Ky Luu, President & CEO

Mr. Luu has a distinguished record of more than 20 years of academic, professional and research experience in disaster management and humanitarian assistance. He founded both Response 2 Resilience and the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) at Tulane University. Previously, by way of Presidential Appointment, Mr. Luu was the Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).

As OFDA Director, Ky led the US Government’s international disaster program and worked closely with the Department of State, Department of Defense, and the Department of Health and Human Services. In his final year as Director of OFDA, he oversaw a budget of approximately $800 million and planned and executed 81 disaster response and recovery programs benefiting more than 193 million people in 57 countries.

Maria Teresa Gago, Vice President
Ms. Gago is Vice President of Response 2 Resilience’s (R2R) and is head of R2R’s International Programs where she provides strategic leadership and management for all global programs. Ms. Gago has extensive experience managing international programs in the private sector as well as with the United Nations. She holds a Master's Degree in International Public Health from George Washington University.

Eric Corzine, Director of Finance
Mr. Corzine has an extensive background managing and reviewing complex business environments. As the Operations/Finance Manager for a global Fortune 500 company, he oversaw all business operations for the North American and Latin American regional marketing departments. He managed approximately $8 million in quarterly budgets. He spearheaded the development of internal and external systems and controls that enabled departments to track expenses and manage client relations. In the government sector, he also has seven years of experience in looking for organizational and financial weaknesses. He performed and managed audits of internal controls and systems to find weaknesses and to offer recommendations for improvement.


Board of Directors

Ambassador William J. Garvelink
William J. Garvelink is a Senior Advisor at CSIS. He previously served as deputy coordinator for development for the presidential Feed the Future: Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, where he assumed his duties in May 2010. From October 2007 to May 2010, he served as U.S. ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he managed a staff of 470 and oversaw bilateral and multilateral assistance programs of more than $900 million annually. Prior to his appointment as ambassador, he served as principal deputy assistant administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, where his responsibilities included oversight of USAID’s worldwide humanitarian assistance and democracy programs.

Dr. William Bazeyo
William Bazeyo is an Associate Professor of Occupational Medicine at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health and is currently the Dean of the School. He received an MBCHB from Makerere University and M.Med in Occupational Health from University of Singapore, Singapore. He has been teaching in the University for more than 20 years and has done research and is published in several areas including Health Care Financing, Leadership and One Health. He was the among the key pillars of The HEALTH Alliance (Higher Education Alliance for Leadership Training for Health) which was formed in 2005 under the funding from USAID that brought together 7 schools of Public Health in Six regional Countries. An organization that he has lead till now which addressed the Leadership gaps in Health, Health Emergency management Programs for the District first responders that trained and equipped District staff and responded to Emergencies like the Bududa landslides in Uganda, and Post Elections violence in Kenya to mention but a few. He organized the formation of the Summit of 14 Deans of Schools of Public Health and Schools of Veterinary in the Six Alliance Country members and He is the Current Chair of the Summit. The Schools are implementing the One Health activities under the umbrella of OHCEA- One Health Central and Eastern Africa network funded by USAID in the EPT program through RESPOND. The Project is being implemented in DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda with US partner Universities namely University of Minnesota and Tufts University.