About the event

The Ebola outbreak in DRC has crossed the border into Uganda. How are humanitarian agencies handling this latest development? On June 18, we’re hosting a conference call with Director General of the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA), Augustin Augier, and global health journalist Jenny Lei Ravelo to gain insights into how U.N. agencies and NGOs are responding to the ongoing Ebola crisis — and explore outstanding challenges and frustrations in containing the outbreak.

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The Speakers


Deborah Charles

Managing Editor
Deborah Charles is a veteran foreign and White House correspondent overseeing the global news operation at Devex. She spent more than two decades with Reuters covering coups, wars and the plight of refugees across four continents. Prior to joining Devex, she consulted for the World Bank and worked as an editor at the U.S. State Department.

Jenny Lei Ravelo

Senior Reporter
Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

Augustin Augier

Director General
The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA)
After completing studies in business school, Augustin began is professional career in mergers and acquisitions, then in France's  National Assembly with a parliamentary group. Starting in 2005, he spent 3 years  as project coordinator for areas of conflict with an international medical NGO. In 2009, he was one of the founding members of ALIMA, for whom he served as Director General until 2013.

Leslie Koo

Nutrition Team Lead
USAID Bureau for Global Health
Leslie Koo is a Nutrition Team Lead with the USAID Bureau for Global Health. She has previous advisory experience in nutrition with Save the Children International, Concern Worldwide, and UNICEF. She received her MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University.

Paul Burford

Branch Chief
USAID Office of Acquisition and Assistance
Paul Burford serves as Branch Chief and Supervisory Contracting and Agreement Officer supporting the Bureau for Food Security and the President's Feed the Future initiative. He has over a decade of contracting and procurement experience across a number of USAID programs.
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