Kevin Adou holds an MA in Culture of peace and humanitarian action, obtained at the UNESCO Chair for Peace (University of Cocody, Abidjan). Since June 2004, he is instructor at the Centre for Research and Action for Peace (CERAP), in the areas of conflict management and education for citizenship. Within the CERAP, he runs the School of moral and political sciences of West Africa (ESMPA) who organizes a Master in Governance and Ethics and trainings (academic and continuing) in Conflict Management and Peace, in Human Rights and sustainable development. He serves on the editorial board of E-Debates of West Africa, a monthly magazine that analyzes the news every month in the West Africa.
Francis Paquette is coordinator at the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crisis and Aid, an affiliate chair of research at the CERIUM of University of Montreal. He is currently undertaking a master in political science at university of Montreal under the supervision of professor Dominique Caouette. He has 10 years working experiences in various fields including 8 years abroad in diverse countries such as Malaysia, Japan, India, Vietnam, Brazil and New Zealand. He focuses his research on topics such as the Canadian humanitarian system, religious organisation and international cooperation.
Patrick Robitaille has been involved in the humanitarian aid sector since 2002, working with organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), CARE and the Red Cross. Mr. Robitaille has been deployed to countries such as Chad, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Pakistan, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.
He worked at the CARE Canada Headquarters as emergency program manager and also as National Association Coordinator for MSF Canada and now sits on the Board of Directors of the organization. He worked in Léogane, Haiti, as shelter program manager with the Canadian Red Cross and as Head of Sub-office for the International Federation of the Red Cross. He is now an independent consultant in the humanitarian field doing trainings and field evaluations
Mister Robitaille holds a master’s degree in Political Science and published a thesis on the impact of the media on the institutional funding in case of natural disasters.
Rod Volway is Mercy Corps’ Deputy Chief of Party for a USAID project on Community Assistance Program in Gaza, Palestinian Territory. Mr. Volway has over 12 years of experience in emergency and post-conflict settings. He has a proven ability to deliver high-impact program results in even the most complex settings. His dedication to on-site management in difficult operating environments is demonstrated by over two years continuous service in Darfur and extended assignments in some of the most challenging locations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has designed and supervised programs of up to $15 million that have improved communities’ economic opportunities, created jobs, improved infrastructure, strengthened school and health systems, and bolstered governance and rule of law. Mr. Volway is also a seasoned responder to humanitarian crises, having managed such responses both in the field and from headquarters and also contributed to revisions of the SPHERE standards. His experience ranges from developing refugee camps at the onset of a complex emergency, to leading value-chain programming in a post-conflict, development setting.