CARLOS IVAN MARQUEZ PEREZ, Director General, Disaster Risk Management Office, Colombia

He has an extensive experience in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Management and Disaster Response.  His experience on the field, working as Chief of the disaster response and relief unit of the Colombian Red Cross, involved him with the community service for many years.
He has also been formed in International Humanitarian Law, International Relief and Emergency Response.  His work has been recognized as outstanding given him the Merit Distinction Award in 2010 for the efforts made in Haiti.

As from April 2011, he was appointed Director General of the Colombian Disaster Risk Management Office; he has promised that his goals will be in reducing the risk and vulnerability of Colombian communities and making them more resilient to disasters.