capability building with business impact. 2010-2012, she consulted for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), training diplomats across the African continent and in Asia in multilateral diplomacy, negotiations and complex decision-making. Prior to these activities, she served as a Swiss career diplomat for more than ten years and was posted in Paris, Berne, Moscow, and Geneva. Tania started her career as a lawyer in 1991 working with the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police in the realm of international criminal matters and extraditions proceedings. She was educated in management at IMD, in law at the University of Lausanne, and music at the University of Music Lausanne, Switzerland.
Ben Ramalingam is an experienced researcher, strategic advisor and writer specialising in international development and humanitarian issues. He is author of the acclaimed book Aid on the Edge of Chaos on complex systems approaches and international aid, published by Oxford University Press. He is also the founding Chair of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, which focuses on the application of innovative approaches in disaster responses. In his previous role as head of research and development at ALNAP, he led a team of researchers, communications specialists and consultants in a range of innovative projects aimed to improve humanitarian performance Before joining ALNAP, Ben was deputy director of the Humanitarian Futures Programme at Kings College and led the knowledge and learning programme at the Overseas Development Institute. Prior to joining the development sector, he worked in strategy consulting and investment banking. Ben currently holds honorary positions at the London School of Economics, the Overseas Development Institute, the Institute of Development Studies, the Royal Veterinary College and the Centre for Research on Innovation Management.
Balthasar Staehelin is deputy director-general at the International Committee of the Red Cross. He joined the ICRC in 1993 and has served in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and at headquarters. From 2002 to 2006, he was delegate-general for the Middle East and North Africa, overseeing all ICRC work in that region, including the operation in Iraq. He served as deputy-director of operations for policy and global affairs from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, he left the ICRC to join the local government in Geneva where he ran the department in charge of providing social welfare, housing, health and integration programmes for asylum-seekers and refugees. He returned to the ICRC in August 2012 to take up his current position. Mr Staehelin holds a master’s degree in history, English literature and constitutional law from the University of Basel, Switzerland.