Testimonials IDRC Davos 2010

Ajani Malik

Senior Program Officer, Focus Humanitarian Assistance, An Affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

"Global warming is one of the greatest threats to humanity and therefore it is vital for countries worldwide to better manage Earth’s natural resources.  The IDRC 2010 in Davos provided an excellent platform for these issues to be shared and discussed whereby it was concluded that attention must be given to increasing resiliency of local communities to these threats as well as enhancing the capacity of governments to assess, monitor and respond to these hazards."

Burgheer Peter

Group Leader Technology Assessment, Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis,Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen,Switzerland

"IDRC 2010 Davos was an excellent conference with a broad scope encompassing highly relevant current and emerging topics, a multitude of cross-cutting themes, and providing an excellent opportunity for exchange and networking. The Special Session on Energy Security and Critical Infrastructures provided an overview of methodological approaches, case studies for different world regions and in-depth analyses for various energy security aspects. This session summarized the current status of knowledge and state-of-the-art, but also identified potential weak points in today's energy infrastructure as well providing a forecasting perspective to future challenges."  

Dirks Una

Chair of Linguistic and Cultural Sciences, University of Hildesheim, Germany

"This conference has been a very valuable interdisciplinary learning experience for me! I met people from all over the world who work on enhancing mental and institutional resources of 'security literacy' in connection with evidentiality, and we have made working agreements on future projects, which I am looking forward to very much."

Hays Walter

Global Alliance For Disaster Reduction

"In my view, IDRC Davos 2006, 2008, and 2010  were a continuum of knowledge, bright ideas, and virtual experiences that made the world seem smaller and the problems of disaster risk reduction less formidable for a short time for a few thousand professionals who were able to attend.  The challenge for 2012 and beyond is to find innovative ways to make all future conferences serve as global educational surges between the time one conference ends and the next begins so that all professionals of all countries have opportunities to build their professional legacies and their communities to move towards disaster resilience."

Henriquez Lenin

IDRC Davos 2010 Volunteer

"I think in Davos we never were volunteers....we were friends from the beginning and finally I think we got a big family. So hope our big family continue growing!!"

Solmaz Hosseinioon

Researcher and Urban designer,IIEES,Tehran,Iran

"Global Risk Forum's IDRC, 2010 conference in Davos  :a place to be involved in the cutting edge knowledge of disaster management, it provided a great a chance to connect,meet and be involved from theory to practice,opening new horizons on the real issues."

Mitra Swati

Independent Resercher,Disaster Management & CSR, New-Delhi, India

"Global Risk Forum's IDRC,2010 is the present & future global platform for addressing sustainble development broadly and in particular Disaster Risk Management."

Marco Möller

Managing director, MAVinci UG

"The IDRC was a perfect plattorm to introduce two prototypes of our products! More than 50 interested participants of the IDRC visited our flight presentation in Davos."

Ozturk Baki

Nigde University, Civil Engineering,  Ankara, Turkey

"Being my first time at an IDRC Conference at Davos, it was a real pleasure to meet the GRF Team and learn about disaster risk management issues during the IDRC 2010 Conference. It was a wonderful oppportunity to learn about the current approaches and future perspectives to solve disaster risk management problems and meet colleagues from all over the World affiliated with the field of study. I am certain that the IDRC Conferences will provide me a basis of knowledge and a foundation for my current work on Disaster Risk Management issues in Turkey. In addition, the hospitality and warmness of the GRF Team provides an excellent welcoming environment."

Pilon André Francisco

Associate Professor,University of São Paulo, Brazil

"The Forum effective process in choosing qualified speakers and essential topics for assessment and planning was critical for the quality of the sessions and for breaking down boundaries, working collaboratively, across multiple sectors, with civil society, academia and international organisations. Having all the presentations online was very important as a source of excellent data and as a permanent bibliographical reference for public policies, teaching and research programmes."

Razafindrabe Bam H.N.

Global COE (Center of Excellence) Fellow Yokohama National University, Japan

"IDRC 2010 was a fruitful, instructive and rich experience to discuss risk reduction and related opportunities. A special event to meet and discuss with colleagues, experts and practitioners from all over the World!"

Schenk Sieglinde

Head of Business Risk Management, Alpiq Management AG, Olten, Switzerland

"It is so valuable to widen the horizon by totally different aspects from so many countries. IDRC is a special chance."

Tyubee Bernard

Lecturer, Dept. of Geography, Benue State University,Makurdi, Nigeria.

"The IDRC is timely in the contemporary world full of risks and hazards. It has open up new vistas on global risks, hazards and disasters."

Wahab Afsana

Executive Director, Center for Woman & Child Development, Bangladesh

"I went to the conference with eagerness and left with hope; hope that amongst all the ideas that were tossed around at least one will be implemented and that is a beginning."

Williams Carolyn

Head of Thought Leadership, Institute of Risk Management, London, U.K.

"An extremely worthwhile event with a very broad attendance that provides a unique opportunity for discussion of all aspects of disaster risk management."

Zeppos John

Member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, NATO CCPC Expert on Operational Capability,Greece

"The IDRC 2010 provided an excellent opportunity for experts from all around the globe to meet and discuss some of the most significant risks that are either on-going or imminent, in order to encourage and mobilize the global community to step forward “from thoughts to action”