2003 Conference Videos: James Orbinski
Gala Banquet Keynote
Dr. James Orbinski is former International Council President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders and co-founder of Doctors Without Borders Canada (DWBC), formed in 1991. On behalf of MSF, Dr. Orbinski accepted the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize for its work in providing medical aid to victims - regardless of ethnicity, religion and political affiliation - in disaster zones and areas with limited access to health care. He has worked with MSF in a number of settings, including as Head of Mission in Goma Zaire in the fall of 1996 during the refugee crisis. He was also Head of Mission in Kigali during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, and medical coordinator in Baidoa, Somalia during the civil war and famine of 1992-93.
Dr. Orbinski will speak on a number of topics, ranging from humanitarianism and international development to limitations of the humanitarian movement. He will also comment on the MSF's work and the model it has adopted. Finally, Dr. Orbinski will discuss how EWB should seek to accomplish the goal it has set out for itself.