Author: Karolina Sedilekova

Episode 43: with Allan Wind discussing working for the US Government around the world and managing international risks

Today we are joined by Allan Wind.  Allan is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer from the US Agency for International Development, often referred to as USAID.  Allan worked with USAID on assignments between 1990 to 2019 in Peru, Nicaragua, Angola, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and South Africa. He provided oversight to US Government foreign aid […]

Episode 42: with Gordan Janow, discussing the risks of climbing the world’s highest mountains and how to successfully mitigate risk

Gordon Janow is a founding member of Alpine Ascents International, an organisation with 35 years of experience supporting climbers and mountaineers.  And this year alone, Alpine Ascents will be leading 30 expeditions.  Gordon is a long traveller, with a keen interest in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.  His most recently pioneering took him to India […]

Episode 41: with Garry Pratt discuss leadership and risk management, as well as being outside as a risk mitigation strategy

Today we are joined by Garry Pratt.  Garry is the founder of ed-tech innovator, Teachit.  He started his career in advertising and publishing. He has entrepreneurship running in his veins and has started, scaled and successfully exited several ventures.  Garry remains a director and chair of a number of innovative businesses.  He is also an […]

Episode 40: with David Clamp discussing volunteering risks in China and how risk management has evolved

Since leaving the UK Civil Service in the late 1990s for a volunteer placement in rural China, David has worked for different NGOs as a Trainer, Programme Manager, Country Director, Global Security Advisor and most recently as Director of Safety, Operations & Governance.  David leads Raleigh International’s safety, medical, safeguarding, governance and training teams, and […]

Episode 39: with Kelsey Hoppe discussing international risk, gender, and intersectional security

Kelsey Hoppe is the Chief Executive of Safer Edge, a risk management company, specialising in equitable security – making security accessible, inclusive and appropriately diverse. Safer Edge provides learning and risk management services to organisations that work in challenging environments – whether that is across the street or around the world. Kelsey brings an innovative perspective […]

Episode 38: with Janie Van Hool discussing great communication and risk reduction

Today’s guest is Janie Van Hool.  She is an author, speaker, facilitator and teacher in the art of brilliant communication. She supports business leaders to connect with and inspire their people.  Janie focuses on practical ideas, tools and encouragement that create confidence, enable impactful change and shape inclusive listening cultures. She has supported and advised […]

Episode 37: with Jeff Da Costa discussing recent floods in Europe and climate change adaptation risks

Today’s guest is Jeff Da Costa.  He is a PhD researcher in Hydrometeorology at the University of Reading in the UK and a PhD Fellow at RSS-Hydro in Luxembourg.   Jeff’s research focuses on investigating the validity of linear solutions to complex risks.  Today, Dominic and Jeff discuss the recent flooding in Europe that killed nearly 200 […]

Episode 36: with Joanne St Louise discussing this week’s earthquake in Haiti

Today’s guest is Joanne St Louis. She speaks with us about the situation in Haiti just after this week’s devastating earthquake, as well as the recent assassination of the Haitian President, Covid, high levels of gang violence, and an approaching tropic storm! Joanne is an experienced Health Program Manager with 18 years contributing to community […]

Episode 35: with Nathan Mullins discussing unfolding events in Afghanistan

Today’s guest is Nathan Mullins and he is joining us to discuss evolving events in Afghanistan.  Nathan has international and domestic experience in management and resourcing of operations in unstable, difficult environments in contested areas and difficult, austere circumstances. My background is in military special operations, policing, commercial and humanitarian access and security and I’ve […]

Episode 34: with Zeynep Alemdar, Professor of Political Science and International Relations discussing gender and women in foreign policy

Zeynep Alemdar is professor of Political Science and International Relations at Okan University, Istanbul, where she also acts as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Administrative Sciences and the Gender Studies Research Center. She has extensive experience in promoting gender equality in Turkey, working with public and private actors; international organizations including  UNWomen, World […]