In his PrepTalk, Ghesquiere presents a global perspective on the need to improve disaster resilience. He highlights the scale of the challenge, from rapid urbanization in areas at risk of earthquakes and floods, to the increasing frequency and intensity of storms. He discusses the need for all sectors to participate in planning and to incorporate future trends in population growth, urbanization, and increasing risk due to future environmental conditions. Ghesquiere heads the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), a global partnership hosted by the World Bank with programs in more than 80 countries. In a recent report, The making of a riskier future: How our decisions are shaping future disaster risk, the GFDRR demonstrates how “tomorrow’s risk is being built today. We must therefore move away from risk assessments that show risk at a single point in the present and move instead towards risk assessments that can guide decision makers towards a resilient future.” Ghesquiere focuses on the importance of this future perspective in his PrepTalk.
- PrepTalks Discussion Guide: The Making of a Resilient Future
- GFFDR: The making of a riskier future: How our decisions are shaping future disaster risk
- FEMA 2018-2022 Strategic Plan
- FEMA’s Strategic Foresight initiative - a high level introduction on trends impacting emergency management.
- FEMA Hazus is a nationally applicable standardized methodology that contains models for estimating physical, economic and social impacts from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.
- NOAA Coastal Resilience Mapping Portal – an online tool to help users visualize future flod risks from sea level rise and storm surge.
- Department of Homeland Security Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things
- Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
- UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) PreventionWeb, a collaborative knowledge sharing platform on disaster risk reduction, United States of America pages.
- Dr. Philip Berke’s PrepTalk: “Land Use Planning for Community Resilience”
- Dr. Dennis Mileti’s PrepTalk: “Modernizing Public Warning Messaging”
- US Census Bureau: We are a Changing Nation: A Series on Population Trends
Francis Ghesquiere is the Head of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), a global partnership hosted by the World Bank with programs in more than 80 countries. He has extensive experience in ex-post and ex-ante disaster risk management operations and is known for his leadership on a number of flagship initiatives, including the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Central America Probabilistic Risk Modeling Initiative, and the Understanding Risk Forum (UR). He was also key in the design of new policy instruments to help accelerate World Bank response to disasters, including the policy on emergency operations and innovative contingent financing instruments such as the CAT-DDO and Contingent Emergency Response Components (CERC). Mr. Ghesquiere holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an Engineering Degree from the University of Louvain. He also studied Finance and Economics at New York University, ESADE Barcelona and HEC Paris.