UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


4th IRDR Careers and Opportunities Fair, 1st March 2016

19 January 2016

 UCL IRDR will hold its third Careers and Opportunities Forum on 1st March 2016, 5:00pm until 8:00pm.

IRDR Careers and Opportunities Forum 2013

5:00 - 6:00pm: Talks and Q&A Session, Roberts G06 Lecture Theatre

6:00 - 8:00pm: Exhibitor stalls and refreshments in the Roberts Foyer

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.

Careers and Opportunities Exhibitors

Postgraduate Study in Risk and Disaster Reduction at UCL

UCL IRDR offers the following postgraduate programmes:

Further information will be available at the recruitment stall and can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/teaching

There will also be information on postgraduate study opportunities in Risk and Disaster Reduction and related topics in other UCL departments, such as: 

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We help vulnerable people in the UK and abroad prepare for, withstand and recover from emergencies in their own communities.  The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is the largest  humanitarian organization globally, recognized through the Geneva Conventions as auxiliary to public authorities.

The British Red Cross offers a number of career opportunities within the UK and overseas including positions such as:

  •  Overseas Programs Manager
  • Disaster Management Coordinator
  • Emergency Response Officer
  • Country Support Officer
  • Global Surge Delegate (Multiple sectors)
  • Advisor (Multiple sectors)

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

Rescue Global


They do this through empowering nation states affected by disasters, working across the full disaster risk reduction and response cycle. Rescue Global have opportunities for student placements, partnerships for research projects, and possibly internships or employment.

AIR Worldwide

AIR Worldwide (AIR) is the scientific leader and most respected provider of risk modeling software and consulting services. AIR founded the catastrophe modeling industry in 1987 and today models the risk from natural catastrophes and terrorism in more than 90 countries. More than 400 insurance, reinsurance, financial, corporate, and government clients rely on AIR software and services for catastrophe risk management, insurance-linked securities, detailed site-specific wind and seismic engineering analyses, and agricultural risk management. AIR, a Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) business, is headquartered in Boston with additional offices in North America, Europe, and Asia.

AIR London office is recruiting for the following position:

Risk Consultant

Main responsibilities (but not limited to):

· Perform sophisticated risk analyses using AIR's cutting-edge technology for insurers, brokers, and other financial intermediaries in the internationally expanding business of catastrophe risk management

· Add value to modelled results through customization of output tailored to the needs of clients

· Communicate directly with clients to develop project timelines and manage deliverable expectations

· Help clients reliably assess and manage their catastrophe loss potential through interpretation of modelling results

· Perform portfolio management studies for determining growth strategies, developing scoring templates and risk metrics

· Recommend new approaches to risk management for AIR and our clients.

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 cities in countries along the historic Silk Roads with an initial focus on 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.

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

Institute of Risk Management

IRM is the leading body for professional risk management. They help build excellence in risk management to improve the way organisations work.

Their key aims are to provide:

  • Recognition: Provide internationally recognised qualifications and courses for risk professionals throughout their careers
  • Knowledge: Promote the value of excellence in risk management to employers, regulators, government and external stakeholders
  • Networking: Deliver virtual and face-to-face opportunities for the risk community to share information, experiences and learning
  • Career support: Provide career-long support to help members develop their professional profile and improve their skills 

Find out more at their exhibitor stall.

Geology for Global Development

Geology for Global Development is an organisation that aims to educate geoscientists about the role of geology in the reduction of poverty. It encompasses a wide range of disciplines within the field of Earth sciences; from geochemistry and hydrogeology, to geophysics and structural geology. All of these play a vital role in international development and improving the standard of living around the world. 

Being part of the UCL GfGD group offers an alternative viewpoint on how geology can be applied. You are invited to attend talks from researchers, NGOs and experts in the relevant fields.


KBMstrategy is a different kind of strategy firm focused on adding 'dimensionality' to firms' strategies - adding narrative AND analytic depth to strategies to improve resonance and resilience. We help firms to reframe and refocus strategy to improve how they cope with risk and with the uncertainty that is now a pervasive aspect of the corporate landscape. We help firms create more resilient and adaptive strategies that recognise their risk preferences and add coherence and meaning to existing strategy to improve its impact. We make better strategy; we make strategy better.

More exhibitors...

From commercial, NGO and governance sectors will be confirmed soon.

Careers and Opportunities Talks

Before the exhibitor stalls are ready, 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 (5:00 - 6:00pm, Roberts G06 Lecture Theatre).

Academic Sector will be presented by Dr Ilan Kelman, Reader in Risk Resilience and Global Health in UCL IRDR and UCL IGH, and UCL IRDR Graduate Tutor

Humanitarian/ NGO Sector will be presented by Heather Fehr from British Red Cross. Heather Fehr has a background in disaster risk management  and urban planning, with experience working for various government entities in North America the Caribbean and Asia.  For the past  5 years' she has been working with the Red Cross Movement, including managing community disaster risk reduction programs in the Caribbean, evaluating resilience and recovery programs in Africa and Asia, designing multi-sectorial risk reduction programs and contributing  to the development of disaster risk management policy. She is currently the Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor at the British Red Cross. 

The Commercial sector will be presented by Dickie Whitaker. Dickie has 30 years experience in the Re(In)surance business and for the last 20 years has specialised in risk and innovation and linking academia, government and finance. Dickie has written and presented extensively on these subjects and has operated globally having worked in both London and New York. He has co-founded and works for The Lighthill Risk Network, FiNexus Ltd, Oasis Palm Tree Ltd and is chief executive of Oasis Loss Modelling Framework Ltd.

UCL IRDR alumnus Dan Peel will present details of his climate resilience role at Jacobs UK limited, and offer insights into the post-UCL IRDR job hunt.

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

Roberts Foyer Map