Keynote Speakers
Carlos Alberto Rumbo Pérez
Director General
SINAPROC Panama - National Civil Protection System

Mr. Rumbo holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Human Resources from the Interamericana University of Panama, in addition to a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education from the University of Panama. In 2016, he participated in the Community Police of the Rio de Janeiro Station, Brasil, having also participated in the National Strategic Development course from the National Defense University in Taiwan. Mr. Rumbo has served as the Chief of Police for the province of Colon (2014-2017), province of Veraguas (2012-2014), province of West Panama (2011-2012), and also served at the Institutional Protection Service (2004-2009).

Panel Chair
Lt Col Anton Gash (Retired) (Panel Chair)
Former UK Defence Attaché
the Caribbean

Lieutenant Colonel Anton Gash was the British Defence Attaché for the Caribbean until mid-2020, supporting Defence relations with 19 regional countries and territories, and was heavily involved in the UK and international military responses to Hurricanes Irma/Maria in 2017 and Dorian in 2019. He was previously Defence Attaché to Sri Lanka (2007-2009) and to Ghana, Mali, Cote D’Ivoire and Togo (2010-2013), and has served with the European Union in Brussels (2013-2016). His operational deployments include Iraq and Afghanistan with the British Army, and Cyprus (UNFICYP) and Mali (MINUSMA) with the United Nations. A tank soldier by background, he has also specialised in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence. He hold Masters degrees from Oxford, Cranfield and King’s College London, and is currently working towards a Disaster Management MSc with Bournemouth University.

Dagbjartur (Dag) Brynjarsson
Program Manager - Emergency Preparedness & Response

Dag has been an active member of ICE-SAR since 1989 and for the last 20 years, he has been specializing in disaster management. Dag was one of the team leaders for ICE-SAR international USAR team from 2008 – 2011 and possess a UNDAC education (United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination).  Dag has been with NetHope now for over 5 years and is today the program manager for Emergency Preparedness & Response. He has been a managing emergencies such as the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Europe, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Venezuelan Migrant Crisis in Colombia, Peru and Brazil and Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Dag is a strong believer in preparedness and training, and with NetHope, he has participated in designing and delivering NetHope’s Disaster Response Training all over the world. Dag has a background in telecommunications with Iceland Telecom where he worked for 23 years, having previously been director for Icelandic Search and Rescue Associations Rescue School for over 7 years.
Tim Callaghan
Senior Regional Advisor
USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

Tim joined USAID/OFDA as a Washington, D.C.-based disaster mitigation specialist in May 2000. He joined the LAC regional office team as a regional advisor in September 2001 and became the LAC senior regional advisor (SRA) in May 2003. As SRA, Tim is the lead USAID/OFDA representative and has overall management responsibility for response and preparedness activities in the region. He oversees a team that includes four regional advisors, a communications officer, administrative and accounting support staff, and personnel from the USAID/OFDA Regional Disaster Assistance Program, which includes a technical director, two information officers, and a network of 29 disaster risk management specialists located throughout the region.

Before joining the LAC regional office, Tim worked with USAID/OFDA in Washington, D.C., managing the Central American Mitigation Initiative to reduce the region’s vulnerability to natural disasters. His international development and disaster experience also includes five years in the Dominican Republic and five years in Ecuador working for the U.S. Peace Corps. Tim has served as a U.S. Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) leader in responses for Georgia Civil Strife (2008), the Haiti Earthquake (2010), Haiti Cholera Outbreak (2011), Liberia Ebola Outbreak (2014), Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak (2015), Ecuador Earthquake (2016), Caribbean Hurricane Matthew response in Bahamas, Jamaica, and Haiti (2016), Chile Fires (2017), Peru Floods (2017), Caribbean Hurricanes (2017), and the Venezuela Regional Crisis (2018).
Keisha Linton
Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator
Regional Security System (RSS)

A multi-skilled young professional with a diverse background in international relations and disaster risk management, who holds a BSc in International Relations from the UWI Mona and an MSc in Risk Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester in the UK. With almost ten years in the disaster management arena, Keisha has worked with organizations geared to improving disaster risk management in the region including PAHO, CDEMA, UNDP and currently, the RSS HQ. Given the area in which she works, she is also skilled in emergency preparedness and response, as well as stakeholder engagement, most notably Civil-Military relations. One of Keisha's favourite past-times is engaging in gastronomical experiences, so you can always find her enjoying a meal at a local restaurant.
Rogerio Mobilia
Deputy Head of Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Appointed as Deputy Head of Office of OCHA ROLAC in 2019, after heading the Information Services Unit since 2007, Mr. Silva has been leading the Regional Office since March 2020 during the Pandemic of COVID-19. With studies in System Technology Engineering, Mr. Silva counts with 25 years of experience on disasters management as an international servant and other years on private sector. Has worked extensively in areas of automatization, communication, information management and coordination of emergencies. Most recently, he has led OCHA and other international specialized teams supporting emergency responses and has dedicated his humanitarian life working for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Roger Alonso Morgui
Head of Disaster, Climate & Crisis: Prevention, Response & Recovery
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Roger leads the IFRC Disaster, Climate and Crisis team in the America Regional Office. He became a Red Cross volunteer lifeguard in his home town back in the 90s. For a short period after completing his studies, he worked for the private sector in International Banking and Internet Project Management. Since then, he has been volunteering and working with the Red Cross in Search and Rescue, Volunteer Management, Training, Operations Management, Migration, Disaster Risk Reduction and Livelihoods in response to crisis and disasters in several countries like Indonesia, Philippines, Mauritania, DRC, Mozambique or Honduras. He holds a Degree in Economics Science and Post graduate degree in Project Cycle Management in International Cooperation.