Andy McElroy, Private Sector Focal Point, Regional Office for Asia Pacific, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)


I have 17 years of disaster risk management experience in a humanitarian and development context.

Since 2013 I have worked with UNISDR to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. This work has been in partnership with governments, inter-governmental organizations, other international agencies, the private sector and media. It focuses on promoting better understanding, stronger governance, and greater investment in disaster risk as well as improved disaster preparedness and recovery strategies. Before joining UNISDR’s Regional Office for Asia Pacific, I worked at its Geneva HQ and the Global Education and Training Institute (GETI) for Disaster Risk Reduction in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

Previously, I worked for 12 years for the International Federation of Red Cross Red Cross Societies (IFRC). I supported capacity development of national Red Cross Red Crescent societies to prepare for and respond to disaster and health emergencies. My work focused on Asia Pacific, the Middle East, the Southern Caucasus, and Central Asia. I was deployed several times as part of IFRC’s international response to various disasters.

Before the above, I was a newspaper journalist for 14 years based out of UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and Viet Nam.

UNISDR supports the implementation, follow-up and review of the adopted by the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in March 2015, in Japan. The Sendai Framework is a 15-year agreement that aims to prevent and substantially reduce disaster risk and losses.