Ian has over 15 years of experience in disaster risk reduction and development planning. Currently he leads the knowledge management and research initiatives for the Global Disaster Preparedness Center, hosted by the American Red Cross. Before re-joining the ARC in 2012, he was a Disaster Risk Management Specialist with the Asian Development Bank from 2010 to 2012, working primarily on disaster risk financing projects in Southeast Asia. Before that, he worked at the ProVention Consortium in Geneva from 2005 to 2010, where he led initiatives on urban risk reduction and disaster risk financing, reducing disaster risks in recovery, and improving evaluation of the impacts of risk reduction measures. From 1998 to 2005, he worked with the ARC in San Francisco, California; Ankara, Turkey; and in Washington, DC on a variety of domestic and international programs to design and scale up disaster preparedness activities. In addition Ian has worked a number of short-assignments in Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia (including 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami), North Africa, and the Caribbean (including 2010 Haiti earthquake) to conduct post-disaster assessments, develop risk reduction projects, and evaluate program impacts. He has also authored several technical papers for the global community disaster risk reduction. Ian holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. In addition he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali and worked an earlier stint in his career coordinating localization at NeXT Software.