Daniel P. Aldrich is an associate professor of political science at Purdue University who is on leave as a Fulbright research fellow at the University of Tokyo’s Economics Department for the academic year 2012-2013 and who was an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow at USAID during the 2011-2012 academic year. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tokyo’s Law Faculty in Japan, an Advanced Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations, a Visiting Researcher at Centre Américain, Sciences Po in Paris, France and a Visiting Professor at the Tata Institute for Disaster Management in Mumbai, India. He is a board member of the journals Asian Politics and Policy and Risk Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy and a Mansfield U.S. Japan Network for the Future Alumnus. He is the section organizer for the American Political Science Association’s Disasters and Crises Related Group. His research interests include post-disaster recovery, the siting of controversial facilities, the interaction between civil society and the state, and the socialization of women and men through experience. Daniel’s first book, Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West, was published by Cornell University Press in 2008 and was republished (as a 2nd edition paperback) in May 2010. He has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles along with more than 60 book chapters, articles, book reviews, and op-eds for general audiences in five main areas: disaster recovery, controversial facility siting, countering violent extremism, fieldwork practices, and sex differences in political behavior.

Walter Ammann is the Founder, and CEO of GRF Davos, a foundation focused on risk reduction, disaster management, sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation. He is the chairman and organizer of the biennial IDRC Conference in Davos to be held for the 4th time in 2012 in Davos, Switzerland, and is director of the GRF Risk Academy, a think tank offering knowledge management, R & D and continuous education worldwide. His interest in current R&D is risk reduction and disaster management, in particular methods and technologies on how to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience and their harmonization with climate change in all their facets. He has been lead author of the Strategy on “Dealing with Risks and Disasters” for the Swiss Government and is advisor to numerous national and international institutions. Most recently, GRF Davos has been appointed by UNCCD to organize its 2nd Scientific Conference on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought DLDD, to be held in 2012. DLDD is one of the most neglected but most pressing issues worldwide.  

He is author and co-author of over 250 papers, books and scientific reports and is a member of various national and international professional associations and expert consulting groups like the UNISDR Science and Technology Council. He is a Permanent Visiting Professor at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China.Walter Ammann got his MSc and PhD in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering at ETH Zurich. He started his professional career in various consulting companies, was responsible for the R&D in construction technology in a globally acting company, and for 15 years Director of the Federal Institute for Natural Hazards in Davos and Deputy Director of the Federal Research Institute on Forest, Snow and Landscape in Birmensdorf, Zurich.

Dilanthi Amaratunga is Professor of Disaster Management at the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK where she leads the University's Centre for Disaster Resilience, responsible for supporting research on disaster management portfolios. She is also the Associate Head of International Development for School of the Built Environment. Her research interests include post disaster reconstruction including conflict mitigation, gender and projection; Capability and Capacity building in managing disasters; Socio-economic measures for conflict-affected re-construction and women in construction. An interdisciplinary background in Quantity Surveying, Facilities and Business Continuity Management, Education and Training, Gender and Disasters and Disaster Mitigation and Reconstruction provides her the opportunities to work across a broader disaster management research agenda including developing partnerships of international research teams, government, NGOs and communities. She is the Co-Editor of International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, the only journal to promote research and scholarly activity that examines the role of building and construction to anticipate and respond to unexpected events that damage or destroy the built environment.
She has secured a number of significant, high profile grants thereby continuing research to  improve the knowledge gap between the short term recovery and long term re-construction efforts associated with major disasters; raise awareness and develop skills; set up mechanisms for the transference of knowledge to the market, government and professionals; develop tools specific to each type of disasters; map gender relations and time use; assess access to and control of resources, and the different coping strategies, vulnerabilities and capabilities of men and women; and enhance the role of women as owners, users and creators of the built environment, including situations associated with pre-disaster and post-disaster.  She is the Principle Investigator of "CEREBELLA: Community Engagement for Risk Erosion in Bangladesh to Enhance Life Long Advantage", an international collaborative project with Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh which is INSPIRE (International Strategic Partnerhsips in Research and Education) British Council funded.
She has presented widely at international conferences, has led international disaster management workshops and seminars and is working actively with the United Nations. She is an Advisory Panel Member of United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Campaign on Resilient Cities 2010 - 2015. She has supervised and supported a wide range of Post Graduate Research students. To date she has produced over two hundred publications, refereed papers and reports, and has made  a large number of presentations in around 25 countries. Dilanthi is also a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Lauren Alexander Augustine is the Director of the Disasters Roundtable and the Program of Extreme Events at the National Academies and the Country Director in the National Academies’ African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI). Lauren came to the National Academies in 2002 as a study director for the Water Science and Technology Board in the National Research Council, after working as a policy analyst in Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary; as an ecologist at the US Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, studying Coastal Plain wetlands; as a lobbyist for biofuels; and as a consultant in the private sector on environmental policy on issues related to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and CERCLA (Superfund). At the Water Science and Technology Board, Lauren directed many studies on a range of water resources and policy topics, including Texas instream flows, endangered species in the Klamath and Platte River Basins, and forest hydrology. Lauren also serves as the country director for the National Academies ASDAI project, where she works directly with staff and members of African academies of science to build capacity in those academies to provide evidence-based policy advice to their respective national governments. The ASADI project works in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Augustine earned her B. S. in applied mathematics and systems engineering and her Masters degree in environmental planning and policy from the University of Virginia; she completed her Ph.D. from Harvard University in an interdisciplinary program that combined physical hydrology, geomorphology, and ecology. Lauren most enjoys her time spent with her kids and family with her camera in hand.

Christopher Barrett is Director of the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL) at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) and a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. Specializing in large-scale modeling, this laboratory conducts broadly applicable research on biological, information, social and technology systems, designing and analyzing simulations of extremely large systems and implementing them on high-performance computer systems. Diverse research areas for the NDSSL include epidemiology and the spread of infectious diseases, social networks, settlement infrastructures and related social and population dynamics, integrated next-generation telecommunications systems and economic analysis in the financial and commodity markets. This simulation modeling, for example, can play a key role in shaping public health policies and mitigating the potential impact of a disease outbreak.  By incorporating transportation data into the system, the ability exists to develop real-time modeling of public health epidemic data on large-scale city health systems holding the potential to mitigate the impact of a disease outbreak. In 2004 Barrett retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he led the Basic and Applied Simulation Science Group and had built a research program active in theoretical and applied research in intelligent systems, distributed systems and advanced HPC-based computer simulation, then came to VBI to set up the NDSSL.

Dr. Barrett received his Ph.D. in bioinformation systems from the California Institute of Technology and has been widely recognized for his work. 

James Bohland is Co-Director for Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience & Interim Vice President of Virginia Tech's National Capital Region (NCR) Operations. In this position, he worked with the NCR senior management team to develop and implement new strategic directions and to help coordinate services and program initiatives for the university's six sites in the region. He was also a full professor in Urban Affairs and Planning.

Bohland served as chair of the Urban Affairs and Planning program from 1984 to 1995. He was the founding director of the School of Public and International Affairs and served in that capacity until the spring of 2001. From August 2000 to August 2001 he served as interim provost for Virginia Tech and in September 2001, he was appointed Senior Fellow for Biomedical, Bioengineering, and Health Projects by the university, a position he held until 2005. From 2000 to 2008, he served as director of the Institute for Community Health.

He earned a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Georgia and accepted a position at the University of Oklahoma, where he stayed until joining the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1980.

With primary research interests in health policy and planning, community and population health, and in the social aspects of information technology, particularly as it relates to health, Bohland has authored more than 75 referred articles, book chapters and technical reports on topics ranging from community health, digital divide, and Community Technology Centers. He has received grants from NSF, Exxon, National Telecommunications and Information Agency, NIH and NASA.

Stefan Brem joined the Federal Office for Civil Protection within the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport in March 2007, where he leads a section on Risk Analysis and Research Coordination. Prior to his current position he served four years at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs’ Centre for International Security Policy, where he was responsible for international aspects of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), Security Sector Reform, Border Security and Private Military Companies. He has organized several international conferences on CIP and Border Security and has published on arms control, intelligence studies, CIP and other security issues. He completed his dissertation in Political Science with the University of Zurich in 2003.

Deborah Brosnan is a marine ecologist working on the interface of natural hazard science and policy.  
She is President of The Brosnan Center and Professor (adj) of Biology at Virginia Tech. She has convened teams of multi-disciplinary scientists to find solutions to pressing environmental science and poliy challenges for US governments, She works globally to research and find solutions to ecological and social resiliences. She has worked around on many natural and human-caused hazards and the communities that they impact including Montserrat volcano, Indian Ocean Tsunami,  Hurricane Rita and Gloria in the souther USA states. and tsunami forecasting in California. She has testified before US Senate and Congressional Commitees. She is a member of several scientific and non-profit Boards  

Jack Brown is the Director of the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management, which is responsible for the County’s strategic emergency priorities. Specifically, OEM plans and coordinates County emergency services, including operation of the County’s Emergency (9-1-1) Communications Center and Arlington’s Emergency Operations Center during crises and major incidents. In 2012, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appointed Brown to the Secure Commonwealth Panel's 9-1-1 Sub-Panel, charged with reviewing the reliability of Virginia's 9-1-1 services in the wake of widespread failtures during the June 2012 "super-derecho" storms.
Jack Brown’s public safety career includes 29 years with the Fairfax County, Virginia Fire & Rescue Department, where he retired as Assistant Fire Chief of Operations and served as a Planning Section Chief and Task Force Leader for the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. He deployed to Nairobi, Kenya as Plans Chief in response to the 1998 embassy bombing and led the task force on a deployment to Taiwan in response to an earthquake in 1999.
Upon his retirement from Fairfax County in 2000, he became the Assistant Chief for the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, where he led a team of firefighters to the Pentagon on 9/11 and assisted the Arlington County Fire Department as the initial Planning Section Chief for the incident. Brown served as Planning Section Chief on a Northern Virginia multi-jurisdictional emergency management task force that reestablished the New Orleans Emergency Operations Center just after Hurricane Katrina. He retired from Loudoun County in 2006.
He retired from the Coast Guard Reserve in late 2008 as a Chief Warrant Officer, specializing in Port Safety and Security. From 2003-2007, he served 15 months in a combat zone supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Baghdad, Iraq in 2007.
Brown holds 2 associate degrees from the Northern Virginia Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science Administration from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School, Falmouth, Massachusetts. He is a 1997 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, Maryland where he is also an adjunct instructor in fire prevention programs. Brown is a 2011 graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.

Thierry Courvoisier is the President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences and professor for astrophysics at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. As a member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences he focuses on sustainable solutions for national and global problems such as renewable, sustainable energy and sharing his expertise with policy and society, thus strengthening the interaction between Arts and Natural Sciences.
He was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds and grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a physics diploma in Theoretical Physics at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ) and has finished his PhD in theoretical physics with Prof. N. Straumann at the University of Zurich in 1980.  After research stays in Germany at the European Space Operations Center (ESOC) and Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility at ESO (European Southern Observatory) and in England as a Senior scientist SERC fellow in Preston he has been teaching at University of Lausanne and Geneva as well as at CERN and in numerous specialized schools. He has become a full Professor of Astrophysics at University of Geneva in 1999 and has been supervising 16 doctoral theses. His fields of interest lie in; high energy astrophysics, observations using satellites and ground based telescopes, modeling of accretion processes onto black holes and neutron stars. Respectively his main research is the Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN). Besides being an author/co-author of over 400 publications he is an author of 2 books. Since 1995 he is chairing the INTEGRAL Science Data Centre (ISDC) which is analyzing the data of the ESA’s Satellite INTEGRAL. Moreover, Thierry Courvoisier is President of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT), President of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) and President of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, he is a member of numerous other unions and serves as an expert for ESO, ESA, PPARC (UK), the Swedish national space board, Belgian Science policy, Science Foundation of Ireland, Fonds National Suisse, SRON (The Netherlands) and the Swedish Academy of Sciences. In 2009/2010 he was skipper of the sailing yacht CERES around the Atlantic Ocean.

Susan Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina. She is also the Director of the Hazards Research Lab, a research and training center that integrates geographical information processing techniques with hazards analysis and management. She is the co-founding editor of an interdisciplinary journal, Environmental Hazards, published by Elsevier.

Dr. Cutter has been working in the risk and hazards fields for more than twenty-five years and is a nationally recognized scholar in this field. She has authored or edited eight books and more than 50 peer-reviewed articles. Her most recent book, American Hazardscapes, for the Joseph Henry Press/National Academy of Sciences, chronicles the increasing hazard vulnerability to natural disaster events in the United States during the last thirty years.

In 1999, Dr. Cutter was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a testimonial to her research accomplishments in the field. Her stature within the discipline of geography was recognized by her election as President of the Association of American Geographers in 1999-2000.

Simin Davoudi is Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and the Coordinator of Environmental Justice and Governance theme at Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS), at Newcastle University, UK.  She is past President of the Association of the European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and an Academician with the Academy of Social Sciences. Simin has led the UK Office of Deputy Prime Minister’s Planning Research Network and served as a member of the expert panels for three UK government departments (climate change, environment and planning) and two EU Directorate Generals (Environment and Regional Policy) as well as two Presidency Seminars. She has served as member of research councils’ assessment panels in the UK and several other European countries and sits on Built Environment Sub-panel of the UK Research Excellence Framework.  Simin has held visiting professorships at the universities of Amsterdam, Karlskrona and Nijmegen and has served on several advisory councils such as, the Irish Social Science Platform, University of Hong Kong, and BTH Swedish School of Planning. She is one of the editors of Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, founding member of the editorial team of the Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, and member of editorial boards of 10 international journals. Her research which focuses on planning and environmental governance has been funded by a range of international and national research funding bodies and is published widely. Her work on resilience is published in the journals of Planning Theory and Practice [2012, 13(2):299-307]; Planning Practice and Research [2013, 28(3)] and disP: The Planning Review [2013, 49(1)].

Mauro Dell'Ambrogio, the holder of a Doctorate in Law from the University of Zurich, held a number of public offices in canton Ticino from 1979 to 1999 after passing his bar exam: Judge, Chief of the Cantonal Police, Secretary-General for Education and Culture, project manager for the creation of the University of Lugano (USI), and Secretary-General of the USI.

After four years heading up a group of private clinics, he was made Director of the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) in 2003. He has been mayor of Giubiasco, a member of the Ticino cantonal parliament and chairman of the Ticino electricity works.

From 2008 to 2012 he has been State Secretary for Education and Research.

In January 2013 he took up the post of State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation.

Reginald DesRoches is the Dean’s Professor of the College of Engineering, and Professor and Associate Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His primary research interests are seismic design of buildings and bridges, seismic risk assessment of lifeline systems, and application of innovative materials in rehabilitation of structures. He has published more than 200 articles and reports in the general area of structural and earthquake engineering.

DesRoches has served as chair of the ASCE Seismic Effects Committee (2006-2010), and chair of the executive committee of the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (2010). He is currently a member of the executive committee of the National Academy of Sciences Disasters Roundtable, and is on the board for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).

DesRoches has been a key technical leader in the U.S. response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. He led a team of 28 engineers, architects, city planners, and social scientists, to study the impact of the earthquake with the goal of informing the Haitian government on effective ways to rebuild Haiti to be more resilient and sustainable. He has continued to assist the U.S. Government, USAID, and the United Nations on the rebuilding efforts in Haiti.

DesRoches was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and grew up in Queens, N.Y. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering, and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering – all at the University of California, Berkeley.

Chloe Demrovsky is the Director of Global Operations at DRI International and an Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP).  She is responsible for overseeing DRI International’s Global Network that conducts courses in over 50 countries on 6 continents.  She is responsible for DRI International's global education growth, which since 2009 has resulted in DRI teaching more people outside the United States than inside and in 2011 resulted in a certification increase of 72%.  She created an international version of DRI's audit course that encompasses both United States and international standards.  As part of her role at DRI, she has presented at conferences on four continents.  She founded the DRI BCM Glossary Committee and serves as International Editor for Thrive International Magazine and Thrive Iberoamerica Magazine, DRI’s premier publication of original content in the Spanish language. She holds a Master’s summa cum laude in International Business from New York University, where she served as External Relations Co-Chair for the Society of International Business and Development, and a Bachelor’s summa cum laude from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Passionate about economic development, she has traveled to India and Kenya to work on private sector solutions for poverty alleviation and social inclusion. Follow her @ChloeDemrovsky.

Roland Friedli joined Swiss Re Risk Engineering Services in 2006. He is responsible for assessing risks in the construction, utility, machinery and transportation industry. He also assists in the area of nanotechnology, emerging risks and environmental liability.

Before this he worked as project manager in engineering companies in Switzerland and in the US. There he was responsibilities for risk assessment of natural hazard and for the investigation and the remediation of contaminated sites. In Swiss Re’s Internal Environmental Management Roland Friedli was responsible for the energy efficiency and CO2 reporting of Swiss Re’s operations and infrastructure.

He holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland.

Gerry Galloway is a Glenn L Martin Institute Professor of Engineering and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland where he teaches and conducts research in national water resources policy and management, flood mitigation, and disaster management. He has served as a consultant to national and international government and business organizations. He is currently a member of the Louisiana Governor’s commission on coastal protection, an advisor to The Nature Conservancy on its Yangtze River Program and to the WWF-China Flood Risk Management Initiative, a member of a team studying the impacts of climate change and dam construction in the Mekong River Basin and was recently appointed by The Secretary of State as one of three inaugural Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas Fellows. He has been Presidential appointee to the Mississippi River Commission and was assigned to the White House to lead a study of the 1993 Mississippi River Flood. He served in the US Army for 38 years retiring as a Brigadier General and Dean of Academics at West Point. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Ralph Hall is an Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. He joined Virginia Tech in 2009, following a two-year postdoc at Stanford University. Ralph has over a decade of academic and professional experience in applying the concept of sustainable development to large-scale infrastructure systems with a specific emphasis on transportation and rural water supply and sanitation systems. In 2011, he completed a textbook with Nicholas Ashford (MIT) entitled Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development: Transforming the Industrial State. This textbook argues for the design of multipurpose solutions to the sustainability challenge that integrate economics, employment, technology, environment, industrial development, national and international law, trade, finance, and public and worker health and safety. Ralph is currently working with several transportation academics on a new textbook. This textbook will provide students and practitioners with a deep understanding of the basic concepts of sustainability as well as a coherent framework for how to apply them consistently in the context of transportation planning, management, and decision making at different levels. Ralph also has an active research agenda that studies the impact of water and sanitation projects in developing regions. Since 2008, he has led large-scale studies in Colombia, Senegal, and Mozambique.

John (Jack) Harrald is the Associate Director for the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience at the Virginia Tech. He is the Director Emeritus of The George Washington University Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management.  Dr. Harrald is a member and Chair of the National Research Council Disasters Roundtable Steering Committee. He was the founding Executive Editor of the electronic Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and is the immediate Past President, The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS).  He has been engaged in the fields of emergency and crisis management and maritime safety and security and as a researcher in his academic career and as a practitioner during his 22 year career as a U.S. Coast Guard officer, retiring in the grade of Captain.  Dr. Harrald received his B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University, a M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and an MBA and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dirk Helbing was born on January 19, 1965. He studied Physics and Mathematics, but was always interested in other fields of science as well. In the year 2000, he became Professor and Managing Director of the Institute for Transport & Economics at Dresden University of Technology, and in 2007 he was appointed Professor of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation, at ETH Zürich. Since 2008, he is elected member of the German Academy of Sciences "Leopoldina".
More than 200 publications in different scientific fields, 300 talks and more than 300 reports in the public media reflect his wide field of interest, reaching from traffic science over crowds and disaster management to biologically inspired logistics. He also had projects with Xerox PARC, Volkswagen, SCA Packaging, Siemens, PTV, further companies, and various foundations.
Helbings team developed a traffic assistance system and patented the principle of a self-organized traffic light control, which implements massively parallel, decentralized control concepts for the optimization of traffic flows. The resulting increase of performance and the higher flexibility are based on latest developments in the understanding of complex systems. Companies and societies are other examples of such complex systems. This is also the reason why Dirk Helbing is interested in sociology.
As scientific coordinator of the FuturICT project, he is promoting the collaboration of natural, social and engineering sciences to address the challenges of the complex and strongly interdependent global techno-socio-economic-environmental systems we have created. He believes that we need to develop a global systems science, a new data science and a systemic risk calculus. Therefore, he is also the founding vice chairman and strategic head of the ETH Risk Center.

Carlo C. Jaeger is co-founder and the chairman of the Global Climate Forum, leading GCF's Green Groth research process. He holds a Profesorship at Beijing Normal University (BNU) and was Professor for Modelling Social Systems at Potsdam University in Germany and chair of the research domain 'Transdisciplinary Concepts and Methods' at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Developing climate impact reseacrh guided by stakeholder dialogues and using mathematics as a tool to meet conceptual challenges is the focus of his work.

He was Professor at the University of Darmstadt and Head of the Human Ecology Department at the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology. He is a member of the Scientific and Technical Council of the International Risk Governance Council, and has served on the boards of various scientific organizations. He holds degrees in economics (PhD, frankfurt University, Germany) sociology(diploma, university of Bern, Switzerland), and extensively on the interactions between technological progress and environmental problems, in particular the role of information technologies in urban development.

He has also considerable research experience in the field of stakeholder dialogue. His current research interest focuses on the positive impact of climate policy on prosperity and growth and on the role of financial markets in managing climate change.

Jaffer AA Khan is the Director of Marg Institute of Design and Architecture Swarnabhoomi (MIDAS)Chennai, affiliated to Anna University of Technology. MIDAS is promoted by MARG GROUP in Chennai, an infrastructure company with projects more than 5000Crs.

He brings in 27 years of rich international experience to the education of architecture through MIDAS. The philosophy of the school is to establish a strong symbiotic relationship between education ,research, theory and practice.

He  is the gold medalist in Architecture from the University of Madras in 1983. He was awarded the most prestigious Aga Khan Scholarship Geneva to do his graduation at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, UCL,University of London in 1985. Back home he started his practice in 1985 and has designed nearly 300 buildings many of them award winning at national and international level. His projects are widely published and nominated to The Aga Khan Award for Architecture during 1995 cycle and listed as a part of MIT Digital Archives under Archnet.

He maintains studios in Bangalore and Chennai and recently executed large  projects with green initiatives in Bangalore. He has been a writer,critic and an academician apart from professional practice for more than quarter century and has written thought provoking  articles on Environment , Heritage and Sustainable Development.
He is an advocate for “ Climate Change” and has spoken on various occasions at different forums both at national and international level on the subject. He is a member of The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA),UK and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts(RSA),London.  He  is presently a research scholar at RMIT University Melbourne Australia.

Bijan Khazai is a Senior Research Scientist, CEDIM at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Earthquake Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Before moving to Germany, Dr. Khazai was a post-doctoral research fellow at Kyoto University's Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) and Columbia University's Earth Institute where he was involved in the socio-economic assessment of recovery and reconstruction processes working in the field following disasters in Iran, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and New Orleans. Dr. Khazai's research interests are social vulnerability analysis, megacity and urban risk, and decision support for emergency response and recovery planning. He is Principal Investigator of the Social Vulnerability and Integrated Risk Project of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) and also leads a collaborative research program on integrated earthquake risk assessment between KIT and Heidelberg University in Kathmandu. As a project specialist for the Earthquake and Megacities Initiative (EMI), he has worked closely with stakeholders in a number of applied disaster risk management projects in Istanbul, Amman and Metro Manila, Mumbai, Kathmandu and Dhaka.

James Kendra is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and Director of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. Previously he was coordinator of the Emergency Administration and Planning Program in the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas.

His research interests focus on individual and organizational responses to risk, improvisation and creativity during crisis, post-disaster shelter and housing, and planning for behavioral health services. Projects have included research on the reestablishment of New York City’s emergency operations center after the 9/11 attacks, a major study of the waterborne evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11, research on the social impacts of the Indian Ocean tsunami, and research on the organization of disaster behavioral health services.

Dr. Kendra has participated in several quick response disaster reconnaissance trips, including the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, 2003 Midwest tornadoes, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, as well as documenting maritime relief efforts in the US following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He has been involved in several emergency planning and exercise efforts, and he is a Certified Emergency Manager. He graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a degree in marine transportation, and served several years at sea, attaining a Master Mariner license. His master’s degree is in geography from the University of Massachusetts, and his PhD is in geography from Rutgers University. He is a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, with interests in boating safety and public education.

Susanne Krings joined the German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe, BBK) in 2010 as a policy advisor in the Critical Infrastructure Policy Issues division. Although the division covers a wide range of different topics related to critical infrastructures, one of the key aspects of her work is adaptation to climate change with a special focus on civil protection. Before joining the BBK she worked as a research associate at the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). In the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk management and Adaptive Planning section of the institute she contributed to research projects focusing on the vulnerability of critical infrastructures.

Wolfgang Kröger is Executive Director at the ETH Risk Center, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. Wolfgang Kröger has been Ordinarius of Safety Technology at the ETH Zurich since 1990 and director of the Laboratory and Safety Analysis. Before being elected IRGC’s Founding Rector in 2003 he headed research in nuclear energy and safety at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), where he was also on the board of directors. After his retirement at the beginning of 2011 he has become the managing director of the newly established ETH Risk Center.

Daniel Kull is a Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Mr. Kull represents the World Bank in inter-agency and inter-governmental disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and humanitarian coordination mechanisms. He also provides technical expertise to the GFDRR Hydromet Program, helping to formulate and guide World Bank and partner investments in modernizing weather, climate and hydrologic service delivery. Before joining GFDRR, Mr. Kull was the global coordinator for disaster risk reduction at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), a research scholar with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) where he pursued cost-benefit and impact analysis of disaster risk financing and management, Senior Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Tajikistan and Technical Advisor for UNISDR Africa in Kenya. He also served as a hazard specialist for the Swiss Reinsurance Company, having started as a hydraulic engineer for both the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) of the US Army Corps of Engineers. A dual Swiss-American national, Mr. Kull holds a MSc in Water Resource Engineering from the University of California (Davis) and a BSc in Civil Engineering from Union College.

Paul Knox is Co-Director for the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience & University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. Between 1997 and 2006 he served as Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. In 2009 he served as Director of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. As a member of the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning he has taught courses on urban and regional development theory and comparative urbanization. He currently teaches courses on European Urbanization and Urbanism, and on Cities and Design. He is a member of the editorial board of seven international journals and has served as Co-Editor of Environment and Planning A (1991-2000), Co-Editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs, (1986-1991), and book review editor for Environment & Planning C: Government & Policy (1984-1991). He is a Trustee Emeritus of the Virginia Center for Architecture and a member of Virginia Tech's Ut Prosim Society. Knox has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2008 Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Association of American Geographers, the Textbook Excellence Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Text and Academic Authors Association, for World Regions in Global Context: Peoples, Places, and Environments, with Sallie Marston and Diana Liverman in 2005; honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects, for services to the profession in 2000; the Textbook Excellence Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Text and Academic Authors Association, for Human Geography, with Sallie Marston in 1999; the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Service Award in 1999; and the Virginia Social Science Association Scholar Award "For Expanding Horizons of Knowledge in Geography" in 1998.

James Jimmy Martin is Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the university-level Disaster Risk Management Institute at Virginia Tech. Dr. Martin specializes in disaster risk assessment, earthquake and foundation engineering, and soil & site improvement. He is a frequent investigator of worldwide disasters, and has led disaster-related research programs for major funding agencies and organizations for over 20 years.  He has been closely involved in the advancement of building code and seismic design provisions in the US and abroad. In addition, he frequently serves as an international engineering consultant on major infrastructure projects. Dr. Martin has received numerous national, state, and university awards including the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Norman Medal.

Merle Missoweit is a Senior Researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis. She has a background in biology and physics and is coordinating the international defense and security research in her unit. In her current work on the security side she has been focusing on Crisis Management research & innovation planning, being Co‐ Sherpa of ESRIF working group 4 ‘crisis management’ and Co-Coordinator and Project Quality Manager of the FP7 Demonstration Phase I project ACRIMAS. She is engaged in several other FP7 security research projects and will be the Scientific Coordinator of the upcoming FP7 Crisis Management Demonstration Project DRIVER – Driving Innovation in European crisis management and Resilience (currently under negotiations). She was a member of the Societal Security Expert Group to the European Commission and is Programme Manager of the Fraunhofer Future Security Conference 2013 in Berlin. On the defence side, her work is centred on R&T planning support for the Armament Branch of the German Ministry of Defence with a focus on international R&T cooperation, including the support of the German MoD’s participation in the development and implementation process of several EDA initiatives (European Defence R&T Strategy, Capability Development Plan etc.). Furthermore, she is active in in the field of gender equality in science and plays an active role in the DG Research & Innovation campaign trying to encourage you

Stefan Wolfgang Pickl is the Chair for Operations Research and
Director of COMTESSA - Core Competence Center for Operations Research Management - Strategic Planning Safety & Security Alliance at UBw Munich, GERMANY.

Stefan Wolfgang Pickl was born in Darmstadt, Germany on 29th September, 1967. He studied mathematics, electrical engineering and philosophy at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Diploma in 1993; ERASMUS-scholarship at the EPFL Lausanne); doctor’s degree at the TU Darmstadt in 1998 followed by his habilitation at the University of Cologne in 2005.

From the years 2000 to 2005 Mr Pickl was scientific assistant and project manager at the Center for applied Computer Sciences in Cologne (ZAIK); among various other functions he was holding main responsibility in the field of “Modelling, simulation and optimizing conflicts involving resources - analysis of complex systems”. Since July 2005 Mr Pickl holds a chair for Operations Research at the UBw Munich.
In 2000 Mr. Pickl received the phd-thesis award by the German Society for Operations Research; followed by international “best-paper awards” in the years 2003, 2005 and 2007. He is leading the working group “Simulation and Optimization of Complex Systems” of the German Society for Operations Research (GOR). Furthermore he is vice-coordinator of the European Operations Research Society (EURO) for “Experimental Economics/ OR”.

He is counsellor to the “Center for the Advanced Studies of Algorithms (CASA)” at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as well as an associated member of the “Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX)” of the NPS Monterey, CA (USA).

His main research issues are located in the area of analysis, control and optimization of complex systems and discrete structures. Furthermore he is interested in the field of IT-supported process optimization as well as issues regarding decision and game theory, particularly with a view to the background of international experiments, service-orientated reachback-conceptions and safety & security operations.

Mr Pickl was one of the first mathematicians who developed a model for the simulation and optimization of the CO2-conflict.  Respectively Mr Pickl is a member of the Excellence-Cluster “HUMTEC-Energy” at the RWTH Aachen since 2008. He released 120 publications and furthermore as editor he participated in the preparing and editing of several international conference volumes.

Since 2008 Mr Pickl is Vice-Chair of the international Committee for Controlling Theory in the range of IFAC (International Federation on Optimal Control Section: Technical Committee on Optimal Control). He was furthermore voted on the board of the German Society for Operations Research. Since 2010 he is chair of the advisory board of the German Society for Operations Research. Furthermore Mr. Pickl is director of the Academy for Highly Gifted Pupils at UBw Munich.

The conference OR2010 attracted academics and practitioners working in various fields of Operations Research and provided them with the most recent advances in Operations Research and related areas to the general topic "Mastering Complexity" and “Safety & Security”. Stefan Pickl is member of Munich Aerospace and NITIM (International Ph.D. Consortium on Networks, Information Technology & Innovation Management) with a special focus on Aviation Management and Humanitarian Logistics.                      

Martin Powell is Head of Urban Development within Siemens Global Cities Centre of Competence. This role involves working with City Leadership across the globe and providing expert advice and support to help ensure cities can meet economic, social and environmental targets.

Martin was previously The Mayoral Advisor on the Environment to the current Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, responsible for policy development for Energy and Climate Change, Adaptation, Water, Air Quality and Waste. He was also Director of Environment at the London Development Agency, the Mayor’s agency for economic development in London where he had responsibility for delivery of the agency’s Major Programmes.

Martin was Managing Director of Cambridge Management & Research, an organisation working with a number of cities and a Special Advisor to the c40 cities climate action group, Chaired by Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.

Martin speaks extensively on the topic of future cities and the economic models of delivering solutions at scale and the city governance required to deliver these solutions.

He is a contributing author to the Wiley Guide to Project Management and Project, Programme & Portfolio Management also published by Wiley. He has also presented for NBS Learning Channels.

Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute (www.ari.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment (www.ceage.vt.edu). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrifications Magazine. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He is a vice president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and a member-at-large of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee. Currently he is serving as the chair of the US Naitonal Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE PES, and has lectured on smart grid, energy efficient lighting solutions, renewable energy, demand  response, distributed generation and critical infrastructure protection topics in over 30 countries on all six continents.

He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1978.  His industry and government experience includes work with the Tokyo Electric Power Company in Japan, the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, Progress Energy, and consultancy for the World Bank, the United Nations, US Agency for the International Development and the Asian Development Bank.

Ortwin Renn serves as full professor and Chair of Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment at the University of Stuttgart (Germany). He directs the Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at the University of Stuttgart (ZIRIUS) and the non-profit company DIALOGIK, a research institute for the investigation of communication and participation processes in environmental policy making. Renn also serves as Adjunct Professor for “Integrated Risk Analysis” at Stavanger University (Norway) and as Affiliate Professor for “Risk Governance” at Beijing Normal University.

Ortwin Renn has a doctoral degree in social psychology from the University of Cologne. His career included teaching and research positions at the Juelich Nuclear Research Center, Clark University (Worcester, USA), the Swiss Institute of Technology (Zuerich) and the Center of Technology Assessment (Stuttgart). Among others he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of EU President Barroso, the Scientific and Technical Council of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) in Lausanne, the National Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China and several national and international Academies of Science. In the past he served on the panel on “Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making” of the U.S.-National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. (from 2005-2007) and on the German Federal Government’s “Commission on Energy Ethics” (2011). In 2012 he was elected president of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).

His honours include an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), an honorary affiliate professorship at the Technical University Munich, the “Distinguished Achievement Award” of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and several best publication awards. In 2012 the German Federal Government awarded him the National Cross of Merit Order in recognition of his outstanding academic performance. Renn is primarily interested in risk governance, political participation as well as technical and social change towards sustainability. Since 2012 he co-directs together with Armin Grunwald the German Helmholtz-Alliance: “Future infrastructures for meeting energy demands. Towards sustainability and social compatibility“. Renn has published more than 30 books and 250 articles, most prominently the monograph “Risk Governance” (Earthscan: London 2008).

João Tiago Meneses Machado Ribeiro is the INGC General Director. He was born in Quelimane, Zambezia Province, Mozambique, and holds a Degree in Forestry Engineering, on Renewable Natural Resource & Alternative Energy Sources, by the Faculty of Forest Engineering - Federal University of Paraná (Brazil). He is currently General Director of the National Institute of Disaster Management in Mozambique (INGC), where he has been working since 2006. Its main roles and responsibilities is to manage the INGC whole process and the system of disaster risk reduction at the national level, as well as coordinate the preparation of plans, policies and implement multisectoral response operations for emergencies caused by natural hazards such as floods, earthquake, cyclones, drought and wild fire and associated consequences. He is one of the founders of the National Center for Emergency Operations (CENOE) and the National Unit for Civil Protection (UNAPROC) in Mozambique. He is one of the forerunners of the Study on Climate Change Impact on Disaster Risk in Mozambique. Under his leadership, the Beira city won the first ever RISK Award at the International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) in Davos, a project submitted by IP Consult/Ambero aimed at reducing the risk of flooding in slum districts of the city of Beira in Mozambique. He worked as advisor in the field of agriculture and rural development and served as Provincial Director of Agriculture and Rural Development and Director of the Board of Directors in Sugar factory in Mafambisse, Sofala Province.

Liesel A. Ritchie is assistant director for research at the Natural Hazards Center. She has served as either principal investigator or senior researcher on more than 70 projects since 1996. Since 2001, Liesel's focus has been on the social impacts of disasters with an emphasis on technological disasters, social capital, and renewable resource communities.
Liesel currently directs three National Science Foundation projects—one on the social impacts of the high stakes litigation resolution associated with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, one on the 2008 TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash release, and one on social impacts of litigation and settlement activities related to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Liesel is also leading evaluation efforts associated with the USGS’s Science Applications for Risk Reduction Tsunami Scenario Project; the Department of the Interior’s Strategic Sciences Group; and is co-PI on a NOAA-funded project to incorporate social science into its tsunami program. More recently, she has been involved with social impact assessment efforts regarding oil pipeline development activities in northwestern Canada.
Liesel is coeditor of the January 2012 issue of American Behavioral Scientist on the BP disaster and is author or coauthor on five recent articles related to her work on that event, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the earthquake in Haiti. Between 2006 and 2012 she served as chair and program co-chair of the American Evaluation Association topical interest group on disaster and emergency management evaluation. She currently serves on the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Learning from Earthquakes committee

Badaoui Rouhban is a specialist in disaster risk management.  He advises public services, civil societies and non-goverrnmental organizations on capacity-building for disaster resilience. He served for several years at UNESCO, Paris, in the Programmes on natural hazards and the environment and is the former Director of UNESCO’s Unit for Disaster Reduction. He is a Global Risk Forum GRF Davos Senior Research Fellow. Dr Rouhban holds a Doctor of Engineering degree from the University Paris VI and has carried out post-doctoral research in engineering seismology at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Keith Shaw is Professor of Social Sciences at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. He has undertaken research and consultancy for a range of national and international organizations on sub-national governance, urban regeneration and the role of the voluntary and community and voluntary sectors in governance and public service delivery. His recent work has critically examined the application of the concept of resilience at the local level, focusing on the climate change and emergency planning agendas, and how a more radical understanding  of resilience as ‘transformation’ can be usefully applied to the role of local organisations and local communities facing environmental, economic and social threats. He has recently published on resilience in a number of journals, including: Local Environment; Local Government Studies, Public Policy and Administration; and Planning Theory and Practice.

Charles W. Steger is the 15th president of Virginia Tech. Under his leadership, the university has charted a course to expand its research enterprise and establish Virginia Tech among the nation’s top research universities. He has served as chairman of the Virginia Council of Presidents and has been appointed by five governors of Virginia to serve on various boards dealing with higher education, homeland security, information technology, and international education.  He was recently named to the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation, and Investment and to the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority.  In addition, he serves on the boards of a number of public and private organizations, including the board of the Jefferson Science Associates, which oversees the Jefferson National Lab, and the Senior Advisory Group of the Northern Virginia Technology Council Board of Directors.  He was recently elected to the Board of the National Institute of Building Sciences.  He is also p-president of the Council of Presidents of the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) and a member of the Economic Club of Washington.  Steger is the 2009 recipient of the Chief Executive Leadership Award conferred by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District III, for outstanding leadership and service in support of education, and the 2010 recipient of the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).

Krishna Vatsa is UNDP Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Adviser, South Asia part of the Centre’s CPR practice team and based out of Delhi, India, Krishna assists Country Offices in South and South West Asia on disaster risk management issues such as disaster mitigation and recovery. He provides policy review and development advice, technical backstopping for planning and management activities and applied research services.

Krishna has worked for more than 15 years on disaster risk reduction and recovery issues. Over the last 10 years, Krishna has held leadership positions and consulted for a number of international organizations including UNDP, World Bank, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and the Secretariat of International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. Prior to joining the Centre, Krishna worked as Early Recovery Coordinator with the UNDP Philippines. As a career civil servant from India, Krishna has held the positions of Secretary, Rural Development and Secretary, Relief, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management in the Government of Maharashtra from 2003 to 2007. He implemented the World Bank-funded Maharashtra Emergency Earthquake Rehabilitation Programme during 1995-99.

Jerry Velasquez is Chief of the Advocacy and Communications Section and Head of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). He previously worked for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Environment Information Centre (GEIC), the United Nations University (UNU), and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. on Water Resources Management from Nagoya University in Japan. His published work includes edited books, UN reports, journal articles, interactive software, and policy briefs on MEA synergies, environmental governance and social vulnerability. His latest publication is titled "Reducing Vulnerability and Exposure to Disasters – the Asia Pacific Disasters Report 2012” published in October 2012.

Dennis Wenger is the Program Director for program element 1638, Infrastructure Systems Management and Extreme Events, at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is also the Acting Program Director for the Civil Infrastructure Systems program. He had previously been at NSF from 2001-2005. Dr. Wenger was a Professor from Texas A&M University from 1989-2007. At Texas A&M, Dr. Wenger was a Professor of Urban and Regional Science and an Adjunct Professor of Sociology. He was also the Founding Director and Senior Scholar of the Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center. Prior to his arrival at Texas A&M in 1989, Dr. Wenger was on the faculty of the University of Delaware where he served as Co-Director of the Disaster Research Center from 1984-1989 Dr. Wenger has been engaged in research on hazards and disasters for over 40 years. His research has focused upon the social and multidisciplinary aspects of natural, technological, and human-induced disasters. Specifically, he has studied such topics as local emergency management capabilities and response, police and fire planning and response to disasters, search and rescue and the delivery of emergency medical services, mass media coverage of disasters, warning systems and public response, factors related to local community recovery success, and disaster beliefs and emergency planning. He undertook the only empirical study of the evacuation of the World Trade Center towers after the first terrorist attack in 1993 and served as the principal investigator for the first project to  Enable the Future Generation of Hazard Researchers.  He is the author of numerous books, research monographs, articles and papers. Dr. Wenger currently serves as one of the nine members of the United Nations Scientific and Technical Committee to the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. At NSF Dr. Wenger serves as the foundation s representative to the Roundtable on Disasters of the National Academy of Science. He also represents NSF on the Subcommittee on Disasters (SDR) which is associated with the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Wenger serves as the Co-Chair for Science of the SDR.

John N. Zeppos is OTE Group BCM Deputy Director of COSMOTE Mobile Telecommunications S.A., Maroussi in  Greece.

John is considered one of the most respected Business Continuity evangelists globally, taking BCM thought leadership to the next level the past few years.
He is the BCI Global Awards Business Continuity Manager of the Year 2012 and is committed to spreading the word of Business Continuity globally in order to make our world a safer and better place.
John currently holds the position of OTE Group Business Continuity Deputy Director within DTAG having responsibility for 18 companies BCMS implementation and after successfully leading COSMOTE Mobile Telecommunications to getting its BCMS certified against BS2599 in May 2011, in October 2012 he was again the leader of its successful certification against ISO22301, first company within the whole DT Group to achieve that and among a handful of companies globally by then. Both certificates came in direct cooperation with BSI UK, who came up with an official case study for COSMOTE as its BCMS clearly represents International Best Practice.
John is a member of the IRM Global Risk Management Awards Judges Panel for both 2013 and 2014, and also serves as a NATO Expert on Operational Capability Issues and Emergency Management since 2009.
His passion about BCM makes him often “feel blessed for making a job out of his hobby”
An inspirational leader, described as “The Crises Whisperer” by the international press, charismatic and motivational speaker in numerous international conferences on BCM related matters, often confesses: “For me being the best and striving for excellence, has become a natural habit”