Instructor Bio: Based in Brisbane, Australia, Peter Rekers brings a wealth of experiences to the Institute for this course. He has been in a variety of public information roles including as the Media Director for Coalition Forces in Iraq in 2003. This involved managing all media relations both face to face and via phone to the world’s media. He was also responsible for the management of daily media briefings for both military and Coalition Provisional Authority spokespeople and leadership. These briefings would be attended by up to 450 media and included media conferences for Colin Powell and Don Rumsfeld.
In Australia, he has been in senior Public Information roles during wildfires, floods, cyclones, and severe weather events. He has often been the primary spokesperson for the agencies he represented in these events.
As a consultant, he has worked in a variety of industries including aviation, corrections, education, construction, and infrastructure delivery.
Peter co-founded Emergency Media and Public Affairs (EMPA) in 2007 as a platform to share lessons identified in disaster public communications through conferences in Australia, New Zealand, and in 2019, Portland OR.
He has presented training and conference presentations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, and the USA including to FEMA in DC.