Terry Jeggle has been involved in overseas development and disaster risk management activities for 35 years, working at various times in non-governmental organizations, professional training, and academic institutions. He has been an independent consultant and has worked with United Nations agencies for the past 11 years. He is currently a senior officer at the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, an inter-agency secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Through his U.N. activities, and before that as director of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok, Jeggle worked to engage technical specialists from many fields in natural hazard awareness issues, as well as disaster-risk reduction practices. Global disaster events since the Indian Ocean tsunami have provided impetus to these activities in the more than 50 countries where Jeggle has worked.
With a degree in history and political science and graduate work in international administration, Jeggle has concentrated in recent years on the identification and compilation of practical, professional, and public efforts that commit resources to disaster reduction. He served as chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of Natural Disaster Reduction (1999), and he was a principle author and editor of the international sourcebook Living with Risk: A Global Review of Disaster Reduction (2004). In 2005, Jeggle conceived and edited Know Risk, a public-private partnership effort with 150 contributors.
Jeggle is currently establishing a foundation to develop professional capacities in global disaster reduction, with a particular respect for efforts in distant or developing countries.