19th Humanitarian Conference in Geneva another Success for Webster Students

| March 7, 2014
More than 60 student organizers made the 19th annual Humanitarian Conference in Geneva a success.

More than 60 student organizers helped make the 19th annual Humanitarian Conference in Geneva a success for 432 participants.

The 19th annual Humanitarian Conference at Webster University Geneva drew more than 432 visitors and 33 speakers, another resounding success in a two-decades-long tradition. Nearly 15 percent of students at the Webster Geneva campus participated.

Organized each year by a student committee, this year’s event had more than 60 organizing students, including volunteers from other Webster campuses worldwide. This heavy student participation makes for a student-centered event, while bringing speakers and thought leaders from throughout the field of international relations.

Webster student Christine Baky was both a volunteer on the committee and presenter during the conference. She said her fellow students’ effort, dedication and communication were essential to the planning and execution of the conference.

Baky said working and presenting her paper, “The Challenge of Dealing with Terrorists and Non-State Actors,” was a challenge — but also a great opportunity. “With the encouragement and support of both Dr. Otto Hieronymi and Dr. Alexandre Vautravers, I was confident in discussing my topic and getting my opinion across,” she said.

Her impressions were typical of those who attended.

“The conference gave me fresh insight and ideas to help me broaden my thoughts regarding conflict resolution in the 21st century,” she said. “It was a dense and thoughtful two-day event – during which 33 presentations took place in total. The similar and contradicting opinions of many of the speakers made the conference a lively, interactive experience for all those attending.

Plans are already in motion for next year’s conference — the 20th edition, scheduled for Feb. 19-20, 2015.

Read more of Baky’s reflections at the Webster Geneva site.

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