MR DEHOUEGNON PACOME AHOKPOSSI PR.SC.NAT
Mr Ahokpossi is currently a PhD candidate at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He also holds an MSc in Geohydrology from the same University, and a BSc in Civil Engineering from University of Abomey Calavi, Republic of Benin. He is registered as a Water Resources Professional Scientist with the South African Council and Groundwater Division of the Geological Society of South Africa. Apart from pursuing his Academic career, Mr Ahokpossi has over 13 years of experience in conducting and auditing water related projects, contaminated land studies, due diligence auditing of aspects related to Safety, Health and Environment, with focus on Health and Safety in mining sector. Being a Senior Consultant, throughout his career, Mr Ahokpossi has led technical teams for different consulting companies in South Africa, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Republic of Benin.
MR JOSEPH KIMULI BALIKUDDEMBE
Mr Balikuddembe has recently completed his PhD in Disaster Management and Public Health at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran. He also holds a Master of International Relations and Diplomatic Studies from Makerere University, Uganda.Mr Balikuddembe is currently working as a Researcher in Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarianism at the East African Centre for Disaster Health and Humanitarian Research in Uganda.Previous to this, Mr Balikuddembe hold a number of research and editorial positions, complemented by his professional experience as a Country Field Coordinator at Informatici Senza Frontiere and an Instructor at the Catholic University of South Sudan. His main areas of expertise include: disaster risk management or disaster risk reduction, public health, humanitarianism, emergency and road safety. Mr Balikuddembe authored and co-authored multiple peer reviewed articles on these subjects.
DR AUDREY CASH
Dr. Audrey Cash holds a PhD in International Development, an MSc-Research in African Studies from University of Edinburgh, Scotland, both focusing on the impact of extractive industries in sub-Saharan Africa, and a MA in Development Studies from University of Leeds, UK. Dr. Cash is currently working as a Lecturer at the Christopher Newport University, US. Her expertise is the effective management of revenues and resources obtained from oil and mining to meet short- to long-term socio-economic development goals, and her recent work focuses on the role of the relationship between the state and civil society in the management of revenues and resources. Dr. Cash research interests also include: the role of corporate social responsibility and the extractives sector, and issues surrounding land disputes and land-grabbing in the extractive sectors. In the past, Dr. Cash worked as an Africa Focal Point for the International Organization for Migration in Washington, DC.
MR BIBHUTI BHUSAN GADANAYAK
Mr Gadnayak holds a Master Degree in Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and a M.Phil from the Central Institute of Psychiatry, India.Mr Gadnayak is currently working as a State Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Coordinator at UNICEF in India. Prior to his current assignment, Mr Gadnayak gained an extensive DRR and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) experience by working for the UN (UN, UNISDR, UNDP) in Gambia, India and Thailand. While in India, he held a number of various positions, including these in Academia and at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The main focus of his work has included: the Institutional and Policy Landscapes of DRR and CCA in South Asia, coordination of the inter-governmental agencies work (i.e. ASEAN, SAARC), working on the Asia Pacific Disaster Report. Mr Gadnayak has authored and co-authored multiple publications.
MS ZANELE M’CWABENI
Ms Zanele M’Cwabeni graduated from a MA in Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University, BC, Canada. She also holds a BA in Women Studies from Concordia University, QC, Canada and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management. Ms M’Cwabeni is currently working as a Disaster Risk Management professional providing expertise in training and developing policies related to sudden or unexpected business interruption to Air Canada rouge. Previous to this, she worked as a Flight Attendant and then as a Safety and Procedures Trainer for the same company. On top of that, Ms M’Cwabeni lived in Jamaica, where she conducted a field research on women living in hazard affected areas. Results were later used for her study of disaster preparedness and recovery, empowerment and gender equity.
MS VILMA HOSSINI (NEÉ LIAUKONYTE)
Ms Hossini holds a Master in Economics from the University of Bonn, Germany and a Master of Engineering, Civil Engineer, Technical studies for precise mechanical instruments, from Kauno Technologijos Universitetas.Specialized in Training Programme Design, Stakeholder Analysis, Sustainable Development, and Environmental Awareness, Ms Hossini is currently working as an Executive Officer for Capacity Development at the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief in Germany. Previous to this, she worked for a multiple stakeholders such as government, international organizations, UN Organizations, private sector and NGOs, where she was responsible for developing and implementing capacity building activities and national frameworks related to DRR, emergency preparedness, technical relief and resilience building in various countries.
Dr. Lunga holds a PhD in Development and Managemnt (Disaster Studies) from North-West University, Potchefstroom campus in South Africa, as well as a MSc in Development Studies and Diploma in Development and Disaster Management, both from the National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Dr. Lunga is currently working as a Disaster Risk Reduction and Development Consultant, and as an African Research Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa. Previous to this, he hold multiple research, consulting and academic positions in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, which inter alias included working as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research at the North-West University, and as a Lecturer in Zimbabwe. Dr. Lunga’s research focuses on indigenous knowledge, cutting across disaster risk reduction, climate change, sustainability and humanitarianism, with emphasis on the inclusion of indigenous knowledge in disaster reduction and health promotion policies in line with his belief that ‘local is lekker’. Main geographical areas of his research included: Somalia, South Sudan, South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.