Meet the guest speakers: Climate Emergencies Event: 21st March 2023 (free tickets still available)

10 March 2023
Two experts from international charity, CARE International, will be sharing their views on how climate change is impacting natural disasters, what humanitarian agencies are doing about this and discussing how funding from Jersey is helping people hit by the severe drought in the Horn of Africa.

Claas Beecken is the Humanitarian Lead for CARE International UK. With over a decade of experience working in the humanitarian aid sector, he leads humanitarian learning, advocacy, and programme quality for CARE’s British-funded humanitarian projects. Claas works closely with the Start Network, and sits on their Strategic Committee, furthering the evolution of the humanitarian sector towards more locally-led action.

He gained most of his experience in the Middle East working in Iraq, the Westbank, Jordan, and supporting the response in Yemen. Before joining CARE, Claas specialised in child protection and early childhood education in humanitarian settings. Prior to working in the aid sector, Claas worked in academia and international political sphere focussing on Youth violence in Latin America and ethnic conflict in South East Asia.


Anna Strain is a Programme Development Specialist for CARE International UK. She has been working in the sector for over ten years, including 3.5 years in East Africa, in Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. She has worked with both local organisations directly delivering projects on the ground, and with international NGOs including CARE Rwanda and now CARE UK, primarily working on project design and funding. Anna works with country based teams to develop humanitarian and development projects for institutional donors, including Jersey Overseas Aid. Anna has worked in the sector all her working life, gaining and interest in international development from a young age. She studied History and specialised in gender history, which gave her a passion for the work of CARE, who focus on girls and women as central to all their programming. 

The free event, which promises to be very informative and incredibly interesting is taking place at St Paul’s Centre at 6pm on Tuesday 21st March. Islanders can book tickets at Eventbrite here.

We look forward to seeing you there.