International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020

Good disaster risk governance: perspectives from business leaders


2.00pm-3.30pm (AEDT), 21 October 2020



The issues of disaster risk governance – identifying, acknowledging, planning and acting on disaster risk – have come into sharp focus this year.

Many disasters can be avoided or prevented if there are disaster risk reduction strategies in place to manage and reduce existing levels of risk and to avoid the creation of new risk. What that amounts to is ‘good disaster risk governance’.

There are clear actions we can take – as countries, communities, individuals and businesses – to improve how we manage disaster risk in order to reduce it.

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience and corporate2community are pleased to invite you to join an online panel of business leaders as they share their reflections on how good disaster risk governance has changed and enhanced corporate priorities and leadership.

This event is highly recommended for executives and senior leaders responsible for risk management and strategic direction for disaster planning.

This event is held in recognition of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, in collaboration with corporate2community

Guest speakers:

Claire Rogers, Managing Partner, CEO Mastermind Advisory, MentorList

Claire is a strategic leader with deep expertise in driving growth, innovation, and transformation across a broad range of financial services and for purpose entities. She has achieved market leading performance through a clear understanding of business and customer context and executing at pace by developing and inspiring teams, shaping culture for purpose with agility. A social innovator with entrepreneurial skills, she has successfully led large and small organisations across multiple industries to achieve growth through digital.

Previously chief executive of World Vision Australia, the country’s largest not-for-profit organisation, and with extensive global and local experience in multiple financial services divisions of ANZ including a stint as Head of Digital Banking, she has consistently led organisations to deliver on their purpose and commercial potential. She was also the Chair of Ridley College, Melbourne from 2009 to 2016, where she guided the organisation to achieve a business model shift to 50% online delivery, which is now the leading offering in the country.

She is currently assisting several digital and new business start-ups to achieve scale and Managing Partner of CEO Mastermind Advisory Services, and is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW), the AICD and Scale Investors, an angel investor network focused on female founders.


James Ritchie, Principal Consultant corporate2community and International Resilience Advisor - Resilience Advisors Network

James brings diverse senior leadership experience from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has also had executive leadership accountability and expertise in disaster risk and resilience, governance and strategy. James has held various disaster preparedness and emergency management responsibilities across his career.

James holds a MBA and an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IHDA) from Fordham University, New York, USA and has completed expert training in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Berlin. Currently James based in Germany and is a Principal Consultant for Corporate 2 Community and an International Resilience Advisor for the Resilience Advisors Network (Europe).


Sue O'Connor, Non Executive Chair, Yarra Valley Water 

Sue is an experienced business leader who has served as a Chair, Director and senior business leader with ASXTop10 and global unlisted companies as well as high profile statutory authorities and not for profits. Her leadership values are anchored in a commitment to ensuring that communities are prosperous, equitable and sustainable.

Sue is known for her board leadership, collaborative approach, commercial acumen, strategic thinking and deep expertise in technology, climate change, low carbon economies, financial services, utilities, audit and risk. Over her 12 year board career, Sue has chaired or been a member of technology, transformation, audit, risk and customer experience committees.

Sue holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Graduate of Diploma Business Management. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.

* more speakers to be announced in the coming days. 



Amanda Leck, Executive Director, AIDR

Renae Hanvin, Founder and Director, corporate2community


About International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

In 2015 at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, the international community was reminded that disasters hit hardest at the local level with the potential to cause loss of life and great social and economic upheaval. Sudden onset disasters displace millions of people every year. Disasters, many of which are exacerbated by climate change, have a negative impact on investment in sustainable development and the desired outcomes.

It is also at the local level that capacities need to be strengthened urgently. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is people-focussed and action-oriented in its approach to disaster risk reduction and applies to the risk of small-scale and large-scale disasters caused by man-made, or natural hazards, as well as related environmental, technological and biological hazards and risks.