UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


IRDR Careers and Opportunities Forum, 3rd March 2015

23 December 2014

 UCL IRDR will hold its third Careers and Opportunities Forum on 3rd March 2015, 4:30pm until 7:30pm,  4:30 - 5:30pm: Talks and Q&A Session, Chadwick G08 Lecture Theatre 4:30 - 7:30pm: Exhibitor stalls and refreshments in the UCL North Cloisters The opportunities presented will include job opportunities in the commercial, humanitarian, and governance sectors, volunteering and internship opportunities, postgraduate study, and involvement in student societies.

IRDR Careers and Opportunities Forum 2013

Careers and Opportunities Exhibitors (more to be confirmed)

IRDR Postgraduate study

The IRDR offers the following postgraduate programmes:

Further information can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/teaching


The Earthquake and People Interaction Centre at UCL will advertise their MSc course in Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management and other opportunities for postgraduate study in EPICentre. Further information can be found at http://www.epicentreonline.com/courses

Geology for Global Development

Geology for Global Development is an NGO working to raise the profile of international development within the geosciences community. They have groups based at many universities, and are seeking more student volunteers. Further information can be found at http://www.gfgd.org/home

MSc Geophysical Hazards

UCL Earth Sciences will advertise opportunities to study on their MSc in Geophysical Hazards. More details here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/earth-sciences/study/postgraduate/geophysical_hazards

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers without borders are an international development organisation that removes barriers to development through engineering. Their programmes provide opportunities for young people to learn about technology's role in tackling poverty. Supported by the EWB-UK community, members can work on projects around the globe. Find out more about the UCL branch of EWB here: http://www.ewb-uk.org/UCL

Silk Cities

Silk Cities is an exciting and collaborative new initiative. It is an independent contextual online platform which connects dispersed existing knowledge and ideas about the quality of the built environment in the Middle East and Central Asia. The initial thematic concerns are reconstruction and disaster risk reduction, urban design and planning, and addressing urban historical identity, as well as local initiatives. 

We aim to bridge the gap between generations and theory and practice, and to make an impact on the quality of the built environment through stimulating urban debates and ideas.

Silk Cities is an ongoing project. With the help of its community a number of events will be introduced.

Following the recent launch of the platform we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers with skills and creative ideas for the project development.

AIR Worldwide

Rescue Global


They do this through an effective combination of experienced pathfinder teams, dedicated air and command resources and the latest communication and reconnaissance technology. Rescue global have opportunities for student placements, partnerships for research projects, and possibly internships or employment.

Aon Benfield Impact Forecasting

Aon is the world's premier insurance brokerage and consulting firm, with offices in more than 120 countries. We offer global insurance, reinsurance, risk management (providing an unparalleled investment in innovative analytics, including catastrophe management, actuarial, and rating agency advisory) and human resources job opportunities that will empower your career and expose you to new cultures.

Impact Forecasting (IF) is the catastrophe model development centre of excellence within Aon Benfield. The team's seismologists, meteorologists, hydrologists, engineers, mathematicians, GIS experts, geographers, finance, risk management and insurance professionals analyse the financial implications of natural and man-made catastrophes around the world. IF's experts develop models and software tools that help clients understand underlying risks from hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires and terrorist attacks on property, casualty and crop insurers and reinsurers.

More information on Impact Forecasting at Aon Benfield here

More information about Aon careers here

Ealing Council

Ealing Council will present career opportunities related to risk in local councils, and show pathways into risk related careers in government

Paradigm Risk

Paradigm Risk Consulting is a boutique consulting firm based in London that specialises in governance and management of risk across sectors. We offer thought-based, practical advice on how organisations can deal effectively with risk and uncertainty in their markets, contexts and business environments - risk governance, analysis and behaviour for financial institutions, corporate businesses and the public sector. We also advise at board level on how to deal more effectively with the relationship between strategy and uncertainty and what that means for how businesses and other entities organise themselves and manage their people; an awareness of behaviour is key. Our leaders are recognised as serious thinkers and experts in their fields, which cover the spread of corporate issues in risk and management of risk and uncertainty.

We are a multi-disciplinary firm that combines excellence in analysis with penetrative insight in to the role of behaviour in the management of risk in the real world.

We are realistic about what works and what does not and we have the practical experience to judge. We won't waste your time with trendy, unproved ideas.

We are unapologetically a knowledge-based firm. Our advice is backed by extensive and on-going research and leading knowledge on risk and risk management in a firm setting.

We 'speak truth to power' so that you know that we will always give you an objective and informed opinion.

We are seeking talented, diligent people who can interact with clients at a senior level and who are prepared to think a little differently - we don't waste clients' time by telling them what they already know. Nor do we satisfy ourselves with 'received wisdom'; we seek fresh ideas that are practically focused and operable - a hard ask.

To find out more about us and how you might fit with us, please visit our website at www.paradigmrisk.com.

Careers and Opportunities Talks

In addition to exhibitor stalls, there will be talks and discussions on the types of opportunities available in different sectors, and how to make yourself more employable in these sectors (4:30 - 5:30, Chadwick G08 Lecture Theatre).

Commercial Sector will be presented by Dickie Whitaker. Dickie has held board positions in analytical, Broking and consulting services in London and New York with Guy Carpenter, one of the worlds largest reinsurance brokers. He left in 2010 to focus on activities with both the Lighthill Risk Network and Financial Services Knowledge Transfer Network.  Dickie has consulted on risk transfer mechanisms in several countries around the world and also for Insurance and Reinsurance companies in London. He is also an associate of headhunting firm HittSearch.

Academic Sector will be presented by Dr Joanna Faure Walker, UCL IRDR lecturer in Risk and Disaster Reduction and Director, UCL MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience

Humanitarian/ NGO Sector will be presented by a representative from Rescue Global

Government Sector will be presented by Donna Wootton,  Head of Civil Protection at Ealing Council. She will present pathways into risk related careers in government.

This event is free to attend, but you need to register.

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