Mary Harper - Africa Editor, BBC World Service News
Sara Pantuliano - Director, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI
Katy Attfield - Head of Disaster Management, British Red Cross
Imran Madden - Head of Humanitarian, Islamic Relief
El Khidir Daloum MBE - International development and humanitarian aid worker
Charlie Gammell - Pashto/Dari interpreter, ICRC (2009-2013)
Humanitarian aid work can be immensely rewarding. At its best, the job involves the thrill of global travel and the satisfaction of putting one’s principles into practice. But being an aid worker can also be challenging. At worst, it’s a frustrating and dangerous line of work, which puts undue strain on the personal lives of those who choose a career in the field.
So why do hundreds of thousands of humanitarian aid workers keep doing it?
To mark World Humanitarian Day, this event will explore the motivations of humanitarian aid workers from a range of different backgrounds and organisations. Join us to hear from experienced practitioners as they reflect on their careers, reveal how and why they got involved and share their perspectives on the changing landscape of humanitarian aid.
The event will precede the second National Memorial for Humanitarian Aid Workers, to be held at Westminster Abbey at 5 pm.