Lowell Sheppard is Asia Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency, an organization focused on working with the world’s extreme poor in their quest to climb out of poverty. A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Mr Sheppard is the author of six books, which reflect his diverse intellectual interests, and life experience. Lowell is a noted public speaker, and has given lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Lowell has been involved in helping communities rebuild after times of natural disaster and war. In particular, through HOPE, he assisted 20 communities in Tohoku following the devastation of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami by enabling the re-starts and start-ups of 70 small businesses.
Lowell also cycled through Tohoku researching the role that “tsunami stones” have played in preserving communities.