Keynote speaker announcement: Mr Jonathan Coppel, Productivity Commissioner – Natural Disaster Funding, Productivity Commission

jonathan-coppelWe are pleased to announce keynote speaker Mr Jonathan Coppel, Commissioner at the Productivity Commission who will speak at the 5th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference; Earth, Fire and Rain 30-31 May 2016.

In April 2014 the Australian government tasked the Productivity Commission to undertake a public inquiry into the efficacy of Australia’s natural disaster funding arrangements. In particular, the Commission was asked to analyse the quantum, coherence, effectiveness and sustainability of Commonwealth, state and territory expenditures on natural disaster mitigation, resilience and recovery and to propose reforms.

Mr Jonathan Coppel was a Presiding Commissioner leading the inquiry. His presentation will give an overview of the final report and its assessment of how well Australia’s natural disaster funding arrangements perform, the reform options proposed and the role that wider policy measures, notably improved hazard and risk information play in natural disaster risk management.

Mr Jonathan Coppel has been Commissioner with the Australian Productivity Commission since July 2011.

Prior to his appointment, Mr Coppel was the Head of the OECD G20 Sherpa office. Before that he has held positions including Economic Counsellor to the OECD Chief Economist, Executive Manager of the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative, Head of the EU and UK Desks, environmental economist and energy analyst at the International Energy Agency.

Mr Coppel has held senior management positions in the Reserve Bank of Australia and started his career at the Australian Commonwealth Treasury. He has also been a lecturer for the World Trade Institute’s Mile Masters Programme in International Law and Economics and at Sciences Po Institute in Paris.

Mr Coppel has a Bachelor in Economics (Honours) from the Australian National University and a Masters in International Affairs (Economics and Management) from Columbia University in New York.

The 5th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held at Jupiters Gold Coast, QLD on the 30-31 May 2016. The Conference theme ‘EARTH, FIRE and RAIN’ will continue to examine issues that impact preparedness, resilience, response and capability.

To register for the conference CLICK HERE. Early Bird Registrations Close: Monday 18 April 2016 so be quick to receive a discounted rate.

Delegates may also wish to attend the 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air which follows the Disaster and Emergency Management Conference on 1st June discussing the issues and challenges in Search and Rescue and continue the support of professional development in new training, techniques and requirements.

Special discount rates are being offered to those that wish to attend both Conferences.