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Panel Discussion with Mercy Corps Field Workers

Event Date: 
October 22, 2009 - 07:00 - 08:30

Four of Mercy Corps' most experienced field workers from around the globe will share their first-hand perspectives in a public event at the new Mercy Corps global headquarters. Moderated by Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer, the panelists will discuss how crises like war and natural disasters can turn into opportunities for long-term progress. Presented by the Mercy Corps Action Center (, the discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 22nd Doors open at 6:15pm, panel begins at 7pm
LOCATION: Mercy Corps global headquarters 45 SW Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97204 (Enter through the Mercy Corps Action Center at 28
SW 1st Ave)


Panelists include:

Ammar Zakhr directs Mercy Corps’ World Food Program-funded programs in Iraq. Originally from Baghdad, Ammar oversees a program that provides oil, wheat, vegetable seeds and nuts to over 230,000 internally displaced Iraqis in six different cities. Since 2003 Ammar has worked on various aspects of Iraqi reconstruction including water and sanitation projects, cash for work projects and emergency distributions for internally displaced persons, returnees and refugees.

Borys Chinchilla is Mercy Corps’ Country Director in Guatemala. Borys has dedicated his life’s work to alleviating the rampant poverty he experienced growing up in rural Guatemala.

Sean Granville-Ross is the Country Director of Mercy Corps’ extensive programming in Indonesia. Sean most recently oversaw Mercy Corps’ immediate response to last month's earthquake in Padang, Indonesia that destroyed over 133,000 homes and killed over 800 people and injured move than 1,300.

Lorina McAdam is Mercy Corps’ Deputy Country Director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lorina oversees water and sanitation projects which are both good for the environment and in reducing the amount of time that women need to spend looking for wood, which is essential in a country where rape is so prevalent.

Mercy Corps global headquarters
45 SW Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97204
United States

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