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Diego Otegui
Ph.D. Candidate, Disaster Science & Management
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716

Biography

Diego is a Ph.D. Candidate in Disaster Science and Management. The purpose of his doctoral research is to understand the logic behind the decision to send personnel to help the affected population in the aftermath of international disasters. During his doctoral studies, he has mainly focused his attention on the linkages between disasters and public security, decision making, international convergence and the role of gangs and violent groups in the aftermath of a disaster. He has presented his work at several international conferences and was honored to be deployed with a reconnaissance team to the aftermath of the Mexico Earthquakes in 2017 by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Diego holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, a graduate diploma in Social Communications, a specialization in Nonprofit Management and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies.

With more than twenty years of experience in the humanitarian sector, he has had the opportunity to participate in missions in various countries among which are worth mentioning are his work in East Timor under the UN Transitional Administration and his role as Head of Base in Democratic Republic of Congo with Action Against Hunger.

He has lectured at numerous international conferences in the Netherlands, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Mozambique, Ethiopia and the United States among others. He has seven years of experience as a university professor and more than fifteen years of experience as an instructor in various courses related to disaster management, humanitarian response, and associated topics.

Diego speaks English, Portuguese, and French fluently, but Spanish is his mother tongue. He was a volunteer firefighter in Argentina for five years. In his private practice, he is an international consultant and founder and CEO of the Imara International Humanitarian Group. He is a member of the Advisory Board as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS).

He currently lives in the United States with his wife and three-year-old daughter. He plays the guitar, enjoys running and swimming and is a member of the United Methodist Church.

 

 

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  • University of Delaware
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  • Newark, DE 19716 U.S.A
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