Allen Hope Southey Memorial Lecture - The Changing Face of Humanitarianism
Free Public Lecture
G08 Theatre, Ground Floor
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton VIC 3053
T: 9035 1111
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The changing face of humanitarianism: are non-profits and governments working towards the same aims?
This event will explore the role of governments and civil society organisations in upholding and advocating for human rights around the world. With nations and non-profits both grappling with huge global issues, such as the growing refugee crisis and ever-challenging humanitarian work in developing countries, how can all players in the space work better together? CEO of Save the Children International and former Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt is joined in conversation with Erika Feller to discuss this dynamic.
This event is hosted in partnership with Save the Children and Melbourne School of Government.
Allen Hope Southey Memorial Lecture
In 1958, Ethel Thorpe Southey, better known as Nancy Southey, made a gift to the University of Melbourne to endow a law lectureship in memory of her husband Allen Hope Southey, who had graduated as a Master of Laws in the University in 1917 and died in 1929 at the age of 35.
Thirty years later, the Allen Hope Southey Memorial Lecture again enjoyed the support of the Southey family as they made further donations to build on Nancy Southey’s initiative. Forty years later, Mr and Mrs Southey’s son, Sir Robert Southey, made a generous gift in his will to the lectureship fund his mother had established. And in 2008, 50 years later, the five sons of Sir Robert Southey continued the family’s support of the Allen Hope Southey Memorial Lecture at Melbourne Law School.
Ms Erika Feller, Vice-Chancellor Fellow at Melbourne School of Government and former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner
Ms Erika Feller
Vice-Chancellor Fellow at Melbourne School of Government and former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner
Melbourne School of Government
From 2005 to April 2013 Ms Feller held the post of Assistant High Commissioner (Protection), one of the four top management positions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This was the culmination of a 26 year long career with UNHCR, and had been preceded by 14 years service as an Australian diplomat, in Canberra and overseas. For UNHCR, Ms Feller served both in Geneva and in the field. She was the initiator and manager of the 20012 Global Consultations on International Protection, which generated the Agenda for Protection, the internationally endorsed global "road map" on protection policy for refugees. She has visited all major refugee situations during her time with UNHCR, and is broadly respected as a refugee law advocate who has been widely published. She was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Most recently she has taken up an appointment as Vice Chancellor's Fellow at The University of Melbourne.
Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children International, former Prime Minister of Denmark
Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt
CEO of Save the Children International, former Prime Minister of Denmark
Save the Children International
As CEO of Save the Children International, Helle oversees humanitarian and development programs that reach 55 million children in around 120 countries. Save the Children has 25,000 staff, working in some of the most difficult and challenging contexts in the world, and an annual budget of over 2 billion USD. Helle joined Save the Children International after a career of public service. As the Prime Minister of Denmark, she led a coalition government from 2011 until 2015, successfully steering Denmark through a difficult period of transition after the global financial crisis. Prior to her time as Prime Minister, Helle was member of Danish Parliament and the Leader of the Social Democratic Party for 10 years. She was a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004, and previously worked as an international adviser to the Confederation of Trade Unions. Throughout her career Helle has been deeply engaged with a range of significant national, European and global issues. She now contributes her insights and expertise, as a board member to several influential international advisory groups and thinktanks, including: The European Council for Foreign Relations, the International Crisis Group, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the Every Woman, Every Child Global Strategy UN Advisory Group, the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, the Centre for Global Development European Advisory Group. Helle has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen, and a Master’s Degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges. Born in Copenhagen, she is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of French. Helle is married with two children.