ADR2019 Agenda
Tuesday 05 February
Intercontinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall
14:00 - 17:00
Inter-Agency Workshop (Invitation Only)
Upon completing registration i.e. collecting delegate pack & event access pass (business card required), this INVITATION ONLY workshop enables attending ADR19 Officials and Sponsors to meet with regional stakeholders for a unique afternoon of discussions; sharing recent disaster relief experiences, available solutions, and build on regional cooperation to strengthen preparedness and response efforts.
17:00 - 19:00
Pre-event Registration
Event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass (business card required). Sponsors are asked to setup their exhibition booth whilst those Chairing sessions liaise with fellow panellists.
19:00 - 21:00
Evening Networking Reception
An 'ice-breaker' opportunity for event participants to meet and discuss the two days ahead in a relaxed and informal setting, whilst enjoying a range of canapés and refreshments.
Wednesday 06 February
Intercontinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall
8:00 - 8:50
Networking Registration
Delegates yet to register may do so by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass (business card required), whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee. Sponsors are also asked to arrive early in order to complete setup of their exhibition booth (if not completed Tuesday evening).
8:50 - 9:15
Opening Ceremony
 
Andrew Dowell, CEO of GRV Global
 
Ronald H. Jackson, Executive Director of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) & CONFERENCE CHAIR
 
Welcoming Address
Anne Aichroth, Deputy Head of Mission (DHM) of British Embassy San Jose
9:15 - 10:30
Panel 1: Operations - Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Preparedness & Resilience
Panellists will discuss and analyse regional trends and potential areas of improvement necessary for advancing a resilience agenda. They will explore the challenges and opportunities in reducing vulnerability and exposure, with key elements central to this discussion including leveraging cost efficiencies and partnerships, and the value of human development in engineering the future we all want to see for the region.
9:15 - 9:20 
Panel Chair: Tony White, Capability Director of General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada
 
Sandrina da Cruz, Crisis Response Specialist of GlobalGiving
 
Juan Manuel Murguia, Natural Resources Specialist of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
 
Luke Schiel, Senior Manager for Disaster Response of Clinton Foundation
 
María Veronica Bastias, Regional Development Coordinator for LAC of Global Network of Civil Society Organisation for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)
 
Monica Ramirez, Housing & Human Settlements Director of Habitat for Humanity International
10:20 - 10:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
10:30 - 11:00
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:15
Spotlight Address
 
UN Procurement & Supply Chain Management
Joscha Kremers, Chief, Aviation Transportation & Logistics Section
UN Procurement Division (UNPD)
11:15 - 12:15
Panel 2: Operations - Response & Recovery
This discussion will debate factors around regional governance and finance necessary for a cohesive approach to disaster relief. Panellists will discuss the challenges of planning and the need for feasibility studies with key talking points including developing community relations in order to support readjustment and rehabilitation, with a look at essentials such as power/energy, WaSH, shelter and food.
11:15 - 11:20 
Panel Chair: Phelim Cavlan, Group Head of Sales & Business Development of Strategic Supplies
 
Fernando Calderon, Disaster Risk Management Specialist of USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
 
Lt Col Anton Gash OBE, Defence Adviser Caribbean of UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)
 
COL Jose F. Melgarejo Jr, Chief, Civil Affairs Planning Detachment of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)
 
David Andrew Strobel (Drew), Surge Delegate of American Red Cross
12:05 - 12:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
12:15 - 13:15
Panel 3: Health & Humanitarian Emergencies
Taking a look at prevention measures necessary to further regional preparedness, panellists will address inclusiveness and challenges to access (especially those most vulnerable), feeding into a wider discussion on the need for regional cooperation, the significance of expanding populations, humanitarian border management, and the importance of protection and inclusion in emergency response planning.
12:15 - 12:20 
Panel Chair: Dr. Gregg Keen, International Business Development of Sawyer Products
 
Joao Diniz, Regional Leader for Latin America & the Caribbean of World Vision International (WVI)
 
Cy Winter, Immigration & Border Management Specialist for the Americas of IOM Regional Office for Central America, North America & the Caribbean
 
Dr. Maurenth Alfaro, Consultant - Risk Management of Disasters & Emergency Care of Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
 
COL Gary Wallace, Commander - Medical Element (MEDEL) of Joint Task Force-Bravo; USSOUTHCOM
13:05 - 13:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
13:15 - 14:30
Networking Lunch Break
14:30 - 17:30
Disaster Relief Matchmaking Meetings - Cementing the Dialogue
Afternoon session devoted to introductory 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, UN, Disaster Agency and NGO stakeholders, and attending local, regional and global operators. Schedules are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to discuss disaster reduction, response and relief solutions across the Americas & Caribbean region.
19:00 - 19:30
Event Dinner Transport
Transport is included with the ADR Dinner for those that require it (please confirm at the on-site GRV registration desk). Transport will depart from the Intercontinental Hotel Lobby at 7pm for a 7:30pm start, returning back to the Hotel at approx. 10:30pm.
19:30 - 22:00
Event Dinner - Restaurante Mirador Tiquicia
An informal ADR Dinner at one of San Jose's most revered restaurants, welcoming the Official Delegation and all Event attendees; enjoying typical Costa Rican food, refreshments and stunning views from the beautiful mountains of Escazu. An ideal opportunity for further networking and to discuss the day's talking points.
Thursday 07 February
Intercontinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall
8:30 - 9:00
Networking Registration
Delegates yet to register may do so by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass (business card required), whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee (if not completed Tuesday/Wednesday).
9:00 - 9:15
Day Two Welcoming Remarks
 
Ronald H. Jackson, Executive Director of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) & CONFERENCE CHAIR
9:15 - 9:30
Spotlight Address
 
How USSOUTHCOM Coordinates with Non-Federal Entities in Response to Planned Activities & Disaster Response
Paul Murray, Chief - Public Private Cooperation Division
U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)
9:30 - 10:30
Panel 4: Technology for Disaster Relief
Examining the technology available that can enhance Disaster Preparedness, Response and Relief Operations, panellists will discuss the challenges around political engagement and the importance of consistent regional implementation and delivery. They will also explore advancements in access and knowledge, including points on reliable identification and monitoring, and the value in developing training for the region.
9:30 - 9:35 
Panel Chair: Diego Del Gallego, Operations Manager Latin-America of Barrett Communications
 
Gisli Olafsson, Humanitarian Advisor of NetHope
 
Eng. Gonzalo Ernesto Funes Siercke, Director of Prevention Management of Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO); Honduras
 
Eduardo Luis Aguilar Flores, Official Situation / Response Address of National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED); Guatemala
 
Julian Alberto Garcia Roman, Sub COE Director of Emergency Operations Center (COE); Dominican Republic
10:20 - 10:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
10:30 - 10:45
Spotlight Address
 
MSc. Roy Antonio Rojas Vargas, Project Director of the Road Safety Council of Ministry of Public Works & Transportation; Costa Rica
10:45 - 11:15
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:15
Panel 5: Communications - Solutions & their Impact on Disaster Preparedness & Relief
In order to capitalise on new technological tools, in this case communications, panellists will examine the enabling environment/factors around stakeholder collaboration and local development, exploring policy and strategic readiness with a focus on speed and scale, lessons learned and developing advancements in mission-critical technology.
11:15 - 11:20 
Panel Chair: Simon Gray, Senior VP of Humanitarian Affairs of EUTELSAT and GVF Director
 
Licda. Mayra Valle Torres, Cooperation & Projects Manager of Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC)
 
David Meltzer, Secretary General of Global VSAT Forum (GVF)
 
Angel Buitrago, IT Preparedness and response Officer for latin america and the caribbean of UN World Food Programme (WFP)
 
Allan Ruiz, Executive Secretary of COMTELCA (Regional Technical Telecommunications Commission)
 
Angela Andrea Millán Grijalba, Deputy Director for Projects of National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD); Colombia
12:05 - 12:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
12:15 - 13:15
Panel 6: Logistics - Fundamentals & Trends for the Future
Concluding ADR2019's plenary sessions, panellists will examine the role of regional integration, coordination, and the engagement of private sector in efforts to enhance logistics operations in Disaster Response Scenarios. This final session will also examine the secure delivery of humanitarian assistance including the challenges in moving humanitarian actors, goods and supplies reliably in a region with significant transportation challenges.
12:15 - 12:20 
Panel Chair: Alexander S. Kolbin, Director for International Organizations Affairs of Volga-Dnepr
 
David Alonso Meléndez, Director of Emergency & Disaster Management Dept., Ministry of Public Works & Transportation; Costa Rica
 
Joscha Kremers, Chief, Aviation Transportation & Logistics Section of UN Procurement Division (UNPD)
 
Dr. Paulo Ruiz, Geologist - Transport Infrastructure Program (PITRA) of LanammeUCR/University of Costa Rica
 
LTC Patrick Blankenship, Commander -Army Forces Battalion of Joint Task Force-Bravo; USSOUTHCOM
13:05 - 13:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
13:15 - 13:30
Closing Ceremony
 
Ronald H. Jackson, Executive Director of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) & CONFERENCE CHAIR
 
Andrew Dowell, CEO of GRV Global
13:30 - 14:30
Networking Lunch Break
14:30 - 17:30
Disaster Relief Matchmaking Meetings - Cementing the Dialogue
Afternoon session devoted to introductory 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, UN, Disaster Agency and NGO stakeholders, and attending local, regional and global operators. Schedules are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to discuss disaster reduction, response and relief solutions across the Americas & Caribbean region.