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Webinar: Fostering a Community around Disaster Preparedness


Online and Singapore

Date & time

03 October 2019



03 October 2019


About this event


Fostering a Community around Disaster Preparedness

Thursday, 03 October 2019
1 – 2 pm GST+8

Webinar Recording

Natural disasters are particularly devastating in the Asia Pacific region, as risk exposure and vulnerability is higher due to growing populations and a significant proportion of poor and marginalised communities. Building on the conversations around Moving capital towards proactive disaster solutions and Partnering for Innovation in disaster technology that took place at the AVPN Conference 2019, we are extending the discussion through this webinar. 

AVPN, in partnership with the Prudence Foundation, will bring together partners and impact-drivers working in disaster preparedness and risk reduction to share their perspectives on the importance of shifting the needle to focus more on disaster risk reduction efforts. 

Key Takeaways

  • Understand why disaster preparedness can offer an attractive ‘return on investment’ and how it supports the achievement of the UN Sustainable Goals
  • Hear about examples of disaster preparedness programmes which aim to leverage the power of technology and involvement of communities
  • Learn from the on-the-ground experience on how best to meet the needs of communities and in helping them be more resilient


Justin Chang
Director, Prudence Foundation

Justin oversees programmes funded by Prudence Foundation, the regional community investment arm of Prudential in Asia. The Foundation aims to secure the future of Asian communities by enhancing education, health and safety. We firmly believe in a partnership approach, working with government, humanitarian and private sector organisations

Birger Stamperdahl
President & CEO, Give2Asia

Since 2006, Birger has been part of the Give2Asia team, applying his experience in nonprofit development and partnership building to expand Give2Asia’s work. From his years of experience serving donors, clients and project partners (and prior to that living in South and Southeast Asia), Birger has developed a passion for the diverse and ever-changing landscape of nonprofits and social ventures in the Asia-Pacific region.

Robert Laprade
Head of Partnerships & Resource Development, IFRC

Robert Laprade is the head of Partnerships & Resource Development for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). He served the American Red Cross as regional director for Asia, the Middle East and Europe, as well as program director for the Asian Tsunami Recovery Program. He has spent over 15 years in field-based assignments in Asia and Africa managing large NGOs portfolios is in public health, food security, livelihoods, and humanitarian response.  He also was with CARE and Save the Children managing their overall global humanitarian portfolios, including as Vice President of Save the Children based in Washington.

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