The U.S. Response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

  • Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014
  • The Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at CSIS convened a half-day conference to assess the effectiveness of the international response to the Haiyan tragedy. Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013, and has since been described as the worst typhoon in Filipino history. The death toll stands at more than 6,000 and the damage is estimated at over $5 billion.

    The conference focused on the role of the U.S. government and military, private sector, and non-government organizations in responding to the devastation. The conference provided estimates of the rehabilitation needs and a platform to think about how U.S. policymakers should look at the rehabilitation effort going forward.

    Special thanks to Abbott Laboratories for making this event possible.


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    0830-0900  Conference Registration

    0900-0910  Welcome & Outlining Our Mission

    Mr. Ernest Bower
    Senior Adviser and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, CSIS

    0910-1005  Status Update & Needs Assessment

    H.E. Jose Cuisia
    Ambassador of the Republic of Philippines to the United States

    Moderator:
    Mr. Murray Hiebert
    Senior Fellow and Deputy Director
    Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, CSIS  

    1005-1100  Initial U.S. Government Response

    The Hon. Scot Marciel
    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
    Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

    Mr. Gregory Beck
    Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia
    U.S. Agency for International Development

    Moderator:
    Mr. Ernest Bower
    Senior Adviser and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, CSIS

    1100-1115 Coffee Break 

    1115-1215 Non-Government Response: The Role of the Private Sector

    Mr. Marc DeCourcey
    Executive Director, Business Civil Leadership Center
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Ms. Kate Irvin
    Group Director for Diplomatic Relations
    Coca-Cola Company

    Mr. Thomas Tighe
    CEO
    Direct Relief

    Mr. Chris Palusky
    Senior Director of Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs
    World Vision

    Ms. Evangeline F. Ganuelas
    Executive Director
    Feed the Hungry, Inc.

    Moderator:
    Mr. Murray Hiebert
    Senior Fellow and Deputy Director
    Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, CSIS

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