The Africa Program and the Environmental Change and Security Project at the Wilson Center are pleased to join Islamic Relief in inviting you to a special briefing on recent developments in the humanitarian crisis caused by the ongoing drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. Hany Abdel Gawad El Banna and Seyed Rizwan Mowlana will present the findings of a recent assessment conducted by Islamic Relief in late March, which covered drought-stricken regions of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan. They will devote particular attention to developments in Somalia, where the organization has recently established a field presence.

A medical doctor by training, Hany Abdel Gawad El Banna founded Islamic Relief Worldwide in 1984, and currently serves as its president. He is recipient of the Order of the British Empire, and the Ibn Khaldun Award from the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Seyed Rizwan Mowlana currently serves as the Director of Policy and Institutional Affairs for Islamic Relief USA. He previously served as executive director of the Maryland and Virginia office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and founded Asia Relief, a local organization that provided assistance to recovery efforts in the wake of last year's tsunami.