Maggie Chum

Master’s Student

The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Maggie is a Master of Disaster Management student at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland. She started her career as a Communications Specialist on humanitarian relief and recovery programmes in Hong Kong Red Cross, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Oxfam Hong Kong. Throughout the years, she visited the programme sites across Jordan, Tanzania, The Philippines, and the refugee camps at the Thai-Myanmar border and Nepal. By talking to the communities, she determined herself in completing her Master degree, focusing on disaster management.

Maggie currently works on a research project on developing a toolkit for community resilience based on “Build Back Better” (BBB) Principles. The research looks into the level of the community to understand BBB and how they transfer the BBB fundamentals into practice. Meanwhile, she devoted most of her free time volunteering for New Zealand Red Cross’ Good and Ready Auckland project—a new and exciting project aimed at building a network of community-based volunteers promoting disaster readiness and community resilience across the Auckland Region. As a volunteer, she actively helps design and facilitate emergency preparedness workshops to make more Aucklanders better prepared for future possible disasters.