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UNDRR Announces New ARISE Global Board Members

July 10, 2020 Leave a comment DRI Admin

DRI President Chloe Demrovsky to Serve For Three-Year Term

New York, NY, June 24, 2020 — The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNDRR) private sector alliance, ARISE, has announced the latest members of its Global Board, including Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) International President and CEO Chloe Demrovsky. They were elected from a field of 20 candidates, all with extensive knowledge, expertise and personal commitment, which clearly shows the importance and timeliness of the alliance’s work and focus.

“I am delighted to serve on the Global Board for UNDRR ARISE,” said Demrovsky. “This is the culmination of years of service including participating on the Business and Industry Delegation to the 2015 negotiations for the Sendai Framework, serving as Founding Vice-Chair for ARISE-US and many other projects over the last five years. I will work hard to further the important cause of building resilient communities worldwide.”

The new Board will take up from the current Board on July 15, 2020 for a 3 year term. They are:

  • Chloe Demrovsky – Disaster Recovery Institute International, United States
  • Martha Herrera – CEMEX, Mexico
  • Satoshi Hijikata – Kokusai Kogyo, Japan
  • Fernando Perez de Britto – AI Systems Research Ltd, Brazil
  • Ahmed Riad Ali – Estmrarya Management Consulting, Egypt
  • Nirankar Saxena – FICCI, India
  • Liza Silerio – SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPH), The Philippines

UNDRR also appoints three additional Board members. Based on a careful review and recommendations of the Election Committee, the selected appointed candidates are:

  • Lizra Fabien, DAIC, Dominica
  • Michael Sudarkasa, Africa Business Group , South Africa
  • Hans-Peter Teufers, UPS Foundation, Germany

The new Board members will present themselves to the ARISE membership of the ARISE AGM on the 15th of July.

“Let me start by expressing our sincere thanks to all candidates for their interest, time and efforts put into their election campaigns,” said Paola Albrito, Chief of Branch, Intergovernmental processes, Interagency Cooperation and Partnerships for UNDRR. “We look forward to working with all of you over the coming months to continue the momentum and expansion of our collaboration and impact.”


About DRI International:
Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) is the oldest and largest nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity, disaster recovery, cyber resilience and related fields. Founded in 1988, DRI has certified 15,000+ resilience professionals in 100+ countries and at 95 percent of Fortune 100 companies. DRI offers 15 individual certifications, including the globally-recognized CBCP certification, and certifies organizations as resilient enterprises. DRI offers training programs ranging from introductory to masters level across a variety of specialties in multiple languages; online and in-person continuing education opportunities; and an annual conference dedicated to the resilience profession. DRI supports charitable activities through the DRI Foundation.

DRI provides independent analysis and standard-neutral, technical advice for governments and international organizations as the voice of the resilience profession. DRI is a Standards Development Organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), an International Organization Liaison Observer to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 292 that manages ISO 22301, a CQI and IRCA Approved Training Partner, a National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) Training Provider, and a United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction ARISE Initiative Partner. Our certification programs are recognized by various government agencies including the U.S. Federal Government via the Montgomery GI Bill and the GSA Schedule. Learn more at:


About ARISE:
ARISE is a private sector initiative, which in conjunction with the UNDRR, works towards a resilient, prosperous future where fewer lives are lost to disasters, capital assets and investments are risk-informed, and infrastructure is resilient to natural and man-made hazards. Members voluntarily commit to support and implement the Sendai Framework Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030, aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Paris Climate Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Agenda for Humanity. Learn more at:


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