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Michael Whiting

Michael Whiting

KBR

Michael Whiting, currently a freelance consultant in humanitarian logistics, played a pivotal role in the repatriation of Rwandan refugees from Eastern Zaire in 1996, and has taken part in the humanitarian response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, Nias Earthquake March 2005, was the UN Liaison Officer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during Hurricane Katrina in the USA September 2005. Michael also responded to the Yogyakarta Earthquake in Indonesia in May 2006, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in May 2008. In 2009-10 Michael was the Project Manager on the Logistics Operations Guide project for WFP. In January 2010 Michael responded to the Haiti Earthquake when he worked for WFP with the USAF. Later that year as a DFID Stand-by partner Michael responded to the Pakistan Floods in August 2010, and with UNHCR and then IOM in the Humanitarian Evacuation Cell in Geneva where he participated in the team which arranged the repatriation of more than 130,000 people fleeing the fighting in Libya.  More recently Michael carried out an assessment of the UNHAS operations in Sudan and South Sudan for DFID together with representatives from USAID/OFDA and ECHO, and in 2014 conducted a review of the Common Transport Service in South Sudan for WFP. Michael assisted UNHCR senior air transport with improving supply chain risk mitigation and pre-positioning of core relief items. Michael has been a consultant to WFP on transformational logistics; OCHA on their emergency stockpiling policy; and, IATA conducting an Airline Humanitarian Support Assessment (AHSA).