Leadership in Crisis with Gisli Olafsson

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Gisli Olafsson is a disaster expert, speaker, and advisor on innovation and digital transformation in the social good sector. He is the Chief Technology Officer of One Acre Fund, an African based NGO that is helping small-holder farmers out of extreme poverty. Over the last 25 years, Gisli has responded to disasters across the world, from the earthquake that hit Haiti to the Ebola virus that spread in West Africa, and has worked with organisations like the UN and the World Health Organisation.

Gisli and I talk about the spread of the Coronavirus and leadership in times of crisis. He shares his experiences as a disaster expert and explains how we can use what we learned from the Ebola epidemic to help us get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Gisli says that many countries weren’t prepared well enough for the Coronavirus outbreak and explains how we can respond to the situation and be leaders in this time of crisis.

“You can always be a leader. It’s about asking how you can help people in need.” - Gisli Olafsson

In This Episode of The Sigrun Show:

  • Gisli’s background and experience in handling disasters and crises
  • How behavior change helped to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and how it can also help stop the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Why countries didn’t prepare better for the Coronavirus
  • Why the Coronavirus spread so quickly
  • How leaders should respond to this situation and what makes a good leader in times of crisis
  • Why we shouldn’t give up and look at opportunities
  • Gisli’s book on crisis leadership and response

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