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Gareth Owen

Save the Children


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Gareth has spent the last 30 years working in the aid sector. He joined Save the Children UK in 2002 as an Emergency Adviser and became Humanitarian Director in 2007. Gareth has led responses to many major emergencies over the past two decades, most notably the Iraq conflict, the Asian tsunami, Cyclone Nargis, Haiti, Pakistan, East Africa, Niger and Philippines. He has played a pivotal role in the development of Save the Children’s humanitarian capacity and in the establishment of collaborative hosted entities including Elrha, the START Network and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. Gareth was awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to emergency crisis response abroad.

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