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The Institution of Civil Engineers, in conjunction with Heriot-Watt University and MWH, is holding the Christmas lecture on 14 December 2015 as part of an annual series on resilience.
This year’s topic, “Ten years on - Lessons from the Flood on building resilience” will be delivered by Professor Eelco H. Dykstra, Executive Chairman, Daily Impact Emergency Management (DIEM) Network (www.diem.nu). Professor Dykstra will take the audience through a reality-fiction scenario of a flooded city based on his 25 years of international emergency management experience in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and North America, including his work on the strategy and methodology for the International Katrina Project (IKP). The event will involve an element of audience engagement and focussed feedback.
Professor Dykstra is a member of the Netherlands National Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (www.rli.nl).
Join Professor Dykstra, Professor Paul Jowitt and Sir John Armitt at One Great George Street and hear how civil engineers are building a better world.
The event will also be available to watch online if you are unable to join us in London.
18:00 - Registration
18:30 - Welcome from the Chairman
Sir John Armitt, President, Institution of Civil Engineers
18:35 - Introduction of speaker
Professor Paul W Jowitt, CBE, FREng, FICE
18:45 - “Ten years on - Lessons from the Flood on building resilience”
Professor Eelco H. Dykstra, Executive Chairman, (Daily Impact Emergency Management)
19:30 - Discussion, Questions and Answers
19:55 - Summation from the Chair
20:00 - Close of lecture
Eelco H. Dykstra, M.D. returned in 2010 to his native country of The Netherlands after 25 years of international emergency management experience in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and North America.
His worldwide travel and project assignments have resulted in considerable experience with the design, monitoring & evaluation (D, M&E) of emergency systems, exercises, programs and projects.
His last assignment abroad before returning to The Netherlands was as full research professor (visiting) in International Emergency Management at The George Washington University’s Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management in Washington D.C. Here he developed the strategy, reference materials and the methodology for the International Katrina Project (IKP) and published three books.
Aside from his proven ability to effectively deal with both European and US approaches to emergency management systems and their respective stakeholders, Mr. Dykstra is an acclaimed presenter, author and motivator, particularly for interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and inter-sector audiences. He developed new methodologies and innovative approaches to strategic planning, project management, adult education and organizational development.
Following his return to Europe as Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) of the International Katrina Project Inc., Mr. Dykstra was appointed member of the Dutch National Advisory Board for the Environment and Infrastructure in 2012 for a 4 year term, convenor of a European Standardization working group on CBRNE (CEN TC 391) and runs the international think-tank DIEM (Daily Impact Emergency Management) from The Hague; DIEM specializes in complex emergencies and high-impact projects & advice in the areas of Disaster Risk Reduction, Consequence Management, Public-Private Partnerships, Critical Infrastructure, Economic Safety and Resilience, CBRNE and Flood Management/Climate Change Adaptation.
Mr. Dykstra speaks Dutch, English, German and some French. He lives in The Hague and has a daughter and two sons.