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.