Colin Rogers, a dedicated humanitarian leader with extensive field experience, brings his expertise to the forefront of emergency response and readiness. After completing his master’s in applied Parasitology & Medical Entomology at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 1994, Colin embarked on a remarkable journey in the world of humanitarian aid.
His early career saw him collaborating with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in various conflict zones, conducting entomological surveys and enhancing malaria diagnostic facilities. Colin's proactive approach led him to work across South Sudan, Myanmar and India working on crucial health, sanitation, and shelter projects amidst challenging circumstances, later working in Afghanistan for International Rescue Committee (IRC).
Colin's commitment to impactful aid work led him to Oxfam, where he played a pivotal role in Aceh Province, Indonesia, following the devastating 2004 Tsunami. This experience inspired him to pursue a second master's degree in post-war reconstruction studies at the University of York, further refining his insights into remote programming strategies in insecure contexts.
His return to Oxfam as a member of the humanitarian surge team marked over a decade of on-the-ground leadership in diverse crisis scenarios, with a special focus on gender-specific programming. Transitioning to CARE International, Colin managed teams that secured funding and provided emergency shelter expertise while prioritising the unique needs of women and girls in crises.
Colin's most recent chapter has been with Plan International, where he led the Rapid Response & Readiness Team. This role showcased his adeptness in mobilising specialists for immediate humanitarian support and preparing for future emergencies. As a significant voice in global humanitarian architecture, Colin contributed to shaping standards and practices.
Now, Colin's journey enters a new phase as he assumes the role of Chief Executive Officer at MapAction. His leadership will drive the organisation's provision of critical mapping services in initial emergency responses. Colin recognises the power of geospatial and data analysis in maximising impact and aiding decision-makers in times of crisis.
Colin's formative years at LSTM were instrumental in nurturing his passion for addressing global challenges. He chose LSTM due to its esteemed reputation in tropical medicine and the promise of high-quality education linked with cutting-edge research. The diverse student body enriched his learning experience, fostering cross-cultural and practical insights.
Reflecting on his LSTM education, Colin acknowledges its pivotal role in shaping his career trajectory. His acquired skills and knowledge continue to empower his daily work, underscoring the enduring impact of his studies. Colin attributes his initial opportunity with MSF to the trust and encouragement of Prof. Dick Ashford, highlighting the pivotal role of mentors in his journey.
For aspiring students, Colin's advice is to relish their time at LSTM, embracing peer learning and the vibrant city of Liverpool. His journey exemplifies the transformative potential of an education rooted in passion, collaboration, and a commitment to positive change.