Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Expert
Anva Ratzon is a social worker specializing in Community & Organizational Development and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Anva works as a freelance consultant focusing on social protection issues for the government, NGO, and private sectors. Since 2012, Anva has led the protection sector in emergency response and international development programs in Israel and around the world, including in Nepal, India, the Philippines, Mozambique, the Bahamas, the US, and more. She is active in various international working groups such as the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction & Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES) and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). Anva regularly presents at global conferences, most recently for the World Health Organization. Anva was the Central Regional Manager for the Israeli Trauma Coalition, working in municipality and professional emergency preparedness, specifically on DRR, the mental health and psych- social aspects and working with IsraAID, Israel’s leading humanitarian aid agency. Anva holds a B.A. in social work, and 2 M.A. degrees – one in Emergency and Disaster Management in Public Health, and one in Organizational and Community Development. She is a yoga instructor and has a diploma in Focusing Therapy with a specialization in trauma. Anva is a reserve officer for the Home Front Command in the Israeli Army, where she has served as a Population Behavior Officer for the last decade.