UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


IRDR Special Seminar on The Risk in DRR and Welcome Reception

08 October 2019, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

Oasis Risk modelling image

This is the first IRDR event of the academic year. Current students and staff, graduates, alumni and member of the interested public are all warmly welcome.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Rosanna Smith – Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction
UCL Bloomsbury Campus: 25 Gordon Street Room E28 Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre (Physics Department)
Reception: Jeremy Bentham Room
Open to: Students | Academics | Alumni | Public
Admission: FREE but you must register
Seminar at 5pm. Reception from 6pm
Our increasingly challenged world makes Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) ever more complex. Geo-politics and political tension often reveal vulnerabilities, our changing climate provide increasing but uncertain risk and data and information is still siloed and usually poorly distributed. We need greater openness, focus and collaboration to have a chance to make a difference. This talk will explore how this works in practice.

About the Speaker

Dickie Whitaker

CEO at Oasis Loss modelling framework

Dickie Whitaker has 30 years’ experience in the (Re)Insurance business and for the last 20 years has specialized in risk and innovation, linking academia, government and finance. He co-founded The Lighthill Risk Network, Oasis Palm Tree Ltd, The Oasis Hub and is chief executive of Oasis Loss Modelling Framework Ltd. He provides advisory roles to: UK’s Satellite Applications Advisory Board, Expert Group for the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF), UNISDRR The Centre for Risk Studies, Cambridge University and Cabot Institute advisory board.

Dickie Whitaker
More about Dickie Whitaker