Our governance

The Anticipation Hub is a joint initiative between the German Red Cross (GRC), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (Climate Centre), that brings together partners across the Red Cross Red Crescent movement, universities, research institutes, (i)NGOs, UN agencies, governments, donors, and network initiatives, with funding support from the German Federal Foreign Office. 

Read more below about the different elements of our governance structure including the Anticipation Hub coordination team and our Steering Committee, Advisory Group, Working Groups, Partners and Users.  

This illustration shows the Governance structure for the Anticipation Hub

Anticipation Hub Coordination Team

The Anticipation Hub is hosted by the German Red Cross and it is managed by a global team of advisors and other staff within the German Red Cross, IFRC and Climate Centre – who form the Anticipation Hub coordination team, led by the Head of the Anticipation Hub.  

The team manages the day-to-day operation of the Anticipation Hub, including implementing and reviewing the Anticipation Hub Strategy in close collaboration with partners and maintaining the online platform.  The team organises the Steering Committee and Advisory Group meetings, supports the Working Groups and leads on partner engagement.  

Read more about the team below:  

Kara Devona Siahaan

German Red Cross

As the Head of the Anticipation Hub, Kara oversees the management of the Anticipation Hub, developing strategic partnerships, reviewing the strategy development, coordinating with global initiatives and donor contacts, and supporting the organisation of the steering committee and advisory group. 

Email: k.siahaan(at)drk.de


Erin Coughlan

Lead Science
Manager Science Team, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Email: coughlan(at)climatecentre.org

Stefanie Lux

Lead Methodologies and Projects
Lead Anticipation Unit, German Red Cross
Email: s.lux(at)drk.de

Catalina Jaime

Lead Learning and Technical Guidance
Senior Risk Advisor, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Email: cjaime(at)climatecentre.org

Kara Devonna Siahaan

Lead Network and Policy (tbc)


Anita Auerbach (née Yeomans)

Cash-based Early Action and Social Protection
E-Mail: a.auerbach(at)drk.de

Arielle Tozier de la Poterie, PhD.

Global advisor Early Action and Research, German Red Cross
Email: arielle.tozierdelapoterie(at)germanredcross.de

Gantsetseg Gantulga

Coordinator, Anticipatory Action, IFRC

Email: GANTSETSEG.GANTULGA(at)ifrc.org

Irene Amuron

Technical Advisor on Forecast-based Financing, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Email: amuron(at)climatecentre.org

Lydia Cumiskey

Partnerships and Community Enagagement 
Email: lydia.cumiskey(at)germanredcross.de 

Melanie Ogle

Advisor Capacity Building, IFRC
Email: melanie.ogle(at)ifrc.org

Moritz Krüger

Advisor Methodology, German Red Cross
Email: m.krueger(at)drk.de

Nazira Lacayo

Senior Officer DREF Forecast based Action, IFRC
Email: nazira.lacayo(at)ifrc.org

Nikolas Scherer, PhD.

Advisor for Policy and Advocacy on Anticipation and Disaster Risk Financing, German Red Cross
Email: n.scherer(at)drk.de

Karen Dall

Advisor for Capacity Strengthening
Email: k.dall(at)drk.de

Jurg Wilbrink

Focal Point Southern Africa Cluster, IFRC
Email: jurg.wilbrink(at)ifrc.org

Mathieu Destrooper

Regional Focal Point Latin America, German Red Cross
Email: Mathieu.destrooper(at)germanredcross.de

Phoebe Shikuku

Regional Focal Point Africa, IFRC
Email: phoebe.shikuku(at)ifrc.org

Raymond Zingg

Regional Focal Point Asia-Pacific, IFRC
Email: Raymond.zingg(at)ifrc.org

Hilla Wessel

Global and regional Dialogue Platforms, team support, procurement, and finance
Team assistant and event management, German Red Cross
Email: h.wessel(at)drk.de

Tim Woods

Communication and Outreach Anticipation Hub
Email: t.woods(at)drk.de

Sinje Wessels

General project management, contracts, procurement
Project Management, German Red Cross
Email: s.wessels(at)drk.de

Note: recruitment of the Website Manager of the Anticipation Hub is ongoing. 

Our team at a glance

Anticipation Hub Steering Committee

The Steering Committee comprises director level representatives of the German Red Cross, IFRC and Climate Centre, as the initiators of the Anticipation Hub.  

The main purpose of the Steering Committee is to provide strategic oversight and direction to the Anticipation Hub coordination team to ensure the mission, aims, and strategic priorities of the Anticipation Hub are achieved. The Committee will ensure the Anticipation Hub strengthens collaboration across the global Red Cross Red Crescent Network and other organizations working in anticipatory action to enable greater effectiveness of our collective action.  

The Steering Committee is composed of: 

  • Christof Johnen, Head of International, German Red Cross (chair) 
  • Pascale Meige, Director, Disaster Climate and Crisis, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) 
  • Maarten van Aalst, Director, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre 

The Head of the Anticipation Hub leads in organising the Steering Committee meetings.  

The Steering Committee meets twice per year and the Advisory Group can propose topics for discussion.  

This Steering Committee is recognised under the Memorandum of Understanding between GRC, IFRC and Climate Centre signed in December 2020 to jointly support the Anticipation Hub.  

The Anticipation Hub Advisory Group

The Advisory Group consists of partner representatives, selected initially by invitation, who provide strategic advice to the Hub coordination team on planning, priority setting and partner engagement.   

The Advisory Group captures the views and advice of partner organizations to guide and stimulate the growth and sustained development of the Anticipation Hub. The Advisory Group supports the coordination team by providing strategic advice on the planning and progress of the three strategic priorities of the Anticipation Hub and on partner engagement.  

It informs the Steering Committee and can propose topics for further discussion at Steering Committee meetings. The outcomes of the meetings will guide the partner consultation meetings.  

The Advisory Group aims to have diverse membership with a broad range of practical, scientific and policy knowledge and experience from different geographical and sectoral backgrounds.  The Advisory Group includes 9 partner members with the flexibility to include 2 additional partners as the need arises. 

The Advisory Group is co-chaired by Ms. Sarah Klassen, Policy and Advocacy Advisor at START Network and Ms. Dunja Dujanovic, Team Leader Early Warning Early Action at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  

Additional members currently include:  

  • Mr. Lawrence Anthony Dimailig, Assistant Director for Disaster Monitoring & Analysis at the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) 
  • Ms. Julia Chasco, Head of Meteorology and Society, National Meteorological Service Argentina (SMN) 
  • Mr. Dominic Semet, Forecast-based Action Program Coordinator, Welthungerhilfe  
  • Dr. Daniel Maxwell, Research Director, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University 
  • Dr. Liz Stephens, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading 
  • Mr. Ben Webster, Head of the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP) Secretariat 
  • Ms. Stefania Giodini, Operations Lead, 510 Data Team Netherlands Red Cross 

 These partners were selected on an invite-basis by the Anticipation Hub coordination team, with guidance from the Steering Committee, based on their level of experience implementing or enabling anticipatory action and their commitment to Hub related activities. 

The Anticipation Hub coordination team provides secretariat support to the Advisory Group and can attend meetings.   

The 1st Advisory Group meeting took place on the 2nd September 2021 - see more here


The Advisory Group meets twice per year, and additional task-specific meetings may be organised as deemed necessary and appropriate by members and the Anticipation Hub coordination team.  

The Advisory Group Terms of Reference will be reviewed at the end of 2022.  

Working Groups

Working groups support the Hub coordination team to engage partners to advance knowledge exchange and co-development of knowledge products for the Anticipation Hub. Working groups are co-led by partners, with support from the Hub coordination team and their outcomes help to guide Advisory Group discussions. Working groups offer a focused and open space for discussion and exchange on a specific topic related to anticipatory action. 

The working group structure is expected to evolve based on the needs of partners on specific thematic areas, and the learning generated from the existing Hub working groups and the wider landscape of working groups supporting anticipatory action. 

Currently the Anticipation Hub has initiated working groups on:  

Each working group has the flexibility to define their own terms of reference and activity plan, and is provided with support from the Hub coordination team as required. The wider community of Anticipation Hub users can participate in working groups. Progress and updates on working groups are channelled to the Hub coordination team for input into the preparation of the advisory group meetings. 

The Hub coordination team also coordinates with other working groups hosted by partners, for example, REAP working groups and START Forewarn, to capture synergies and share resulting knowledge through the Hub. Similarly, the coordination team also closely liaises with regional working groups on Forecast-based Financing and anticipatory action to support them through the Hub and facilitate collaboration on knowledge sharing.  

View all working groups here.

Anticipation Hub Partners

The Anticipation Hub partners provide vital support to the Anticipation Hub coordination team to realise the day-to-day activities of the Anticipation Hub. Partners also co-lead or participate in working groups, proactively share and co-create content for the Hub, and support other knowledge exchange activities.   

Consultation meetings with all Anticipation Hub partners are organised to capture the perspectives of the wider partner organisations, not represented on the Advisory Group. In these meetings all partners can highlight opportunities and provide input into the Anticipation Hub workplan. These meetings will be prepared by the Hub coordination team with guidance from the Advisory Group. The Hub coordination team will also share regular progress updates with partners and call for contributions from partners to the workplan.  

View our partners

Community of Anticipation Hub users

The wider community of Anticipation Hub users include the practitioners, scientists and policymakers inside and beyond the humanitarian sector who utilise the Anticipation Hub knowledge resources, engage in working groups and other exchange opportunities. Users are signed up to Anticipation Hub newsletter.  

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This page will be continuously updated as further information develops on the governance of the Anticipation Hub.  

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Please get in touch with us for more details. 

Lydia Cumiskey

Partnerships and Strategic Hub Development

Anticipation Hub

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