Public Lecture

The Public Lecture will be delivered by Hugh Cowan. Hugh will talk about New Zealand natural hazard and risk – and opportunities to become more resilient as a community, as our cities age and continually renew.

Until last year, Hugh Cowan guided EQC’s investment in hazard risk research and its reinsurance programme for more than a decade. He previously led the establishment of New Zealand’s geological hazard monitoring system “GeoNet” at the Crown Research Institute, GNS Science, and earlier worked in the Americas and Scandinavia on international disaster risk reduction and infrastructure development projects. Hugh is a graduate of the University of Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington; a Fellow and Life Member of the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering; and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.