Social Cohesion and Resilience: Innovations in Disaster Preparedness, Recovery, and Beyond

Social Cohesion and Resilience: Innovations in Disaster Preparedness, Recovery, and Beyond

Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ and Atma Connect are pleased to announce that they will be co-hosting an event in Jakarta on July 17, 2019 on Innovations in Community-Based Disaster Resilience and Social Cohesion. This event will launch the impact report from Center for Innovation in Policy Governance on AtmaGo, and discuss the larger role of mobile technology in improving Indonesia’s disaster resilience, as well as the importance of cross-sector stakeholder collaboration to find effective solutions. In 2018, an independent evaluation by the Center for Innovation in Policy Governance (CIPG) found that the use of AtmaGo can extend years of productive healthy life, reduce disability, and reduce economic losses due to disasters. 

This is a high-level event with limited seating; if you are in the region and able to attend, please reach out to jimmy@atmaconnect.org.

Announcing our first Vice President of Growth & Impact – Zev Lowe

Announcing our first Vice President of Growth & Impact – Zev Lowe

We are excited to announce that Atma Connect has hired Zev Lowe as our first Vice President of Growth & Impact. This newly-created role will oversee Atma Connect’s cross-functional growth team, and will lead our field team in Indonesia, with the goal of connecting more people through AtmaGo, our award-winning app, so they can receive disaster alerts, report disaster-related issues, post local problems, learn about job opportunities, and share news and resources.

Zev Lowe brings over 12 years of leadership experience to Atma Connect. He was recently on the founding team of Worldreader, a FastCompany “most innovative” global technology nonprofit serving over 10M people. As a member of Worldreader’s Global Leadership Team, Mr. Lowe developed innovative models and partnerships that harnessed technology to address the lack of reading materials in the Global South.

Mr. Lowe has lived and worked extensively in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, he served as a Fellow with the microfinance nonprofit Kiva.org, and he also worked in the private sector in the software industry in Malaysia. He holds an MBA from ESADE Business School and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Anthropology from Dartmouth College. In addition to English, he also speaks Bahasa Indonesia and Spanish.

“Atma Connect is privileged to have connected 1 million people, allowing them to share information, help each other, create better lives, and prepare for and recover from natural disasters” said Meena Palaniappan, Atma Connect’s Founder & CEO. “With Zev on board, we’re looking forward to expanding our impact in Indonesia, as well as in other key geographies around the world.”

“Communities with good social networks bounce back more quickly from adversity,” said Mr. Lowe. “It is a privilege to join Atma Connect in harnessing technology to empower people, strengthen social ties, and develop resilience. I’m excited to help advance Atma Connect’s vision of building the power of people helping people in vulnerable communities around the world.”

Zev Lowe joins Atma Connect’s headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area. He can be reached at zev[at]atmaconnect[dot]org.