Previous Speakers for ADN’s Special Sessions

25 July 2022 – World Drowning Prevention Day: The Future of Drowning Risk in the Context of COVID-19 and Climate Change

Dr. Aminur Rahman, Director of the International Drowning Research Centre – Bangladesh, which is part of the Centre for Injury Prevention, Health Development and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) presented on the ‘CIPRB’s Leadership in Preventing Drowning: Past, Present and Future Initiatives in Bangladesh and Beyond’.

Dr. Colleen Saunders, Senior Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cape Town in South Africa presented on ‘Keeping our head above water during uncertain times’.

Dr. Olive Kobusingye, Accident & Emergency Surgeon and Injury Epidemiologist and Senior Research Fellow at Makerere University School of Public Health presented on ‘Drowning while at work – has COVID-19 changed anything?’.

Ms. Racheal Nantume, Master of Science in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management student at the University of Leicester presented a poster on ‘Avoiding Drowning Injury and Deaths in Uganda through the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2006′.

Master Arkoneil Ghosh, ADN Intern and Junior Champion presented a poster on ’10 Ways to Prevent Drowning Deaths’.

Ms. Judith Omasete, WASH Consultant and Community Conversation Officer at the Norwich City Council presented ‘Climate change and drowning risk in Bangladesh and Tanzania and the implications for RNLI programmes’ on behalf of the University of East Anglia and ADN.

Mr. Tom Mecrow, Senior International Evidence Manger at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution gave the talk ‘Wrapping Up. 

This session was chaired by Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett and Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita, Presidents of ADN. 


04 May 2022 – Avoidable Deaths: Anticipatory Framework to Reduce Disaster Deaths at the UNOCHA Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks

Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett, Founding President of the ADN presented on the ‘Avoidable Deaths Framework’. 

Mr. Sheikh Khairul Rahaman, Forecast-based Financing Project Delegate at the German Red Cross presented on the German Red Cross’s Anticipatory Action Framework to Reduce Disaster Deaths’.

Dr. Ambika Prasad Nanda, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Steel presented on ‘Zero Casualty at Any Cost: The Government of Odisha’s Mission Statement to Reduce Disaster Deaths’. 

Dr. Albrecht Beck, President of Prepared International presented on ‘Prepared International’s (PPI) Framework to enable early action to Reduce Disaster Deaths’.

Professor Norio Okada, Emiratus Professor at Kyoto University gave ‘Concluding Remarks.

The session was chaired by Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita (Kansai University and the Avoidable Deaths Network).


25 March 2022 – Exclusion and Avoidable Disaster Deaths

Mr. Ryan Joseph Figueiredo, Founder and Executive Director of Equal Asia Foundation presented on ‘Social Exclusion, LGBTQ and Avoidable Disaster Deaths’.

Dr. Madhulika Sahoo, Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology at Kalahandi University in India presented on ‘Social Exclusion and Avoidable Disaster Deaths’.

Mr. Daniel Mendez, Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean at ADN presented on ‘Children and Avoidable Disaster Deaths in the Caribbean‘.

Ms. Denise Robateau, Education Officer and Emergency Relief Point at UNICEF Belize presented on ‘Children and Avoidable Disaster Deaths in the Caribbean‘.

Ms. Aditi Ghosh, former Deputy Humanitarian Director at IPPF Humanitarian Hub in Bangkok presented on ‘Inclusive Programming – A Mandate, Not a Choice’.


28 January 2022 –Reducing Avoidable Disaster Deaths through Effective Mitigation and Response

Professor Mehdi Zaré from the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES) and the Department of Basic Science at the Academy of Sciences in Tehran, Iran presented on ‘Reducing avoidable deaths from water crisis, floods, and drought through effective mitigation measures in Iran’.

Dr. Mohammad Reza Nikoo from the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the Sultan Qaboos University, Oman and a Member of the Iranian Federation of Young Elite presented on ‘Reducing flood risk through effective management measures in Tehran, Iran’

Ms. Sanam Moghimi from the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering within the Structural Engineering Department at the LNEC, Lisbon presented on ‘Reducing earthquake deaths from effective seismic code in Lisbon’

Mr. Mostafa Mohaghegh from UNESCAP presented on ‘Experience of coordinating disaster response to save lives’.

It was organised by the Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) in collaboration with the University of Tehran. Dr. Khadije Norouzi Khatiri and Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett chaired the Special Session.


10 December 2021 – Symposium on Integrating Disaster Risk Management with Emergency Services and Defence to Reduce Avoidable Disaster Deaths

Session 1: Inaugural Session

Ms. Mami Mizutori, Head of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction gave a Keynote Address in the Inaugural Session on ‘Introducing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Sustainable Development, Avoidable Deaths and Disaster Responders in the Caribbean Region’.

Mr. Shawn Edward, Minister of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training in St. Lucia participated in the Inaugural Session on ‘Introducing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Sustainable Development, Avoidable Deaths and Disaster Responders in the Caribbean Region’.

Dr. Sanjay Badri-Maharaj, an Independent Defence Analyst and Attorney at Law in Trinidad and Tobago participated in the Inaugural Session on ‘Introducing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Sustainable Development, Avoidable Deaths and Disaster Responders in the Caribbean Region’.

Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett, Associate Professor in Risk Management at the University of Leicester and Founding President of the ADN gave a presentation in the Inaugural Session on ‘Introducing Avoidable Deaths and Disaster Responders in the Caribbean Region’.

Professor Alois Hirschmugl, Technical Director of Disaster Management Advice and Training (DMAT) Consulting KG gave a presentation in the Inaugural Session on ‘Introducing Avoidable Deaths and Disaster Responders in the Caribbean Region’.

The Inaugural Session was moderated by Mr. Krishna Clarke and Dr. Albrecht Beck.

Session 2: Emergency Services

Commissioner Edvin MartinSecond Vice President of the ACCP, Grenada gave a presentation in the Emergency Services Session on ‘Voices of the Fire, Police, Search and Rescue Services in Reducing Avoidable Disaster Deaths in the Caribbean Region’.

Mr. Errol Maynard, Chief Fire Officer of the Barbados Fire Service and President of the Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs gave a presentation in the Emergency Services Session on ‘Voices of the Fire, Police, Search and Rescue Services in Reducing Avoidable Disaster Deaths in the Caribbean Region’.

Mr. Octavio Restrepo Calderon, President and Director of the Caribbean Urban Search and Rescue, Curacao gave a presentation in the Emergency Services Session on ‘Voices of the Fire, Police, Search and Rescue Services in Reducing Avoidable Disaster Deaths in the Caribbean Region’.

The Emergency Services session’s discussants were Mr. David Wales, Mr. Daniel Cossio and Dr. Christian Morgner.

Session 3: Defence Services

Lt. Col. Tony Cheales, Commanding Officer within the Ministry of Defence, UK gave a presentation in the Defence Services session on ‘Voices of Military and Civilians – Disaster Response Mission Experiences to Reduce Avoidable Deaths in the Caribbean Region’.

Ms. Keisha Linton, Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance Officer at the Regional Security Systems (RSS) Headquarters gave a presentation in the Defence Services session on ‘Voices of Military and Civilians – Disaster Response Mission Experiences to Reduce Avoidable Deaths in the Caribbean Region’.

Major Rene Savelsbergh, Dutch Civil-Military Advisor for the Caribbean Region based at the Naval Headquarters in Curacao gave a presentation in the Defence Services session on ‘Voices of Military and Civilians – Disaster Response Mission Experiences to Reduce Avoidable Deaths in the Caribbean Region’.

Major Rogelio Pop, SO2 G3 Principal Staff Officer within the Defence Force, Belize gave a presentation in the Defence Services session on ‘Voices of Military and Civilians – Disaster Response Mission Experiences to Reduce Avoidable Deaths in the Caribbean Region’.

Ms. Priya Thirumur, Charitable Director and International Project Manager of K1 Britannia Foundation gave a presentation in the Defence Services session on ‘Voices of Military and Civilians – Disaster Response Mission Experiences to Reduce Avoidable Deaths in the Caribbean Region’.

The Defence Services session discussants were Dr. Albrecht Beck, Professor Alois Hirschmugl and Mr. Daniel Mendez.

Session 4: Closing Session

Ms. Elizabeth Riley, Executive Director of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency gave a Keynote Address in ‘Closing the Symposium’.

Mr. Paul Saunders, Operations Officer (Environmental Sustainability) in the Caribbean Development Bank gave a talk on ‘Closing the Symposium’.

Mr. Ronald Jackson, Head of Disaster Risk Reduction & Recovery Team for Building Resilience in the United Development Programme (UNDP) in Geneva gave a talk on ‘Beginning of a Novel Chapter in the Caribbean Region’. 

The Closing Session was moderated by Dr. Albrecht Beck, Professor Alois Hirschmugl and Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett.


16 June 2021 – Reducing Deaths and Injuries from Residential Fire through Human Perspective

Dr Christian Morgner from the University of Sheffield presented on ‘A Person-Centred Approach to Fire Safety ‘. Please click here for the presentation.

Gill Kernick from JMJ Associate presented on ‘Systemic Change: On Myths and Disruption’ . Please click here for the presentation.

 Mr Phil Murphy, a High-Rise Residential Building Fire Safety Management advisor presented on ‘High-Rise Residential Building (HRRB) Evacuation Factcheck’ . Please click here for the presentation.

This was an open session facilitated by Shared Aim


7 May 2021 – Special Session on Let’s Talk About Silent Deaths

Mr Hari Krishna from UNDP presented on ‘Million Bites and Avoidable Deaths in our Streets’

Mr Ashis Biswas from Tagore Society for Rural Development presented on ‘Sudden Death in the Sundarbans’


4 March 2021 – Special Session on Disaster Risk Management – Discourses from Asia and Latin America

Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita from Kansai University presented on ‘Implementation of Disaster Risk Education for Tsunami Hazard in Osaka, Japan’

Dr Holmes Páez from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana presented on ‘Disasters, Reconstructions and Climate Change in Colombia  and Latin America’

Dr Richard Kotter from Northumbria University presented on ‘Thinking Service Design for Improvements in Emergency Preparedness and Response: Cases from Pakistan (Lahore, Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, AJK) and the International Emergency Team UK


5 February 2021 – Special Session on Responding to Domestic Fires and Coastal Flooding: Lessons from UK, India and Cambodia

Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett from the University of Leicester presented on ‘Principles of Disaster Response: Lessons from Odisha, India’

Mr David Wales from SharedAim presented on ‘The UK Fire and Rescue Service – an overview and research insights’

Dr Amaka Adekoya presented on ‘Factors affecting Fire Emergency Response in Nigeria; the TCIF Perspective’

Mrs Denise Corsel from the University of Leicester presented on ‘Lessons from the Livelihood-Based Flood Response in Cambodia’


4 December 2020 – Special Session on Let’s Talk About Avoidable Deaths: Views from Multiple Sectors

Professor Prabhat Jha from the University of Toronto and the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital presented on ‘Avoidable Mortality in India: Lessons from the Million Death Study’

Mr Gowri Shankar from Kalinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology (KCRE), and Kalinga Foundation presented on ‘Deaths in the Snakebite Capital of the World: India’

Mr Gatkuoth Simon Kai from African Union Commission presented on ‘Progress on the Implementation of the Africa Programme of Action (PoA) for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030’

Ms Ashley Wolfington from the International Planned Parenthood Federation presented on ‘Using the MISP to reduce excess mortality and morbidity in humanitarian crisis’

Dr. Afsana Alamgir Khan from the National Malaria Elimination and Aedes Transmission Disease Control Program, Bangladesh presented on ‘Avoidable Malaria Deaths in Bangladesh in 2020’