Webinar on Powering Humanitarian Health Operations : Sustainable Energy Solutions

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This webinar will shed light on why access to reliable energy is pertinent for powering health facilities in humanitarian settings, especially in the current COVID context. Presentations from Sustainable Energy for ALL and Médecins Sans Frontières will discuss the importance and options for achieving reliable energy access along with an example of renewable energy system implementation in health clinics. A renewable energy system specialist will then provide practical guidance for enabling reliable energy supply to build the resilience of health systems.




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Nan Buzard, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) As ICRC’s Head of Innovation, Nan Buzard works with 18,000 staff across 80 countries on some of the most interesting initiatives in humanitarian action. She served in Bosnia with the International Rescue Committee in 1996, led the Sphere Project, and worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the American Red Cross. She was also the Executive Director of International Council of Voluntary Agencies. Nan received the Global Leadership in Emergency Public Health award from the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine in 2009. She was one of the Obama administration’s Champions of Change and served five years as the Steering Committee Chair of the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP). In 2019 Nan joined the Grand Challenges Canada Scientific Advisory Board. Her Master’s in Public Administration is from Harvard University. She is a big fan of cold-water swimming


Inaki Goicolea, MSF Spain Iñaki Goicolea is an Electrical Engineer specialized in the humanitarian aid world. Iñaki has worked with MSF for several years in the field all around the globe (CAR, Congo, Iraq, South Sudan, Paraguay, India, Niger, Sierra Leone …) as technical advisor and then as Logistics Coordinator. In the last 2 years he has been working at MSF’s headquarter office in Barcelona overseeing several energy projects; such as off-grid photovoltaic systems in geographically remote areas.


Talal Kanaan, Independent Renewables Specialist
Talal is an independent renewable energy specialist. He advises various UN agencies and development organizations on the transition to renewable energy, with a particular focus on humanitarian operations and health systems. Talal has a Master in Engineering from the University of Toronto focusing on energy systems, and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

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Luc Severi, Sustainable Energy for All
Luc Severi is a Senior Energy Access Specialist at Sustainable Energy for All, focusing primarily on the energy access gap in the health sector and the humanitarian sector. Luc holds a Master’s in Commercial Engineering from KULeuven and an MSc Development Management from the London School of Economics. Prior to starting his current position, Luc worked in Mozambique, Senegal, and Liberia, for several international NGOs and social enterprises, including SolarNow and Save the Children International, as well as for the UN Foundation. Throughout his career, Luc has been an active participant in the green & circular economy, working primarily with renewable energy solutions for off-grid and rural households, schools, and health centers.



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