Dr Richard Wilcox served as founding Director General of the African Union’s African Risk Capacity (ARC) agency from February 2013 to September 2015. In his previous role as Managing Director, he led the ARC’s creation on behalf of the African Union Commission including the agency treaty negotiations. Prior to this, Dr Wilcox held the positions of Representative of the United Nations Secretary- General to Serbia (2008), Political Director for the UN in Iraq (2007), and Director of UN affairs on the US National Security Council staff (2000-2001). He also worked at the UN World Food Programme (WFP) as Chief of Interagency Coordination and Director of Business Planning. During his time at the WFP, he conceived and managed a $250 million project to finance emergency aid in advance of donor contributions, and pioneered sovereign drought insurance in Ethiopia as an international risk transfer to protect poor populations vulnerable to natural disasters. An expert in natural and man-made disasters, Dr Wilcox is currently writing a book Hedging the Horsemen: Managing the World’s Risks of Drought, Pestilence and War. Dr Wilcox is a German and United States national and holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.