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GDN Steering Group

The Gender and Disaster Network Steering Group (SG) provides oversight to the operations of the GDN Secretariat. The SG is a voluntary body which consists of GDN members representing various regions: Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, North America, Pacific-Oceania, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Sub-Saharan Africa.

There are currently 15 members of the SG. If you would like to become part of the GDN Steering Group, please contact us: gdn@gdnonline.org



Chaman Pincha is an independent consultant and researcher. Chaman has consulted with several NGOs including Oxfam and Action Aid for research and evaluations. She has two widely referenced publications and several research papers in the area of gender and disaster, to her credit. Chaman is the recipient of the 2009 Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster award.


Megh Ranjani Rai is a Disaster Risk Reduction and gender specialist with focus on policy advocacy, emergency response and social inclusion. Megh has consulted for Care Nepal, Actionaid International, and Plan International among others.

Yoko Saito is a researcher at the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) Disaster Management Planning Hyogo Office and is currently in charge of Gender in Community Based Disaster Management (CBDM) project in four project countries.


Maureen Fordham is a founding member of the GDN. She is a senior lecturer at the Northumbria University School of the Built and Natural Environment. Maureen is co-founder and co-editor (with Ben Wisner) of Radix: Radical Interpretations of Disaster (www.radixonline.org)

Latin America and the Caribbean

Lourdes Meyreles is associated researcher in the Disaster Risk Management programthe Coordinator of the Social Studies of Disaster Project at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales FLACSO, Dominican Republic Program.

Rosa Sanchez Valle is an independent consultant, a university teacher and a social researcher from Guatemala. Rosa is actively involved in the discussions to set up of the LAC regional hub.

Middle East and North Africa

Abdulkhaleq Alghaberi is a sustainable development expert from Yemen.

North America

Christine Ouellette is a gender technical advisor at MFCO Consulting and has worked for the Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority in Pakistan.

Kristina Peterson's current work includes finding patterns of coastal community resiliency as part of her doctoral work at the University of New Orleans, Center for Hazards Assessment and Risk Technology (CHART).

Linda Driskill is an English professor at Rice University.


Rosalind Houghton is the focal person of the GDN Pacific-Oceania regional hub. The focus of Ros' work is on domestic violence in disasters.

Small Island Developing States


Ilan Kelman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research–Oslo (CICERO). Ilan is the co-founder and co-director of Risk Reduction Education for Disasters (Risk RED).



Sub-Saharan Africa

Aramide Adebola is the editor of Eclipse Africa, an online news initiative on disaster risk reduction in Africa. Aramide is based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Rosemary Mbone is a Cameroonian Geologist and Gender Ambassador of the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) of the Netherlands. She is the founder of the Society for Women Empowerment Education and Training (SWEET) Africa Foundation and coordinates the Pan African Climate Education (PACE) Ghana. For over 20 years she has been actively working in the field of water, sanitation, hygiene, sustainable development and environmental management at grassroots levels in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, and Liberia.


Stuart Katwikirize is the East Africa Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs advisor of World Vision International based in Kenya.










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