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Monday, October 5 • 5:00am - 5:30am
Conference Opening 2: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa

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Session recording available in French here

This opening session set the scene for the conference, with welcoming statements from key actors in the social protection field.

Initially, there was a brief overview of socialprotection.org's milestones over the past 5 years, including highlights of the “Social protection responses to COVID-19” Task Force, upon which this event draws.

Next, socialprotection.org and its partners welcomed the participants and go through the conference's objectives and agenda, providing an overview of the interactive tools that were used.

  • Welcome by the moderator and welcome statements by socialprotection.org and its partners
  • Warming up: Milestones of socialprotection.org over the past 5 years and highlights of the webinar series “Social protection responses to COVID-19”
  • Introduction to the objectives and the agenda of e-conference
  • Live guidance: introduction to interactive tools used throughout the conference

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Jost Wagner

Conference Facilitator, The Change Initiative
I am a Certified Professional Facilitator and founder of The Change Initiative, a facilitation company located in Bangkok with a focus on implementing the SDGs. In the last 15 years I have advised and facilitated more than 350 workshops and conferences worldwide for organizations... Read More →

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Mariana Balboni

Senior Project Officer, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)
Over the past twenty years I've been working with the promotion of development initiatives, managing projects related to ICT4D - Information and Communication Technologies for Development, Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building.I'm the coordinator of the socialprotection.org project... Read More →
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Michal Rutkowski

Global Director for Social Protection and Jobs, World Bank
Michal Rutkowski is the Global Director for Social Protection and Jobs – overseeing the World Bank’s work in developing systems that protect the poorest and vulnerable from crises and shocks, and supporting private sector-led growth.Until July 2016, he was the Director for Multilateral... Read More →
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Shahrashoub Razavi

Director of Social Protection Department, ILO
Shahra Razavi is the Director of the Social Protection Department at the International Labour Organization (since February 2020). Before joining the ILO she was Chief of the Research and Data Section at UN Women (2013-2020), and Senior Researcher at the United Nations Research Institute... Read More →
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Katyna Argueta

IPC-IG Director a. i., UNDP Brazil
Ms. Katyna Argueta was appointed as Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Brazil in April 2019 and is the Director a. i. of the IPC-IG. Originally from Honduras, she started her career with the UNDP in 2003, first as a consultant to Honduras... Read More →
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Lisa Hannigan

Social Protection Specialist / Director, DFAT
I am the Director of the social protection section at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia. The section overseas Australia's investments in social protection in Asia and the Pacific.
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Kathrin Oellers

Head of Division Population Policy, Social Protection, BMZ
Kathrin Oellers has been the Head of the Division of Population Policy and Social Protection at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since August 2020. She has a diploma in political science from the German Development Institute (GDI) and has... Read More →

Monday October 5, 2020 5:00am - 5:30am GMT-03
  • Recording available Yes
  • Simultaneous translation French