Lumley sponsors world leader in disaster recovery at IBANZ
News  - 11 July 2011
Lumley sponsors world leader in disaster recovery at IBANZ

Lumley have secured Bob McKerrow, Head of Delegation for the Red Cross in Sri Lanka, as opening speaker for this year’s IBANZ conference on July 14. 

Speaking on ‘Leadership through adversity – experiences from global disaster recovery operations,’ this will be a must-see feature of the conference in light of New Zealand’s largest natural disaster, the Christchurch earthquakes.

New Zealand-born Bob has been involved in no less than 15 earthquake relief-to-recovery operations including Tonga, India, Afghanistan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Sri Lanka, most recently heading the tsunami recovery in Indonesia.  As head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRCS), Bob managed their largest operation in modern times, improving the lives of the tsunami affected population of Indonesia.

Continuing his international humanitarian work, Bob is currently Head of Delegation for the IFRCS in Sri Lanka.  With specialist skills in disaster response management, early recovery planning and implementation, disaster preparedness and capacity building, his focus in Sri Lanka also includes dealing with internally displaced people.

Bob promises to give IBANZ attendees a fascinating insight into disaster recovery based on his unique experiences of over 30 years in senior management positions in international humanitarian work and civil defence.