Diversity in disaster risk reduction leadership

25 May 2022

This thematic session within the 7th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction allowed: 

  • Showcase the transformative impact that diversity in DRR leadership can have on risk-informed development and resilience that leaves no one behind. 
  • Stocktake progress and recognise the skills, knowledge and achievements of diverse leaders that are building resilience in their communities. 

This thematic session was guided by the following questions: 

  • How can diverse leadership drive progress in achieving the implementation of the Sendai Framework? 
  • What are the primary enablers to diverse and transformative leadership in DRR and resilience building?  


  • Amal Ridene - Young Climate Change Negotiator,  
  • Abel Walekhwa - Deputy Secretary-General, Africa Youth Advisory Board on Disaster Risk Reduction, African Union Commission


  • Sarah Knibbs - Officer-in-Charge, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, UN-Women
  • Lizra Fabien - Executive Director, ARISE Dominica | Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce
  • David Zambrano Maya - President, Community Risk Management Committee of Olón
  • Noelene Nabulivou - Executive Director, Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for equality
  • Elham Youssefian - Inclusive Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Advisor, International Disability Alliance
  • Manuel Bessler - Deputy Director-General and Head of Humanitarian Aid Department, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland