James Shepherd-Barron has twenty years of experience in disaster risk management and has worked as a humanitarian adviser in more than 25 countries across Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Central, South and South-East Asia at international and national level for UNICEF, WHO, OCHA, IOM, IFRC, DFID, ECHO, and CARE International. When not ‘on mission’, he advises and trains senior UN, NGO, and Government operational staff in coordination management. He is a founder member of ‘clustercoordination.org’, an informal network of coordination and information management professionals, and is lead author and editor of ‘clusterwise2’, a collection of articles on how to operationalize humanitarian coordination through Clusters. He is also author of a ‘best-selling’ survival guide for aid workers in the field called “Everything that follows …” and is currently working on another book on the subject of risk mitigation and management in natural disasters. James holds a Masters degree in International Health from Copenhagen University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Public Health by the government of Albania following his work during the Kosovo crisis.