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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International Disaster Volunteers deployed a free, open source computer programme to warn people of typhoons in the Philippines. By Andy Chaggar.
Andrew Chaggar rounds up his governance-heavy year away from the frontline of disaster recovery, and divulges his latest adventure ahead.
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.
Andy Chaggar puts objections to some of Lord Hodgson's recommendations in the Charities Act Review into context, with his own charity as an example.
Back from serving in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Andrew Chaggar's mind is focused on developing European Disaster Volunteers from an organisation of solid response volunteers, to one which is also capable of managing its substantial growth.