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Date
October 23 - 25, 2017
Call for Papers
submission of abstracts is now closed.
Conference Venue
Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport: Gladiator St & York St, Rhodesfield, Kempton Park, (011 977 2600)
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Announcement! We want to take this time to thank all those who were a part of the conference. We trust that you went back better equipped to manage any crises in the event of one. We look forward to having you and many more in the not so distant future.

Welcome To Africa Conference on Economic Costs of Disasters 

The Role of the Private Sector in Disaster Risk Reduction

 About Us

GCI is a Not for Profit Organization (NPO) based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a focus on Africa. It draws attention to neglected issues on the continent; these include the management and conservation of natural resources, land governance, disaster risk reduction and environmental protection, accountability and sustainable management of land across the African continent. The foundation thereby seeks to significantly improve livelihoods and to contribute to socio-economic development. Thus, GCI encourages the empowerment of communities to determine their own long-term destinies…Read more

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 OUR MISSION 

GCI is an organisation with an interest in promoting and strengthening grassroots resilience, indigenous knowledge and civil society pro-action towards neglected issues; particularly disaster prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, land management and long term scenario planning. GCI will, without undue pressure, collaborate with and support partnerships with other organisations while respecting their rights to pursue their own fundraising and programme initiatives.

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 Submission of Abstracts

Submission of abstracts and posters is now open until the 23rd of June, 2017. They should be prepared using the prescribed template provided. Presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by the 10th of July, 2017. The submission can be made through an email to the Conference administration: info@gravitazzci.org

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Conference Speakers

Ms. Thandeka MBASSA

Head of Department, Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), South Africa

Mr. Paul MASHATILE

Gauteng MEC for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), South Africa

Dr. BONGANI ELIAS SITHOLE

Head of the Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC), Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), South Africa

Dr. Sithole obtained his Doctorate at the Central University of Technology,

Mr. David MAKHURA

Premier of the Gauteng Provincial Government, South Africa

Mr. Millan ATAM

Managing Director - Gravitazz Institute for Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management/Gravitazz Continental Initiative, South Africa

Mr. Atam holds a Master of Arts in Forced Migration Studies

Dr. Palesa SEKHEJANE

Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

Dr. Sekhejane holds a Doctoral degree in Health Sciences from the

Mr. André Dumas Tsambou

Researcher, University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon

Mr. Collins Otimgiu

Program Officer, John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre, Uganda

Ms. Dorah Mwenye

Knowledge Management Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development – Department of Research and Specialist Services, Zimbabwe

Mr. Kizito Sikuka

Senior Researcher, Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC), Zimbabwe

Prof. Dusan Sakulski

Expert Advisor to the South African Government, South Africa

Mr. Papa Zoumana Diarra

Chief of Operations and Planning, African Risk Capacity (ARC), South Africa

Mr. Diarra holds a dual Master’s Degree in Rural Development and

Mr. Samuel Akera

Programme Specialist: Disaster Risk Management/Resilience, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa, Kenya

Mr. Flávio Jonas Monjane

Associate Consultant on Disaster Risk Reduction and Early Warning Systems, Mozambique

Dr. Nicollete Mhlanga-Ndlovu

Environmental Consultant, National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), Swaziland

Mr. Ranjan Kumar Borah

Project Manager, Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission (ASRLM), India

Prof. Andries Jordaan

Director of the Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC) at the University of the Free State, South Africa

Prof. Andries Jordaan holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics. He is

Mr. Trygve Augestad

Regional Director, Norwegian People’s Aid Southern Africa, South Africa

Based in Johannesburg, Mr. Augestad has been the Regional Director for

Mr. Duarte Gonçalves

Principal Engineer, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

Duarte Gonçalves is a registered professional engineer with a PhD in

Mr. John Lomberg

Head of Stakeholders Relations and Corporate Social Investment, Santam, South Africa

Mr. Priaash Ramadeen

Senior Engineer, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

Mr. Ramadeen obtained a BSc Electronic Engineering degree in 2006 at

Mr. Stern Mwakalami Kita

Principal Disaster Risk Reduction Officer, Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA)

Mr. Andrew ODERO

Regional Head of Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM), World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Bureau for Southern Africa, Johannesburg

Mr. Odero is currently the regional head of vulnerability analysis and

Dr. Philani Mthembu

: Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), South Africa

Mr. Victor OCHEN

Ugandan Peace Activist, 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Founder of the African Youth Initiative, UN Ambassador

Mr. Greg CHRISTELIS

Consulting Hydrogeologist, CHR Water Consultants, Namibia

Mr. Christelis currently works as a Consultant Hydrogeologist in Namibia. He

Mr. Ian SCHER

Chief Executive Officer, Rescue South Africa, South Africa

Mr. Scher joined Sandton Fire Department in 1979 as a volunteer

Mr. Patrick Masitsela MHLANGA

Head of Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response – Health Cluster, Swaziland

Ms. Lena WEINGARTNER

Research Officer, Risk and Resilience Programme, Overseas Development Initiative (ODI), United Kingdom

Ms. Weingartner holds a MSc in International Development Studies from the

CONFERENCE programme

EXHIBITION AND ART ALL DAY
7.00 – 9.00 Registration
Programme Director: Mr. Paul Mashatile (Gauteng COGTA MEC)
9.00 – 9.15

Drill Squad - Fire Services

9.15 – 9.25

Opening Remarks/Welcome remarks

Mr. Mzwandile Masina (TBC)
Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa

9.25 – 9.30

Introduction of Guests (TBA)

9.30 – 9.35

Introduction of the Purpose of the Conference (TBA)

9.35 – 9.50

Address by the Premier of the Gauteng Provincial Government

“Reducing the economic costs of disasters in Africa through the promotion of a multi-stakeholder approach”

Mr. David Makhura

9.50 – 10.00

Address

Mr. Victor Ochen
Ugandan Peace Activist, 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Founder of the African Youth Initiative, UN Ambassador

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee and Tea Break & Group Picture
10.30 – 10.50

Special Presentation: Developing models to calculate the economic costs of disasters

Prof. Andries Jordaan
Director of the Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC) at the University of the Free State, South Africa

10.50 – 12.00

Plenary 1: Investing in DRR to better understand Disaster Risk: How to encourage the development of innovative products and services to enhance DRR?

Prof. Dusan Sakulski
Expert Advisor to the South African Government, South Africa

Mr. Priaash Ramadeen
Senior Engineer, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch Break
13.30 – 15.00

Workshop 1: Reducing disaster-related economic losses and building resilience in the Health Sector

Dr. Wilfred Lunga
Disaster Risk Reduction and Development Consultant and African Research Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

Mr. Patrick Masitsela Mhlanga
Head of Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Health Cluster, Swaziland

Dr. Palesa Sekhejane
Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa


Workshop 2: Reducing disaster-related economic losses and building resilience in the Agricultural sector

Prof. Andries Jordaan
Director of the Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC) at the University of the Free State, South Africa

Dr. Pacôme Ahokpossi
Senior Consultant specialized in Water Science and Civil Engineering, South Africa

Mr. Trygve Augestad
Regional Director, Norwegian People’s Aid Southern Africa, South Africa

Mr. Collins Otimgiu
Program Officer, John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre, Uganda

Ms. Dorah Mwenye
Knowledge Management Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development – Department of Research and Specialist Services, Zimbabwe

Mr. Kizito Sikuka
Senior Researcher, Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC), Zimbabwe

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee and Tea Break
15.30 – 17.00

Workshop 3: Addressing the costs of conflicts and other human-induced disasters in Africa

Mr. Millan Atam
Executive Director of the Gravitazz Continental Initiative (GCI), South Africa

Dr. Joseph Kimuli Balikuddembe
Researcher in Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarianism at the East African Centre for Disaster Health and Humanitarian Research, Uganda

Ms. Beatriz Lopez-Fanjul Diez Del Corral
Research and Programme Development Officer, Gravitazz Institute for Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management, South Africa


Workshop 4: The Cost of Floods and Droughts in Africa

Mr. Greg Christelis
Consulting Hydrogeologist, CHR Water Consultants, Namibia

Mr. Papa Zoumana Diarra
Chief of Operations and Planning, African Risk Capacity (ARC), South Africa

Mr. Andrew Odero
Regional Head of Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM), World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Bureau for Southern Africa, South Africa

EXHIBITION AND ART ALL DAY
7.00 – 9.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.20

Introduction to Plenary 2

Dr. Nicollete Mhlanga-Ndlovu
Environmental Consultant, National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), Swaziland

9.20 – 10.30

Plenary 2: Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance through the promotion of public-private partnerships

Dr. Bongani Elias Sithole
Head of the Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC), Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), South Africa

Mr. Ian Scher
CEO, Rescue South Africa, South Africa

Mr. Samuel Akera
Programme Specialist: Disaster Risk Management/Resilience, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Service Centre for Africa, Kenya

Mr. André Dumas Tsambou
Researcher, University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon

Mr. Sri Ranjan Kumar Borah
Project Officer, Assam State Disaster Management Authority, India

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee and Tea Break
11.00 – 11.20

Introduction to Plenary 3: (TBA)

11.20 – 12.30

Plenary 3: Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance Mechanisms for Resilience

Ms. Kehinde Balogun
The Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Germany

Mr. John Lomberg
Head: Stakeholders Relations & Corporate Social Investment, Santam, South Africa

Ms. Lena Weingärtner
Research Officer, Risk and Resilience Programme, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), United Kingdom

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch Break
14.00 – 15.30

Special Presentation: A Horizontally and Vertically Integrated Approach to Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction

Dr. Duarte Gonçalves
Principal Engineer, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee and Tea Break
16.00 – 17.30

Workshop 5: How to build Resilient Cities & Infrastructure


Workshop 6: Disaster Risk Reduction in the Extractive Industry Sector – How to promote a sustainable and inclusive approach?

Dr. Audrey Cash
Lecturer at the Christopher Newport University, VA, USA

18.00 – 20.00 Dinner & Entertainment: Traditional African Dance
EXHIBITION AND ART ALL DAY
7.00 – 9.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.20

Special Presentation: “The Rise of Emerging Powers in Minimising the Economic Costs of Disasters”

Dr. Philani Mthembu
Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa

9.20 – 10.50

Plenary 4: Enhancing Disaster Preparedness through investing in "Building Back better"

Mr. Stern Mwakalami Kita
Principal Disaster Risk Reduction Officer, Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Malawi

Mr. Flávio Jonas Monjane
Associate Consultant on Disaster Risk Reduction and Early Warning Systems, Mozambique

Mr. Bibhuti Bhusan Gadnayak
State Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator at UNICEF, India

10.50 – 11.30 Coffee and Tea Break
11.30 – 12.45

Conference Outcomes

Mr. Millan Atam
Executive Director of the Gravitazz Continental Initiative (GCI), South Africa

12.45 – 13.00

Closing Remarks and Gift Ceremony

Ms. Thandeka Mbassa
Head of Department, Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), South Africa

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch Break

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES 

Diamond

$60000
Organization logo printed in Conference Program booklet and Conference signage displayed at the registration site
Hyperlinked logo in the Conference 2017 sponsor web page and Acknowledgement of sponsorship at the Welcome Banquet and Podium
VIP Seating at the Opening and Organization’s name on the backboard at the Conference
Opportunity to include promotional material up to A4 in the delegate bags and Recognition as the sponsor on the website, social media (Twitter, Facebook)
Complimentary registration: 3 persons – Diamond Sponsor

Platinum

$40000

Hyperlinked logo in the Conference 2017 sponsor web page and Acknowledgement of sponsorship at the Welcome Banquet and Podium
VIP Seating at the Opening and Organization’s name on the backboard at the Conference
Opportunity to include promotional material up to A4 in the delegate bags and Recognition as the sponsor on the website, social media (Twitter, Facebook)
Complimentary registration: 3 persons – Platinum Sponsor

Gold

$20000

VIP Seating at the Opening and Organization’s name on the backboard at the Conference
Opportunity to include promotional material up to A4 in the delegate bags and Recognition as the sponsor on the website, social media (Twitter, Facebook)
Complimentary registration: 2 persons – Gold Sponsor

Silver

$5000

Opportunity to include promotional material up to A4 in the delegate bags and Recognition as the sponsor on the website, social media (Twitter, Facebook)
Complimentary registration: 2 persons – Silver Sponsor

Bronze

$2000

Opportunity to include promotional material up to A4 in the delegate bags and Recognition as the sponsor on the website, social media (Twitter, Facebook)
Complimentary registration: 1 person – Bronze Sponsor

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Exhibition Opportunities

Interested Companies, Organisations, Inter-Governmental Organisations, United Nations Agencies, Media and stakeholders are invited to express their interest in setting up exhibition booths during the Conference. Download request form.

WHY EXHIBIT?

The ACECD 2017-Africa Conference on Economic Costs of Disasters: The Role of the Private Sector in Disaster Risk Reduction exhibition provides you with an excellent opportunity to showcase and promote your products and services to customers from all over Africa and beyond.

The Exhibition will offer you the prospect of:

  1. Launching new products and services to the widest and largest international audience.
  2. Creating demand for your products & services by giving potential clients’ first-hand experience and a chance to a trial for your products.
  3. Increasing your sales and customer base within a short period of time.
  4. Raising awareness, recognition and building brand image by keeping your brand and solutions right in front of customers.
  5. Accessing senior decision makers from various international, private and public organizations for lead generation and networking... Read more

STEERING COMMITTEE

Dr. Wilfred LUNGA

Disaster Risk Reduction and Development Consultant and African Research Fellow, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

Dr. Lunga holds a PhD in Development and Management (Disaster Studies)

Ms. Vilma HOSSINI (Born LIAUKONYTE)

Executive Officer for Capacity Development, German Federal Agency for Technical Relief, Germany

Ms. Hossini holds a Master in Economics from the University of

Dr. Joseph Kimuli BALIKUDDEMBE

Researcher in Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarianism, East African Centre for Disaster Health and Humanitarian Research, Uganda

Mr. Balikuddembe is a PhD candidate in Disaster Management and Public

Mr. Bibhuti Bhusan GADANAYAK

State Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator, UNICEF, India

Mr. Gadnayak holds a Master Degree in Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and

Dr. BONGANI ELIAS SITHOLE

Head of the Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC), Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), South Africa

Dr. Sithole obtained his Doctorate at the Central University of Technology,

Ms. Kehinde BALOGUN

Project Associate, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Germany

Ms. Balogun holds a Master’s degree in Disaster Risk Management from the

Mr. Millan ATAM

Executive Director, Gravitazz Continental Initiative (GCI), South Africa

Mr. Atam holds a Master of Arts in Forced Migration Studies

Dr. Audrey CASH (Co-chair)

Lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Virginia, USA

Dr. Cash holds a PhD in International Development, an MSc-Research in

Ms. Beatriz LÓPEZ- FANJUL DIEZ DEL

Researcher and Consultant in Environmental Science and Social Adaptation Projects, Spain

Ms. López-Fanjul holds a Master Degree in Engineering and Sustainable Management

Dr. Pacôme Dehouegnon AHOKPOSSI (Chair)

Senior Consultant specialized in Water Science and Civil Engineering, South Africa

Dr. Ahokpossi has recently completed his PhD at the University of

Conference VENUE

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