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Avianto Amri
Senior Research Fellow

Cluster : CSWH


Research Interest

Disaster risk management, WASH, Education, and Child Protection sectors.


I am a disaster management specialist with more than 10 years’ experience. In January 2020, I have been awarded a Doctoral of Philosophy degree from Macquarie University, Australia. I also completed a Master of Research degree from the same university. I am a senior research fellow of the Resilience Development Initiative (, board member of the Indonesian Disaster Management Society ( and board member of the Consortium for Disaster Education in Indonesia.

My recent work includes the development of the first response framework of ASEAN (ASEAN Joint Disaster Response Plan), the ASEAN Regional Contingency Plans, initiated the ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative (ASSI), and founder of PREDIKT- a toolkit for children and parents to learn disaster preparedness in a fun and interactive way.

I have worked as a consultant with clients including the Government of Indonesia (Ministry of Education and Culture, National, Disaster Management Agency, and Ministry of Social Affairs), the ASEAN Secretariat, European Union, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre), UN agencies (i.e. UN ESCAP, UNDP, UNICEF), IFRC, AADMER Partnership Group, Plan International, Oxfam International, Mercy Corps, and Save the Children. My last full-time position was in Plan International, working in South East Asia region and founded the ASEAN Safe School Initiative.

I have been deployed to many emergencies, including Haiti earthquake (2010), Pakistan floods (2010), Nepal earthquake (2015), and the Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami (2018). My experiences during my work was to facilitate strategic planning, designed and managed projects, conduct monitoring and evaluation, and developing DRR projects in South East Asia region, and provided technical support for 7 countries. The DRM strategy covers a wide range of components, including disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, conflict sensitivity, emergency response as well as long term rehabilitation and recovery work.

My previous working experiences also include managing Child Centered DRR project, Climate Change Adaptation, and Safe School projects. I also have experience in designing and implementing emergency response programs in the field of Shelter, WASH, Nutrition in Emergencies, Education, and Child Protection sectors

Education Timeline

  • 1999-2004 Bachelor in Environmental Engineering

    Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia.

Working Experiences Timeline

  • May 2018 - Present Chief Executive Officer

    PREDIKT, Jakarta Indonesia.

  • Jan 2014 - Jan 2020 PhD Candidate

    Macquarie University, Australia.

  • Jul 2014 - Dec 2018 PhD Candidat

    Risk Frontiers.

  • Dec 2012 – Jan 2014 Adviser for ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative

    Plan International.

  • Dec 2010 – Jan 2014 Regional Disaster Risk Management Specialist - South East Asia

    Plan International.

  • Apr 2010 – Dec 2010 Disaster Risk Management Program Manager

    Plan International.

  • Reference group member for the research on “Advancing Formal Learning on DRR - how do development agencies add value” as part of the research contributing to the Global Assessment Report (GAR 15) – Hyogo Framework for Action Thematic review, conducted by Kagawa, F. and Selby, D (2014 -ongoing). Responsibilities include: reviewing research TOR and frameworks; provide inputs on data collection instruments and methodology, including: snowball sampling, semi-structured interviews, an online questionnaire, and Delphi forecasting; and reviewing draft research reports and papers.
  • Lead project manager in the research on “ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative Phase 1: Progress of Nine ASEAN Member States and recommendations from stakeholders” (2013), Plan International, Jakarta. Responsibilities include: Lead in the development of the research design and framework; management of implementing partners (including a technical reference group) for data gathering through consultations in nine countries and at one regional level; organization of workshops and preparation of consultation guidelines and TOR; literature reviews from country level reports; consolidation and analysis of the data gathered; and co-author of the final research report.
  • Lead project manager in the production of “Early Childhood Care and Development in Emergencies: A Programme Guide”, (2013), Plan International, Woking. Responsibilities included: Lead in managing the project; commissioning and supervising the technical writing consultant; liaising with the field offices to arrange interviews; field data gathering and validation; locating and providing grey literature and internal documents; leading the reference group which included Plan staff and a number of personnel from external agencies (e.g. Unicef) in order to ensure high quality peer review; and chief responsibility for reviewing draft and final reports of the program guide.
  • Local research assistant and resource person for research on “Enhancing Child-centered Disaster Risk Reduction for Safe Schools: Insights from Cambodia, China and Indonesia” by Kagawa, F., Selby, D., (2013), Plan International, Bangkok. Responsibilities included: Member of the research reference group; supporting the lead researchers through the organization and completion of interviews and data collection; reviewing the research TOR, framework and guiding questions; reviewing the final research report.
  • Local research assistant and resource person for research on “Child centred disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: roles of gender and culture in Indonesia” by Haynes, K., Lassa, J., Towers, B. (2010), Institute of Development Studies and Children in a Changing Climate, Sussex. Responsibilities included: supporting action research methods, arranging and facilitating Focus Group Discussions and semi-structured interviews (including guiding questions for the interviews) with children, adults and also government stakeholders at national and field level; supporting logistics, translation and documentation; providing relevant literature and internal grey documents; reviewing draft and final reports and also academic publications.
  • Co-author for “Child-Centered DRR Toolkit” (2010), Plan International, Woking, based on the experiences implementing child and youth sensitive programming at field and country level in Plan Indonesia.
  • Resource person for “Evaluation of Sida’s Humanitarian Assistance, Case Study Report Indonesia” by Mowjee, T., Keylock, J., UTV Working Paper Series, SIDA, Stockholm, providing sharing of learning from West Sumatera Earthquake Response experiences on transitional housing and child friendly spaces interventions.
  • Resource person for master thesis on “Donor support for education in emergencies in the Consolidated Appeals Process: an analysis of current policy and practice” by Campbell, Leah, (2009), Uppsala Universitet, Sweden, providing insights and learning on practices and experiences from humanitarian work on education in emergencies in Indonesia.
  • Resource person for PhD thesis on “Navigating Holistic and Sustainable Learning: Challenges and Opportunities in Ongoing and Creeping Emergencies” by Kagawa, Fumiyo, (2009), University of Plymouth, UK, providing insights and learning on involving children at the center of disaster risk reduction efforts in Indonesia based on experiences in urban and rural areas of Indonesia.
  • Lead writer for “Disaster Response in Early Childhood Care and Development Program” by Andina, S., Amri, A. (2009), Plan International, Jakarta.
  • Writer and editor for “Manual for Building Temporary Classrooms from Bamboo Construction Material and Tarp Roof” by Suranto, B., Amri, A. (2009), Plan International, Jakarta.
  • Author of one chapter on Risk Assessment for “Community Based Disaster Risk Management, Living Guide Book” by Lassa, J. et al, (2009), Indonesian Disaster Management Society (MPBI), Jakarta.

  • Fitzpatrick, M., Amri, A., 2013. ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative Phase 1: Progress of Nine ASEAN Member States and recommendations from stakeholders, Bangkok, Thailand, Plan International.
  • Amri, A. 2013. ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative, Working Paper, Jakarta, Indonesia, Plan International.
  • Amri, A., Andina, S., 2009.Disaster Response in Early Childhood Care and Development Program, Jakarta, Indonesia, Plan International.
  • Suranto, B., Amri, A., 2009. Manual for Building Temporary Classrooms from Bamboo Construction Material and Tarp Roof, Jakarta, Indonesia, Plan International.
  • Amri, A., 2009, Mind Mapping in Skills and Tools for Community Based Disaster Risk Management in Lassa, J., Pujiono, P., Pristiyanto, D., Paripurno, E.T., Magatani, A., Purwati, H., 2009, Pengelolaan Risiko Bencana Berbasis Komunitas (PRBBK), Jakarta, Indonesia, Grasindo.


Overview of ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative at Disaster Preparedness Forum 2013 organized by CSR Asia and Prudence Foundation (21 November 2013) - (invited)

ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative at UKFIET Conference 2013 (26 August 2013) -

Changing landscape in South East Asia on DRR in Education at the Global Platform for DRR 2013 side event organized by IFRC, UNESCO,UNICEF, Save the Children, Plan International & UNISDR (23 May 2013) – (invited)

Safe Schools in Indonesia at the Global Platform for DRR 2013 IGNITE Stage organized by Government of Indonesia and UNISDR (23 May 2013) – (invited)

Participatory Video work with Children, experiences from Plan Indonesia at the Global Platform for DRR 2013 education & community space organized by Plan International (22 May 2013) – Link is not available (invited)

ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative: Phase 1 Findings at UNISDR Asia Partnership Meeting 2013 organized by UNISDR Asia Pacific (19 April 2013) –

Mainstreaming DRR in WASH at South Asia- East Asia Pacific Regional WASH DRR Consultation organized by Norwegian Church Aid and CARE (3 December 2012) - (invited)

Baker, L., Borchard, C., Kjaergaard, E., 2012. Update on Child Centered Disaster Risk Reduction at UNISDR Asia Partnership Meeting 2012 organized by UNISDR Asia Pacific (10 April 2012) –

A Child Right's Perspective on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation at European Development Days 2009 organized by Plan Sweden, Save the Children Sweden, CONCORD Sweden, Global Challenge (22 October 2009) - (invited)

Role of children in DRR at European Development Days 2009 organized by Red Cross, European Commission DG ECHO and DG Development, GNDRR, IDS, Plan International, and Save the Children (23 October 2009) - (invited)

Child Centered Community Based DRR at 6th Disaster Management Practitioners Workshop organized by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (16 September 2009) – (invited)


PhD Scholarship (2014), Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, Australia.

Australia Awards Scholarship (2014), Australian Government.

Team of the Year (2012), Regional winners in Asia, Plan International.

One Plan (2011), Global Awards finalist, Plan International.

East Asia Future Leaders (2010), Japan. “JENESYS Program” The Japan Foundation.

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