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Pablo Suarez

Associate Director for Research and Innovation, Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centre, IFRC

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Pablo got involved with the Climate Centre of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as a technical adviser in 2005. He now directs our initiatives linking applied knowledge with humanitarian work, as well as new approaches to climate risk management. Examples include participatory games for learning and dialogue, and the forecast-based financing pilots in Togo and Uganda – the use forecasts of extreme events to trigger disbursement of funds for action before a disaster occurs, reducing avoidable losses.
Pablo holds a first degree in water engineering, a master’s in community planning and development, and a PhD in geography. He has advised humanitarian and development organizations in more than 50 countries, and also researches and teaches at University of Lugano, University College London, and Boston University.