Learning Café HUM57
Cross-fertilisation of Ideas and Peer Learning at/for the Humanitarian Sector
Date Thursday, Dec 6 Time – Room Schöneberg
There are numerous UN initiatives to improve organisational culture in the humanitarian sector and create timely, flexible mobile learning. In this Learning Café we will share information about these activities and learn from each other as a group, so that we can cross-fertilise ideas about how to link into them.
Marzia Baldassari is the Volunteer Learning Resource Specialist in the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV), based in Bonn, Germany, where she coordinates and delivers learning initiatives for 6500+ UN Volunteers across the globe through the design, development, delivery of e-learning courses, blended learning programmes and face-to-face training activities.
In her role, she coordinated the development of the first UNV-specific online learning platform, that has grown to approximately 23,000 users in just over 12 months as well as prepared the content for UNV-tailored e-learning courses.
Marzia is passionate about education, learning and training. Her experience varies from the community and voluntary sector to private companies to international organizations in both a paid and voluntary capacity. Originally from Rome, Italy, she has travelled extensively in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East and has developed a strong interest in human development. She believes learning is a key component to any organization as it provides added value for individuals in various shapes of knowledge, skills and attitudes both at personal and professional level.
Within the current position, Marzia is also responsible for outreach and works to expand partnerships on learning with United Nations agencies, learning institutions, and other stakeholders.
Marzia has a keen interest in languages and cultures and is fluent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Abel is Learning and Technology Officer for UNICEF, coordinating the development of content, implementation of systems and promotion of innovative practices.
UNICEF's elearning initiatives are now hosted on Agora, which offers a number of services and courses for free to external audiences.
Tom Wambeke, Belgium, is graduated in Educational Sciences and holds a Master in Cultural Management and recently finished an Executive Business LEAD degree in Innovation at Stanford University.
Before joining the International Training Centre of the ILO he was assistant Professor at the University of Leuven and innovation coach at Open Higher Education.
He is currently Programme Manager of DELTA which specializes in providing sustainable learning solutions with the objective to generate impact and organizational change.
The unit he is leading has a double mandate: to strengthen the Centre’s in-house capacity to apply state-of-the art learning and knowledge sharing methods and technology, and to provide (e)-learning services to outside partners on a global scale. In this context he works closely together with UN agencies, development banks, international organisations, governments and NGO’s.
As a certified international facilitator (IAF) he’s actively involved in strategy facilitation, participatory knowledge sharing, networked learning and ICT4Development. This he combines with a passion for complexity adaptive thinking, foresight analysis and futures exploration.