Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Keynote speaker – shared with AFAC19
Dr Robert Glasser is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and Honourary Associate Professor at the Australian National University. He was previously the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Head of the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and a member of the Secretary General’s Senior Management Group and the Deputy Secretary General’s Climate Principals Group. Dr Glasser has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, advocate and policy-maker in the areas of sustainable development, climate change and disaster risk. He was formerly the Secretary General of CARE International, among the world’s largest non-governmental humanitarian organisations, Chief Executive of CARE Australia, and Assistant Director General at the Australian Agency for International Development. He was previously a board member of the Global Call for Climate Action, an alliance of more than 450 national and international organisations focusing on climate change advocacy; Inaugural Board Chairman of the CHS International Alliance, an organisation resulting from the merger of People in Aid and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership; Chair of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response; Advisory Panel member of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor; member of the Principals Steering Group of the United Nations Transformative Agenda for Humanitarian Action; and member of the Steering Group for the World Economic Forum project on The Future Role of Civil Society. An Australian national, Dr Glasser has published on several topics, including climate change, disaster risk, peace and conflict, and development policy.