Sidney Velado leads Cadmus’ international disaster preparedness, disaster response, and disaster risk reduction practice, which helps clients in the public and private sectors identify strategies for climate change adaptation and resilience. He has more than 25 years of experience providing development and humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations, with at least 40 disaster response deployments in countries on three continents.
Before joining Cadmus, Sidney worked as a USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance Regional Advisor, bolstering disaster risk management and disaster risk reduction capacities in most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. For 12 years, he led the Regional Disaster Assistance Program (RDAP), which helped increase local and regional disaster risk management capabilities, improve intergovernmental coordination, and strengthen disaster preparedness and mitigation activities throughout the region. Prior to serving with USAID, he worked for more than 14 years with various international humanitarian and development organizations, including Care International, Food for the Hungry International, World SHARE, and World Vision International.
Sidney holds a master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from University of California Davis and a bachelor’s degree in International Agriculture from California State Polytechnic University Pomona. He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and REDULAC/RRD.