In region Global and in group Global Shelter Cluster



GSC Online Meeting 2020: Ignite Talk


Panelists presented on the theme of the Impact of Shelter and Settlements and answered questions from the audience.




Ms Linda Doull – Global Health Cluster Coordinator, WHO.

Linda joined WHO as Global Health Cluster Coordinator, in September 2014.  She has over 25 years of experience in the international health and humanitarian sector, having worked with Medical Aid for Palestinians and Medecins Sans Frontiers as Emergency Health Coordinator in crises including Angola, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, Palestinian Territories, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Kenya and the Former Yugoslavia.  
Linda subsequently joined the former UK NGO Merlin as Health Advisor in 1997 and was their Director of Health and Policy from 2001 until 2014.  She was a core member of the Global Health Cluster from its inception in 2005 and Co-Chaired the Inter Agency Standing Committee Sub-Working Group on the Cluster Approach with OCHA from 2010-2013, to guide the implementation of the IASC Transformative Agenda.   Linda is Registered General Nurse and holder of Masters’ in Public Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.


Ms Karima Ben Bih – Urban and DRM Specialist, World Bank

Karima works as the World Bank Group as an Urban and Disaster Risk Management Specialist, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa, and with an emphasis on post-conflict urban recovery and reconstruction. She has worked for the past decade on issues of both urban planning and disaster risk management.
Karima holds a PhD in architecture and urban studies focusing on post-disaster reconstruction of dense agglomerations and an M.Arch with focus on shelter design. Prior to joining the World bank, she has worked on housing policy and urban disaster risk management with international NGOs and international organizations (Habitat for Humanity International, InterAction, American Red Cross).

Mrs. Josephine Y. Ramirez-Sato – Congresswoman, Philippines

Josephine ’Nene' Y. Ramirez-Sato is a Filipino public servant who has served the province of Occidental Mindoro for the past three decades.  Currently, she is the Congresswoman of Occidental Mindoro, Philippines (2013 up to the present). She has served the province of Occidental Mindoro as Vice-Governor (1988-1992); and as Governor for 2 full terms (1992-2001 and 2004-2013).  Outside serving as a congressional district representative, Congw. Nene also serves various civic and cause oriented groups in varying capacities.  These organizations and groups very much reflect Congw. Nene’s personal advocacies.
She is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Philippine Red Cross Occidental Mindoro Chapter. She is the Council Chairperson of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines Mindoro Chapter.  At the national and international arena, Congw. Nene is recognized for her work on the environment sustainability and biodiversity.  She serves as the Legislative Champion of the United Nation’s Biodiversity Finance – Philippines.  She is also the only Filipino member of the Ivory Alliance, a group organized by no less than Prince William, Duke of Cambridge which is an international alliance against Illegal Wildlife Trade.


Mr Saiid Ammar – Shelter/NFI Project Manager, Watan Foundation, Gaziantep, Turkey

Mr. Saiid Ammar has been working in the Shelter/NFI Program of the Watan Foundation since April 2018, in both Program Development and Project Management (including Camp Planning, Winter Responses, and Commodity Tracking systems and analysis).
He has been working in the Syrian response since 2013, in a variety of roles including information management and analysis of WASH, SNFI, CCCM, and multisectoral needs assessments. He has previous experience in the SARC/ICRC Water and Habitat Program at the field level since the beginning of the Syrian response.




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