Toby Porter began his career as an emergency relief specialist in 1993 working with first Merlin and then Oxfam. He worked on many of the major humanitarian crises of the past two decades, such as Rwanda, Sudan, Kosovo, Colombia and the Asian Tsunami. From 2004 to 2008 he was Save the Children’s director of Emergencies, from 2008 to 2011 their director of Programmes in India and from 2011 to 2013, their director of Partnerships, responsible for programmes with key governments, corporations and philanthropists.
In October 2013, Porter became CEO of HelpAge International, a global network of organizations working to help older women and men claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty. In his time to date, Porter has visited HelpAge International’s work in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, the Philippines and Haiti, and spoken at the UN in New York. Porter’s time with HelpAge has coincided with relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines, as the population recovers from the effects of Typhoon Haiyan. This disaster again highlighted the vulnerability of older people in emergencies, but also the massive contribution they make to recovery efforts within families and communities.
In January 2014, Porter represented HelpAge International at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.