Andrew Chaggar

Andrew Chaggar

Executive director, International Disaster Volunteers from 2008

Andy Chaggar co-founded International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) in 2008.

He originally qualified as an Electronic Engineer and worked for five years as a semiconductor designer in Munich, Germany.  However, in 2004 he was seriously injured and bereaved in the South-East Asian tsunami.

Following his recovery he began his journey as a disaster response volunteer. Before founding IDV he managed house reconstruction in Thailand, obtained a Masters degree in International Development and implemented sanitation projects in Peru.

In 2010 he was named a winner of the Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference International Programme which enabled him to manage IDV’s operations in Haiti. In 2012 he was named as a winner of the Vodafone Foundation’s Grahame Maher award which allowed him to launch IDV’s second deployment of volunteers in the Philippines.

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Back to the frontline

Andrew Chaggar rounds up his governance-heavy year away from the frontline of disaster recovery, and divulges his latest adventure ahead.

Me, doing the accounts, sure, why not?!

Back to the nitty-gritty of running a charity in the UK, Andy Chaggar is finding a steep learning curve arising from a growth in income.

Image courtesy of the U.S. Army

Charities face frustrating legal barriers to housing provision following a disaster, being forced to go with the political flow, says Andrew Chaggar. But tensions are high in Haiti, he warns, and time is running out for the 634,000 people still in survivor camps.

The role of the ‘new aid’ providers

Andrew Chaggar says commentators continue to under-value the complementary role smaller aid organisations can play in international crises.

Courtesy of US Navy Imagery

Andrew Chaggar, a tsunami survivor and head of disaster relief charity European Disaster Volunteers, has been transfixed watching Japan's circumstances unravel, but will not be rushing in to help. Here he explains why...

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