SEMINAR: How Innovation and Entrepreneurs Can Strengthen the Response to Humanitarian Needs


    UNHCR Photo: Better Shelter

In recent times humanitarian needs and challenges have taken on historic proportions which current humanitarian agencies alone cannot handle. While humanitarian leadership is important to ensure effective response to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity, the Grand Bargain stresses the need to work together with new and existing humanitarian partners, including the private sector. To make this work requires innovation, collaboration and adaptable mindsets.

In addition to governments and NGOs, the private sector is crucial in fostering innovations to meet humanitarian needs. One of the goals of the Grand Bargain is to increase the range and diversity of partners willing to contribute, beyond monetary contributions.

Embassy of Sweden and UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency invite you to join leading representatives of Swedish and U.S. government agencies and private companies to discuss the roles, opportunities and responsibilities of both the humanitarian groups and their potential partners.


Welcome Remarks
Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the U.S.

Opening Statement
Tammi Sharpe, Senior Advisor (Development & Solutions), UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, Donor Relations and Resource Mobilization

Introduction by Moderator
Elizabeth Ferris, ISIM Research Professor at Georgetown and a non-resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution

Moderated Panel Discussion – Private/Public Collaboration

 - Johan Karlsson, Managing Director, Better Shelter
 - Joe Ruiz, Director, UPS Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program & UPS Foundation Communications

 - Donal Reilly, Director of Emergency Response Team, CRS
 - Ingela Winter-Norberg, Deputy Director, Department for Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs Sweden
 - Doug Stropes, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development

Q & A

Lunch and Product Show Case

Together with UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency and the Museum of Photography (Fotografiska) in Sweden, the Embassy is exhibiting ‘’Where the Children Sleep’’, with photos of refugee children in Europe and the Middle East by Swedish photographer Magnus Wennman and original text by Carina Bergfeldt from March 15th  through June 4th.  This seminar is part of a program related to the topics around this exhibition.