Programme 2019

The Humanitarian Congress Vienna brings together international stakeholders from humanitarian aid, politics, media, academia, civil society and business to engage in dialogue on policy, good practices, recent developments and future visions in the field of humanitarian aid.  Join us to shape the debate on the “Future of Humanitarian Aid”, engage with leaders, experts and practitioners, contribute your experiences and insights, and participate in peer-to-peer networking. Sessions will run approximately from 09:00 to 18:00. The Congress Organizing Team reserves the right to make changes to the programme if necessary. Register now!


09:00 - 09:30

Welcome and Opening

Main Ceremonial Chamber

OPENING REMARKS: Annelies Vilim, Director, Global Responsibility, Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

09:30 - 11:15

The Future of Humanitarian Aid

Main Ceremonial Chamber

MODERATOR: tba PANEL MEMBERS: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and Emergency Relief Coordinator Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and President of Caritas International Further panel members to be announced. Humanitarian needs are... continue

11:15 - 11:45

Networking Break

11:45 - 13:15

The Humanitarian Sector in the Media: Worthwhile Struggle or Lost Cause?

Main Ceremonial Chamber

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Corinna Milborn, Journalist MODERATOR: Rubina Möhring, Journalist and Director, Reporters Without Borders Austria PANEL MEMBERS: Melissa Fleming, Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Corinna Milborn, Journalist Nanjira Sambuli, Senior Policy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation Ben Taub, Journalist, New Yorker Hernan del Valle, Rita E.... continue

Triple Nexus = Triple Challenge?

Small Ceremonial Chamber

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Monique Parait, Director-General in DG European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) MODERATOR: Alistair Dutton, Director, SCIAF – Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund PANEL MEMBERS: Toby Lanzer, Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Kathrin Schick, Director, Voice Filipa Schmitz Guinote, Policy Advisor, International Committee of the... continue

13:15 - 14:15

Lunch Break

13:15 - 15:45

Tech For Good – Or Not?

Small Ceremonial Chamber

14:15 – 15:45  Tech For Good – Or Not? KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Prof.dr. M.J. Jeroen van den Hoven, Professor of Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology, Editor in Chief of Ethics and Information Technology, Scientific Director of the Delft Design for Values Institute MODERATOR: Andreas Papp PANEL MEMBERS: Bernhard Kowatsch, Head of Innovation Accelerator,... continue

14:15 - 16:45

International Law in Tomorrow`s Wars

Main Ceremonial Chamber

14:15 – 15:45  International Law in Tomorrow´s Wars KEYNOTE SPEAKER: tba MODERATOR: Andras Vamos-Goldman, Adjunct Professor, International Law, Center for Global Affairs, New York University PANEL MEMBERS: Francoise Boucher-Saulnier, Legal Director,  Médecins Sans Frontières Heather Harrison Dinniss, Senior Lecturer, International Law Centre of the Swedish National Defence College Prof. Manfred Nowak, Professor for International Human... continue

15:45 - 16:15

Networking Break

16:15 - 17:45

Humanitarian Aid and Future Generations

Small Ceremonial Chamber

16:15 – 17:45  Humanitarian Aid and Future Generations Panellists: tba Climate change looms. Famine, floods, earthquakes, short and protracted armed conflicts all present great humanitarian challenges for the near and long term future. With all those challenges in mind how will the coming generations engage in humanitarian affairs, keeping in mind that half of the... continue

Investing in Humanity

Main Ceremonial Chamber

16:15 – 17:45  Investing in Humanity KEYNOTE SPEAKER: tba MODERATOR: Ambassador Mag. Bernhard Wrabetz, Head of Department for Humanitarian Assistance for the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA) PANEL MEMBERS: Christina Bennett, Head, Humanitarian Policy Group Overseas Development Institute – London Rev. Dr. h. c. Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, President of Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe... continue

17:45 - 18:00

Closing Statement

Main Ceremonial Chamber

Annelies Vilim, Director Responsibility, Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid, and Alistair Dutton, Director, SCIAF – Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund