A former Major in the Australian Infantry, in 1993 Steve Pratt joined CARE Australia. He worked as Area Manager in Northern Iraq providing support to displaced Kurdish families before becoming Logistics Officer for Somali refugees in southern Yemen and then supervising Care Australia operations in Rwanda and Zaire, evacuating the Zaire mission under fire in October 1996.
Steve's next posting was as Country Director for CARE International in Yugoslavia, responsible for Serbian refugees who had fled Croatia and Bosnia. In this role he also established and conducted operations in support of Kosovo Albanians, Serbs, Romanys and Turks in the heightened political and security environment.
After evacuating the Care Australia mission in Yugoslavia in March 1999 Steve continued operations with a rear party of 2 international staff after outbreak of NATO/Yugoslavia war. It was whilst leaving Yugoslavia on 31 March 1999 that he was arrested by Yugoslav authorities and accused of spying for NATO.
His account of the ordeal and its aftermath, the pressure on his family, the relentless pursuit by the Australian media and the challenge of putting his life back together again is both fascinating and inspirational. With his military background and wide international experience with organising people and operations in life-threatening situations, Steve is also an insightful speaker on leadership and teamwork as well as possessing startling revelations into the heartbreaking world of emergency aid.
Client Comments for Steve Pratt
Steve Pratt travels from New South Wales Australia
- He gave very valuable and relevant insights into the politics in the regions where he was employed as a CARE worker, which was unexpected and fascinating. He is an excellent speaker and kept the audience enthralled.
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