AIDEX 2015: Humanitarian Hero Award Winner Announced

Sponsored Content

aidex 2015 logo

 

  • Sean Casey from International Medical Corps wins for his contribution to Ebola response efforts.
  • Claus Sørensen is presented with an AidEx Lifetime Achievement Award

18 November 2015, Brussels: The AidEx Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award aims to acknowledge the great work done by individuals from the humanitarian and development aid community.

The award helps showcase the courageous and sometimes dangerous lengths they go to and the dedication they commit to their line of work, whether they be suppliers, NGOs, or members of governmental and the development aid community.

This year, the finalists chosen from among a wide range of entries were:

  • Jan in’t Veld, Focus On Vision
  • Sean Casey, International Medical Corps
  • Dr Rafael Ruiz Rodriguez, University of Mexico 
  • Magda Ahmed, Mercy Corps

The general public garnered over 2,000 unique votes, while winner Sean Casey of International Medical Corps received over 900 votes.

AidEx also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Claus Sørensen, Senior Adviser to the European Political Strategy Centre, and former Director-General of the European Commission’s DG for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). Mr Sørensen was recognised for his outstanding and long-lasting contributions to the aid and development community.

ABOUT THE AIDEX HUMANITARIAN HERO OF THE YEAR WINNER

  • Sean Casey was the first person deployed by International Medical Corps to respond to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
  • Since then, under Casey’s leadership, International Medical Corps has cared for nearly 2,500 patients in its Ebola Treatment Centres (ETCs) in Liberia and Sierra Leone, trained thousands of front-line Ebola responders, screened hundreds of thousands of individuals through its SRUs in the three most-affected countries, and provided ongoing support to hundreds of Ebola survivors.
  • Today Sean serves as Regional Director managing the organisation’s Ebola response, recovery and ongoing preparedness efforts in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Mali.
  • Sean was also one of the first humanitarian responders to this year’s earthquake in Nepal, where he immediately launched International Medical Corps’ response, quickly pulling together local medical and logistics volunteers to deploy Mobile Medical Units to the epicentre within hours of the quake.

Key Quotes

“I’m so grateful to all those from within the humanitarian community who voted for me. This means a lot because it comes from the people I worked with, my peers on the frontline of humanitarian response around the world.” Sean Casey, AidEx 2015 Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award winner

I think this award is a symbol of the deep empathy that people within the humanitarian community feel for each other. I am extremely grateful for having been able to work with such people, whose main concern is to save lives; to go to the most difficult places on the globe and do their best in the name of human solidarity.” Claus Sørensen, AidEx Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

About AidEx

AidEx is a major international conference and exhibition for humanitarian and development professionals of all stripes. Held annually in Brussels, it brings together different voices  whether they be NGO fieldworkers, the public and private sectors, long-established thought leaders or brand new start-ups.

AidEx encompasses a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide a one stop shop for the visitor to meet, source, supply and learn.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

Ukraine takes EU money and runs to sign with Russia

The three sins the EU committed in 2015

Bank resolutions to remain a politically influenced affair

Eurozone: How can 200 banks find €400 billion?

Responsible Artificial Intelligence

Will Merkel ever steer the EU migration Titanic and restore her power in Germany?

A Sting Exclusive: EU Commission’s Vice President Šefčovič accentuates the importance of innovation to EU’s Energy Union

EU out to conquer African Union summit

Bundestag kick starts the next episode of the Greek tragedy

European Youth Forum and youngest MEPs call on President Juncker to keep his promise to Europe’s youth

It’s EU vs. Google for real: the time is now, the case is open

Refugee crisis update: EU fails to relocate immigrants from Greece and Italy

A Sting Exclusive: “Doing ourselves a favour”, Vice President Dombrovskis underscores that this time growth has to come from within the EU

The Swiss will pay dearly for voting out fellow Europeans

Vulnerable young people must not be blamed & stigmatised for violent radicalisation

COP21 Breaking News_10 December:#ParisAgreement: Points that remain in suspense

Light at the end of the Eurozone tunnel

Draghi tells the Parliament the ECB to use all its weaponry; euro slides to parity with the dollar

Four things Turkey did for business in the G20

The Commission tries to stop the ‘party’ with the structural funds

A shortened EU Summit admits failures, makes risky promises

The European Parliament double-checks the EU 2014-2020 budget

EU leads the torn away South Sudan to a new bloody civil war

Dutch voters reject EU-Ukraine partnership and open a new pandora’s box for the EU

Global Citizen-Volunteer Internships

Eurostat: Real unemployment double than the official rate

‘Two pack’ austerity package in force but with less vigor

Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU at the Chinese Fashion Night

The EU Consumer Policy on the Digital Market: A Behavioral Economics View

Drowning in the Mediterranean this summer? Many happy returns

Russia and the EU ‘trade’ natural gas supplies and commercial concessions in and out of Ukraine

MWC 2016 LIVE: Telenor CEO calls on operators to embrace Mobile Connect initiative

European Youth Forum welcomes establishment of new Youth Intergroup in the European Parliament

An Easter Special: Social protection of migrants in Europe as seen through the eyes of European youth

France fails again the exams. Kindly requested to sit in on Commission’s class

Brussels to tear down the trade wall with Mexico as opposed to Trump’s “walls”

Five-year low inflation for Eurozone and now Mario has to finally wake up the Germans

Greece lost a month that cannot be found neither in “mini Summits” nor in Berlin

EU Commission indifferent on Court of Auditors’ recommendations

Long live Eurozone’s bank supervisor down with the EU budget supremo

On Youth Participation: Are we active citizens?

Germany and OSCE support an east-west dialogue in Ukraine without exclusions

Scotland and First Minister Salmond enter the most challenging battlefield for independence: Europe

Banks suffocate the real economy by denying loans

The US repelled EU proposals on common rules for banks

IMF: Sorry Greece, Ireland, Portugal we were wrong!

Eurozone guarantees all banks with…taxpayers’ money

Greece did it again

Everybody against Japan over yen’s devaluation

EU finally agrees on target for 40% greenhouse emission cuts ahead of Paris climate talks

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s