Engaging the Private Sector

  • Date & Time: Wednesday 11 May (11:00 - 12:45)
  • Room: 3
  • Participation: Open
  • Organizer: Organized by the UNISDR Private Sector Advisory Group


Members of the private sector are increasingly looking to forge public-private partnerships to reduce disaster risk and build resilience at the local and community levels, especially among those most vulnerable to catastrophes. The private sector is an important conduit for the flow of capital to communities, either as investment in critical infrastructure, or as risk transfer mechanisms to help reduce exposure by communities to future shocks. The role of the private sector also goes beyond finance; expertise and knowledge, for example, can be better leveraged to support capital investments and promote the sustainable development of affected communities. This roundtable aims to stimulate commitment and identify new ways of engaging the private sector in implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.


Mr. Rowan Douglas, CEO, Global Analytics and Chairman of the Willis Re/Willis Research Network (CHAIR)


Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Reduction
Mr. Philip Verges, Founder, Small Equity Initiative
Mr. Peter Williams, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer, USA IBM
Ms. Sandra Wu, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kokusai Kogyo
Mr. Dale Sands, Senior Vice President and Global Practices Director Environment, AECOM
Mr. Peter Gruetter, Distinguished Fellow, CISCO Internet Business Solutions Group
Mr. John Tobin-de la Puente, Managing Director of Public Policy-Sustainability Affairs, Credit Suisse
Mr. Juan-Gabriel Aguiriano, Worldwide Managing Director of Sustainable Operations, DuPont Sustainable Solutions
Mr. Jan P. Mumenthaler, Head Insurance Services Group, Business Risk Department, International Finance Corporation
Mr. Thomas R. Loster, Chairman, MunichRe Foundation
Mr. Aris Papadopoulos, CEO, Titan America
Mr. Maxime Chretien, Associate Partner, Forensic & Dispute Services, Deloitte S.A.
Mr. Jesus S. Domingo, Minister in charge of Disarmament and Humanitarian Affairs for the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva
Mr. José Luis Barbier, Deputy Minister for Provincial Relations, Civil Protection Division, Ministry of Interior, Argentina
Mr. Régis Thepot, Director General, Grands Lacs de Seine, France


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Last updated: 04 December 2020