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Speaker Bio - Sekkenes

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Plenary Speaker

Johanne Sekkenes
Director of Operational Support, Doctors Without Borders

Nurse Johanne Sekkenes, responsible for Operational Support in MSF-USA, has worked for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since 1994, when she was part of the medical/surgery program set up in Kuito, Angola to treat victims of that country's civil war.

Since then, Ms. Sekkenes has been involved in several of MSF's humanitarian activities, including delivering medical aid in Angola, China, Congo-Brazzaville, Mozambique, and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), as well as working in the MSF office in Sweden on advocacy issues.

In 2005 Ms. Sekkenes worked as the head of mission for MSF's programs in Niger, coordinating the organization's response to the major nutritional crisis affecting tens of thousands of children in that country. As an MSF Program Officer, she has participated in advocacy work on humanitarian issues with the U.S. Government, the United Nations, and U.S.-based organizations.

Ms. Sekkenes continues to participate in overseas operations, with recent MSF assignment in the war-torn region of eastern Chad near the border with Sudan, and an emergency assessment during a 2008 nutritional crisis in southern Ethiopia. She has just returned from another emergency assignment in Burkina Faso, where she helped implement an MSF response to an outbreak of both measles and meningitis.

Ms. Sekkenes received her nursing degrees from the University of Linkoping in Sweden and the College of Nursing in Molde, Norway, and received a Bachelor of Science in International Nursing and Health Care from the Red Cross College of Nursing and Health in Stockholm, Sweden.
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