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Conference session

Diversity in disaster risk reduction leadership

This thematic session forms part of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction for 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