Discourse on Humanitarian Logistics with Professor Gyöngyi Kovács
Humanity First International held a conference on 10th January titled ‘Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management’ at their Headquarters in Surbiton, UK. Professor Gyöngyi Kovács, Erkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics, travelled from Helsinki to present at the conference.
With over 25 participants on-site and over 300 participants watching the live stream worldwide, organisations attending included:
- Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK (AMA UK)
- Ahmadiyya Muslim Community International Press and Media Office - Ahmadiyya Muslim Research Association (AMRA)
- Humanity First International
- Humanity First
- International Association of Ahmadiyya Architects & Engineers (IAAAE)
Professor Kovács discussed the criticality of detailed impact assessments relating to Logistical operations; both before and after humanitarian action have been conducted. In addition to the environmental impacts, Professor Kovács also highlighted concerns regarding Public Health in Emergencies, stating that this was a vital consideration in programme design in line with the 'Do No Harm' principle.
After the main session concluded, the participants formed mixed groups to discuss what more could be done within the field of Humanitarian Logistics and what supporting analysis would need to be undertaken.
Dr Aziz Hafiz, Director for Humanity First International Disaster Relief said,
"It’s been extremely beneficial having Professor Kovács attend our conference and share cutting edge thinking relating to Humanitarian Logistics with ourselves and our partners"
Professor Kovács said,
"I really appreciate that you had me here. I hope that you continue the discussion and that we continue the discussion... I'm very glad to be part of that. This is an area where you can make a huge impact beyond the areas where you are already making an impact"
Professor Kovács was presented an award by Humanity First for 'Outstanding Contributions to Humanitarian Logisitics' along with a copy of 'Faith and Altruism' (a brochure containing a speech given by our Patron, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, at the International HF conference in 2015), a book by His Holiness titled 'World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace', as well as some other Humanity First merchandise.
After the conference concluded, lunch was served, which all the participants thoroughly enjoyed.