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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Ka Noli using Frontline SMS

International Disaster Volunteers deployed a free, open source computer programme to warn people of typhoons in the Philippines. By Andy Chaggar.

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.

Isaac's effects on Haiti - a lesson in crowd-sourcing

While news streams largely ignored the effects of tropical storm Isaac on Haiti this weekend, social media proved invaluable in assessing the situation remotely. Andrew Chaggar discusses the evolution of crowd-sourcing for use in disaster management.

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