Introduction to Humanitarian NGOs and Challenges of Syrian Crisis

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Date: March 27, 2015 Friday
Time:  19.00
Place: santralistanbul Campus, E2-301

Speaker:  Eoin Lennon (GOAL Syria)

The seminar is organized by İstanbul Bilgi University Center for Civil Society Studies. In the seminar, Eoin Lennon will be providing a talk on his experiences of working in GOAL, a leading humanitarian and development NGO, distinctions and specific challenges of humanitarian NGOs from other civil society organisations, and challenges that the current Syrian crisis poses for them.

The talk will be held in English.

Eoin Lennon:
Eoin Lennon is currently Director of Systems (HR, Supply Chain, IT, Internal Audit and Compliance) of GOAL Syria. Eoin has worked with GOAL since 2011 in South Sudan and Malawi before joining GOAL's Syria response in 2013. Before GOAL, Eoin worked for four years as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG Ireland in its Consumer, Industrial Markets Audit & Assurance Department, dealing with publically listed, private and NGO clients. Other assignments include being engaged by the Department of Finance (Ireland) to research procurement education in the public sector. As well as being a Chartered Accountant, Eoin also holds a Bachelor’s of Business Studies from Trinity College, is a Qualified Financial Advisor (LIA) and is certified in Project Management. In his spare time Eoin likes to talk about his favourite football club Liverpool and explore new countries.

GOAL is an international humanitarian NGO with operations in over 16 worldwide and has spent over $1 billion of aid since its inception in 1977. GOAL Syria is a subsidiary of GOAL, has annual budget of $100m+, with over 500 staff and volunteers delivering life saving aid to over 700,000 people in Northern Syria every month. GOAL's mission is "To work towards ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable in our world and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental rights of life, including but not limited to adequate shelter, food, water and sanitation, healthcare and education"