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NZ OSAC Chapter event Emergency/Crisis management for NZ based U.S. companies.

  • 26 Feb 2024
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Level 12, Commercial Bay, 15 Customs Street West, Auckland, 1010
OSAC New Zealand - Auckland Country Chapter Meeting

"Crisis Leadership: What to Do When There is No One But You?"

OSAC is the premiere global partnership between the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security and private companies, providing both an online platform for public-private security and safety information sharing and a global network of over 150 Country Chapters for the protection of U.S. Citizens and interests overseas. 


Evan Tsurumi, RSO New Zealand, US Embassy, Wellington
Mission New Zealand Regional Security Officer Evan Tsurumi is a Special Agent with the Diplomatic Security Service and a 16-year veteran federal law enforcement agent. Evan arrived in New Zealand after completing an assignment in Hanoi, Vietnam. Some of his previous assignments include Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and embedded service with the U.S. Department of Defense. Before entering service with the State Department, Evan was a Corpsman with the U.S. Navy and worked for the New York City Fire Department as a paramedic. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the George Washington University and has instructed on numerous criminal justice and emergency medicine topics to include counternarcotics, street gang enforcement, and tactical combat casualty care.   

Justin B. Brown, the Deputy Administrator for Emergency Management of the Washington D.C. Department of Human Services.
Justin Brown is a Deputy Administrator at the District of Columbia Department of Human Services. In this role, he leads the Office of Emergency Management and overseas citywide disaster human services preparedness and mass care operations.
Justin served on the District’s response leadership team during the COVID-19 response, where he led a multiagency effort to provide emergency community support services. Justin and his team built new systems to ensure thousands of residents had access to fresh groceries, shelf stable foods, infant nutrition, diapers, and other essential commodities; oversaw the creation of a Virtual Family Assistance Center that provided targeted services for victims of COVID-19; and established early mass testing and vaccination efforts for clients and staff in the homeless services continuum.

Justin is a veteran of the Fire and EMS services, having previously served as a firefighter, paramedic, and Battalion Chief in the DC Fire and EMS Department. From 2007-2009, he was a member of the DC Fire and EMS leadership team that brought radical improvements to prehospital medical care in the District, which resulted in improved patient outcomes.

Justin also served as Deputy Fire Commissioner for Planning and Organizational Development for the City of Boston; Citywide Interagency Coordinator for the New York City Office of Emergency Management; and as Technical Advisor for the U.S. Forest Service providing urban disaster management assistance to the Government of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 2012, Justin co-chaired District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Public Safety Transition Committee for her first term of office.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from George Washington University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Georgetown University. He was a member of the 2014 cohort of Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. He is a frequent speaker and instructor on a variety of topics, including complex incident command and all-hazards emergency response.

Dr. Jane Rovins, PhD, MPH, CEM, Lead, International Engagement
For over 25 years through 50+ countries Dr. Rovins has developed an expertise in international disaster risk management and response; training; and policy development. She is the Team Leader, International Engagement for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in New Zealand.

Her recent work includes being the Principal Advisor Emergency Management for NZ NEMA; CEO of Disaster Reduction & Resilience Solutions, Ltd (Hong Kong) developing the pandemic planning for indigenous social service organizations, ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management (ASCEND) Framework, the National Disaster Response Framework (NDRF) for Indonesia, among others. Previously she was Principal Advisor Research for Fire and Emergency New Zealand and a Senior Lecturer at Massey University (New Zealand). She was the founding Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Programme and spent several years working with and for the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

She has received distinguished awards including Finalist for the 2022 UNDRR WINDRR Leadership Excellence Award; induction into the International Women in Emergency Management Hall of Fame; 2019 Massey University Research Medal – Team; the Innolec Lectureship in Disaster Risk Reduction from the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University (Czech Republic), among others. Dr. Rovins is a leader in several prominent organizations including serving as Gender Focal Point for the WMO Standing Committee on DRR; co-chairing the WMO Expert Team on MHEWS Technical Guidance; and as President of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) – Oceania Council.

Date: 26 February
Time: 3.00pm to 6.00pm, presentations followed by networking and refreshments
Venue: Amazon Web Services, Level 12, Commercial Bay, 15 Customs Street West, Auckland

There is no cost to attend.  This event is open to all OSAC members and invited guests. Registration is required.  The deadline to register is Friday, February 16


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