Free Launch Event

With Guest Speaker Heba Aly

As we continue to adapt to this changing world, we wanted to come together to reflect on all we have been through as we look forward to the future. On September 15 we were joined by over 300 humanitarian and development professionals from over 60 countries as we took stock of where we are as a sector, where we are heading, and discussed how we plan to get there!


If you were not able to attend, watch Heba Aly's keynote, read more about  Humentum's year-long series of virtual learning and networking on this site, and learn more about this year's Humentum's OpEx Award Winners!

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September 15, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT



Each year we honor our members and partners who demonstrate the true meaning of innovation, collaboration, and collective and lasting impact. This year it was even more important to do so. In every crisis, there are those who rise above, and it is those we should learn from and highlight. OpEx Awards 2020 will highlight six extraordinary people and teams, their inspiring work, and the lessons they can share!


We are also delighted to announce that Heba Aly, Director of The New Humanitarian, will join us as a guest speaker. Ms. Aly will offer insight into how the Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19 are exposing the hypocrisies and structural problems that have long underpinned international humanitarian action. She will explore the impact of both and how they are putting into question traditional conceptions of humanitarian aid at a deeper level - check out her recent article. Learn more about The New Humanitarian's Rethinking Humanitarianism series, which focuses on the future of international solidarity. Ms. Aly's engaging talk will set the tone for the meaningful discussions we look forward to having at OpEx365 this year!


A Q&A follows this talk with Heba Aly, moderated by our CEO, Dr Christine Sow. Bring your questions and join the conversation! Learn more about our guest speaker below.

A multimedia journalist by training, Ms. Aly spent one decade reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia before moving into management. Her work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg News and The New Humanitarian, among others, took her to places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chad and Libya; and she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for her work in northern Sudan.


Heba Aly

1120 20th St, NW

Suite 520 S

Washington, DC 20036

Tel: (202) 509-0465

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