Luis Guzmán has a Master's degree in Disaster Risk Management and Emergency Care from the University of Costa Rica, with studies in Natural Resource Management and Biological Sciences with an emphasis on Ecology and Sustainable Development. He has 11 years of experience in emergency and disaster response, and has coordinated and directed humanitarian assistance operations in the region and in Costa Rica. Since 2007 he has implemented climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, initially with the Netherlands Red Cross, the Costa Rican Red Cross, the Climate Center and the IFRC.
He worked as Regional Operational Coordinator for the American Red Cross. He has supported CREEC in promoting Disaster Risk Reduction at the community level and the Route to Resilience. He has supported the CREPD-IFRC in Preparedness Evaluations for Effective Response (PER) in the countries of El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic; and has supported the updating of the National Response Plan of the Peruvian Red Cross and the Costa Rican Red Cross. It also promotes Forecast Based Preparedness (FbF) and Green Response programmes in Costa Rica.
He is currently a professor in the Master's Program in Emergency and Disaster Management at the University of Santa Paula and is the National Deputy Director of Risk Management for the Costa Rican Red Cross.
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