Speaking Engagements & Events



April 7, 2017 – Housing Reconstruction: Solutions and challenges in providing effective technical assistance to homeowners mixer, Kathmandu, Nepal
Our team in Nepal held a mixer to address “Housing Reconstruction: Solutions and challenges in providing effective technical assistance to homeowners” on April 7. We were honored to host keynote guest speakers Dr. Govinda Raj Pokharel, CEO of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and Dr. Prem Nath Maskey, Professor at the Institute of Engineering (IOE), Tribhuvan University.

April 5, 2017 – Skoll World Forum, Oxford, UK
As a recipient of the 2017 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, Elizabeth Hausler spoke at the 2017 Skoll World Forum to accept the award. Watch the full awards ceremony here.

March 28, 2017 – ANA Inspiration Conference, Rancho Mirage, CA
The second annual ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference returned to the ANA Inspiration in 2017. The conference is designed to celebrate some of the most inspiring female athletes in the world as a platform that empowers these athletes to address issues surrounding women in sports and to share their incredibly inspiring stories with the world. Elizabeth Hausler spoke at the conference as representative of our partnership with the ANA Blue Wing Program. Watch the full video of the conference here.

March 7-10, 2017 – 69th EERI Annual Meeting, Portland, OR
Lizzie Blasidell Collins, Build Change Director of Engineering, was honored with the 2016 Shah Family Innovation Prize at the EERI Annual Meeting. The prize recognizes a combination of past accomplishments and future potential, emphasizing creative and innovative thinkers who have demonstrated at early stages in their careers the potential to make major contributions.

March 6-10 15, 2017 – CSR Asia Disaster Preparedness, Manila, Philippines 
Programs and Partnerships for the Philippines Director, Kate Landry participated in a panel at the Disaster Preparedness & the Power of Local Leadership event presented by Give2Asia and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction. This event focused on how partner communities could shift from reaction to resilience in Asia.

February 15, 2017 – LatAm Meet the Market, Miami, FL 
We joined our partners in participating in the, Lloyd’s Charities Trust at their first annual “Latin American Meet the Market Event” in Miami, FL. This event served as an opportunity for organizations to create and strengthen relationships within the Latin American community.

January 26, 2017 – SEAONC SE3 Symposium, San Francisco, CA
Build Change is proud to have sponsored the 2017 SE3 Symposium. Elizabeth Hausler represented Build Change at the event.

January 9-13, 2017 – 16th WCEE, Santiago, Chile
Lizzie Collins and Juan Caballero attended the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering. Multiple current and previous Build Change staff members presented papers, including “Seismic Retrofit of Confined Masonry Houses in Haiti: Lessons from Implementation” presented by Lizzie Collins, and “Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit for Reducing the Vulnerability of Housing in Colombia: Development and Implementation” presented by Diego Nacif Hartley, a former Build Change Lead Engineer.

November 14-17, 2016 – Autodesk University, Las Vegas, NV
Uttam Pudasaini and Kyla Gallagher attended Autodesk University, representing Build Change partnerships with Lenovo and Autodesk Foundation. Uttam spoke on the Impact Summit Panel regarding drone mapping for safer reconstruction in Nepal.

October 19, 2016 – Habitat III Conference, Quito, Ecuador
Juan Caballero is represented Build Change in the “Housing as essential infrastructure” round table at Habitat III (the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development) along with representatives from the Affordable Housing Institute and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Colombia.

October 12, 2016 – Chevron Lecture Series at Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
Elizabeth Hausler presented as a part of Colorado School of Mines Society of Women Engineers. The series was sponsored by Chevron, and showcased women changing the world through engineering.

October 5-6, 2016 – UNISDR ARISE Annual Meeting, Washington DC
Kate Landry attended the second annual general meeting of the UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, known for short as ARISE, representing our partnership with ARISE in the Philippines.

September 21-23, 2016 – CGI Annual Meeting, New York, NY
Build Change was featured in the Opening Plenary Session, and then Elizabeth Hausler participated in the breakout session “What We Know Now: Applying Lessons Learned to Advance Haiti’s Future” as a part of the Haiti Action Network.

July 28, 2016 – 100 Resilient Cities Launch, Medellín, Colombia
Elizabeth Hausler Strand and Juan Caballero participated in the beginning of a strategy for Medellin – Antioquia to become part of 100 Resilient Cities. We are working on the project “Strengthening Community Risk Management” alongside the Rockefeller Foundation and ELADES.

May 3&4, 2016 – ULEAM in Manta & Paraninfo Universidad Tecnico in Portoviejo, Ecuador
Lizzie Blaisdell, Juan Caballero, and Walter Cano presented “Experiences with housing reconstruction: Lessons from other earthquakes” after the earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16, 2016.

April 9, 2016  – Engineers for a Sustainable World Conference, UC Berkeley
Lizzie Blaisdell presented on “Sustainability in Disaster-Resistant Housing” at the Engineers for a Sustainable World Conference at UC Berkeley.

April 8, 2016  – EERI Annual Meeting
Lizzie Blaisdell participated in a panel for the Learning from Earthquakes session at the EERI Annual Meeting on “Recovery Approaches from the Past 10 Years”.

March 16, 2016  – EERI Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program
Elizabeth Hausler participated in the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program through the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) in Chicago. 

December 8, 2015 – ARISE Philippines General Meeting
Kate Landry and Maribel “Bheng” Flores Larracochea from our Philippines team attended the first ARISE Philippines General Meeting. Kate spoke about achieving high potential for impact if ARISE members commit to tangible action, which relies on knowledge creation in terms of disasters as they apply to the Philippine context. ARISE is a UNISDR-led network similar to 100RC.

December 2, 2015 – Autodesk University, Las Vegas, Nevada
Director of Engineering Lizzie Blaisdell presented at the “Inspiration to Impact” session at Autodesk University in Las Vegas.

October 8, 2015 – UC-Berkeley CEE Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Berkeley, California
Elizabeth Hausler delivers the 2015 UC-Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni Fall Distinguished Lecture at UC-Berkeley’s Sibley Auditorium.

September 26-29, 2015 – CGI Annual Meeting, New York, NY
Elizabeth Hausler speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.

September 1-4, 2015 – 5th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum (APHF5), Hong Kong
Kate Landry, Build Change Director of Programs & Partnerships in the Philippines, presents at the workshop How can the right housing policies empower communities to withstand climate change-related disasters? in Salon Rooms II & III at 2:30 pm on Thursday, September 3, 2015.

July 21-22, 2015 – 1st Iberoamerican Congress on Housing, Guatemala City, Brazil
Michael Collins, Director of Education, and Juan Caballero, Director of Programs and Partnerships for Latin America, presented about Build Change’s experience in improving the structural safety of homes in informal neighborhoods in Haiti at the 1st Iberoamerican Congress on Housing, “Living in Concrete 2015“, in Guatemala City.

June 19, 2015 – TEDxPatanSalon, Kathmandu, Nepal
Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler and Structural Engineer Paolo Zorzoli discussed their global experiences in post-disaster situations at TEDxPatanSalon. The video will be available soon.

May 27-29, 2015 – Seventh National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (IIV Congreso Nacional de Ingeniería Sísmica), Bogotá, Colombia
Elizabeth Hausler, Founder & CEO of Build Change, and Lisbeth Blaisdell, Director of Engineering presented Adaptation of a Simplified Engineering System for Seismic Evaluation and Reinforcement Design of Earthquake-Resistant Housing for Bogotá (Adaptación de un Sistema Ingenieril Simplificado de Evaluación y Diseño de Reforzamiento Sismo Resistente Para Vivienda en Bogotá) at the VII Congreso Nacional de Ingeniería Sísmica at Mario Laserna University.

May 28, 2015 – Towards Resilient Cities:  What Strategies for Risk Reduction in Urban Settings?, Port au Prince, Haiti
Anna Calogero, Build Change Project Manager in Haiti, presented Retrofitting with the Homeowner-Driven Method at a workshop in Port-au-Prince, Haiti sponsored by the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

May 13, 2015 – World Affairs Council, San Francisco, California
Elizabeth Hausler, Founder & CEO of Build Change, spoke on a World Affairs Council panel on Rebuilding in Nepal, with early observations on building performance and longer-term perspectives on rebuilding based on lessons from earthquakes and typhoons in China, Haiti, Indonesia and the Philippines.

April 25, 2015 – Structures Congress 2015, Portland, Oregon
Lisbeth Blaisdell, Build Change Director of Engineering, presented as a panelist in The Role of Structural Engineers in Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction at the Structures Congress 2015.

March 14-18, 2015 – Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), Sendai City, Japan
Kate Landry, Director of Partnerships and Programs in the Philippines, presented “Using Cost-Effective Technology: The Case for Retrofitting” at the IGNITE Stage.

January 22, 2015 – World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland
Elizabeth Hausler presented as part of a panel at the session “The Studio: Redesigning Infrastructure”, which explored solutions for sustainable infrastructure with creators, innovators and entrepreneurs.

January 9, 2015 – Conférence Internationale Sur la Conception Parasismique des Structures (CICPS), Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Build Change’s Country Director for Haiti, Noll Tufani, presented “Five Years After the Earthquake: Mechanisms and Measures of Risk Reduction“. Learn more about CICPS.

July 21-25, 2014 – U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (10NCEE), 10NCEE, Anchorage, AK, USA
Build Change’s Chief Operating Officer, Gordon Goodell, presented in two sessions at 10NCEE. He presented a paper titled “Preliminary Considerations for the Application of FEMAP695 to Confined Masonry Structures” and participated as a panel member speaking on Introducing Confined Masonry in Developing Countries.

June 10-13, 2014 – InterAction Forum 2014, Washington, D.C., USA
Build Change is attending this event, which brings together leaders from not-for-profits, governments, philanthropy, corporations, and civil society to advance collaboration, effectiveness, and innovation to end poverty and move toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Learn more about InterAction.

May 21-23, 2014 – World Economic Forum on East Asia, Manila, Philippines
Elizabeth Hausler attended this event, which focused on the opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community to promote greater inclusion across East Asia and to instill more resilient decision-making in the face of unpredictable economic and natural disruptions.

April 5-11, 2014 – World Urban Forum 7, Medellín, Colombia
Build Change participated in the World Urban Forum 7. We hosted a booth throughout the Forum and hosted a special networking session: Using Cost-effective Technology to Foster Resiliency: the Case for Retrofitting.

April 1-3, 2014 – World Economic Forum on Latin America, Panama City, Panama
Elizabeth Hausler attended this event, which focused on the region’s efforts in maintaining its economic growth, boosting the diversification of its economies, increase its productivity, fuel competitiveness, enhance trade and invest in human capital.

February 5, 2014 – Ashoka Global Innovator Series, Quezon City, Philippines
Dr. Hausler shared insights from her team’s experiences in major post-disaster initiatives which may contribute to safer and more effective rebuilding in Yolanda-affected areas. Learn more.

December 8, 2013 – CGI Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dr. Hausler attended CGI Latin America, which engages key leaders from the private sector, government, civil society and NGOs to generate lasting solutions to the region’s, and the world’s, most pressing challenges. Learn more.

November 13, 2013 – The Tech Awards Summit, San Jose, CA, USA
Dr. Hausler was invited to make the keynote presentation at The Tech Awards Summit, entitled “Build Change: Saving Lives through Better Buildings.” Each year, The Tech Awards honor laureates from around the world for their efforts to use technology to benefit humanity.

October 22, 2013 – The Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Washington, DC, USA
Dr. Hausler spoke about “Build Change: Incentives and Technical Assistance for Earthquake-Resistant Housing and Improving Construction Practices in At-Risk Cities,” at IDB’s Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative meeting.

September 26, 2013 – Clinton Global Initiative 2013 Annual Meeting, New York City, NY, USA
Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler presented as part of the Clinton Global Initiative “Scalable Ideas: Pitching for Partnerships” session on September 26, 2013, in New York City. See photos. Read about our 2013 Commitment to Action here.

July 18, 2013 – Biennial of the Americas, Denver, CO, USA
Dr. Hausler was invited to participate in the clinic “Doing Well by Doing Good” on July 18, 2013.

June 12, 2013 – Haiti Event in Liechtenstein, Triesen, Liechtenstein
Dr. Hausler was invited to speak about Build Change’s experience working in post-disaster housing reconstruction in Haiti and the organization’s success in improving materials quality and the livelihoods of local blockmakers.

May 9, 2013 – RMS Exceedance Conference, Boston, MA, USA
Build Change Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler was invited to present at the RMS Exceedance Conference in Boston.

April 25, 2013 – Shelter & Settlement Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland
Director of Engineering Gordon Goodell was invited to speak about “Retrofitting on Day 1” at the UN-Habitat and Habitat for Humanity International’s Shelter & Settlement Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

April 23, 2013 – The World Economic Forum on Latin America, Lima, Peru
Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler attended the 2013 World Economic Forum on Latin America and facilitated the “Building Resilience to Natural Disasters” session on April 25, 2013, in Lima, Peru.

February 20, 2013 – Clinton Global Initiative 2013 Winter Meeting, New York City, NY, USA
Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler attended the Clinton Global Initiative 2013 Winter Meeting and facilitated the “Resilient Cities” session on February 20, 2013, in New York City.

November 12-14, 2012 – 2012 abc* Continuity Forum, Miami, FL, USA
Elizabeth Hausler was invited to present at the 2012 abc* Continuity Forum in Miami Florida.

September 23-25, 2012 – Clinton Global Initiative 2012, New York City, NY, USA
Build Change is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative for the third year in a row. Build Change serves on the Haiti Action Network throughout the year.

July 10, 2012 – Wirth Chair Sustainability Series, Denver, CO, USA
Elizabeth Hausler was the featured speaker at UC Denver’s Wirth Chair Sustainability Series event. Dr. Hausler discussed Build Change’s model for sustainable earthquake-resistant construction in Haiti, Indonesia and China.

May 3, 2012 – CRS Emergency Preparedness and Response Symposium, Washington, D.C., USA
Elizabeth Hausler participated in the Catholic Relief Services symposium focusing on key issues, challenges, and trends facing relief organizations seeking to provide holistic responses to emergencies.

May 2, 2012 – Interaction Forum / CHF Panel, Washington, D.C., USA
Elizabeth Hausler presented on a panel discussion at the 2012 InterAction Forum, an assembly of international development and humanitarian professionals who gather annually to learn about new trends, and hear from U.S. administration officials and policymakers on key issues related to development and humanitarian work.

March 27, 2012 – Affordable World Security Conference, Washington, D.C., USA
Build Change was a Hall of Hope Conference Partner at the Affordable World Security Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 27th and 28th, aimed at discussing human security priorities and critical choices.

February 24, 2012 – American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL), Laguna Beach, CA, USA
Dr. Hausler was invited to speak on a panel “Assistance to Developing Countries” on February 24th at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Construction Lawyers in Laguna Beach, CA.

January 26, 2012 – The World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
Dr. Hausler spoke on a panel “Maximizing Infrastructure Returns” on January 26th at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

January 23, 2012 – The Hub Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Hausler was invited to speak at the pre-World Economic Forum meet-up co-sponsored by the Schwab Foundation, Sosense, HUBZurich and CreditSuisse. Dr. Hausler joined other leading social entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges and personal stories behind the scenes of her work. To see the video, click here.

October 16, 2011 – Opportunity Collaboration, Ixtapa, Mexico
Dr. Hausler was a delegate for Build Change at the 2011 Opportunity Collaboration which took place in Ixtapa, Mexico. For more information on the Opportunity Collaboration, click here.

September 20, 2011 – Clinton Global Initiative 2011, New York City, NY, USA
Build Change is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative for the second year in a row. Build Change serves on the Haiti Action Network throughout the year. For more information on the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative, click here.

July 10, 2011 – Natural Hazards Workshop, Broomfield, CO, USA
Dr. Hausler was a keynote speaker at the 36th Annual Natural Hazard Workshop, hosted by the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado. For more information, click here.

June 16, 2011 – Lemelson-MIT Eureka Fest 2011, Boston, MA, USA
At the 2011 Eureka Fest, Dr. Hausler was named the winner of the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability, gave a keynote address and taught a master class at the event. Watch Dr. Hausler’s presentation at the award ceremony.

April 7, 2011 – Build Change Lecture at Hilti Foundation, Liechtenstein 
Dr. Hausler was invited by the HILTI Foundation to give a lecture on Build Change Programs at their headquarters in Liechtenstein.

February 9, 2011 – 2011 EERI Annual Meeting, La Jolla, CA, USA
Dr. Hausler spoke at the 3-day EERI Annual Meeting, themed “Earthquakes Without Borders.” For more information on the Earthquake Engineering Institute, click here.

January 31, 2011 – Build Back Better Communities, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Dr. Hausler was an invited lecturer at the BBBC Convention and Exhibition, discussing design in the post-disaster context in Haiti.

November 30, 2010 – Global Summit of Housing Entrepreneurs, Barcelona, Spain 
Build Change was invited on behalf of Ashoka Full Economic Citizenship program and the Hilti Foundation to the event “A Global Summit of Housing Entrepreneurs“.

November 19, 2010 – Social Enterprise Summit 2012, Hong Kong
Dr. Hausler represented Build Change as a keynote speaker, focusing on “Social Innovation in the 21st Century”.

November 5, 2010 – Swissnex, San Francisco, CA, USA 
Build Change was invited to speak at the Swissnex event “Rebuilding After Disaster“.

November 5, 2010 – Citris Seminar, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA 
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler presented “Rebuilding Safe, Satisfactory, and Sustainable Houses after Earthquakes.”

September 22, 2010 – Clinton Global Initiative 2010, New York City, NY, USA 
Build Change is a member of the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative. At the annual meeting, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler spoke on the panel “Advancing Development by Design.”

July 7, 2010 – Biennial of the Americas, The Nature of Things Speaker Series, Denver, CO, USA 
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler was a featured speaker for the session “Catalysts for Social Good: Redefining Global Impact through Social Entrepreneurship.” The session was held on July 7, 2010, during the two-week Biennial of the Americas Speaker Series.

September 17, 2009 – Confined Masonry and Build Change, San Francisco, CA, USA 
Build Change’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, and Tim Hart, senior associate and structural engineer at Forell/Elsesser, teamed up to discuss confined masonry and Build Change at a SEAONC/EERI mini-seminar.

October 18, 2007 – Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) Young Members Forum, San Francisco, CA, USA
Build Change’s founder, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, and one of our pro-bono structural engineers, Tim Hart, presented Build Change’s award winning house design process at the monthly meeting of the Younger Members Forum of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.

August 19-31, 2007 – Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI), Santa Clara University, San Jose, CA, USA
Build Change’s founder, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, was selected to participate in the Global Social Benefit Incubator, an intensive two-week residential program at Santa Clara University that enables successful technology innovators to scale and achieve sustainability. The GSBI is presented by the University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society and the Leavey School of Business Administration.

July 26-28, 2007 – Disaster Symposium, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
“Performance of Confined Masonry Houses During Earthquakes in Indonesia: Successes, Problems and Solutions” presentation at the International Symposium on Disaster in Indonesia: Problems and Solutions held in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia.

August 10, 2006 and January 18, 2007 – BRR Housing Workshops, Banda Aceh, Indonesia 
Build Change delivered lectures on “Improving Construction Quality in Post-Tsunami Housing Reconstruction” and “Seismic Hazard in Aceh”.

May 18, 2006 – UN-HABITAT Special Seminar, Banda Aceh, Indonesia 
UN-HABITAT hosted an evening session on Build Change’s Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction Guideline for Confined Masonry Houses in Aceh.

April 20, 2006 – 8th NCEE, San Francisco, CA, USA
“Sustainable Earthquake-Resistant Housing Reconstruction in Tsunami-Devastated Aceh, Indonesia”, Invited Lecture in Special Session on Low-Cost Housing for Developing Countries.

January 18-20, 2005 – 1st ICUDR, Kobe, JAPAN
Build Change Theory of Change was included as one of the recommendations from the 1st International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction, Kobe, Japan, January 18-20, 2005.

October 2, 2004 – ESW, Stanford University, CA, USA
“Sustainable Disaster-Resistant Housing Construction in Developing Countries”

October 1, 2004 – Sustainable Resources 2004, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
“Sustainable Disaster-Resistant Housing Construction in Developing Countries”

August 5, 2004 – 13th WCEE, Vancouver, Canada
“Housing Reconstruction and Retrofitting After the 2001 Kachchh, India Earthquake”

June 6, 2004 – IIEES, Tehran, Iran
“Housing Reconstruction and Retrofitting Following the 2001 Bhuj, India and 2003 Bam, Iran Earthquakes: Design, Implementation and Long-Term Impacts”, Invited Lecture.