Michael Thurman

Crisis Prevention and Recovery Practice Leader

Based in: UNDP Regional Centre in Istanbul/New York

From: USA

Studied at: Indiana University

Languages: English, German, Russian, Uzbek


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Hi, I’m Michael Thurman, and I coordinate crisis prevention and recovery work in Europe and CIS. 


My main areas of expertise include:


  1. 1.  Disaster risk reduction
  2. 2.  Water management
  3. 3.  Agriculture
  4. 4.  Governance
  5. 5.  Environmental and social impact assessment



My work:


I provide direct technical and programmatic support to UNDP country offices in the areas of disaster risk reduction and climate risk management, and facilitate support for: capacity for disaster reduction, global risk identification, climate risk management (pdf), early recovery, post-disaster needs assessments, and pre-disaster recovery planning.

I assist country offices with rapid response to crises; develop and implement regional and cross-border initiatives; and lead advocacy for crisis preventin and recovery in the region.



Some achievements:


2009 to present Integrated comprehensive disaster risk reduction into UNDP programmes throughout the region

2009 to present Piloted new approaches to climate risk management in Central Asia, Armenia, and Moldova

2009 to present Established a disaster risk reduction community of practice in the region 



For more details, you are welcome to contact me directly:



+421 259 337 425