Webinar : The Whole is greater than the sum of its parts: How HCTs members can work better together


The Peer 2 Peer Support Team invites you to our Humanitarian Leadership Webinar Series:
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts: How HCTs members can work better together.


Tuesday 23rd January 2018   

Mr. Philippe Lazzarini

Deputy UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC), Lebanon


Ms. Geeta Bandi-Phillips

Director of Advocacy and External Engagement, World Vision Somalia

and Representative at the Somalia Humanitarian Country Team (HCT)


New York 09:00;   Dakar 13:00;   Geneva 15:00;   Lebanon / Amman 16:00;   Addis Ababa / Nairobi 17:00


“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Aristotle


The Peer-2-Peer Support Project will talk to Lebanon’s Humanitarian Coordinator, Phillipe Lazzarini and Somalia HCT member, Geeta Bandi-Phillips to hear how humanitarian assistance has been delivered more efficiently and more effectively in their operations as a result of a well-functioning HCT.  Both presenters will explain how certain processes such as a revised HCT Terms of Reference, and a HCT Compact have helped bring agencies and NGOs closer together in delivering as a team and collectively contributing towards a common goal.

The webinar will:

  • Provide concrete examples of how senior leaders have built a spirit of togetherness within the humanitarian leadership team to capitalise on, and effectively utilise the different capacities of UN agencies and NGOs for an effective humanitarian response;
  • Outline key steps that humanitarian leaders can take for the HCT to be as effective as possible.
  • Guide the audience to resources to obtain more information on this issue.  


The webinar will be facilitated by Gian Carlo Cirri, Director of the IASC Peer-2-Peer Support Project. For help logging on to the webinar, see the login guide here.


Questions are welcome in advance of the webinar

You can e-mail questions to the Peer-2-Peer project before the webinar or submit them to the presenters live, via the chat function. All documents relevant to this webinar and a recording of the event (and previous webinars) are posted on the P2P Support website.

We hope you can join us for the webinar!




Mr. Phillipe Lazzarini, Deputy UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Lebanon

Since August 2015, Philippe Lazzarini is assigned by the UN Secretary-General as the Deputy UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon and the United Nations Development Program Resident Representative. He has extensive experience in humanitarian assistance and international coordination in conflict and post-conflict areas at senior levels, including through his latest assignment in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia as Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.

Prior to this, Mr. Lazzarini held a number of senior positions in the United Nations for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and in various field positions in Iraq, Angola, Somalia and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  He also served for 10 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).



Ms. Geeta Bandi-Phillips, Director of Advocacy and External Engagement at World Vision, World Vision (Somalia)

Ms. Geeta Bandi-Phillips is Director of Advocacy and External Engagement at World Vision, Somalia. Before joining World Vision, Geeta worked as Head of Media, Advocacy, Communications and Campaigns at Save the Children; as Policy and Advocacy Manager at Women and Children First, which works to reduce the neonatal and maternal mortality; and with UNICEF, leading Asia-wide research and advocacy processes on health, social exclusion and youth. Prior to that she headed up UNICEF India’s “Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS” campaign. She has also worked with Dalit Solidarity Network on Dalit human rights, and with Landmine Action on the rights of people in fragile states.

Geeta is originally from Andhra Pradesh, South India, and now works in Somalia after periods in London, Washington DC, Bangkok, New Delhi, The Hague and Oxford.