The ACE Programme was launched in 2014 and by the end of 2021 it is expected that more than 100 disaster management officers from ASEAN Member States will have been trained. After graduating, ACE Programme alumni continue to engage in various disaster management roles, are responding to emergencies in the ASEAN region and are serving as interlocutors between the AHA Centre and the affected or assisting Member States. An increasing number of activities conducted across the region also benefit from the support of ACE graduates who serve as resource persons on ASEAN disaster management. Many alumni have been promoted into higher leadership positions and have taken on substantive roles directly related to preparedness and response within their respective National Disaster Management Organisations.

The ACE Programme is not just about training. It is designed to be a complete package of capacity building and networking among disaster management professionals that provides positive impact not only on participants but to their respective organisations and the ASEAN region as well.



Mr. Meas Rasmey,
National Committee on Disaster Management (NCDM) Cambodia (Batch 1)

“The ACE Programme mades me aware of humility, tolerance, and critical thinking. I know how to communicate and how to solve a problem better with colleagues and other people around. I know how to manage information, to direct and lead during times of crisis. I have shared what I have learnt above with my colleagues and other people working in the field of crisis management. For example, I have shared my deployment with other ASEAN-ERAT in the Second High Level Visit of Myanmar’s Delegation to Bangladesh in December 2019. We set up an unofficial network of all 19 members of ASEAN-ERAT Cambodia from national to sub-national levels. We usually share the crisis information and the deployments in and outside the country. Networking, having a systematic mechanism, managing and leading in crisis are what I learnt from ACE Programme. This is about how to serve and save people’s lives effectively particularly in the real time of crisis.”