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18:00 - 22:00 12 January 2017

Haiti Earthquake 7th Anniversary: Fundraising Reception


UCL Wilkins Marquee | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

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Professor Michael Arthur, President and Provost, University College London, UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur is internationally renowned for his contribution to education and to medical research. He joined UCL in September 2013. Professor Arthur is the former Chair of the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services (NHS), the Worldwide Universities Network and the Russell Group of Universities. He is a former Member of the Medical Research Council and a former US/UK Fulbright Commissioner.
Sophia Stransky, CEO, Digicel Foundation, Haiti, Sophia Stransky has been working at Digicel since 2005 where she occupied several roles including Distribution Manager, and Sales Director. In 2012 after 7 years on the commercial side, she was nominated CEO of the Digicel Haiti Foundation. Her role in this position is to ensure that the Digicel Foundation continues to contribute to the development of Haitian communities and in particular in the area of education. Sophia Stransky is a member of the CSR committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti (AMCHAM) and serves as Secretary of the Board at Union School, an American school located in Haiti. Prior to Digicel, Sophia worked at Le Matin and Banque de l’Union Haïtienne.
Linda O'Halloran, Founder and Director, Thinking Development
Professor David Alexander, Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, David Alexander is Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London. His books include "Natural Disasters", "Confronting Catastrophe", "Principles of Emergency Planning and Management", "Recovery from Disaster" (with Ian Davis) and "How to Write an Emergency Plan". He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. His research and teaching interests include natural hazards, earthquake disasters, culture and disasters, and emergency planning and management. David Alexander is Vice-President of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

The UCL Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction, the new UCL Humanitarian Institute and Thinking Development warmly invite you to a special fundraising reception on the 7th anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake.

Thinking Development (a charity set up by UCL students at the time of the earthquake) will be showcasing and celebrating the opening of the new Centre Rosalie girls' primary school, which was destroyed in the earthquake, and fundraising for the next stage of reconstruction.

Join us for a drinks and nibbles reception with a welcome address from UCL Provost, Prof. Michael Arthur, a session of talks with a video-link to Haiti, an interactive exhibition, bake sale, Haitian music, raffle, and more.

Please be advised that tickets must be booked in advance, due to limited capacity. All proceeds go to Thinking Development, to aid the next stage of reconstruction of the Centre Rosalie.


Helena Cicmil
+44 (0) 7729 947 195 | helena.cicmil.09@ucl.ac.uk


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