Global Conference 2012

Global Conference 2012

Managing Disasters: Readiness, Then Response

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

When a disaster strikes, resources are mainly directed to emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care. But the medium- and long-term recovery needs of communities are often neglected. While the focus is rightly on saving lives in the short term, the effects of natural and man-made disasters on productivity, economic growth and macroeconomic performance prolong the humanitarian crisis. There has been a great deal of evolution in humanitarian assistance (including an increased share of financing from foundations, corporations and individuals), but international responses can be chaotic. This panel of experts will discuss best practices for more coordinated delivery and management of relief and recovery. They'll also explore the urgent need and cost-saving benefits of investing in capacity-building before disaster strikes.


Sarah Burd-Sharps

Co-Director, Measure of America


Nancy Aossey

President and CEO, International Medical Corps

Ken Burris

CEO, Witt Associates; former Chief Operating Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Edmund Cain

Vice President, Grant Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Denis O'Brien

Chairman, Digicel

Nancy Roman

Director of Public Policy, Communications and Private Partnerships, U.N. World Food Programme

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