Jan Gelfand has a Master of Science in Rural Sociology and has taught community development and rural sociology at the University of Alberta in Canada. He has an extensive background in community development, disaster management, programme management and evaluation, as well as in training. He has carried out disaster management and risk reduction evaluation and review exercises throughout the world, mostly as a team leader. He has extensive working experience with the Red Cross-Red Crescent movement, managing a range of programmes largely in Central and South America but with experience in Africa, India and the Middle East. In addition to extensive experience of working with the Red Cross-Red Crescent, he has working experience with UN OCHA, the UK government’s Department for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency and various international NGOs; he is an active member of OCHA’s United National Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team. Jan has lived for over 15 years in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish. He has field experience in Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Comoros Islands, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, India, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.