Putting Inclusion into Practice: Speaker bios

HelpAge USA is proud to announce the speakers for Putting into Inclusion Practice, the U.S. launch event of of the Humanitarian Inclusion Standards for Older People and People with Disabilities.

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This event will feature opening remarks from Melissa Horn Albuja, Senior Lead Protection Advisor, OFDA

Don Steinberg - Moderator

Don Steinberg is Special Advisor to World Learning, Inc., providing strategic guidance to the Board of Trustees and senior staff, having previously served as CEO of the organization from 2013 to 2017. Steinberg brings more than 35 years of experience in government and nongovernmental organizations and expertise in the fields of international relations and development. Prior to World Learning Inc., Steinberg served as deputy administrator at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where he focused on the Middle East and Africa and organizational reforms under the USAID Forward agenda, increasing the inclusion of women, people with disabilities, LGBT persons, and other marginalized groups through expanded dialogue with development partners.

Sharif Aly- Panelist

Sharif Aly is the Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a leading faith-based NGO that provides humanitarian aid in more than 40 countries worldwide. Previously, Sharif served as the Advocacy Counsel and lead United Nations representative at IRUSA. During his tenure as Advocacy Counsel, he managed IRUSA's advocacy campaigns on food security and livelihood, refugee resettlement and climate change. In addition, Sharif led major campaigns on financial access for civil society organizations. With a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University, Sharif has 14 years of experience in a wide range of practice areas, including nonprofit law and management, community development and humanitarian relief and development advocacy.

Diana Hiscock - Panelist

Diana Hiscock has dedicated her career to practice in developing countries and disaster and emergency situations. For over 30 years she has worked with non-governmental organizations as a disability advisor and project manager in marginalized communities and areas affected by natural disaster and war. She has provided technical support in the fields of disability and rehabilitation in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, East Africa, South and Central Asia and China, structuring and supporting the interventions of emergency teams. Diana has worked with people injured, displaced and disabled by conflict in Syria since 2012, most recently as technical coordinator for Humanity & Inclusion (the new name of Handicap International) working with refugees in Jordan.

Michael Klosson - Panelist

Michael Klosson is vice president of policy and humanitarian response at Save the Children. He joined Save the Children after a career as a Foreign Service officer. Mr. Klosson oversees the organization's public policy and advocacy work with the U.S. government and foreign governments as well as its global emergency response work. Mr. Klosson helped steer the humanitarian responses in Haiti, Pakistan, and Syria and is spearheading efforts to enhance the agency's emergency response capacity. In the Foreign Service, he served as ambassador to Cyprus, consul general in Hong Kong and Macau, and deputy chief of mission at several U.S. embassies. Mr. Klosson has taught at Hamilton College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.