Networking dinner

HLA had a successful AidEx in Brussels from 13-15th November 2018. Our event started with a networking dinner in an NGO space called Mundo-B attended by 42 delegates and made possible with help from sponsors, Durbin Global, Vallis and Vestey Foods. As an icebreaker we gave everyone a sheet of 10 unusual facts about people present. Delegates had to chat and try to work out who the fact related to. Facts included:

  • An official taster for Guinness
  • Crowned Miss Triumph Motorcycle UK
  • Transport Canada certified drone pilot

Those with the most correct guesses won prizes – subscriptions to Crisis Response Journal and two humanitarian books donated by Kogan Page.


We had an oversubscribed workshop on 15th, with over 50 delegates squeezed into a room to hear Peter Jones of Logistics Learning Alliance talk about Managing the Humanitarian Supply Chain, including blockchain technology. Click here to view the slides from the event.

After the workshop on 15th we also held a roundtable discussion on the future of aviation in the humanitarian context, with panel speakers including Stuart Smith – Volga Dnepr, Christian Georlette – ASF International, Pauli Immonen – ASF International, and Romain Gauduchon – DAC Aviation. This was the second roundtable discussion on the subject and was followed up with another at IDR Expo later in November. HLA has formed an aviation interest group and is pursuing a number of themes around training, capacity, collaboration and standards, which it hopes to progress with various agencies and partners.

Exhibition stand

As in previous years, HLA had an exhibition stand, due to generous support from sponsors AidEx, Durbin Global and Amphibious Rescue Vehicle.

Amphibious Rescue Vehicle can convert a wide range of off-road vehicles into amphibious vehicles, which are built specially for disaster response purposes.

We had over 70 visitors to the stand – both corporates and NGOs and, so far, have had several individual and corporate members join up as a result, including the Polish Centre for International Aid and Sisu Global Health.