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Marcus Oxley, Chair Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction. Email: Co-Coordinator, Section on the Role of Risk Reduction and Climate Change.
Marcus has over twenty years disaster management experience gained within the NGO sector where he was responsible for managing and implementing a range of disaster response and recovery, preparedness and mitigation programs across Africa, Asia and Europe . He is currently Head of Secretariat / Chair of the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction – an alliance of large and small civil society groups committed to putting the interests and concerns of disaster-affected people into the heart of global disaster policy discourse and practice.

Prior to chairing the Global Network Marcus was the Disaster Management Director for the British NGO Tearfund where he had overall responsibilities for their disasters-related interventions around the world. Tearfund is considered one of the leading international NGOs in the field of disaster risk management and has assumed a proactive role in promoting and mainstreaming “pro-poor” DRR concepts and good practice amongst key governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental actors.

Larry Roeder, MS, Editor in Chief, Climate Caucus Report and co-coordinator, Working Group on the Role of Risk Reduction and Climate Change. UN Affairs Director, World Society for the Protection of Animals. Email: and


Larry Roeder
Mr. Roeder retired from the US Department of State in 2005 as the Policy Adviser on Disaster Management, with over 35 years experience in multilateral diplomacy, conflict and crisis management, disaster management (response and risk reduction), as well as topics related to sustainable development. Currently, he is the United Nations Affairs Director at the World Society for the Protection of Animals. For a fuller biography see:

For a fuller biography see:, (BIO)



Dr. David Stone, Lead Coordinator. Email:

Dr David Stone is Director of ProAct Network, an international
environmental NGO focusing on a selected cluster of environmental management and livelihood issues - at institutional and community levels. A zoologist by training, David has worked for over 20 years in the fields of biodiversity conservation and environmental management in humanitarian, post-conflict and disaster relief operations, with particular emphasis on
community engagement, environmental recovery and sustainable development.

CARE and Pro-Act are currently working in partnership at a global level to raise awareness, develop guidelines and other interventions designed to mitigate environmental impacts during humanitarian interventions.

One of his main areas of active research is with regards adaptation as a means of reducing and mitigating disasters at the community level. David is also an accomplished author and editor."







(1) Photo (c) 2008, GDIN, Global Disaster Information Network. OECD official at GDIN Conference discussing risk reduction in indigenous cultures, GDIN2004.
(2) Photo of David Stone and Larry Roeder in Geneva June 26, 2008