Launch Event

#SME4H Event

#SME4H hosted an event at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on Monday 23rd May 2016 to introduce SMEs for Humanity as a concept for development to important relevant stakeholders. We gave an overview of the initiative and engaged in discussions with key parties about the role SMEs currently play in humanitarian crises and their potential future role as well as showcased the initial ideas for the platform.




Mr. Stephen O’Brien
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations



Mr. Badr Jafar
CEO, Crescent Enterprises



Mr. Alex Georges
Co-Founder, Enersa, Haiti



Mr. Martin Chilcott
Founder and CEO, 2degrees



The Panel consisting of:
Neal Keny-Guyer - CEO, Mercy Corps
Amin Awad - Director of the MENA Bureau, UNHCR
Jodi Nelson - Senior Vice President, International Rescue Committee
Robert Mardini - Regional Director for the Middle East, International Committee of the Red Cross

Mr. Tunc Uyanik - CEO, World SME Forum
Alex Georges - Co-Founder, Enersa



Moderator Mr. Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah
Secretary General and CEO, CIVICUS



Mr. Tunc Uyanik
CEO, World SME Forum



Ms. Jodi Nelson
Senior Vice President, International Rescue Committee



Mr. Neal Keny-Guyer
CEO, Mercy Corps



Mr. Robert Mardini
Regional Director for the Middle East, International Committee of the Red Cross



Mr. Amin Awad
Director of the MENA Bureau, UNHCR

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