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.

The wake of the Haiti disaster where European Disaster Volunteers were instrumental in support. Image credit: Marcello Casal Jr

Attracting funding can be a challenge in prevention projects, given people don't notice what doesn't happen. But prevention must be better than cure, says 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.

European Disaster Volunteers charity

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.

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.

Return from Haiti: a new focus on governance

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.

Haitian makeshift camps - Copyright Marcello Casal Jr

After 18 months spent on the frontline in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, aid worker Andrew Chaggar finds it hard to adjust to the 'reality' of life back in the UK.

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