Ripin Kalra has been working in Disaster Risk Reduction, Low Carbon Development
and Climate Resilience since 1992. He has first-hand experience in over 20 countries across Latin America, the Caribbean, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has been an adviser on several climate resilience projects in the Caribbean, and co-authored the EU-ACP/GFDRR-supported “Climate Resilience Investment Plan – CRIP” with the World Bank. Between 2012 and 2013 he carried out an independent review of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF). He was Low Carbon Infrastructure adviser on the “Physical Development Plan” for Montserrat, with DfID between 2011 and 2012. In 2010 he provided pro-bono housing and planning support in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Ripin has also worked on projects building climate resilience in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2014 he worked with DfID on the “Nigeria Urban Infrastructure Facility”, and in 2012 was Team Leader for the World Bank’s “Assessment of Insurance Instruments for Climate Risk in sub-Saharan Africa”. He has also worked on safe and efficient classroom infrastructure in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
He currently teaches a course entitled “Urban Risk and Resilience” at the University of Westminster where he examines resilience building in flood-prone regions of Vietnam and Indonesia.
Ripin is a Trustee of CHEC, the Commonwealth Housing Trust (CHT). He also sits on the Board of Editors for “Open House International”.