Roger Yates has worked in international development and emergencies for nearly 30 years. He has been the Director for Disaster Risk Management at Plan International since 2008.
Roger was a part of the UN Humanitarian Coordinators Pool between 2006 and 2008; a founder member of the NGO Military Contact Group in UK; is a member of the UN Inter-agency Task Force on Disaster Reduction and spent 7 years on the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee.
He worked for 10 years at Oxfam, working mostly in Africa; 10 years at ActionAid as head of emergencies and conflict, and on other contracts with UN and UK government. He lived in Africa for 16 years, and has also worked in Asia and the Americas.
Mr Yates qualified as an engineer, and was a member of the Chartered Institute for Water and Environmental Management. He has a Masters in Water and Environmental Management from Loughborough University.