Global Crises & Emergencies – UK Capability and Experience
UK actors have a strong track record in responding to global emergencies and crises – Join us for discussions that will encourage reflections on experiences, seek to identify key lessons learnt and encourage debate on some of the practical actions that can be taken to ensure more effective responses in future.
The world is currently facing a daunting assortment of crises and challenges: the climate emergency, conflict in several parts of the world, the remnants of the Covid-19 pandemic, humanitarian crises and much more. These all require emergency response to alleviate human, health, economic, social, environmental, and other challenges. Furthermore, development and humanitarian actors need to ensure they can continue to deliver vital services, even under extreme and changing circumstances.
The current and recent events in Ukraine and Afghanistan have demonstrated the challenges of operating quickly and efficiently at a time of conflict and crisis. The critical role private sector organisations play in responding to crises in an efficient and impactful way is more important than ever.
UK based organisations have a strong track record in responding to global emergencies and crises through a wide range of actions and activities including but not limited to: on the ground logistics, access to financial services, and security. This round table will encourage reflections on experiences from members and stakeholders who have been and are actively responding to recent emergencies and crises, that have required rapid and innovative deployment approaches. The discussion will seek to identify key lessons learnt and encourage debate on some of the practical actions that can be taken to ensure more effective responses in future.
4.00 - Registration & Networking
4.30 – Panel Presentations
5.05 – Discussion and Q&A
5.30 - Networking & Drinks Reception
7.00 - End
About the Speakers & Panellists:
Mark Tait, the Vice President at Crown Agents Bank, specialises in FX Treasury management, INGO program delivery, 'in case of need' planning and mass payment/ multi-modality solutions. Mark also supports UN agencies, UK Govt departments, International Donors and INGOs working in the emerging markets through cross border payment solutions (Treasury) and ensuring best value and delivery possible.
David Quinn is the Director of the Crisis, Response and Recovery Unit at Crown Agents. David has worked with the company for over ten years, delivering rapid response programmes on behalf of the UK Government, NGOs and corporate clients. David has responded to most of the major humanitarian emergency in recent years, leading teams responding to the Ukraine and Covid-19 crises and providing logistics support during the Ebola response, the Nepal Earthquake, the European Migration Crisis and the response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean. David recently received an MBE in recognition of his support to global health during the Covid-19 crisis.
Rebecca Pankhurst-Lapińa is the Director of the Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT) at Palladium with more than 20 years of experience leading service delivery and policy for UNICEF, the UK Government and NGOs, including over 10 years in South-East Asia, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.
Please join us after the main event for a networking reception with drinks and canapes kindly sponsored by Crown Agents Bank - a UK-regulated bank with an unparalleled global network, customer-centric technology solutions, and extensive emerging and frontier market expertise.