Survival and Transformation: Mercy Corps and Doctors Without Borders on the Refugee Crisis

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October 17, 2017 // 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $5 Student/Senior, $10 Regular; Available here. Tickets can also be purchased in the Action Center during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 11 - 5 p.m. All tickets purchased in person do not include additional fees.

24 people are displaced every minute around the world and there’s little evidence this will stop or even abate in the near future. Join us for a discussion of the refugee crisis with leaders and field staff from both Mercy Corps and Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). This moderated discussion will cover the current context and the distinctly different and essential ways in which both organizations are addressing urgent and long term needs to those fleeing their homes for safety.

Be sure to check out the MSF exhibit Forced from Home in Pioneer Courthouse Square, open October 16-22 from 9 am - 5 pm.

About the Speakers

Senior Vice President of Programs at Mercy Corps, Craig Redmond, leads Mercy Corps' program operations and development, as well as financial services, innovations and emergency responses around the world. He has been with Mercy Corps since 2000 and served in a variety of leadership roles in the field, including Regional Program Director for South and Southeast Asia. Prior to Mercy Corps, Redmond worked with the U.N. When Redmond is not working, he likes climb mountains and play the drums in a band called The Grasshoppers. He is currently writing a book about bikes called Business at the Speed of Life: Conversations with Jakarta's Bicycle Entrepreneurs.

As Director of Global Field Programming for Mercy Corps, Yohannes Wolday supports program operations across more than 40 countries. He has nearly 20 years of progressive global experience in program design and implementation. Wolday joined Mercy Corps in 2000 while living in his home country of Eritrea. From there, he worked in multiple roles in Afghanistan before moving to Portland in 2008. He was seconded to the Nike Foundation, where he led their adolescent girls’ economic empowerment portfolio for five years. Born in Eritrea, Wolday's family was forced to flee to Sudan where he lived as a refugee for eight years. When he is not at work, Wolday loves to camp and hike in the Oregon wilderness with his wife, 6-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.

MSF USA Board President, Dr. John Lawrence, is a native of Illinois, was appointed president of the board of directors of MSF-USA in June 2016. He previously served as vice president of the board. For the past 20 years, he has been a practicing pediatric surgeon, primarily in academic settings, and he is currently a staff pediatric surgeon at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Owing in part to a longstanding interest in global health, Lawrence has completed eight surgical missions with MSF since 2009 and recently began coursework for an MPH degree through the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lawrence has served MSF as a surgeon in the Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Haiti, Syria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

MSF Board Member, Patricia Carrick, is a nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioner. For the past 30 years she has worked, first in acute care hospital nursing and home-based hospice services, and then in Community Health Centers providing primary care for medically under-served populations. Since 2007 Pat has completed 5 humanitarian aid assignments with MSF in Malawi, South Sudan and Sierra Leone including in-patient and out-patient malnutrition and infectious disease projects. She also has experience in the post-ebola development sector in Sierra Leone. She has served on a number of community, State and regional boards over the years. She was elected to the MSF-USA Board of Directors in June 2017. Pat holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nursing from Montana State University. She takes inspiration and sustenance from the beloved mountains of her home in rural, south-western Montana.