The Centre for Disaster Protection has created a new non-executive board made up of nine members who will be responsible for the strategic direction of the centre.
It will include two executive directors from the centre’s Senior Leadership team, Daniel Clarke and Cleo Blackman and two non-executive members appointed by the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Rachel Turner and Stefan Dercon.
It will also have five non-executive board members acting in an individual capacity, including Rob Bailey Partner, Oliver Wyman’s Insurance & Asset Management Practice, Ato Sufian Ahmed Beker, former Minister of Finance, Ethiopian Government and Christina Bennett Chief Executive Officer, Start Network.
Also joining the non-executive board are Dr Colin Bruce Special Envoy for Humanitarian and Development Affairs, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Kimberly Gire Philanthropist and Founder of Global Women Leaders.
Clarke said: “We’re at a pivotal moment in our history where the pressure is on global leaders to take decisive action to protect those most vulnerable to the greatest risks.
“The exceptional leaders who will be joining our board bring diverse collective experience to our work and can support us on our mission to change how the world prepares and pays for disasters.
“This year’s COP can be a giant first step in changing the crisis financing system, stop disasters devastating lives and put in place plans to ensure funding gets to the frontline faster.”
Bailey said: “I share the Centre’s belief that disasters should not be surprises. But moving the international system from reaction to readiness is a huge task that must overcome multiple, complex challenges. The prospect of working with a dedicated institution focused entirely on this goal is hugely exciting.”
Beker said: “We must learn from past crises and prepare much better for the next to minimise devastation. The Centre is perfectly placed to assist vulnerable countries in capacity building to plan, prepare and respond better to disasters and so I look forward to sharing my government experience of dealing with disaster risk.”