TorqAid was established in 1992 to provide consultative and training/facilitation services to humanitarian and community development practitioners working in both Australia and overseas. It currently offers support in project management; community development; disaster risk management/humanitarian services; training/facilitation; mentoring; and development research and publication. Consultancy services in the development and humanitarian sectors have been carried out in multiple locations across the Asian-Pacific; Southern and East African; and Southern European regions.
TorqAid training has mainly focussed in on the facilitation of a couple of accredited workshops. These are Participatory Project Management (PPM) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) workshops, and, by the end of 2015, over 100 of these courses had been delivered in both Australia and overseas since 2002. Both workshops are accredited at postgraduate level with three Australian universities (with others under consideration). Chris separately teaches emergency management at Charles Sturt University, whilst Marilyn teaches, tutors and mentors students in both nutrition and international health at Deakin and Victoria Universities.
The two key TorqAid Directors are Chris and Marilyn Piper
Chris Piper (MICD)
Chris is a multi-skilled development/humanitarian practitioner and qualified trainer/facilitator, who has worked extensively across the Australian, Asian-Pacific, Eastern & Southern Africa, and European regions. He is a member of the Australian Civilian Corps (ACC) as a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Specialist, and is also a member of their current Post Disaster Recovery Team (PDRT). He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Emergency Services (MAIES), and Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP). From Nov 2014-May 2015, Chris was the DFAT/ACC-supported Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Adviser to the Kingdom of Tonga's National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO). He currently is working as the DRM Adviser/Mentor to the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) in Vanuatu, working both out of that country (Luganville in Santo) and Australia.
Marilyn Piper (MPH)
Marilyn is a Public Health Nutritionist, who has worked in Australia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan (Darfur), Zimbabwe, and Belize. She has carried out separate food and household security consultancies in Zimbabwe and India. She is a member of the Nutrition Society of Australia; Public Health Association of Australia; Emergency Nutrition Network; and Global Health and Development Network. she