Marc Gordon heads the Global Risk Analysis and Reporting Unit in the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). He is the Coordinator and Lead Author of the Global Assessment Report (GAR) and is leading the development of the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF). He Co-Chairs the Risk Modelling Steering Group of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF), is a member of the Governing Board of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) and serves in advisory capacities for numerous programmes, projects, collaboratives and initiatives.
From 2012 – 2017 he headed the UNISDR Sendai Framework Monitoring Unit and from 2006 – 2012 he established and led the UNISDR Donor and Business Partnerships Unit. Prior to this, he was the Manager of the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Programme (DIPECHO) – South East Asia of the European Commission, operating out of Bangkok. From 1997-2003, he served in various capacities from Country Director to Emergency Officer, with both the United Nations & the International Non-Governmental sector in conflict, complex emergencies, political and chronic crises. Relevant field experience includes Cambodia, DR Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Rep. Guinea, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, East Timor and Viet Nam.
Having spent the early part of his career developing multi-disciplinary intervention strategies to respond to the needs of vulnerable populations in complex environments and other situations of instability, since 2003 he has been working to proactively to build the collective understanding of risk so as to build the resilience of societies, systems and individuals now and in the future. With non-linear change a reality, his work is revisiting critical assumptions of the relationship between past and future risk so as to enhance understanding of the dynamic relationship between human behaviour and choice with systemic risks.
He has extensive experience in supporting intergovernmental process, navigating political agenda, and has an extensive track record in building partnerships, whether with community members, public institutions at all scales, or global policy change agents, business and industry. He completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in business, French and water resources management, and has written and presented on public investment and international policy for risk management.