Antoine Petibon

Disaster management and strategy expert

Following my studies in urban planning, a world tour and seven years working in the family forestry company, I joined (International) Action Against Hunger in 1994 where I stayed for almost seven years. I carried out fieldwork in West Africa, Central America and the Caucasus, handling logistics and later overall coordination. I was quickly selected for emergency relief operations in highly unstable areas in terms of safety and/or for which large-scale programmes required substantial financial and human resources.

Over the next decade, I worked with SOLIDARITES (international) and the United Nations (OCHA) both at their headquarters and in the field. Two missions with UNOCHA and DFID (the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) brought a close to my expatriate time. During the humanitarian response for countries affected by the 2005 tsunami, I joined the ranks of the French Red Cross as Regional Desk Officer for Asia in charge of the affected area. Between 2005 and 2009, I supervised operations in Asia, then the Pacific and the Middle-East, before eventually coordinating all international programmes of the French Red Cross in the 42 countries opened that year.

In addition to my position as Head of International Programmes and Deputy Director, I was also responsible for reporting systems and process approach. I have now been working for more than 20 years in this wonderful sector and still have the same devouring curiosity and appetite for more. I have been a member of AGH’s Strategy Analysis Committee since its inception; I have been contributing to reinforce IRIS masters’ courses; I took part each year in the training of French embassies’ humanitarian correspondents; for three years, I have been part of the jury (professional committee) of acquired experience validation of BIOFORCE; I was part of the CNDSI (the French National Council for Development and International Solidarity), the GCH (National Consultation Group) and I have been, since its creation, a member of RIDO (Informal meeting of operations managers).