Introducing WHF Podcast Series

WHF Podcast Series brings a series of high-level interviews with world leaders, private sector executives and other global influencers for a one-on-one account of the issues that are transforming the international agenda and people's everyday lives.

With an eye on the themes that drive the international agenda today and tomorrow, as well as World Humanitarian Forum's and co-located portfolio upcoming events. Our aim is to be a medium where world leaders, thought influencers and global executives can connect directly with people, to deliver their message without intermediaries and enable the audience to see the world through their point of view. 

 

 

The WHF Equality Series - Episode 14 | Combatting inequalities for a better tomorrow with Lord Simon Woolley, Director, Operation Black Vote


Description: On the closing episode of WHF Podcast Equality Series, we hosted Lord Simon Woolley, Director, Operation Black Vote. In this episode, we spoke about political literacy, how to improve BAME representation and the need to build forward better following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 13 | Profit and purpose for social mobility with Rt Hon Justine Greening, Founder, Social Mobility Pledge


Description: On the latest edition of WHF Podcast Equality Series, we hosted Rt Hon Justine Greening, Founder of the Social Mobility Pledge, former Minister for Education, Minister for International Development and Minister for Women and Equalities in the British Government. In this episode, we spoke about how social mobility practices can be levelled up through sharing between business and universities, how social mobility levels are decreasing across the UK and the role of business in driving forward to Net-Zero.

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 12 |  Disability Lifestyle and ableist perspectives discussion with Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, Disability Lifestyle Influencer


Description: The newest episode of the WHF Equality Series brings the Disability Lifestyle Influencer, Lauren “Lolo” Spencer. In this energetic conversation, we talked about new technologies that can improve the lives of individuals living with disabilities and the work of Sitting Pretty Productions, which aims to develop content that showcases the disability lifestyle in an authentic way.  

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 11 | Entrepreneurship, education and empowerment in extreme poverty discussion with Aissata M.B. Camara, Co-Founder, There Is No Limit Foundation


Description: For this edition of WHF Equality Series, we will be discussing how There Is No Limit Foundation have been able to reach over 10 million people through advocacy and benefitted 35,000 through its programmes in Guinea and Ivory Coast, also touching topics such as localisation and youth education and empowerment.

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 10 | How to Measure and Benchmark Improvements within Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion with Anders Rodenberg, CEO, Denominator

Description: The tenth episode of WHF Equality Series brings Anders Rodenberg, CEO of Denominator, who tells us how the promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion has efficiently and sustainably increased through data collection and analysis in business and countries’ levels.

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 9 | Improving peace and security through feminism with  Ola Saleh, Independent Consultant and Expert in Women, Peace and Security


Description: On the latest edition of EqualitySeries, we hosted Ola Saleh, Independent Consultant and Expert in Women, Peace and Security, talking about the importance of a feminist ethos in the Women, Peace and Security agendas and with that ethos Engage public and private actors to prevent conflict, promote peace and foster sustainable initiatives.

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 8 | Challenges that LGBTQ+ communities face in Asia today, technologies that Equal Asia Foundation uses to address these challenges and suicide prevention with Ryan Figueiredo, Founder and Executive Director, Equal Asia Foundation


Description: We are talking with Ryan Joseph Figueiredo, CEO and Executive Director at Equal Asia Foundation, discussing challenges that LGBTQ+ communities face in Asia today, technologies that Equal Asia Foundation uses to address these challenges and suicide prevention.

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 7 | Arts as healing tool for victims of social traumas, in conversation with Dr. Marty Casey, CEO, UnGUN Institute


Description: On this edition of the Equality Series we discuss how the arts can be used to heal individuals affected by seen and unseen trauma, especially in black communities, with Dr Marty Casey, CEO at UnGUN Institute.

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 6 | Economic and Social Inequalities, in conversation with Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director, The Equality Trust


Description: For today's episode of the WHF Equality Series, we will be looking at social and economic inequality with Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director at The Equality Trust. We discuss equal pay legislation in the UK, the UK’s gender pay gap and the work of Equality Trust focusing on the improvement quality of life in the UK by reducing economic and social inequalities.

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 5 | Social Equality and the role of Mental Health, in conversation with Simon Blake OBE, CEO, Mental Health First Aid England


Description: On the fifth episode of the Equality Series, we bring Simon Blake, CEO at Mental Health First Aid England. In this conversation we will be looking at the role of mental health amongst LGBTQ+ and youth groups and how it has been affected by the pandemic. Find out more about Mental Health First Aid England HERE.

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 4 | LGBTQ+ Rights & Gender Identity in India, with Sadam Hanjabam


Description: On this episode of the Equality Series, we talk with Sadam Hanjabam, Founder and Director at Yal-All, a queer and allies youth network based in Imphal. He set up Meitram, an inclusive and integrated co-working space for youth, which also serves as a short stay home for queer individuals facing crisis at home or elsewhere, and Free Youth Café, which is run by queer youth in Imphal.

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 3 | Investing in Women Survivors of War and Conflict, with Laurie Adams, CEO at Women of Women International


Description: For this week’s edition of WHFpodcasts Equality Series, we had the pleasure to interview Laurie Adams, CEO of Women for Women International. This conversation ranges from the programmes WfWI has in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria to considering the role of men in gender equality as well as the positive impact of technology on women’s empowerment.

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 2 | Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Nigeria, with H.E. Ambassador Dr. Olufolake Abdulrazaq, First Lady of Kwara State & Founder, Ajike People Support Centre


Description: On the second episode of the WHFpodcast Equality Series, the World Humanitarian Forum hosts Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. Olufolake Abdulrazaq, First Lady of Kwara State, Nigeria and Founder, Ajike People Support Centre. In this conversation, we discussed women empowerment and gender equality in the Nigerian context, taking into consideration the economic and social impact COVID has had on the community.

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The WHF Equality Series - Episode 1 | Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, with H.E. Aisha Babangida, founder of Women Enterprise Alliance and Chairperson of Better Life Program for the African Rural Woman


Description: Welcome to the first episode of the WHFpodcast: Equality Series. The series will focus on the redefinition of the term “equality” and discuss its different elements while emphasizing the importance of building forward better. In this first episode, we welcomed H.E. Aisha Babangida, founder of Women Enterprise Alliance and Chairperson of Better Life Program for the African Rural Woman to discuss Gender Equality and Women Empowerment.

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Episode 20 - The refugee experience, ensuring no one is left behind - In conversation with Anne-Marie Grey, USA for UNHCR

Description: For this week's episode we have gone over a past interview we conducted as a part of our WHF Talks.Live series, a series of video interviews conducted with senior humanitarian leaders. Ms Anne-Marie Grey is the Executive Director and CEO of USA for UNHCR, this conversation focused on the disconnected experience of refugees in the context of leaving no one behind and the localisation agenda. If you're interested in finding out more about her work, please visit USA for UNHCR website.

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Episode 19 - Improving access to public health - In conversation with Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of Clinton Foundation


Description: As a part of our WHF Talks.Live series, a series of video interviews conducted with senior humanitarian leaders, this week's episode we have gone over a past interview we conducted. Dr Chelsea Clinton is the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation and has extensive experience in public health through their various initiatives ranging from Too Small to Fail which focused on early brain development, to improving renewable energies in the Caribbean. If you're interested in finding out more about her work, please visit the Clinton Foundation website.

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Episode 18 - Promoting children's rights and educational opportunities - In Conversation with Ms Inger Ashing, CEO, Save the Children International

Description: For this week's episode we have gone over a past interview we conducted as a part of our WHF Talks.Live series, a series of video interviews conducted with senior humanitarian leaders. Ms Inger Ashing is the CEO of Save the Children International and has worked with Save the Children for over 25 years, in this interview, we discussed issues ranging from the impact of education caused by COVID-19 as well as Save the Children's international response to the pandemic. If you're interested in finding out more about his work, please visit their website.

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Episode 17 - Promoting Training and Education Online - In Conversation with Mr Nikhil Seth, Executive Director, UNITAR

Description: For this week's episode we have gone over a past interview we conducted as a part of our WHF Talks.Live series, a series of video interviews conducted with senior humanitarian leaders. Mr Nikhil Seth is the Executive Director of UNITAR and has extensive experience not only within the UN system, but as a diplomat in the Indian Foreign Ministry, including time spent as a Delegate to the UN Permanent Representation. If you're interested in finding out more about his work, please visit their website.

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Episode 16 - The Global Reset Dialogue: a new paradigm for international development - In Conversation with Dr Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive, ODI


Description: In this week's episode we have had a fascinating conversation with Dr Sara Pantuliano, the Chief Executive of the Overseas Development Institute, one of the top think tanks in the world focusing on international development. Dr Pantuliano has extensive experiences with UN Agencies, focusing on Sudan and South Sudan in particular. If you're interested in finding out more about her work, please visit the ODI's website HERE.

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Episode 15 - Combatting COVID misinformation and advancing young people as actors for change: In conversation with Mr Maher Nasser, Director, Outreach Division, UN


Description: For this week's episode we are continuing with our leadership series conducted by the chair of our Innovation Fund, Ms Dianne Dain. This week we conducted an interview with Mr Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division within the Department of Global Communications at the United Nations. Mr Nasser is a UN veteran with over 29 years in the system, having worked in Gaza, Cairo, Amman and Vienna. If you're interested in finding out more about his work, please visit their website HERE.

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Episode 14 - Advancing innovative technologies in UN Agencies: In Conversation with Mr Salem Avan, Director, Office of Information and Communication Technology, UN

Description: This week we had a great conversation with Mr. Salem Avan, Director, Strategy, Policy & Governance Division, Office of Information and Communications Technology, United Nations. Mr. Avan has extensive experience in peacekeeping operations having served in places ranging from Sierra Leone to the former Yugoslavia. Over the last few years he has been based in UN headquarters where he has worked on issues ranging from cyber security to communication technology security.

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Episode 13 - Global solidarity and compassion: In Conversation with Mr Jagan Chapagain, Secretary-General, IFRC


Description
: For this week's episode we have gone over a past interview we conducted as a part of our WHF Talks.Live series, a series of video interviews conducted with senior humanitarian leaders. Mr Jagan Chapagain is the Secretary-General of the IFRC and has extensive experience in assisting with humanitarian disasters having worked in the movement for over 25 years. If you're interested in finding out more about his work, please visit their website at: https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc

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Episode 12 - Mass incarceration and advancing human rights in the name of Robert F Kennedy: in Conversation with Mr Wade McMullen


Description: This week we had a conversation with Mr Wade McMullen, Senior Vice President for Programs and Legal Strategy at Robert F Kennedy Human Rights. Mr McMullen is a prominent human rights advocate and defender of social justice movements as well as an expert in mass criminalisation and incarceration in the US. To find out more about Robert F Kennedy Human Rights' work, please visit their website at: https://rfkhumanrights.org/

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Episode 11 - Technology sharing with least developed countries: in conversation with Joshua Setipa

Description: We are delighted to welcome you back to a new year of WHF Podcasts! For our first episode of 2021, we are very pleased to introduce Mr Joshua Setipa who is the Managing Director of the UN Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries. He has exceedingly extensive experience within technology and banking sectors within the development context. If you're interested in finding out more about his work, please visit their website at: https://www.un.org/technologybank/

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Episode 10 - Enhancing Women, Peace and Security in times of COVID19: In Conversation with Melanne Verveer


Description:
In this week's episode, we had a conversation with Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. We asked questions ranging from Georgetown's Women, Peace and Security Index to the role of men in promoting gender equality.

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Episode 9 - Promoting systemic change at COP 26: in conversation with Nigel Topping

Description: In this week's episode, we had a conversation with Mr Nigel Topping, the UK's High-Level Climate Champion for COP 26. We asked questions ranging from how non-governmental organisations can support systemic economic change for global warming, how COVID-19 has had an impact on the global economic recovery and how a green recovery is vital.

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Episode 8- UK and Africa: future trade, investment and development-in conversation with Emma Wade Smith OBE 



Description: In this week's episode, Charlie Bronks, our Advisory Board Member had a conversation with Ms Emma Wade-Smith OBE, HM High Commissioner for Africa. We asked questions ranging from the impact of the UK-Africa Summit 2020 to how future trade should consider the role of the UN SDGs and the African Union's Agenda for 2063.

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Episode 7- 

Enhancing WASH system resilience in conversation with Dr Patrick Moriarty

 



Description: In this week's episode, we had a conversation with Dr Patrick Moriarty, CEO of IRC WASH. We asked questions ranging from how COVID has impacted the operations of IRC, the role of leadership in international development projects, and the nine building blocks which IRC uses to strengthen WASH systems globally. To find out more about IRC WASH, please visit their website at: https://www.ircwash.org/home

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 Episode 6- International Peace, Security and COVID-19- In conversation with Serge Stroobants


 

Description: In this week's episode, we had a conversation with Mr Serge Stroobants, Director of Europe and MENA for the Institute for Economics and Peace. We asked questions ranging from the most recent findings of the Global Peace Index, to the impact of COVID on conflict situations and the role of multilateral systems in promoting peace globally. To find out more about the Institute for Economics and Peace, please visit their website at: http://economicsandpeace.org/ 

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Episode 5 - Questioning education, gender equality and data use - in conversation with Mr Patrick Dunne



Description: Today’s global context has increased pressures and complexities, one of them being how COVID-19 will impact the focus on the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the need to deliver measurable transformative change. The UN Sustainable Development Goals have been a major focus of international relations and many organisations for sometime now. However, lots of questions remain for the SDGs, particularly for quality education, decent jobs, and industry and innovation. We asked questions ranging from gender equality in higher education, the use of data, scholarships and the role of the private sector in bolstering the SDGs. Join us to get insight into this and much more.

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Episode 4 - Education and e-learning solutions in times of COVID-19 - in conversation with H.E. Dr. Tariq Al Gurg

Description: In this week's episode, we had a conversation with H.E. Dr Tariq Al Gurg, the CEO of Dubai Cares. We asked questions ranging from how previous pandemics have informed approaches to education, projects which Dubai Cares is working on and the interconnected nature of the UN SDGs. To find out more about Dubai Cares, please visit their website at https://www.dubaicares.ae/

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Episode 3- Ethical leadership in times of COVID-19 - in conversation with David Nussbaum



Description: The question of ethical leadership in the times of COVID is extremely important. For this episode of the WHF Podcast, we are joined by Mr. David Nussbaum, the CEO of The Elders. The Elders are a group of global leaders who work to promote peace, justice, and human rights. Founded in 2007 by Nelson Mandela, the Elders has included several world leaders ranging from former President of Ireland Mary Robinson to former Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

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Episode 2 - Partnerships for change: in conversation with Elizabeth Cousens

Description: In our second episode of WHFPodcasts, our CEO Feraye Ozfescioglu interviews special guest, Elizabeth Cousens, President and CEO of the UN Foundation. In this discussion,  there was an opportunity to highlight the partnerships that have been succeeding during COVID19, namely the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the WHO, the way forward for partnerships at all levels and complexities, and the need to promote partnerships as an accelerator for supporting the UN SDGs 2030.

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Episode 1- Responding to humanitarian crises: in conversation with Francesco Rocca

Description: Welcome! In our first episode of WHFPodcasts, our CEO Feraye Ozfescioglu interviews a very special guest, Francesco Rocca, President of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). They had a very frank discussion about the challenges and lessons learned during the COVID pandemic. From the democratic-nature of the current outbreak, the critical importance of local actors driving the response around the world to the moral duty of all to protect the most vulnerable and communities by the dissemination of clear information and correct communication. The message is loud- this is a time for global unity to fight misinformation and stigma with one voice. Francesco Rocca’s key to humanitarian response lies with the local actors and community engagement not only in this pandemic but for the future.  

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