Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Parallels in Humanitarian Responses: Syria & Ukraine

Parallels in Humanitarian Responses

Thursday, November 3, 2022

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street, or watch live on Watson's YouTube channel.

What can international responses in two very different contexts tell us about humanitarianism in general? How do thematic issues within both responses differ and overlap? Join CHRHS Visiting Scholars Chiara Romano Bosch (United Nations World Food Programme) and Amany Qaddour (Syria Relief and Development) for a discussion on the humanitarian responses in Syria and Ukraine from a practitioner perspective. Both scholars bring years of experience in the humanitarian sector, including work in both countries. This event will feature a moderated panel discussion hosted by CHRHS’s Civil-Military Program Coordinator Alexandria Nylen and an audience Q&A session followed by a reception. RSVP appreciated for catering purposes.

Amany Qaddour, CHRHS Visiting Scholar

Amany Qaddour serves as the regional director of Syria Relief and Development (SRD), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization operating on the ground in Syria since 2011. She is currently an associate faculty member and doctor of public health (DrPH) candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Human Biology and Psychology and a Master's degree in Health Services Administration (MHSA), both from the University of Kansas. In 2020, she was awarded the American Public Health Association's Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy Award for Maternal and Child Health and she briefed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2020 and again in 2021. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross for her local chapter and the Advisory Group of DisasterReady. She currently serves on the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Research Advisory Group for the Arab States Regional Office; the World Health Organization (WHO) Implementing Best Practices Network Steering Committee; the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI) General Assembly; the northwest Syria NGO forum steering committee; and the Syria Cross-Border Humanitarian Liaison Group (HLG). She has guest lectured at various universities in the United States and and Canada, including Brown, Georgetown, Emory, Tulane, the Naval War College, and Carleton University. 
Chiara Romano Bosch
CHRHS Visiting Scholar

Chiara Romano Bosch is the Visiting United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Scholar at Brown University’s Center for Human Rights and Human Studies. Chiara currently works for the WFP headquarters in Rome, Italy; working as a Humanitarian-Military Interaction Officer. In this role, Chiara provides technical oversight and first wave surge support to WFP’s operations in order to address potential civil-military coordination gaps and to better enable overall humanitarian access for life-saving WFP responses. Chiara has served at WFP for 7 years and before her current post, she covered a number of diverse roles within the organization – all within the realm of emergency preparedness and response – acting as a Special Advisor, Programme Officer, Supply-Chain Officer and Emergency Preparedness Officer across Djibouti, Yemen, the Sahel, Haiti, Bahamas, Venezuela and others, in both in complex emergencies and natural disaster responses. Most recently, Chiara has been deployed to the Ukraine conflict, working between the political level and the contact lines. Prior to working at WFP, she also dabbled briefly in journalism- which remains a strong area of interest In parallel, Chiara is also a founding member of Liminal, a research-consultancy design platform which looks at finding multi-disciplinary approaches to tackle problems related to de-population and degrading infrastructure in the Italian countryside, an initiative that lucky to be supported by institutions such as MIT. Chiara holds a Master of Arts in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London (UK) and a bilingual BA in International Relations from the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Spain).