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Mr David Horobin


Cluster Leader for Crisis Management

Mr David Horobin joined the GCSP in March 2017 as the Cluster Leader for the Crisis Management thematic cluster.

From 2006-2017 he was a delegate at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) holding the position of Head Security and Crisis Management as well as Head of the Rapid Deployment Unit which spearheaded ICRC’s emergency response capability. From 2003-2006 David was Director of the DFID UK Operations Team in the Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department. In a 25 year Red Cross/Crescent career he has undertaken many missions across the globe in various operational and security related emergencies including the Rwanda genocide, Iraq, Asian tsunami, Ethiopia, Angola, Japan EQ and whilst working for the British Government was appointed EU High Level Coordinator for Hurricane Katrina. He has developed ICRC and DFID protocols and training programs for complex emergencies such as kidnap management and preparedness, security and crisis response.

A logistician by profession and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics he holds an MSc in Transport Engineering from Imperial College, London and a BSc in Social Science. A Swiss/UK national fluent in English and French he has also worked in the commercial and public sector in transport management in Hong Kong and the UK and is a keen biker, hiker and gardener.