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Jacobo Ocharan

Head of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change, Plan International
Jacobo Ocharan

Jacobo Ocharan has more than 20 years’ experience managing humanitarian responses and preparedness.

He has worked directly on many of the major humanitarian crises of the last 2 decades, such as Hurricane Mitch, the Sudan and Afghanistan conflicts, earthquakes in El Salvador, Gujarat and Haiti and the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Ocharan worked in many positions during his time at Oxfam, including as Humanitarian Director of Oxfam Spain.

He joined Plan International in 2012 and is leading organisational efforts to build the resilience of children to disasters. In his time with Plan International he has also directly worked on responding to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 and to the Ecuador earthquake of 2015.

Ocharan qualified as a Social Communicator at Universidad Complutense of Madrid and he holds a Masters in Journalism at Universidad Autonoma of Madrid.  

He also has experience of training staff and academics and has taught at Brandeis University and Fordham University in the USA as well as Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain.

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