Studied International Politics (1982) and Development Studies (1987) at Ghent University in Belgium. In 2002 I obtained a Ph.D. in disaster risk reduction (DRR) with a dissertation “Perspectives on pro-active management of natural hazards. An enquiry into technocratic, behaviouristic, structural and neo-populist approaches”. During that period I worked as a research assistant and assistant professor at the Centre for Third World Studies (Ghent University), worked for UNESCO as an expert in disaster risk reduction and for Belgian Red Cross as Coordinator for Development and Disaster Risk Reduction Projects. Between 2002 and 2008 I was Senior Officer at ProVention Consortium in Geneva. Between 2008 and 2014 DRR/climate change adaptation adviser for the Netherlands Red Cross in The Hague. I have been closely involved in the setting up of the “Partners for Resilience Alliance”, which explores the interlinkages between disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and ecosystem management and restoration. In 2015 I started working as learning coordinator for the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations on Disaster Reduction in London. Early 2016 I returned to Belgian Red Cross- Flanders as their humanitarian coordinator. Currently working as Lead of the Risk and Vulnerability team at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva.