Over the course of 23 years, he has built an extensive track record in risk and resilience management and consulting, with a wealth of experience in risk assessment, emergencies, crises and disasters, and the variables that contribute to their avoidance, reduction and the best response to them, in a wide range of physical, social and organisational settings. Johan’s current consulting role is underpinned by his experience in all-hazard risk reduction, emergency response, recovery and rehabilitation, as well as resilience building through strategic, tactical and operational planning and execution.
Johan has worked on a wide variety of projects for clients such as The City of Cape Town, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Moreton Bay Municipality in Australia, the South African National Disaster Management Centre, Vale Mozambique, United Nations Development Programme Rwanda, AUSAID/DFAT Pakistan, Nampower Namibia, Transnet and PetroSA.
Johan is currently the President of the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa, a non-profit professional body for Disaster Management practitioners.
Being able to contribute to exciting projects and leveraging positive change.
A few moments come to mind:
I feel a sense of achievement and gratitude every time I see a group of people working together effectively to manage a crisis or disaster. A well-prepared emergency response is very rewarding to witness, and when people start thinking ahead and acting on proactive risk reduction, it is a real thrill.
A good day is a day on which I trigger a positive change, am part of a team achievement, learn something new and enjoy the people around me and especially my family. I value being able to take a step back and reflect about challenges and opportunities in the industry.
Taking the time to really listen to a client’s challenges, as well as questioning and challenging opinions and proposed solutions. This forces you to consider a challenge from a variety of perspectives, gather and consider views different from your own, and have the courage to be positive and believe in success.
To learn from every experience and to act on that knowledge.
While many disciplines and areas related to risk and resilience management are pursuing their own agendas, I think everything will start to take on a larger sustainability approach over the next five years. Resilience management will become ever more important as populations grow and people consume beyond the limits of sustainability and into the path of danger.