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GCID and Christian Aid present Nick Guttmann

21 February 2020, 2:00–4:00 PM
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How can we ensure affected communities are part of any humanitarian response? Nick Guttmann, Head of Humanitarian at Christian Aid, discusses the importance and challenges of localisation in humanitarian responses and the challenges we face with the global climate emergency. This event is free to attend and open to everyone!

​​​Nick Guttmann has been Head of the Humanitarian Division at Christian Aid since 2001. He has worked in the humanitarian sector for over 30 years and has significant experience at field, head office and alliance levels.

Nick developed and led Christian Aid’s partnership-based emergency response, which is now seen as one of the leading exponents of locally-led emergency response. His experience in humanitarian includes major emergency responses in Nigeria, the DRC, Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Nepal Haiti and most recently Malawi and Zimbabwe following cyclone Idai.

Nick started his career in International Development in Ethiopia in 1988 working for Concern Worldwide. He worked for Concern for 13 years where he played a leading role in Concern’s emergency responses in Iran and Iraq after the 1st Gulf war. He was also involved in responses in Somalia on 2 occasions, Rwanda, Burundi and Zaire from 1994 – 1997, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Sudan, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Kosovo and Albania.

Nick specialized in logistics and commodity distributions and the systems which he developed were key reference documents for the first SPHERE Handbook. The Sphere Handbook is the oldest initiative in the field of humanitarian standards.

He is passionate about accountability to affected communities. He played a key role in the development of the Core Humanitarian Standards and was one of the founders of the Start Network.

Prior to entering international development, Nick was a community worker in South London. He studied at South Bank Polytechnic and completed a masters’ degree in Development Studies at SOAS in 2000

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