Richard Wecker

Nationality: Australian

Area of Expertise: Disaster risk management, climate change adaptation/ mitigation

Richard is an Australian national who has lived and worked throughout South-East Asia for the past decade. He has over 10 years of experience in disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and public health. Richard is driven by the prospect of rapid, systemic change in the face of global climate breakdown. Richard brokers dynamic partnerships and policy change harnessing research insights, strategic communications and capacity building.

In the wake of the 2015 Southeast Asian “haze crisis”, Richard led UNICEF Indonesia’s strategy to address major environmental health issues and guided formative epidemiological, ethnographic, and policy studies related to the impacts of toxic air pollution from the peatland and forest fires on children’s health and well-being. More recently he has led disaster risk management programme innovations in forecast-based social assistance (adaptive social protection), use of real-time big data for humanitarian decision-making, and private sector engagement in support of community resilience.Richard holds tertiary qualifications in anthropology and public health from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. He is currently pursuing further training in partnerships brokering and interaction design.