Centre for Disaster Protection bolsters specialists team


The Centre for Disaster Protection has announced the appointments of four new specialists.

Joining the company will be Theodore Talbot, Cristina Stefan, Omaira Choudhry and Jessica Texter, who all bring years of experience across a diverse range of sectors.

Talbot joins the senior leadership team as Chief Economist & Associate Director for Sustainable Finance, having previously served as a Senior Economist and Innovative Finance lead with the World Bank in the secretariat of Global Partnership for Education.

The Centre stated that within his new role, Talbot will be leading on aspects of the company’s client services and thought leadership and ensuring that high quality economic expertise is integrated throughout their work.

Meanwhile, Stefan has been appointed to the role of Lead Risk Finance Adviser. She brings a tremendous amount of expertise within her new role, as she has previous experience in designing alternative risk transfer products such as CAT Bonds, ILS solutions, and parametric reinsurance.

She was also involved in the World Bank led financial response to the tenth Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In addition, Texter has been appointed as the Centre’s new Projects and Communications Officer.

While, Choudhry, who also joins the Centre, is a specialist in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) having previously worked with international donor agencies, national governments and the private sector across diverse sectors and regions.

Daniel Clarke, Director for the Centre for Disaster Protection, said: “We’re delighted to welcome these three exceptional people to our team. With around 30 years of experience between them, the variety of skills and knowledge they bring will inform and really enhance the work we’re doing to change how the world prepares and pays for disasters.”

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