SPEAKERS’ INFORMATION

Thomas Lahousse
Introduction:
Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières - Hong Kong

Thomas Lahousse started working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2011, as the executive coordinator with MSF International in Switzerland. He had a number of field assignments in Afghanistan, South Sudan and Burkina Faso with other NGOs before starting his frontline work with MSF as the Deputy Head of Mission in Haiti in 2015.

Mr. Lahousse then went to another project as the Head of Mission in Swaziland later in the same year. HIV/AIDS and drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (DR-TB) are prevalent in Swaziland and are the focus of MSF’s work. As the leader and representative of the programmes for two years, Mr. Lahousse led, planned and coordinated MSF medical efforts to fight against these diseases in the country. Together with the teams, he advocated successfully for the national adoption of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis short-course regimen, as recommended by the World Health Organization, and a full support package to DR-TB patients.

In August 2017, Mr. Lahousse took up the post as Executive Director of MSF-Hong Kong. He has a keen interest in Chinese culture, language and history.
Dr. Shannon Melissa Chan
Introduction:
MSF Field Worker

Shannon is a surgeon from Hong Kong. She joined MSF in 2014. She was sent to Bor, South Sudan, for her first MSF frontline mission in October 2016. She stayed there for three months. During the mission, Shannon had to deal with trauma cases due to conflicts. She also had to adapt her normal methods of diagnosis and treatment to suit the local conditions, so as to save lives.

Shannon is now working as a surgeon in a public hospital in Hong Kong.
Chiu Cheuk Pong
Introduction:
MSF Field Worker

Chiu Cheuk Pong is a registered nurse from Hong Kong, who worked in the emergency department before. He joined MSF in 2013 and was sent to Pakistan in the same year. He worked in the emergency department of a public hospital in Chaman in the province of Balochistan, bordering Afghanistan. The mission lasted for nine and a half months, during which he provided emergency care to victims of violence and traffic accidents from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In 2014, an Ebola epidemic broke out in West Africa. Pong was dispatched to Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, by the end of November, and has worked in the 250-bed Ebola treatment centre for a month. During his mission, he was mainly in charge of the triage station, where he admitted suspected patients into the centre according to their symptoms. He is also the first medical worker from Hong Kong who has experience in treating Ebola patients in this epidemic.

In December 2015, Pong was sent to Yemen, a troubled Middle Eastern country, to work in a hospital in Saada province for two months, responsible for the emergency room and inpatient department. During the mission, he attended mostly war-wounded and trauma patients.

Pong was then dispatched to a three-week mission in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh, in September 2017 to respond to the Rohingya refugee crisis. During the mission, he was responsible to register and triage patients in the MSF clinic in Unchiparang makeshift settlement. Most of the patients suffer from diseases related to precarious conditions inside the camp, for instance, diarrhoea and respiratory tract infections. Pong has also been to one of the refugees’ entry points in the south to assist in nutritional screening of children under five.
Maria S. Guevara, MD, FCCP
Introduction:
Senior Coordinator, Attacks on Healthcare, Médecins Sans Frontières

Dr. Maria Guevara is currently the Senior Coordinator, Attacks on Healthcare, for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders based in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to which, she held the position of Regional Humanitarian Representative to ASEAN countries for MSF from 2012 to 2017.

Dr. Guevara joined MSF in 2004 after training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, practicing in various emergency and intensive care units in the US and serving as faculty at the University of Florida. She has done field work for MSF in Liberia, Guatemala, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and South Sudan in both emergency and stable settings. Her field roles have been as diverse as field doctor, hospital director, project coordinator, liaison officer, exploratory mission medical focal point, medical coordinator and interim Head of Mission. In her role as MSF Regional Humanitarian Representative in Asia, she served as a member of the Advisory Group on Reform of WHO’s Work in Outbreaks and Emergencies with Health and Humanitarian Consequences from July 2015 to January 2016. Dr. Guevara has also volunteered in different charities and associations aside from MSF and has participated in conferences as speaker/lecturer/panelist.

Although originally born in the Philippines, Dr. Guevara was raised in the US where she acquired her Medical Doctorate. After obtaining her medical degree from the University of Alabama, School of Medicine in 1993, she received training in Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada and further specialized in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Florida, College of Medicine. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians in 2003 and was a recipient of the CHEST Foundation International Humanitarian Recognition Award in 2006. She also received a diploma in tropical medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Global Health Policy program at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Tagalog.
Susan So Ching Lam
Introduction:
MSF Field Worker - Logistician

Susan is a Human Resource Manager from Hong Kong. She was deployed to Afghanistan for her first MSF field mission in May 2017, and worked there for half a year. Susan was involved in four projects in various locations including Kabul and Khost, and ensured a smooth running of human resources and administration services. She also provided support to international staff and training to local staff.

Susan is now working as a Human Resources Manager for a company in Hong Kong.
Dr. Hei-jim Jimmy Leung
Introduction:
MSF Field Worker

Jimmy is an emergency doctor from Hong Kong. He joined MSF in 2015 and was dispatched to an MSF hospital near Taiz, Yemen in August 2016 as his first frontline mission with MSF. He stayed there for three months. During that time, he treated numerous trauma cases related to airstrikes. He also got to witness the consequences of the war on civilians as they cannot receive medical care in time.

Jimmy went to another conflict-ridden country, Iraq, for his second mission in March 2017. He worked in an MSF project in Kirkuk, providing healthcare to people displaced from Hawijah and those inside a detention centre.

Jimmy is now an emergency doctor in a public hospital in Hong Kong.
Dr. Wilson Li
Introduction:
MSF Field Worker

Shortly after Dr. Li joined MSF in 2006, he was assigned to Iraqi Kurdistan to assist in providing surgical care from March to May 2007. He was the first MSF field medical doctor from Hong Kong to work in Iraq. During the mission, he helped to introduce a new fracture fixation device in MSF projects.

In March 2014, Dr. Li went to Kunduz in Afghanistan to assess the orthopaedic project in the trauma centre, giving advice and training for local staff. During that period, he came to know many of the hospital staff there personally, and they continued to send him difficult trauma cases for his opinion by e-mail after his departure. He went to Tabarre trauma hospital in Haiti for a similar assessment in October 2014.

Apart from participating and providing training in front line projects, Dr. Li actively supports the work of MSF-Hong Kong Office. Since 2009, he has voluntarily supported the preparatory surgical training for MSF first time missioners from different countries by coordinating a surgical week training every year. He was also a Board Director of MSF-Hong Kong from August 2010 and the Vice-President from August 2011, till the end of his board term in August 2016.

Dr Li is the Head of the Orthopaedic Department of Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Stephan Oberreit
Introduction:
South East Asia Migrants Coordinator, Médecins Sans Frontières

Stephan Oberreit first joined MSF in 1993 and has had various positions in the field and at the Operational Centre in Paris. Most of the projects he worked on, including those in South Sudan, Former Yugoslavia, Iran, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Kosovo, were refugees or internally displaced persons related. From 2000 to 2007 he was the director for communication and fund-raising in MSF-Paris. He then became the director of Amnesty International in France until March 2016. He is now South East Asia Migrants Coordinator of MSF and is based in the Hong Kong.

Since taking up his position in Hong Kong, Stephan has been working on mapping the dynamics of refugees and migrants in the region, the gaps in health care and the various actors involved. He has done exploratory missions in Indonesia, Nauru and Bangladesh. In 2017, his main focus has been the negotiation and opening of MSF mental health program in Nauru.
Natasha Reyes, MD, FPCEM, EMDM
Introduction:
Director of Operations Support Unit , Médecins Sans Frontières - Hong Kong

Natasha has been working with MSF since 2007, and has worked as a field doctor, emergency doctor, field coordinator, medical coordinator and emergency coordinator in emergency and unstable contexts. Her work has brought her to India, Kenya, South Sudan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Philippines, Colombia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nauru, Nepal and Bangladesh. She has worked in varied contexts, such as outbreaks (measles, cholera, hepatitis E and Ebola), natural disasters (including Typhoon Haiyan), displaced populations and trauma care in conflict. In her most recent field missions, she was the medical coordinator for MSF’s Ebola intervention in Liberia in 2014, Head of Mission for the Nepal earthquake intervention in 2015, and Project Coordinator for the Marawi crisis intervention. She recently came back from a visit to Bangladesh for an emergency assessment of the Rohingya crisis.

She is from the Philippines, where she obtained her Medical Doctorate from the University of Santo Tomas, and specialised in Emergency Medicine at the Makati Medical Center. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine in 2007 and completed the European Master in Disaster Medicine in 2016.