Graduation ceremony for 20 humanitarian professionals

The class in Lugano (before the introduction of Covid-19 provisions). The courses ended in online mode.
The class in Lugano (before the introduction of Covid-19 provisions). The courses ended in online mode.
Prof. Uday Apte during his course of “Process Management and Lean Six Sigma”
Prof. Uday Apte during his course of “Process Management and Lean Six Sigma”

Institutional Communication Service

23 November 2020

Twenty humanitarian professionals earned their Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM) degree from the Faculty of Economics at USI Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) at the graduation ceremony held online, in light of the current Covid-19 provisions. MASHLM awards the best thesis to three applied research papers.

The MASHLM Program trains humanitarian practitioners to help them improve their work in emergency response, providing practical education in the key areas of supply chain management, process and project management, strategic management, and humanitarian action. Participants build practical skills through real-world humanitarian challenges. Through MASHLM graduates, international aid organizations are equipped with the tools and methods that allow them to improve the quality of their operations.

USI Rector, Professor Boas Erez, with the Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Professor Gianluca Colombo, and the MASHLM Academic Director, Professor Paulo Gonçalves, greeted the graduates and congratulated them on their achievement.

 

Best Thesis Awards

This year, three awards for the Best Master Thesis went to:

  • Valeriya Brahilyeva, for her work “Optimization of selection and management of Implementing Partners in the remote settings of Syria Response in IOM Turkey, Gaziantep sub-office”. Valeriya studied the regulations adopted by the largest humanitarian organizations (e.g., UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNFPA, OSCE) to manage Implementing Partners (IPs) to inform and benchmark the International Organization for Migration’s (IOMs) IP regulation practices.
  • Raquel Froese Buzogany, for her work “Mapping Interactions Between Food Security and Poverty”. In her master's, Raquel identified the causal mechanisms between SDGs 1 (food security) and 2 (poverty) using system dynamics.
  • Diana El Homsi, for her work “Real Options Theory to decide Building Infrastructure Investment”. In her work, Diana studied what would be the most cost-effective approach in managing properties within the humanitarian industry.

 

November 2020 MAS graduates with their nationality, position, company, and country of work:

Name

Last name

Nationality

Position

Organization

Location

Erika

Abs

Brazil

UNICEF Supply Division

Logistics Coordinator

Denmark

Arwa Ghilan

Ali Al-Sarori

Yemen

ICRC

Head of Supply Chain Unit

Yemen

Mohammad Shafi

Anwari

Afghanistan

IOM

Regional Resources Management Officer

Kenya

Edwardo

Bader

Lebanon

ICRC

Procurement Manager

Nigeria

Prince Tamba

Borbor

Liberia/Sierra Leone

War Child Holland

Global Procurement and Logistics Advisor

The Netherlands

Valeriya

Brahilyeva

Ukraine

IOM

Procurement Officer

Turkey

Ali

Deeb

Syria

Office of the Special-Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY)

Civil-Military Coordination Officer

Yemen

Raphael

Edler von Braunmühl

Germany/Italy

IOM

Logistics and Procurement Officer

Djibouti

Diana

El Homsi

Lebanon

ICRC

Premises Manager

Lebanon

Dominic

Florma

Liberia

WHO

Supply Chain Management Officer

Sudan

Raquel

Froese Buzogany

Brazil

PhD student

Università della Svizzera italiana

Switzerland

Emídio Luís

Gonçalves

Angola

IOM

Head of Office

Mozambique

Fasil Mamo

Habte

Ethiopia

MSF

Logistics Coordinator, ex Head of Mission

Sudan

Kristen

Jackson Seymour

USA

Tea Importers/Sorawate Rwanda

Global Logistics Team

USA

Michael

Lanini

Switzerland

Swiss Armed Forces, Operations Command

Head of Geospatial Information Services

Switzerland

Arwa

Naser

Syria

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Humanitarian Affairs Officer

Syria

Paul Ekeya

Otwani

Kenya

WHO

Operations Support and Logistics Lead/Supply Chain Coordinator 

South Sudan

Elle Erin

Rodriguez

USA

 

USA

Peter Nyongesa

Situma

Kenya

UNHCR

Regional Bureau of Southern Africa, Senior Supply Associate FS 5

South Africa

Alex Yao

Sokemawu Freeman

Ghana

WHO

Operations support and Logistic / WASH-IPC Technical Officer

South Sudan

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the candidates who have successfully completed the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management, shorter degree within the full Master:

 

November 2020 CAS/DAS graduates with their nationality, position, company, and country of work:

Name

Last name

Nationality

Position organization

Location

Haidar

Husam Abdulrashed Abdulmolla

Yemen

ICRC
Logistics Site Manager

Yemen

Sandra Moreira

Legg

Mozambique

World Food programme, Chief Air Transport Officer

Central African Republic

Beat

Renfer

Switzerland

MoD/SWISSINT, Logistics Advisor

Switzerland

Karim

Skalli

Swiss

GSK, Strategic Supply Chain Project Lead

Switzerland

 

About USI and MASHLM

The Università della Svizzera italiana is part of the Swiss public university system. Founded in 1996, it is distinctive in the Swiss university landscape because of the originality of its degree curricula and the high percentage of international students. USI comprises five faculties: Economics, Communication Sciences, Informatics, and Biomedical Science (as of 2020) in Lugano, and the School of Architecture in Mendrisio. USI offers a range of executive programs, among them the Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics Management (MASHLM).

The MASHLM program is a premier educational program that supports the global humanitarian community to improve its understanding of the challenges and opportunities in humanitarian emergencies. Participants are active practitioners that improve their performance in humanitarian operations. Based in Lugano, the MASHLM is an intensive part-time program with six residential sessions over twelve months. The program combines theory and practice to generate real impact by using advanced tools and methods applied to practical humanitarian challenges, focusing on the implementation of relevant theory to improve practice, and teaching across projects, organizations and experienced participants.

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