Annual Conference on Disaster Preparedness and Response 2019

29 June

Hong Kong


The Annual Conference on Disaster Preparedness and Response 2019 – “Reduce Risks · Build Resilience”, aims to provide a platform for knowledge sharing, information exchange, discussion of latest developments, networking and partnership building across different sectors of players in disaster risk reduction work. The event will bring together experts and practitioners, government officials, the scientific and academic institutions, the NGO sector and the private sector to share experience and discuss the strategies of disaster preparedness and resilience building in face of emerging challenges and complexities.


The term “resilience” has been defined by the United Nations (UN) as the ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate to and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner through risk management. The UN also states that “resilience” can be built at various levels, from individual level to household, community, country or a region.

This Round Table session brings together experts from different sectors to examine the topic and discuss how resilience could be enhanced via collaboration.

Speakers / Moderators

Michael Berkowitz

President, 100 Resilient Cities, The Rockefeller Foundation

Zhang Shaobiao

Vice President, Shenzhen Urban Public Safety and Technology Institute

Chan Sai Tick

Senior Scientific Officer, Hong Kong Observatory, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Raymond Woon

Senior Engineer, Flood Control, Land Drainage Division, Drainage Services Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Alan Tang

Chief Engineer, Port Works, Civil Engineering and Development Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Prof Lai Chih-Hui

Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Technology, National Chiao Tung University

Edmund Lee

Co-founder, theAnswr Limited

Andrew Mak Kin-ting

Industry Advisor to the Hong Kong Insurance Authority, Peak Re Company

Andre Martin

Head Innovative Risk Solutions APAC, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Robert Bentley

Clinical Director, South East London Kent and Medway Major Trauma Network

Prof Liao Xiaoxing

Chair, Shenzhen Association of Emergency and Disaster Medicine

Colin Fernandes

Regional Preparedness Advisor, American Red Cross

Prof Emily Chan Ying Yang

Director, Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Prof Virginia Murray

Head, Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England

Eva Lam

Director, Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute


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Jeffrey Toh
Jeffrey Toh

Business Risk Consultant, Asia Pacific

FM Global

Jeffrey is a member of FM Global’s Business Risk Consulting (BRC) team in the Asia Pacific region. BRC services take a strategic approach towards helping clients identify the critical processes that drive their businesses and quantify dependencies on those processes. Through Business Impact Analysis (BIA), BRC helps clients to better understand the financial exposures to their businesses, to strengthen business resilience and develop effective risk management strategies.

Jeffrey joined FM Global in September of 2018. Prior to joining FM Global, Jeffrey was a Risk & Compliance Manager in the Group Finance department of The Great Eastern Life Assurance Company Limited, where he specialised in business process improvements and developing risk strategies. Prior to Great Eastern, Jeffrey served as a Corporate Improvement Manager in a publicly listed supply chain management company. He also had experience in performing financial statement audits in a range of industries, during his stint as a Senior Assurance Associate in Deloitte.

As a member of the Business Risk Consulting Group, Jeffrey is primarily responsible for conducting Business Impact Analysis, working in partnership with FM Global clients, to fully identify and quantify the client’s financial exposures as they relate to property and business interruption loss potential. The analysis Jeffrey performs often result in the identification of significant exposures that were previously unknown or not fully understood by the client, which potentially has a material impact to risk management decisions.

Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. He is also a certified Chartered Accountant.

Guido Gavio
Guido Gavio

Asia Complex Loss Director


Guido Gavio is the Asia Complex Loss Director for BELFOR Asia. He has more than 22 years of experience in handling restoration projects for companies suffering from losses after a disaster. He joined BELFOR Asia, then known as Relectronic – Remech as a Restoration Engineer in Australia in 1996. He rose through the ranks and was seconded to Thailand for 3 years from 1998 to 2001 before being posted to the regional Headquarters in Asia in 200

Guido studied electrical engineering at the Universidad Technologica de Buenos Aires in Argentina. Upon graduation, Guido worked at the National Institute of Industrial Technology assisting with research programs in the area of superconductors where he gained considerable hands – on experience in developing and building prototypes. Guido then migrated to Australia where he worked for Telstra in the design and construction of the cable and internet network.

Upon completion of the Telstra project, Guido joined Relectronic – Remech. BELFOR Asia has the capability to recover buildings, production lines and other property, following disaster incidents such as fire, explosion, earthquake, typhoon, wind, flooding, rain, water ingress, chemical spills etc.

The company has maintained the market leader position for disaster recovery in Asia for the past 25 years, and is now handling more than 1,600 industrial disaster incidents per year.