Michael McDonough is an emergency and crisis management professional with over 30 years of experience leading and developing teams in safety, security, emergency response, incident command, crisis management, and country evacuation planning. Michael is the Director of Health, Safety, Security, and Environment at Northwestern University in Qatar. He joined this institution after several years with the Qatar Foundation as Director of Emergency Response & Business Continuity, where he was responsible for the strategic direction in developing safe systems through construction, handover and operation of many large-scale projects.
Prior to joining Qatar Foundation, he built and developed an Emergency Service at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia, the first co-ed campus in the Kingdom.
Michael is originally from the UK, where he had extensive experience working with a leading Fire and Rescue Service. This included the training and development of several international civil defence forces, and providing emergency management training to industries including nuclear, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and marine. A former navigation officer, his speciality was marine firefighting. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in training & education at the University of Huddersfield, UK.