Mr. Ronald Jackson has over 16 years experience in Disaster Risk Management within the Caribbean Region. He is currently the Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency and has served in the capacity of Director General and Deputy Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in Jamaica.
He has lent his expertise to the coordination of the national responses to the impact of Hurricanes Charlie, Ivan (2004); Dennis and Emily (2005); Tropical Depression 16 and subsequently Tropical Storm Nicole (2010) and most recently Hurricane Sandy (2012). He has been instrumental in the development of the Guidelines for Child-Friendly Disaster Management and Response, In 2010 Mr. Jackson received a Certificate of Commendation from the Caribbean Community for his contribution to the rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the January 2010 Haiti Earthquake. He currently lectures on Disaster Risk Management in the Tourism and Occupational Health and Safety Masters Programme at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill and Mona respectively.
Mr. Jackson also served as President of the IDB Caribbean Policy Dialogue Forum, the co-chair for the Inter American Network for Disaster Management and represented the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Member States on the Hyogo Framework for Action Mid-Term Review Committee and Post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action Committee and the Consultations for the World Humanitarian Summit 2016. He was named Patron for School of Building and Land Management at the University of Technology on March 27, 2013.
Mr. Jackson holds a Master of Science Degree (M.Sc.) in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Resource Management from the University of the West Indies, a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) in Physical Planning and Environmental Resource Development from the University of Technology and a Masters Certificate in Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting.