Batten Hour: with Steve McAndrew

Sep. 20, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

Steve McAndrew is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Emergency, Recovery and Reconstruction (GER). GER is a US based non-profit organization that assists crisis affected persons globally to rebuild following disasters through integrated relief, recovery and reconstruction programs. Established in 2016 GER started operations in Nepal following the devastating earthquake in 2015, is operating in Haiti in close coordination with the UN and is also starting recovery activities in Texas. Steve also works as Head of Emergency Operations for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC). He has managed some of the largest and most challenging emergency response operations in the world, including the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2015. For his role in managing the Red Cross Ebola response operation, Steve was awarded an MBE medal (Member of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for Services to Humanity. Steve is one of a small group of Americans for which special achievements have been recognized by the British empire.

Steve was also Head of Operations for the Red Cross/Red Crescent response operations for Syria and surrounding countries and the devastating earthquake in 2010 in Haiti. Mr. McAndrew has also worked for the United States Government Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) in Latin America and Africa, and was also a founding partner of the Global Emergency Group consulting firm. Between missions he shares his experiences and has spoken at USC, UCLA, Rand Corporation, UC San Diego, Santa Monica College and the World Affairs Council of Los Angeles.