Mr. David Stevens

David Stevens was born in Brazil where he graduated first in Civil Engineering (BSc) and then Environmental Planning (MSc), both at the University of São Paulo. He has worked internationally for over twenty years, including for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, before joining the United Nations in 1999. He has led land use monitoring and alternative development projects in opium poppy and coca producing countries, implemented and managed a global programme (UN-SPIDER) that supports countries to access and use space-based information for disaster management, and currently he takes a lead role in supporting the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 as Head of the UNISDR Bonn Office. His areas of expertise encompass sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, emergency and humanitarian response, adaptation to climate change and local, regional and national development programmes, including leveraging on cutting edge technologies and the potential of virtual and technical communities (V&TCs), geographic information technologies and space-based information.


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