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A decade of displacement in the Middle East and North Africa


15 February 2021
11:00 - 13:00 Geneva time | 13:00 - 15:00 Doha time


Qatar Charity, the Qatar Fund for Development and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre are pleased to invite you to the launch of a new report on internal displacement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which will take place on 15 February from 11:00-13:00 Geneva time / 13:00-15:00 Doha time. 

Forced displacement has been a common feature of the region’s humanitarian crises over the past decade. The number of displaced people has more than tripled since 2011, with a total of 12.4 million people living in internal displacement as of December 2019. 

We will be joined at this virtual event by a prominent panel of speakers who will discuss the findings of IDMC’s report and share insights on what can be done to bring lasting solutions to IDPs and contribute to the region’s future stability and development.

Simultaneous interpretation in Arabic and English will be provided.


Mr. Ali Abbas Jahakir, Director General of the Branches Affairs Department/Ministry of Migration and Displaced of the Republic of Iraq


Mr. Nawaf Al-Hammadi, Deputy CEO for International programs, Qatar Charity

Nawaf AlHammadi currently heads Qatar Charity’s global humanitarian and development programs spanning across 70 countries, bringing outstanding expertise and experience to build and implement lasting solutions to poverty, marginalisation and inequalities. AlHammadi joined Qatar Charity as Chief Global Programs Officer in 2020 after a decade-long experience in non-profit and public affairs. AlHammadi was nominated to head the Criminal Court of the State of Qatar, a position that led to him being appointed Assistant Undersecretary at the Supreme Judiciary Council in 2019.   


Mr. Misfer Al-Shahwani, Deputy Director General for Development Projects, Qatar Fund for Development

Misfer Al-Shahwani is responsible for the performance of the Development Projects functions and reports on business operations, financial performance, and risk and compliance and ensures the sound implementation of corporate governance. Al-Shahwani oversees more than 90 projects in 50 countries. 


Dr. Seyed Amirhossein Garakani, Head of the National Disaster Research Institute and UNESCO Chair on Natural Disasters Management of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Dr. Seyed Amirhossein Garakani has been the head of Natural Disasters Research Institute and UNESCO chair on natural disasters management since 2018. He previously was the Reconstruction Deputy and the Head of the Office for Rural Housing Studies and Research in the Islamic Republic Housing Foundation. He has written or worked as co-author in 13 books with the subject of rural housing and post-disaster reconstruction.


Mr. Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR Representative in Yemen

Jean-Nicolas Beuze worked for more than 21 years with the United Nations in the areas of Human Rights (OHCHR), Peacekeeping (DPKO) and UNICEF at Headquarters and in the field (Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Afghanistan and the Middle-East and North Africa region) before joining UNHCR in Lebanon as Deputy Representative for Protection and Inter-Agency Coordination. He was previously appointed as the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Unit of UN Peace-Keeping/DPKO mission in Afghanistan/UNAMA (2008-10) focusing on women’s rights, elections, poverty and the protection of civilians.


Mr. Mohamed Abu-Haloub, Director of the Gaza Strip Office, Qatar Charity