Draft Agenda
Tuesday 04 February
Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall Hotel
9:00 - 19:00
ADR2020 Pre-Registration
ADR2020 participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass in the Wyndham Albrook Mall Hotel Lobby (business card required). CLRAH site visit attendees will require photo I.D. and must give their I.D. number to GRV in advance to gain access to the Panama Pacifico Airport site. Sponsors are asked to setup their exhibition booths from 5pm onwards once the Gran Salon Contadora Ballroom is ready. GRV Global's registration desk will remain open all day for those attending our later workshops.
10:00 - 13:00
Site Visit - Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH)
ADR2020 participants are invited to visit* the Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH); an initiative of the Government of Panama created to incorporate emergency operations of several actors into one integrated modern logistics facility. The Centre was implemented by UNOPS (opened 2019), under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Government, in coordination with IFRC, UNHRD (WFP), and SINAPROC Panama. Delegates will visit the now-operational Regional Logistics Centre, be shown a presentation on the Centre before visiting the UNHRD warehouse, the IFRC warehouse and also the SINAPROC warehouse situated at the Panamá Pacífico International Airport. This is a complimentary visit with transportation provided, which will depart from and return to the Wyndham Albrook Mall Hotel Lobby.
 
* all visitors require photo identification and closed, sturdy shoes.
 
13:00 - 15:30
IFRC - GVF Hurricane Exercise (Invitation Only* Colon 3 Room)
2019 saw the continuation of extremely damaging and deadly hurricanes affecting the Caribbean region. Climate change means the region will continue to be struck by very strong hurricanes with catastrophic effect. GRV Global proudly presents a workshop where the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and GVF will jointly host a table-top exercise simulating the effects of a hurricane and the challenges faced by governments, the humanitarian sector, and corporate partners during the response and recovery phases. Through this exercise, participants will understand the early challenges they will face following a real-life disaster and learn ways to overcome these challenges. Table-top exercises are a proven and effective disaster-preparedness tool and participants will be better able to respond when the inevitable disaster strikes. A buffet lunch will also be served from 13:00 to 13:30.
 
* strictly invitation only workshop welcoming ADR speakers/guests & event sponsors; places are limited.
 
Daniel Arango, Disaster Management Coordinator - Caribbean of IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
 
David Meltzer, Secretary General of GVF
15:30 - 16:00
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00
USAID Funding Strategies (Colon 3 Room)
 
How can your organization enter and grow in the USAID market?
Learn best practices for starting and growing your work with USAID. Konektid’s team has supported more than 100 clients in their work with USAID, and are specialists in USAID funding strategies. We will share USAID partnering best practices we have learned through supporting our client’s work with USAID and USAID prime implementers. Come learn how to start building your organization's USAID market strategy. The seminar will cover how to learn about USAID funding opportunities, the USAID procurement process, and will give you tools you can take back to your organization to build and grow your USAID work. The seminar will be led by Mike Shanley, CEO of Konektid, a U.S. consulting firm that advises clients on partnering with USAID. Please bring your questions about working with USAID!
 
 
Mike Shanley, CEO of Konektid International
17:00 - 18:00
UN Procurement Workshop (Colon 3 Room)
The UN Secretariat Procurement Division (UNPD) will host an open session for all ADR2020 delegates, presenting fundamentals on doing business with the UN and discussing the UN's Global Marketplace (UNGM) vendor registration process. This session will look at the principles of UN procurement, the UN system, areas of operation and types of goods & services, the tender process, challenges, UNGM registration, content, the UNGM website and mobile app, and the Global Compact. This UN Procurement Workshop will also detail case studies and give you an opportunity to ask any questions to aid your UN procurement efforts.
 
Additionally, UNOPS will present their eSourcing platform, used to publish, receive and process all UNOPS tenders around the world. Sitting alongside the UNGM, users are able to view all details regarding UNOPS tenders such as solicitation method, type of requirement, description, deadlines for clarifications and to submit their offer, currency, evaluation method details and criteria, and how and where users can submit their offer.
 
Tommaso Mussoni, Procurement Officer of UNODC on behalf of the UN Procurement Division (UNPD)
 
Patrick Díaz, Procurement Associate of UNOPS - UN Office for Project Services
19:00 - 21:00
Evening Networking Reception (Lobby Bar) - Sponsored by Wave Water Works LLC
An 'ice-breaker' opportunity, generously Sponsored by Wave Water Works LLC. ADR2020 participants may meet at the Wyndham Albrook Mall Hotel Lobby Bar, network and discuss the two days ahead in a relaxed and informal setting, whilst enjoying a range of canapés and refreshments. An ideal opportunity for Panel Chairs to also connect with their fellow panellists.
 
Wednesday 05 February
Gran Salón Contadora Ballroom, Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall Hotel
8:00 - 8:50
Networking Registration
Event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee (business card required).
8:50 - 9:15
Opening Ceremony
 
Andrew Dowell, CEO of GRV Global
 
Ronald H. Jackson, Executive Director of CDEMA - Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and CONFERENCE CHAIR
 
Opening Keynote Address
Carlos A. Rumbo, Director General
SINAPROC - National Civil Protection System; Panama
9:15 - 9:30
Welcoming Address
 
Claudia Herrera, Executive Secretary
CEPREDENAC - Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America
9:30 - 10:30
Panel 1: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) & Preparedness
ADR2020’s opening panel will explore the challenges and opportunities in reducing vulnerability and exposure for the next generation – through protocol, training, funding and community education. Panellists will also discuss sharing responsibility through partnerships - attracting private sector reliability, expertise and support.
 
Panel Chair: Lilia Blades Martinez, Americas Focal Point for Shelter Coordination of GSC - Global Shelter Cluster
 
Andrew R. Slaten, Deputy Director - International Affairs Division of FEMA - U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency / DHS
 
Lizra Fabien, Chairperson & Executive Director of DAIC of CARICHAM - Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce
 
Arq. Walter Monroy, Sub. Secretary of Risk Reduction Management of CONRED - National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction; Guatemala
 
María Veronica Bastias Gonzalez, Regional Coordinator for LAC of GNDR - Global Network of Civil Society Organisation for Disaster Reduction
 
Giorgia Testolin, Senior Programme Advisor of WFP - UN World Food Programme
10:20 - 10:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
10:30 - 11:00
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00
Panel 2: Resilience & Response
Looking at utilising networks and building capacity to empower the local community, panellists will discuss flexibility in assistance - listening to needs ‘information is aid’. This session will also debate regional governance and finance - managing funds/donations and a phased approach throughout the recovery process. Equally, examine resilient urban cities and ‘building back better’ including services such as energy, transport, communications, water etc.
 
Panel Chair: Charles H. Keys, CEO of Wave Water Works LLC
 
Walter Cotte Witingan, Americas Regional Director of IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
 
Tim Callaghan, Senior Regional Advisor of OFDA - USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
 
Roberto Brito, Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean of American Red Cross
 
James Barry, CEO of Crossflow Energy Co Ltd
 
Dr. Eric James, Executive Director of Field Ready
11:50 - 12:00
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
12:00 - 12:15
Keynote Address
 
Alberto Sierra, Executive Director
CLRAH - Regional Logistics Center for Humanitarian Assistance; Panama
12:15 - 13:15
Panel 3: Communications - Solutions & their Impact
Now seen as one of the most important aspects regarding disaster relief, panellists will deliberate capitalising on new communication technologies, much-needed collaborations and of course, local development. This session will also discuss equality across urban and rural areas, aggregating demand to pool resources and therefore reduce financials, and developing collaborations before called upon.
 
Panel Chair: Simon Gray, Senior VP of Humanitarian Affairs of EUTELSAT
 
David Meltzer, Secretary General of GVF
 
Martin Dolan, Manager - Innovation of Geeks Without Frontiers
 
Jose Luis German, Sub. Director of Information Management of COE - Emergency Operations Center; Dominican Republic
 
Dagbjartur (Dag) Brynjarsson, Response Coordinator of NetHope
 
Smith Barthelus, Deputy Chief of Mission of Haiti Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC); Ministry of Interior
13:05 - 13:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
13:15 - 14:30
Networking Lunch Break
14:30 - 17:30
Disaster Relief Public-Private Sector Matchmaking Meetings
Afternoon session devoted to introductory 20 minute 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.
19:30 - 20:00
Event Dinner - Transport
For those that require it, transport is included with an ADR2020 Event Dinner ticket (please confirm at the on-site GRV Global registration desk). Transport will depart from the Wyndham Albrook Mall Hotel Lobby at 7:30pm for an 8pm start, returning back to the Hotel at approx. 10:30pm.
20:00 - 22:00
Event Dinner - Tántalo Kitchen, Casca Viejo
Starting with drinks on the Tántalo Rooftop, ADR2020 participants are invited to join us in Panama's old town for an informal Event Dinner, to experience the food, ambience and entertainment Panama City has to offer. An ideal opportunity for further networking and to discuss the day’s major talking points. For more information, please contact a member of the GRV Global team.
Thursday 06 February
Gran Salón Contadora Ballroom, Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall Hotel
8:30 - 8:50
Networking Registration
If not already done so, event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee (business card required).
8:50 - 9:00
Day Two Welcoming Remarks
Welcoming remarks and a look ahead at day two's major talking points.
 
Ronald H. Jackson, Executive Director of CDEMA - Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and CONFERENCE CHAIR
9:00 - 9:15
Keynote Address
 
GCF Supporting Adaptation Initiatives in LAC. EWS Initiative in the Caribbean.
Mayte Gonzalez Sanchez, Regional Advisor for Latin America
Country Programming Division, GCF - Green Climate Fund
9:15 - 10:15
Panel 4: Regional International Support - Past, Present & Future
Sadly, the occurrence and in most instances, severity of natural disasters show no signs of slowing. Recent earthquakes such as those in Ponce, Puerto Rico; Oaxaca, Mexico; and Bridgetown, Barbados once again highlight the need to reflect on the strides made in achieving a coordinated response. This session will draw on personal experiences as panellists delve into lessons learnt from historical international support, current strategy gaps, and opportunities for coordinated improvement moving forward.
 
Panel Chair: Lt Col Anton Gash OBE, Defence Adviser Caribbean of UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)
 
Radm Jean Hausermann, Commander of French Armed Forces in the West Indies
 
COL David Strauss, Chief - Civil Affairs Planning Division J-7/9 of SOUTHCOM - U.S. Southern Command
 
Nicolas Louis, Coordinator for the Caribbean - Disaster Preparedness Expert of ECHO - European Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations
 
Col Jacques O'Keefe, Canadian Defence Attaché for the West Indies of Canadian Armed Forces
10:05 - 10:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
10:15 - 10:45
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:45
Panel 5: Technology & Security
Covering these fast-moving and ever more crucial sectors, panellists will analyse the capability to gather and process data effectively, resulting in more informed decisions and a better response. This session will also look at the significance of securely delivering a standardised implementation of technology across the region, including global imagery and warning systems, secure payments, monitoring, securing digital identity to ensure fraud-free aid distribution & global financial inclusion, whilst bearing in mind cost efficiencies and practical tech that enhances operations - not tech for tech sake.
 
Panel Chair: Francisco Quesada, UNHRD Manager of UNHRD - UN Humanitarian Response Depot / WFP
 
Eng. Gabriel Alfredo Rubi, Secretary of State of Offices of Risk Management & National Contingencies, COPECO - Permanent Contingency Commission; Honduras
 
Fabiano Franz, Response Director Venezuela of World Vision LAC
 
Imad Malhas, CEO & Founder of IrisGuard UK Ltd
 
Andres Castillo, Regional Sales Director (LATAM) of Planet
11:35 - 11:45
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
11:45 - 12:00
Spotlight Address
 
IOM’s Global Framework for Crisis Response – MCOF
Luz Tantaruna, Regional Emergency & Post Crisis Adviser for Americas
IOM - International Organization for Migration
12:00 - 13:15
Panel 6: Health, Emergencies & Climate Change
Concluding ADR2020’s discussion panels, this session will examine vulnerable groups, knowledge of their risks, and their future development. Panellists will discuss the resilience of health resources, their movement and inclusion in response planning, and where technology helps/could help, also looking at the effects on resources and supplies in a crisis. Our experts will also look at the impact of expanding populations and displacement, the many aspects of climate change, and CSR (corporate social responsibility) with regards to wide-reaching partnerships etc.
 
Panel Chair: Tommaso Mussoni, Procurement Officer of UNODC on behalf of the UN Procurement Division (UNPD)
 
Basile Ema Ebédé, Senior Regional Humanitarian Manager of Save the Children
 
Francisco Quesada, UNHRD Manager of UNHRD - UN Humanitarian Response Depot / WFP
 
Eng. Dayan Lizeth Parra Astudillo, Leader - Water & Basic Sanitation of UNGRD - National Unit for Disaster Risk Management; Colombia
 
Dr. Jimmy Beaubrun, Director of the Emergency Unit of Haiti Ministry of Public Health & Population
 
Claudia Estela Flores, Project Manager of Mission Central America, Action Against Hunger
 
Marie-France Bourgeois, Chief - Emergencies (LAC) of UNICEF - UN Children's Fund
13:05 - 13:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
13:15 - 13:30
Recognition & Thanks
 
Ronald H. Jackson, Executive Director of CDEMA - Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and CONFERENCE CHAIR
 
Andrew Dowell, CEO of GRV Global
13:30 - 14:30
Networking Lunch Break
14:30 - 17:30
Disaster Relief Public-Private Sector Matchmaking Meetings
Afternoon session devoted to introductory 20 minute 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.