Expert Profile

Anita van Breda

Anita van Breda - Director, Disaster Reduction and Response

Anita’s main duties at World Wildlife Fund International include: Lead WWF work integrating environmentally responsible practices in disaster recovery, reconstruction and risk reduction efforts, Member of the WWF Climate Change Adaptation team, Co-lead of the UN Emergency Shelter Cluster Environment Reference Group, and Member of the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies for the UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit.


Anita is an environmental advisor and trainer integrating the environment in to disaster management and climate change adaptation. Experience working in partnership with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, United Nations, World Bank, The Sphere Project, NGOs and the private sector.

Her specialties include: Humanitarian operational partnerships; design, development and implementation of environmentally responsible disaster management programming, policy, training and capacity building; climate change adaption and disaster risk reduction policy and practice; marine and coastal natural resource management and livelihoods; non-profit institutional development, management and training.

She has work experience in: Bahamas, Belize, Chile, China, Haiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands.