Keynote Speakers

Sigrid Kaag
Sigrid A. M. Kaag is the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

Previously she was working for the United Nations. From January 2015 until October 2017 she served as the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL). Prior to that she served as Under

Secretary-General and Special Coordinator of the United Nations – Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (UN-OPCW) Joint Mission to eliminate the declared chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic between October 2013 and September 2014. Until her mission in Syria she was employed as Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy of the United Nations Development Programme.

David Keen
David Keen is Professor of Conflict Studies, London School of Economics. He has worked extensively on understanding war, including its causes and functions. His publications include The Benefits of Famine: A Political Economy of Famine and Relief in Southwest Sudan, 1983-89 (Princeton University Press, 1994; James Currey, 2008), The Economic Functions of Violence in Civil Wars (Oxford University Press/IISS, 1998), Conflict and Collusion in Sierra Leone (James Currey, 2005), Endless War: Hidden Functions of the War on Terror (Pluto, 2006), Complex Emergencies (Polity, 2008) and Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars is More Important than Winning Them (Yale University Press, 2012). He was educated at Cambridge University (BA, History), City University (Dip. Journalism), LSE (MSc, Economic History) and Oxford University (D.Phil, Sociology).

Khaled Mansour
Khaled Mansour has 30 years of experience in human rights, humanitarian aid, development, peacekeeping, journalism, and communications with civil society, academic, media and international organizations in Africa, Asia, MENA and North America in complex emergencies, post-conflict situations and countries in transition such as South Africa (1994-5), Afghanistan (2000-2), Iraq (2003), Lebanon (2006), Sudan (2008-10), and now in the Middle East and North Africa.

He served in UNICEF as global Director of Communications till end of 2012, after which he became the executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights till 2015. He now leads rights and aid research for the Arab Reform Initiative; writes for journals and mass media; and teaches at the American University in Cairo.
He holds degrees in Engineering, History, Sociology and International Relations, published three books, several book chapters or papers, and commentary pieces in English and Arabic.

From Indignation to Action: Building a Movement Against Inhumanity”. This is a sneak preview into efforts to construct a global movement against the rising inhumanity in conflict areas. Academics and practitioners conducted consultation in Asia, Africa, and Europe to debate actions to bring us back from the brink of cynicism and turn palpable outrage into social action on the increasingly normalized acts of brutality and dehumanization in conflicts around the world. The talk will outline the motivation, objectives and dynamics of how to engage in such an effort.