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Speaking Engagements & Events
March 14-18, 2015 – Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), Sendai City, Japan
Kate Landry, Director of Parterships and Programs in the Philippines, will attend this event.
January 22, 2015 – World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland
Elizabeth Hausler Strand presented as part of a panel at the session “The Studio: Redesigning Infrastructure”, which explored solutions for sustainable infrastructure with creators, innovators and entrepreneurs.
January 9, 2015 – Conférence internationale sur la conception parasismique des structures (CICPS), Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Build Change’s Country Director for Haiti, Noll Tufani, presenting “Five years after the earthquake: Mechanisms and measures of risk reduction”. Learn more about CICPS.
July 21-25, 2014 – U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (10NCEE), 10NCEE, Anchorage, AK, USA
Build Change’s Chief Operating Officer, Gordon Goodell, presented in two sessions at 10NCEE. He presented a paper titled “Preliminary Considerations for the Application of FEMAP695 to Confined Masonry Structures” and participated as a panel member speaking on Introducing Confined Masonry in Developing Countries. Learn more about 10NCEE.
June 10-13, 2014 – InterAction Forum 2014, Washington, D.C., USA
Build Change is attending this event, which brings together leaders from not-for-profits, governments, philanthropy, corporations, and civil society to advance collaboration, effectiveness, and innovation to end poverty and move toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Learn more about InterAction.
May 21-23, 2014 – World Economic Forum on East Asia, Manila, Philippines
Elizabeth Hausler Strand attended this event, which focused on the opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community to promote greater inclusion across East Asia and to instill more resilient decision-making in the face of unpredictable economic and natural disruptions. Learn more.
April 5-11, 2014 – World Urban Forum 7, Medellín, Colombia
Build Change participated in the World Urban Forum 7. We hosted a booth throughout the Forum and hosted a special networking session: Using Cost-effective Technology to Foster Resiliency: the Case for Retrofitting.
April 1-3, 2014 – World Economic Forum on Latin America, Panama City, Panama
Elizabeth Hausler Strand attended this event, which focused on the region’s efforts in maintaining its economic growth, boosting the diversification of its economies, increase its productivity, fuel competitiveness, enhance trade and invest in human capital. Learn more.
February 5, 2014 – Ashoka Global Innovator Series, Quezon City, Philippines
Dr. Hausler Strand shared insights from her team’s experiences in major post-disaster initiatives which may contribute to safer and more effective rebuilding in Yolanda-affected areas. Learn more.
December 8, 2013 – CGI Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dr. Hausler Strand will attend CGI Latin America in December. CGI Latin America engages key leaders from the private sector, government, civil society and NGOs to generate lasting solutions to the region’s, and the world’s, most pressing challenges. Learn more.
November 13, 2013 – The Tech Awards Summit, San Jose, CA, USA
Dr. Hausler Strand was invited to make the keynote presentation at The Tech Awards Summit, entitled “Build Change: Saving Lives through Better Buildings.” Each year, The Tech Awards honor laureates from around the world for their efforts to use technology to benefit humanity. Learn more. See photos of the event here.
October 22, 2013 – The Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Washington, DC, USA
Dr. Hausler Strand spoke about “Build Change: Incentives and Technical Assistance for Earthquake-Resistant Housing and Improving Construction Practices in At-Risk Cities,” at IDB’s Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative meeting. To learn more, click here.
September 26, 2013 – Clinton Global Initiative 2013 Annual Meeting, New York City, NY, USA
Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler Strand presented as part of the Clinton Global Initiative’s “Scalable Ideas: Pitching for Partnerships” session on September 26, 2013, in New York City. See photos. Read about our 2013 Commitment to Action here.
For more information about the Clinton Global Initiative, click here.
July 18, 2013 – Biennial of the Americas, Denver, CO, USA
Dr. Hausler Strand was invited to participate in the clínica, “Doing Well by Doing Good” on July 18, 2013. Learn more.
June 12, 2013 – Haiti Event in Liechtenstein, Triesen, Liechtenstein
Dr. Hausler Strand was invited to speak about Build Change’s experience working in post-disaster housing reconstruction in Haiti and the organization’s success in improving materials quality and the livelihoods of local blockmakers.
May 9, 2013 – RMS Exceedance Conference, Boston, MA, USA
Build Change Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler Strand was invited to present at the RMS Exceedance Conference in Boston. Learn more.
April 25, 2013 – Shelter & Settlement Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland
Director of Engineering Gordon Goodell was invited to speak about “Retrofitting on Day 1” at the UN-Habitat and Habitat for Humanity International’s Shelter & Settlement Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information about the meeting, click here.
April 23, 2013 – The World Economic Forum on Latin America, Lima, Peru
Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler Strand attended the 2013 World Economic Forum on Latin America and facilitated the “Building Resilience to Natural Disasters” session on April 25, 2013, in Lima, Peru. For more information about the Forum, click here. For a summary of the session, see page 23.
February 20, 2013 – Clinton Global Initiative 2013 Winter Meeting, New York City, NY, USA
Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler Strand attended the Clinton Global Initiative 2013 Winter Meeting and facilitated the “Resilient Cities” session on February 20, 2013, in New York City. For more information about the Clinton Global Initiative, click here.
November 12-14, 2012 – 2012 *abc Continuity Forum, Miami, FL, USA
Elizabeth Hausler Strand was invited to present at the 2012 *abc Continuity Forum in Miami Florida. Click here to read more.
September 23-25, 2012 – Clinton Global Initiative 2012, New York City, NY, USA
Build Change is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative for the third year in a row. Build Change serves on the Haiti Action Network throughout the year. For more information on the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative, click here.
July 10, 2012 – Wirth Chair Sustainability Series, Denver, CO, USA
Elizabeth Hausler Strand was the featured speaker at UC Denver’s Wirth Chair Sustainability Series event. Dr. Hausler Strand discussed Build Change’s model for sustainable earthquake-resistant construction in Haiti, Indonesia and China. View the event flyer.
May 3, 2012 – CRS Emergency Preparedness and Response Symposium, Washington, D.C., USA
Elizabeth Hausler Strand participated in the Catholic Relief Services symposium focusing on key issues, challenges, and trends facing relief organizations seeking to provide holistic responses to emergencies.
May 2, 2012 – Interaction Forum / CHF Panel, Washington, D.C., USA
Elizabeth Hausler Strand presented on a panel discussion at the 2012 InterAction Forum, an assembly of international development and humanitarian professionals who gather annually to learn about new trends, and hear from U.S. administration officials and policymakers on key issues related to development and humanitarian work.
March 27, 2012 – Affordable World Security Conference, Washington, D.C., USA
Build Change was a Hall of Hope Conference Partner at the Affordable World Security Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 27th and 28th, aimed at discussing human security priorities and critical choices. For more information, click here.
February 24, 2012 – American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL), Laguna Beach, CA, USA
Dr. Hausler Strand was invited to speak on a panel “Assistance to Developing Countries” on February 24th at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Construction Lawyers in Laguna Beach, CA.
January 26, 2012 – The World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
Dr. Hausler Strand spoke on a panel “Maximizing Infrastructure Returns” on January 26th at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
January 23, 2012 – The Hub Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Hausler Strand was invited to speak at the pre-World Economic Forum meet-up co-sponsored by the Schwab Foundation, Sosense, HUBZurich and CreditSuisse. Dr. Hausler Strand joined other leading social entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges and personal stories behind the scenes of her work. To see the video, click here.
October 16, 2011 – Opportunity Collaboration, Ixtapa, Mexico
Dr. Hausler Strand was a delegate for Build Change at the 2011 Opportunity Collaboration which took place in Ixtapa, Mexico. For more information on the Opportunity Collaboration, click here.
September 20, 2011 – Clinton Global Initiative 2011, New York City, NY, USA
Build Change is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative for the second year in a row. Build Change serves on the Haiti Action Network throughout the year. For more information on the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative, click here.
July 10, 2011 – Natural Hazards Workshop, Broomfield, CO, USA
Dr. Hausler Strand was a keynote speaker at the 36th Annual Natural Hazard Workshop, hosted by the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado. For more information, click here.
June 16, 2011 – Lemelson-MIT Eureka Fest 2011, Boston, MA, USA
At the 2011 Eureka Fest, Dr. Hausler Strand was named the winner of the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability, gave a keynote address and taught a master class at the event. Watch Dr. Hausler Strand’s presentation at the award ceremony, click here.
April 7, 2011 – Build Change Lecture at Hilti Foundation, Liechtenstein
Dr. Hausler Strand was invited by the HILTI Foundation to give a lecture on Build Change Programs at their headquarters in Liechtenstein.
February 9, 2011 – 2011 EERI Annual Meeting, La Jolla, CA, USA
Dr. Hausler Strand spoke at the 3-day EERI Annual Meeting, themed “Earthquakes Without Borders.” For more information on the Earthquake Engineering Institute, click here.
January 31, 2011 – Build Back Better Communities, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Dr. Hausler Strand was an invited lecturer at the BBBC Convention and Exhibition, discussing design in the post-disaster context in Haiti.
November 30, 2010 – Global Summit of Housing Entrepreneurs, Barcelona, Spain
Build Change was invited on behalf of Ashoka Full Economic Citizenship program and the Hilti Foundation to the event “A Global Summit of Housing Entrepreneurs“.
November 19, 2010 – Social Enterprise Summit 2012, Hong Kong
Dr. Hausler Strand represented Build Change as a keynote speaker, focusing on “Social Innovation in the 21st Century”.
November 5, 2010 – Swissnex, San Francisco, CA, USA
Build Change was invited to speak at the Swissnex event “Rebuilding After Disaster“.
November 5, 2010 – Citris Seminar, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand presented “Rebuilding Safe, Satisfactory, and Sustainable Houses after Earthquakes.” View the lecture here.
September 22, 2010 – Clinton Global Initiative 2010, New York City, NY, USA
Build Change is a member of the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative. At the annual meeting, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand spoke on the panel “Advancing Development by Design.” View the webcast here.
July 7, 2010 – Biennial of the Americas, The Nature of Things Speaker Series, Denver, CO, USA
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand was a featured speaker for the session “Catalysts for Social Good: Redefining Global Impact through Social Entrepreneurship.” The session was held on July 7, 2010, during the two-week Biennial of the Americas Speaker Series.
September 17, 2009 – Confined Masonry and Build Change, San Francisco, CA, USA
Build Change’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, and Tim Hart, senior associate and structural engineer at Forell/Elsesser, teamed up to discuss confined masonry and Build Change at a SEAONC/EERI mini-seminar.
October 18, 2007 – Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) Young Members Forum, San Francisco, CA, USA
Build Change’s founder, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, and one of our pro-bono structural engineers, Tim Hart, presented Build Change’s award winning house design process at the monthly meeting of the Younger Members Forum of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.
August 19-31, 2007 – Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI), Santa Clara University, San Jose, CA, USA
Build Change’s founder, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, was selected to participate in the Global Social Benefit Incubator, an intensive two-week residential program at Santa Clara University that enables successful technology innovators to scale and achieve sustainability. The GSBI is presented by the University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society and the Leavey School of Business Administration.
July 26-28, 2007 – Disaster Symposium, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
“Performance of Confined Masonry Houses During Earthquakes in Indonesia: Successes, Problems and Solutions” presentation at the International Symposium on Disaster in Indonesia: Problems and Solutions held in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia.
August 10, 2006 and January 18, 2007 – BRR Housing Workshops, Banda Aceh, Indonesia
Build Change delivered lectures on “Improving Construction Quality in Post-Tsunami Housing Reconstruction” and “Seismic Hazard in Aceh”.
May 18, 2006 – UN-HABITAT Special Seminar, Banda Aceh, Indonesia
UN-HABITAT hosted an evening session on Build Change’s Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction Guideline for Confined Masonry Houses in Aceh.
April 20, 2006 – 8th NCEE, San Francisco, CA, USA
“Sustainable Earthquake-Resistant Housing Reconstruction in Tsunami-Devastated Aceh, Indonesia”, Invited Lecture in Special Session on Low-Cost Housing for Developing Countries.
January 18-20, 2005 – 1st ICUDR, Kobe, JAPAN
Build Change Theory of Change was included as one of the recommendations from the 1st International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction, Kobe, Japan, January 18-20, 2005.
October 2, 2004 – ESW, Stanford University, CA, USA
“Sustainable Disaster-Resistant Housing Construction in Developing Countries”
October 1, 2004 – Sustainable Resources 2004, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
“Sustainable Disaster-Resistant Housing Construction in Developing Countries”
August 5, 2004 – 13th WCEE, Vancouver, Canada
“Housing Reconstruction and Retrofitting After the 2001 Kachchh, India Earthquake”
June 6, 2004 – IIEES, Tehran, Iran
“Housing Reconstruction and Retrofitting Following the 2001 Bhuj, India and 2003 Bam, Iran Earthquakes: Design, Implementation and Long-Term Impacts”, Invited Lecture.