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Plenary Speakers

Tufail Muhammad – “Child Protection at the time of armed conflicts and natural disasters – Some key issues”


Dr. Tufail Muhammad (MD, MCPS, DCH, DCPath) is a pediatrician by profession. Currently he is the Chairman of Child Rights & Abuse Committee, Pakistan Pediatric Association and Director of Regional Training Institute Peshawar. He has postgraduate qualifications and training in Pediatrics, Clinical pathology, public health and Reproductive health. Dr. Tufail Muhammad has more than 20 years experience in the field of CAN and Child protection. He has more than 30 research papers to his credit and has presented more than 60 papers at international conferences in several countries around the world. 


Dr. Tufail has also conducted and published a number of community based research studies in collaboration with UNICEF, Save the Children Sweden, WHO, ILO and ECPAT International.. He has also co-authored a book (Your amazing baby) on the growth and development of Pakistani infants (published by Save the Children UK). He has also authored a number of booklets on various aspects of CAN and Child labor.



Bob Muchabaiwa – “Trebled costs of conflicts on public investment in children in selected African states”


Bob Muchabaiwa is a public finance expert currently serving as the Global Investment in Children Manager for Save the Children’s Child Rights Governance Global Initiative, based in NAIROBI Kenya. Bob has several years’ practical experience working on child rights, budgeting and economic governance at national, regional and international level. As part of his current job Bob has provided technical assistance to many countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Swaziland, Zambia, North-West Balkans and Kosovo on investment in children on a range of investment in children topics including child responsive budgeting, tax and social accountability. He is passionate about public finance matters, social and economic policy and children’s rights.


Bob has authored and contributed to several publications on budgeting for children, inequality amongst children, measuring child focused expenditures and social accountability. Bob is also studying for a PhD in Development Studies focusing on the political economy of public spending on children’s rights in Africa. 


Jebbeh Forster, UN Women, Peace and Security Advisor, Regional Office for East and Southern Africa

Jebbeh Forster is a lawyer by profession, with long term experience on gender, peace building and programme management.  She has worked with UN WOMEN (former UNIFEM) since 2002 in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Sudan and now Kenya on issues of gender equality & women’s rights, peace building and transitional justice as Gender Advisor, Country Programme Manager, Country Representative and now Regional Peace and Security Advisor.  Some of her notable work include support for integrating gender and women’s rights in the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commissions in Sierra Leone and Liberia, women’s access to justice in the informal justice system in post conflict Sierra Leone, women’s heightened visibility in the peace process in Uganda, the UN’s commitment in Sudan to implementing Commitments 2 and 3 of the Secretary Generals’ 7 Point Action Plan on Gender Responsive Peace Building and coordinating a gender needs assessment of Burundi Refugees in Rwanda.  


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