Agenda

Global Insights in Preparedness, Prevention & Risk Reduction

The stunning toll of natural disasters on lives, businesses and national economies has spiked interest in finding ways to sustainably reduce and manage disaster risks. A study from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology reveals the havoc caused by natural disasters since the start of the 20th century — over 8 million deaths and more than US$7 trillion economic damages. In 2011, in Thailand alone, floods shut down 1,000 factories and forced more than 700,00 people out of work. In 2012, floods, typhoons and earthquakes caused more than $274 billion of economic losses in Asia. This is a powerful reminder to everyone — from public sector and governments to private sector and businesses alike, that there is no better time to act together than right now.

On the first day of the Australasia-Pacific Disaster Management, Recovery & Emergency Communications Forum, we will go through the overview of the pre-disaster planning, the essentials for post-disaster rebuilding resilience efforts, promoting a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction on how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness on the importance of reining in the risks we face. Delegates will have ample opportunities to discuss and learn from industry thought leaders on how to create a forward-looking design of early warning systems for geophysical disasters through advanced technology and regular drills, by looking at the real-time case studies of seismic design of structures to resist earthquakes, predictive big data, and reconstruction resilient engineering. With multiple interactive keynote sessions showing cases of the implementation of extreme weather risks and vulnerability forecasting system across the Australasia-Pacific region, delegates will have a better understanding and principles to harmonize the assessment of vulnerability risks and adaptation options for their own communities and nations.

 

TIME AGENDA
09.00 Welcome Speech by Conference Producer
09.05 Forum Introduction by Chairperson

Highlights on Forum Day 1 Key Sessions

09.15 Opening Keynote Address:
Australasia-Pacific Disaster Management, Recovery & Emergency Communications
Lianne-Dalziel-112x128 Hon Lianne Dalziel, Mayor, Christchurch

Hon Lianne Dalziel (LLB) was elected as the Mayor of Christchurch in October 2013, after serving for 23 years in the New Zealand Parliament, the last four terms as the Member of Parliament for Christchurch East.

Lianne served as a Cabinet Minister in the 5th Labour Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Rt. Hon Helen Clark (1999-2008). During that time Lianne held a number of portfolios, including Immigration, Commerce, Food Safety, Women’s Affairs & Senior Citizens and associate roles in Education and Justice. After the change in government in 2008, she was elected to chair the Commerce Select Committee, which had oversight of the regulation of the non-banking finance sector.

The Christchurch East electorate was severely affected by the 2010/11 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence and Lianne played an important role in ensuring that her constituents had access to accurate information, as well as ensuring that their concerns were communicated to decision-makers. Lianne was invited to join the UNISDR’s Parliamentary Advisory Group on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2012. With this background, Lianne has become a champion of resilience, with Christchurch selected as one of the first tranche of cities to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities Network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.

   
09.35 Framework of Pre-Disaster Planning Essential to Post-Disaster Resilience

  • Identifying global experience with post-event rebuilding efforts is extensive
  • Assessing infrastructure in the pre-event planning phase
  • Finding the root cause of challenges that enable rapidly building back the healthy infrastructure environment
  • Sharing type of progress that has been made in preparing for disasters over the last several decades
Brett-Aimers-112x128 Brett Aimers, Principal Advisor, Victorian Government, Australia

Brett is an Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University where he provides expert advice and education on disaster management systems and concepts.

Through James Cook University, Brett was recently involved in a project, led by the World Health Organisation, exploring global best practice associated with public health Emergency Operations Centres.

He has an extensive disaster management background coupled with experience at the State and National level which includes performing senior operational and leadership roles during the the H1N1 pandemic and the 2011 Queensland floods. Brett also performed a significant role throughout the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires in Australia and was awarded the National Emergency Medal for his efforts in helping to lead the whole-of-health response.

Professor Aimers is the immediate past Deputy Chief Commissioner for St John Ambulance Australia; whilst in this significant national leadership role he was responsible for clinical governance and the provision of influential and expert advice in relation to disaster management and training and development.

In 2016, for his sustained service to St John Ambulance Australia, Brett was recently promoted to the rank of Commander within the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem.

Brett is also a National Director for the Australian Institute of Emergency Services.

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10.15 Morning Refreshments & Networking
10.30

Case Study: Design an Early Warning System for Geophysical Disasters through Advanced Technology & Regular Drills

  • Qualifying and communicating the uncertainty in tropical cyclone rainfall and wind risk using numerical weather prediction and ensemble track forecasts
  • Discovering in-depth insights into the state of art early warning system design
  • Sharing the experience on how a reliable early warning system can help to mitigate natural disaster risk and improve communication efficiency
Bapon-112x128 Bapon Fakhruddin, PhD – DRR & Climate Resilience Specialist and Chief Technical Adviser, Tonkin + Taylor

Dr Fakhruddin is an expert climate change risk assessor with 15 years’ global experience in working on disaster risk and climate resilience projects. This experience is a major advantage in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy development. His key areas of expertise are climate and hydrological assessment, early warning and emergency response, climate change adaptation, and capacity building. Dr Fakhruddin designed early warning and emergency response projects more than 25 countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Dr Fakhruddin is currently advising the Government of Samoa on potential adaption strategies for dealing with the country’s vulnerability to climate change and enhancing its resilience to hydrological disaster. He is a Science Committee Member of IRDR of ICSU/UNISDR, Co-Chair for the Disaster Loss DATA and Risk Interpretation and Applications (RIA) Working Group of IRDR of ICSU/UNISDR. He is also Co-Chair CODATA task group Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research (LODGD) and PSG member of the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFDP) of WMO.

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11.10 Global Case Study: How New Technology Tools can Help to Reduce the Impact of Natural Disasters

  • Understand the roots of destruction caused by natural hazards whether through flooding, tsunamis or other disasters
  • How new technology can provide government, planners and engineers with essential information, and offer better ways to predict behaviour of buildings during natural disasters
  • How to include the development of infrastructure and long-term maintenance and preparedness in the event of a disaster
Brendan-Antiss2-112x128 Brendan Anstiss, General Manager, Strategy and Transformation, Christchurch City Council

Dr Brendan Anstiss is the General Manager for Strategy and Transformation at the Christchurch City Council. Brendan is passionate about using technology, innovation and human capital to make our city great. He leads the Smart City work program, the Greater Christchurch Resilience program, and is responsible for city planning, urban regeneration and design, and city and Council policy.

Prior to his role at the Christchurch City Council, Brendan was the National Commissioner for Corrections – with operational responsibility for correctional services across the county. Brendan has a PhD in psychology and practised as a clinical psychologist. Brendan lives in Christchurch with his family and loves the balance that Christchurch provides – “we’re a small enough city to be intimate, but big enough to make a difference!”

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11.50 Risk Assessment and Reduction Program of a Major International Airport
Nick-Regos-112x128 Nick Regos, Director and Chairman, Miyamoto International NZ Ltd

Nick has proven experience in the executive management of a wide variety of programs for private and government clients on large, complex, time critical capital programs across numerous sectors. He has contributed his knowledge and skills to the scoping, planning and delivery of projects locally and internationally as a client adviser on new build, seismic rehabilitation and risk assessment. His career has focused on commercial outcomes and the facilitation and leadership of teams to achieve outstanding results.

   
12.05 Networking Luncheon
13.30 Regional Panel Discussion: Re-assessment of Extreme Weather Risks and Vulnerability of the Region across Oceania, New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific

  • Identifying the approaches that are best suited to the region, and to develop a common understanding and principles that are relevant and useful to harmonize the assessment of vulnerability and risks, and of adaptation options across the region
  • Lessons learned and success stories
Panelists:
Brett-Aimers-112x128 Brett Aimers, Principal Advisor, Victorian Government, Australia

Brett is an Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University where he provides expert advice and education on disaster management systems and concepts.

Through James Cook University, Brett was recently involved in a project, led by the World Health Organisation, exploring global best practice associated with public health Emergency Operations Centres.

He has an extensive disaster management background coupled with experience at the State and National level which includes performing senior operational and leadership roles during the the H1N1 pandemic and the 2011 Queensland floods. Brett also performed a significant role throughout the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires in Australia and was awarded the National Emergency Medal for his efforts in helping to lead the whole-of-health response.

Professor Aimers is the immediate past Deputy Chief Commissioner for St John Ambulance Australia; whilst in this significant national leadership role he was responsible for clinical governance and the provision of influential and expert advice in relation to disaster management and training and development.

In 2016, for his sustained service to St John Ambulance Australia, Brett was recently promoted to the rank of Commander within the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem.

Brett is also a National Director for the Australian Institute of Emergency Services.

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Brendan-Anstiss-112x128 Brendan Anstiss, General Manager, Strategy and Transformation, Christchurch City Council

Dr Brendan Anstiss is the General Manager for Strategy and Transformation at the Christchurch City Council. Brendan is passionate about using technology, innovation and human capital to make our city great. He leads the Smart City work program, the Greater Christchurch Resilience program, and is responsible for city planning, urban regeneration and design, and city and Council policy.

Prior to his role at the Christchurch City Council, Brendan was the National Commissioner for Corrections – with operational responsibility for correctional services across the county. Brendan has a PhD in psychology and practised as a clinical psychologist. Brendan lives in Christchurch with his family and loves the balance that Christchurch provides – “we’re a small enough city to be intimate, but big enough to make a difference!”

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Bapon-112x128 Bapon Fakhruddin, PhD – DRR & Climate Resilience Specialist and Chief Technical Adviser, Tonkin + Taylor

Dr Fakhruddin is an expert climate change risk assessor with 15 years’ global experience in working on disaster risk and climate resilience projects. This experience is a major advantage in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy development. His key areas of expertise are climate and hydrological assessment, early warning and emergency response, climate change adaptation, and capacity building. Dr Fakhruddin designed early warning and emergency response projects more than 25 countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Dr Fakhruddin is currently advising the Government of Samoa on potential adaption strategies for dealing with the country’s vulnerability to climate change and enhancing its resilience to hydrological disaster. He is a Science Committee Member of IRDR of ICSU/UNISDR, Co-Chair for the Disaster Loss DATA and Risk Interpretation and Applications (RIA) Working Group of IRDR of ICSU/UNISDR. He is also Co-Chair CODATA task group Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research (LODGD) and PSG member of the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFDP) of WMO.

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14.15 Case Study: Proactive Disaster Management: Can Big Data be Used to predict the Next Natural Disaster?

  • Reviewing on application of data mining and analytical techniques designed to combat natural disaster
  • Identifying various types and sources of data for each category of task and disaster
  • Developing the appropriate disaster management strategy based on the availability of data from geological observation (seismological and hydrological)
14.55 Keeping a City Moving – A View of Transportation Following a Disaster and Through the Rebuild Phrase

  • Observations of travel characteristics and behaviour following a disaster event
  • Planning, coordination and management of the transport network during the recovery phase
  • Using Christchurch as an example of how cities can build resilience in their transport networks in preparation for disaster events (resilience in people, process and technology)
Angus-Bargh-112x128 Angus Bargh, Former Chief Transport Planner, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)

Angus Bargh is the founder of Open Plan – an organization which continues to support the recovery and regeneration of Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake. Angus also works with agencies across New Zealand to increase their resilience and planning capabilities – with a particular focus on natural disaster planning and response. Angus is the former Chief Transport Planner for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) tasked with leading the multi-agency team rebuilding the transport network in Central Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake.

Angus founded Open Plan in 2016 to support the national roll-out of technology which was developed during the earthquake recovery phase to assist with the spatial coordination and delivery of physical work programs. This open data, smart-city platform represents a new approach to planning, coordination and collaboration of physical works. This approach continues to provide benefit in both business-as-usual and disaster response environments.

Angus is a chartered professional engineer (CPEng) and joined CERA in 2014. Prior to this he was part of the leadership team for the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) – the engineering infrastructure alliance tasked with the $1.8b rebuild of Christchurch’s essential infrastructure following the 2011 earthquake. His role was to ensure the city kept moving while the five year, city-wide program of repairs progressed.

15.35 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
15.50 Case Study: Owning and Operating an Electricity Network During a Major Earthquake

  • How do infrastructure managers persuade owners to invest in resilience
  • Working to restore power to a city badly affected by a massive quake.
  • What can you do before the event to ensure people come together to fix infrastructure in the most challenging of environments
  • What are the leadership lessons?
  • How do leaders prepare themselves and their teams?
  • What are the communication lessons for other organizations prone to major disasters?
Roger-Sutton-112x128 Roger Sutton, Former CEO, Orion New Zealand Ltd & Former CE, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

Roger Sutton was the Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) from June 2011 until January 2015.

Before being appointed to his position at CERA, Roger was the Chief Executive Officer of Orion New Zealand Limited, the electricity utility company servicing Christchurch city and the Canterbury region. The Electricity Network was hit massively by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and Roger lead the teams that restored supply to the region.

Roger is a former chairman of the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA). He is a former Director of Energy Developments, an Australian listed renewable energy developer, and Director of a number of technology and energy related businesses.

He is currently a Director of Network Tasman, Independent Line Services and a Trustee of The Church Property Trust.

He is a keen cyclist and runner with interests in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Mr Sutton, 52, has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Canterbury is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ and has attended the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He is married and has three sons aged 16, 13 and 11.

16.30 Case Study: A Strategic Approach to the Flood Problem, Post-Disaster: Flood-mitigating Measures that Work

  • Focusing on dynamic changes in regional vulnerability to flooding and its relevance for flood risk management
  • Offering insights into the resources for disaster risk preparedness and prevention against the next flood incident
Roozbeh-Hasanzadeh-112X128 Roozbeh Hasanzadeh, Civil Project Engineer, Disaster Risk Manager, Center for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS)

Roozbeh has more than 12 years professional experience in risk management, safety, and project planning. His core skills involves design of risk mitigation measure, design of risk & resilience strategies, utilisation of IT in emergency management, data mining and machine learning.

Roozbeh was a team member in three flood risk management projects from the civil protection of European Commission. He is also a certified crisis management staff from the Academy for Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and Civil Protection (AKNZ) in Germany.

Roozbeh commenced his PhD at the Department of Infrastructure of the University of Melbourne in July 2014, and is currently working in the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS). His work contributes to a current project from Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (BNHCRC) which aims to identify optimum economic policy options to recover or minimize the adverse effects of floods.

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17.10 Q&A Session & Closing Remark by Chairperson
17.15 Champagne Networking Session

Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.

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Resilience and Survivability in Communication Networks and Reconstruction: Strategies, Response & Recovery

On the second day of the Forum, we will explore the roadmap to a post-disaster preparedness and response plan using recent global case studies. Create an effective emergency communications platform with the emergence of new social media as “first informers” – witnessing who has the ability to transmit information immediately from the event. We will discuss the key effects of traumatic stress and therapy to help survivors recognize the normalcy of most stress reaction to disasters from mild to moderate levels, and early post-impact phases of disaster evolution. We will also explore key technological innovations such as drones for changing humanitarian disaster response and relief operation, with transformation processes to mitigate the effects of extreme events on the key functions of cities and communities.

 

TIME AGENDA
09.00 Welcome Speech by Conference Producer
09.05 Forum Introduction by Chairperson

Highlights on Forum Day 2 Key Sessions

09.15 Opening Address

Facing the Unexpected: Post-Disaster Preparedness and Response – Recent Experience

  • Evaluating the unexpected wealth of information derived from global disasters over the past 10 – 20 years
  • Exploring how these findings can improve disaster programs; identifying remaining research needs, and discussing disasters in the broader context of sustainable development
  • Reviewing the influences that shape your system for disaster planning and response, the effectiveness of local emergency agencies and communities, and the level of professionalism in the field
  • The comparison in between technological versus natural disaster and examine the impact of technology on disaster programs
  • A catastrophe risk transfer perspective
  • A financing perspective
Elizabeth-Longworth-112x128 Elizabeth Longworth, Advisor, Mentor & Former Director, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Elizabeth is an expert on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and building resilience to natural hazards, with eleven years in multilateral organisations leading economic and social development programmes, including DRR. From 2012-14, Elizabeth was The Director of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, called UNISDR, in Geneva.

She joined UNISDR to manage the multi-stakeholder process of global consultations and preparations for the new fifteen year international agreement on DRR, namely the 2015 Sendai Framework of Action. This sets the international agenda on how to prevent disaster losses and damage, and serves as a blueprint for regional, national and local resilience strategies and actions. UNISDR produces the UN Global Assessment Report on DRR and is an authority on risk assessment, risk management, setting risk indicators, and disaster preparedness and recovery.

   
09.55 Emergency Communications in a Changing Media World

  • How accurate information disseminated changes disaster response by the general public for risk reduction, saves lives, property and speeds up recovery
  • How to plan and control the flow of information before, during and after a disaster, defining an organization’s credibility, trustworthiness, authority and effectiveness
  • The emergence of new social media plays an important role as “first informers” – witnessing who has the ability to transmit information immediately from the event (email, blogs, text messaging, cell phone photos, etc.)
Ratindra-Khatri-112x128 Ratindra Khatri, Executive Director, The Strategic Centre for the Disaster Risk Reduction

Mr. Ratindra Khatri is renowned Crisis and Emergency Management professional in Nepal. Currently, he is associated with Emergency Preparedness and Response Activities managed by United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) Nepal, focusing on potential disasters across the country.

He served 28 years as an active Army Officer in Nepal Army. He had served in command, staff, instructional and security related positions while serving in the Army and acquired extensive practical experience on disaster response operations and Crisis Management related job during normal and in crisis situation. He has done numerous professional trainings from USA, UK, India, Finland, Thailand, Bangladesh and various Nepali training institutions. He is a distinguished graduated of the Nepal Army Command & Staff College. He is also a graduate of United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. He has travel nearly 60 countries around the world.

He participated in three United Nations Peace Keeping Missions – Lebanon (1989/90), Former Yugoslavia (1994/95) and Haiti (2009/10) respectively. He is also a survivor and responder of Haiti earthquake 2010. He was deployed before the earthquake as a Chief Military Personnel Officer of UN Force Headquarter and was the National Contingent Commander of Nepalese peace keepers serving in Haiti. He was actively contributed in search, rescue, relief and recovery operations throughout 2010 during and after the Earthquake.

10.35 Morning Refreshments & Networking
10.50 Maintaining Mental Resilience Before – During – After Major Emergencies and Disasters (Incident Controllers)

  • Preparation and training: Remembering prior lessons learned / preparing yourself to be agile and adaptive / golden rules
  • The aftermath of an emergency/disaster. Dealing with media scrutiny and enquiries. Remaining resilient in your personal and professional life
  • Moving on after and using the lessons to make you a better coordinator, controller and commander (and person). Finding the new ‘normal’ if life
Stewart-Kreltszheim-112x128 Stewart Kreltszheim, Operations Manager / Officer in Charge, CFA District 23/ Hume Region – Fire and Emergency Management

Stewart is a father of 4 from Wangaratta in Victoria’s north east who has had the privilege to lead in variety of environments – on the sporting field, on the fireground, in remote areas of Papua New Guinea and in the corporate / public service sectors.

Stewart has been the Operations Manager of CFA District 23 based out of Wangaratta since 2007. He played a key role in the 2002/03, 2006/07 North East Campaign fires & “Black Saturday 2009″. He has worked across a range of positions in CFA which have lead him to undertake some key roles in Victoria and Australia’s biggest emergency events, the most notable of which was the incident controller at The Kilmore Incident Control Center on Black Saturday – the day 173 Australians lost their lives.

Stewart’s main priority is to develop resilient leaders in CFA District 23 and Australian communities and he does this in a variety of ways, they main one of which is to take them on a grueling 8 day trek across one of the toughest and most iconic wartime routes – The Kokoda Track and share his life experiences. He is a trained member of Australia’s AUSMAT (Australian Medical Assistance Team) who maintains his skills by leading medical teams into the most remote areas of Papua New Guinea, taking life saving health services to where it is most needed.

The main focus of Stewart’s presentation is to take you on a very personal journey through the lead up, days of and post event scrutiny of the 7th of February 2009 – ‘Black Saturday” and talk about the challenges he faced as an individual and how he has overcome these to be a stronger, more focused and resilient person and as a flow on ..a better incident controller and manager of major disasters and emergencies.

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11.30 Case Study: How Does a Community Make Itself Resilient to Future Disasters?

  • Building up an International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience to research and enabling community resilience to disaster
  • How to actively collaborate with individuals, organizations and communities
  • Comprehensive risk management approach in addressing the consequences of hazards across the management elements – Reduction, Readiness, Response and Recovery
Ron-Shaw-112x128 Ron Shaw, Chair of Project Wairarapa; Project Manager, Resilient Carterton, Project Wairarapa – Resilient Carterton

Ron has a Master’s degree focused on Leadership, Culture and Change. He has post graduate qualifications in applied research and emergency management.

Ron is the Chairman of Project Wairarapa, a Non-Governmental Organisation based in Wairarapa, New Zealand. Project Wairarapa initiated a project called Resilient Carterton in late 2015. Resilient Carterton is based on The Post Carbon Institute paper, Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience.

Resilient Carterton identified Emergency Management and Civil Defence Preparedness as a key component of community resilience. Resilient Carterton initiated Project Connect to address the need for better preparedness. Ron is the Project Leader for Project Connect. He worked in partnership with the local District Council, the local Neighbourhood Support organisation, and the Regional Emergency Management Office.

Project Connect has taken an unprepared community and moved it to where there is a community emergency hub in place, it is supported by a large Neighbourhood Support Network, and the activation of the Hub has been tested in a mock activation.

Ron will share his experiences on how a community can make itself resilient to future disasters.

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12.10 Networking Luncheon
13.30 Saving Lives and Protecting Rights: Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit

  • Using real life stories and eye witness accounts from humanitarian settings (such as food crisis, storms, floods, diseases outbreaks and refugee crisis), this presentation will make a case for prioritizing frontline medical and health care in humanitarian settings and the role information and communication can contribute to advance health action
  • Explaining the linkage between humanitarian settings, saving lives, children, interesting communication and useful information
  • A hypothetical scenario to stimulate thinking and better preparedness : i.e. “What if an Ebola or a flu outbreak strikes Asia and Pacific? Best way to predict future is to invent it. What lessons from disease outbreaks can help ‘Australasian’ and Pacific to prepare better?
  • It will make a case for children as a priority and the specific vulnerabilities they face
  • It will advocate for key actions needed – before, during and after emergencies to save children’s lives and protect their rights and health
  • The presentation will also profile a specific initiative doing such work -i.e. Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit
Unni-Krishnan-March-2017-112x128 Dr Unni Krishnan, Director, Emergency Health Unit, Save the Children

Dr Unni Krishnan is Director, Emergency Health Unit, Save the Children. Emergency Health Unit (EHU- http://savethechildren.org.au/ehu) is Save the Children’s global capability to provide frontline medical assistance and health care in emergency settings. Medical doctor by training, worked in senior leadership and management positions in humanitarian agencies, and interagency/ UN panels. Undertook health and humanitarian missions to over 40 plus countries in the past 25 years.

Trained as a physician (Madras University, India), he also studied Masters in Humanitarian Action at the Central Medical University, Geneva and conflict management at Selly Oak colleges, United Kingdom. He believes he learned equally from ordinary people and children during his work in the past 25 years, spread over 40 plus countries- some of them hostile settings and complex emergencies. He provided strategic directions, leading multi-disciplinary teams, for large scale humanitarian responses in most of these settings.

He worked in senior management, leadership, governance and representational positions in international development and humanitarian agencies such as ActionAid International, Oxfam and Plan International (where he was the global head of disaster preparedness and humanitarian response) and The Sphere Project on minimum standards (where he was the Chair of the board until end 2015); and other humanitarian and health actors such as the People’s Health Movement. He has served on governmental, inter-agency, academic and UN panels and as a guest faculty in several universities. He was the co-editor for India Disasters Report series (Oxford University Press) and a member of the editorial board of the World Disasters Report (2016). He is a co-author of UN / IASC and inter-agency guidelines and publications such as the Psychological First Aid and IASC guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.

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14.15 Case Study: How Sendai Supports Disaster Risk Reduction – Observations From Mongolia’s Early Adoption of the Sendai Framework

  • Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into policy and planning;
  • Reducing the risks posed by disasters on sustainability objectives;
  • Raising the capability and capacity of national, regional and local emergency managers; and
  • The power of professional volunteerism for personal and professional growth
Darryl-Glover-112x128 Darryl Glover, Principal, Darryl Glover Planning

Darryl is a practical person more often to be found in the raw mix of change and improvement or application in disaster managements front line than the slow draw of academic or policy evolution.

A working life in Government in land management, national parks and forestry led to extensive experience in bush fire management in West Australia and Victoria and finally to a 6-year project to integrate the fire management planning of Victoria. This exposed him to the complexities of policy and practice alignment between government, its agents the business and community sector and aroused the challenge to demonstrate that with an appropriate application of logic, theory and detailed practice these could be overcome. Later, he took these experiences to Mongolia on an AVID assignment to work with the National Emergency Management Agency, an early Sendai framework adopter, within a country looking to reframe how it does business in so many ways.

Darryl continues to work on interesting projects and is currently developing all hazard risk based emergency management planning practices and tools for Tasmania, and continuing participation in the UNISDR “Words into action” project to draft guidelines for “National Risk Assessments”.

15.00 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
15.15 Building Back the Resilience: Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery

  • Responding to the challenges of recovery vary and embracing magnitude of the catastrophe or the amount of aid provided by national government and the international / local communities
  • Highlighting the role of social capital in the ability of communities to withstand disaster and rebuilding the infrastructure and tying up the foundation of communities
  • Disseminating information and physical, communities with an abundance of social capital to minimize the migration of people and valuable resources of the area
Steve-McDonald-(draft)-112x128 Steve McDonald, Director, Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, Deakin University

Stephen McDonald is co-Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership. He has more than 10 years’ experience in leading humanitarian responses, including in Japan, Thailand and the Ivory Coast. As Head of Humanitarian Programmes with Save the Children, Stephen was responsible for developing global tools and systems to improve Save the Children’s humanitarian response efforts.

Prior to joining Save the Children, Stephen worked in the private and government sectors, and spent a number of years in emergency services in Australia.

Stephen studied at La Trobe and Deakin Universities, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development. He has lectured on humanitarian issues at City University, London, Warminster, and the Australian Emergency Management Institute. He has also lectured on Civil/Military issues at the Australian Defence Force. Stephen’s current research examines command and control in the digital age.

16.00 Global Panel Discussion: Resilience and Sustainability in Relation to Natural Disaster: Challenges for Future Cities and Regions

  • Overview of the transformation processes to be rethought, to mitigate the effects of extreme events on the vital functions of cities and communities
  • Discovering the components to restore the full efficiency of cities’ functions after an extreme event has taken place
  • Sharing views of working on natural disasters and physical vulnerability on resilience and sustainability in the future
Panelists:
Elizabeth-Longworth-112x128 Elizabeth Longworth, Advisor, Mentor & Former Director, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Elizabeth is an expert on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and building resilience to natural hazards, with eleven years in multilateral organisations leading economic and social development programmes, including DRR. From 2012-14, Elizabeth was The Director of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, called UNISDR, in Geneva.

She joined UNISDR to manage the multi-stakeholder process of global consultations and preparations for the new fifteen year international agreement on DRR, namely the 2015 Sendai Framework of Action. This sets the international agenda on how to prevent disaster losses and damage, and serves as a blueprint for regional, national and local resilience strategies and actions. UNISDR produces the UN Global Assessment Report on DRR and is an authority on risk assessment, risk management, setting risk indicators, and disaster preparedness and recovery.

Ron-Shaw-112x128 Ron Shaw, Chair of Project Wairarapa; Project Manager, Resilient Carterton, Project Wairarapa – Resilient Carterton

Ron has a Master’s degree focused on Leadership, Culture and Change. He has post graduate qualifications in applied research and emergency management.

Ron is the Chairman of Project Wairarapa, a Non-Governmental Organization based in Wairarapa, New Zealand. Project Wairarapa initiated a project called Resilient Carterton in late 2015. Resilient Carterton is based on The Post Carbon Institute paper, Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience.

Resilient Carterton identified Emergency Management and Civil Defence Preparedness as a key component of community resilience. Resilient Carterton initiated Project Connect to address the need for better preparedness. Ron is the Project Leader for Project Connect. He worked in partnership with the local District Council, the local Neighbourhood Support organization, and the Regional Emergency Management Office.

Project Connect has taken an unprepared community and moved it to where there is a community emergency hub in place, it is supported by a large Neighbourhood Support Network, and the activation of the Hub has been tested in a mock activation.

Ratindra-Khatri-112x128 Ratindra Khatri, Executive Director, The Strategic Centre for the Disaster Risk Reduction

Mr. Ratindra Khatri is renowned Crisis and Emergency Management professional in Nepal. Currently, he is associated with Emergency Preparedness and Response Activities managed by United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) Nepal, focusing on potential disasters across the country.

He served 28 years as an active Army Officer in Nepal Army. He had served in command, staff, instructional and security related positions while serving in the Army and acquired extensive practical experience on disaster response operations and Crisis Management related job during normal and in crisis situation. He has done numerous professional trainings from USA, UK, India, Finland, Thailand, Bangladesh and various Nepali training institutions. He is a distinguished graduated of the Nepal Army Command & Staff College. He is also a graduate of United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. He has travel nearly 60 countries around the world.

He participated in three United Nations Peace Keeping Missions – Lebanon (1989/90), Former Yugoslavia (1994/95) and Haiti (2009/10) respectively. He is also a survivor and responder of Haiti earthquake 2010. He was deployed before the earthquake as a Chief Military Personnel Officer of UN Force Headquarter and was the National Contingent Commander of Nepalese peace keepers serving in Haiti. He was actively contributed in search, rescue, relief and recovery operations throughout 2010 during and after the Earthquake.

16.45 Q&A Session & Closing Remark by Chairperson

 

Workshop Timetable:

Workshop A will run from 9:00 – 12:00 with mid-morning and luncheon breaks.

Workshop B will run from 13:00 – 16:00 with a mid-afternoon break.

Registration begins 30 minutes before each workshop commences.

TIME AGENDA
Workshop A: 09:00 – 12:00 Sustainability and Resilience Engineering in Practice

  • Focus on resilience issues including “food and water”, “IT and communication” and “healthcare and medical”, highlighting the need for multidimensional and multidisciplinary in approach to resilience engineering
  • Highlight the importance of resilience engineering to better design our ‘community’ neighborhoods and nations, to include all component sectors and systems, including critical infrastructure
  • Gain insights into geotechnical engineering, resilient structure and earthquake engineering
  • Identify gaps in emerging thinking about resilience engineering that could be the focus of future research and development
Workshop B: 13:00 – 16:00 Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters

  • Enhance the capacity of communities to prepare for and withstand the effect of natural disaster
  • Discover emergency volunteering – building capability and capacity
  • Emergency risk management, mitigation and measurement across the Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery spectrum
  • Building resilience through community engagement
  • Enhancing emergency management capability through continuous improvement and an evidence based approach
Workshop Leader: Jason T. Cameron, Principal Advisor & Director, Operations Phoenix Resilience