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Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire: The State of Wildfire Resilience

This year’s wildfire season is already shaping up to be worse than last year in terms of numbers. With increasing drought conditions combined with low humidity and strong winds, how do households, businesses, and communities build and prioritize resiliency?

In the conversation above, join Sydney Hedberg, Associate Director, Marsh McLennan Advantage, Andy Read, Vice President, Public Sector Practice, Guy Carpenter, and Sydney Chamberlin, Climate Policy Associate, The Nature Conservancy, for a discussion on how society can respond to this growing environmental threat — moderated by Thomas Carver, Executive Editor of BRINK.

Public sector leaders are grappling with an ever-increasing array of economic, social and security challenges. Marsh McLennan delivers innovative solutions to governments and nonprofit organizations that reduce risks, manage uncertainty and strengthen public trust.

BRINKEvents provide live conversations on critical business issues designed to provide you with the most up-to-date thinking and insights. To join this conversation or learn about our next BRINKEvents conversation, register here.

Sydney Hedberg

Associate Director at Marsh McLennan Advantage

Sydney Hedberg is a senior business development specialist for Marsh McLennan focused on driving innovative solutions for catastrophic natural catastrophe events. Working with public and private sector, cross-business capabilities from Marsh, Mercer, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman are utilized to foster resilience and close protection gaps.

Andy Read

Vice President of Public Sector Practice at Guy Carpenter

Andy Read is the vice president for the Guy Carpenter Public Sector Practice and part of the global team focused on the unique risk management needs of government agencies and entities. With an extensive background in public policy, resilience, and risk analysis, Andy works directly with public sector leaders to help design risk transfer programs that close protection gaps and reduce disaster suffering.

Sydney Chamberlin

Climate Policy Associate at The Nature Conservancy @gravitysydney

Sydney Chamberlin is a Climate Policy Associate for The Nature Conservancy in California, where she works to advance policy that will help California achieve its climate goals. She investigates pathways to accelerate and scale the use of nature-based climate solutions in California and coordinates projects and partnerships that demonstrate the efficacy of nature for climate mitigation and adaptation.

Thomas Carver

Executive Editor of BRINK News

Thomas Carver is the executive editor of BRINK News. Thomas leads the editorial output on BRINK, supported by the team at Long Dash, a creative consultancy grown from journalistic roots. Thomas is a former journalist who worked as the BBC’s Africa and Washington correspondent.

Following the BBC, he ran the Washington office of Control Risks, where he led risk mitigation projects for clients in emerging markets. Thomas was subsequently head of external relations at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the global think tank. During his tenure, Carnegie’s external relations operation was ranked #1 out of 6,500 think tanks worldwide.

Thomas is a British army veteran with a BA Honors in Modern History. He has British and American nationality.

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