Advisory Board

Meet the members of TIEMS Advisory Board
 
1.   Sandro Bologna, Chair of TIEMS International Program Committee (TIPC) (Italy)
2.   Meen B. Poudyal Chhetri, Chair of TIEMS Paper Review Committee (TPRC) (Nepal)
3.   Kelly-Anne Frith, TIEMS Editor with main responsibility for TIEMS Regular Newsletter (South Africa)
4.   Alex Fullick, TIEMS Editor with main responsibility for TIEMS Special Edition Newsletter (Canada)
5.   Neil Dufty, TIEMS Editor with main responsibility for TIEMS on Social Media (Australia)
6.   Siviwe Shwababa, TIEMS RTD (Research and Technology Development) Coordinator (South Africa)
7.   Wenlong Yang, TIEMS Asia Secretariat Officer (China)
8.   Yukio Fujinawa, Chair of TIEMS Disaster Early Warning Task Force Group (Japan)
9.   Chen Ran, TIEMS Emergency Medicine Committee (TEMC) Director (China)
10. Christian Sommade, TIEMS 2020 Annual Conference in Paris, France, Host (France)

TIEMS Chair for the Advisory Board is, Jaroslav Pejcoch (Czech Republic)

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Sandro Bologna is the Chair of TIEMS International Program Committee (IPC).Sandro Bologna
 
Sandro Bologna, graduated in physics from Rome University, has 35+ years experience at ENEA (The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) and abroad, where he has held positions as Researcher, Head of Research Units, and Head of Research Projects at national and international levels.

While working at ENEA his main research topics have been on system safety and reliability, decision support systems, risk analysis and risk management. Recent main research activities deal with Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience, with a special emphasis to vulnerability and interdependencies modeling, simulation and analysis.

Former President of the Italian Association of Critical Infrastructure Experts, at the present he is independent researcher and freelance expert for the participation to National and International Research Projects in the field of Cyber security and Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience.

Meen B. Poudyal Chhetri is the Chair of TIEMS Paper Review Committee.tiems 2010 meens photograph jpg
 
Dr. Meen B. Poudyal Chhetri has the experience in policy formulation and implementation; emergency/disaster management; awareness raising; training; planning and programming of development projects; improving database and collaboration and coordinating with national and international agencies. He is one of the Members of the drafting committee of National Law on Disaster Management. He greatly contributed in formulating and implementing a number of other Manuals, Guidelines, Action Plans and Hand Books on disaster management. 
 
He has been appointed as the Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia from 1 March 2009. Prior to his high position at the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), he was the Deputy Regional Administrator at the Regional Administration Office, Central Region of Nepal. He also has the experiences of being the Director of the Department of Disaster Management, Chief District Officer of Dhading District, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Section Officer at various Ministries and Departments of the Government of Nepal for more than 34 years.
 
He earned a Ph. D. degree in Economics from the University of Vienna, Austria in 1995 and a Diploma in International Relations and Social Sciences from the same University in 1986. He also holds the degrees of Master in Economics, Bachelor of Law, Diploma in Education and Bachelor of Arts. He was a Humphrey Fellow in the year 2002-2003 at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U. S. A. specializing in Drug Abuse Research. He attended the Comprehensive Crisis Management Course held in Hawaii, U.S.A. from August 20 to 22 September 2009 and Pandemic Disaster Preparedness Training held in Brisbane, Australia from August 24 to November 29, 2008. He has carried out several research projects and made a number of publications in the national and international journals, particularly in the field of drug abuse, disaster management, corruption control and economic development. He presented papers and delivered invited lectures in several National, Regional and International Conferences, Seminars, Symposiums, Workshops, and Meetings as a country representative and delegate.
 
He has authored two books namely; Analysis of Nepalese Agriculture (1987) and Mitigation and Management of Floods in Nepal (2001).
 

Kelly-Anne Frith is TIEMS Editor with main responsibility for TIEMS Regular Newsletter.Kelly Anne Frith

Kelly-Anne Frith has a background in biological sciences having been a researcher for nearly 15 years. She has recently completed her PhD degree in Biotechnology at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. In 2015, she got an administrative post that introduced her to the world of academic publishing at a small local publishing firm with international reach. She quickly took on the role of production coordinator for a host of medical journals, utilising her expertise in the pseudo-medical research field that biochemistry and biotechnology offer. From there, her publishing career blossomed where she took on the the role of publishing editor for a range of African-based, natural science journal titles.

Publishing has given her the opportunity to work with people, mainly in research, from all tiers, from the struggling author eager to get their work published to the reviewers and referees critiquing the written work to the Editors-in-Chief and copy-editors, who polish the written manuscripts, and typesetters and graphic artists, who produce beautifully set manuscripts, for publication to the wider audience. She has the perfect bacxkground as TIEMS Regular Newsletter Editor.

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Alex Fullick, MBCI, CBCP, CBRA, v3ITIL is the editor of the TIEMS Special Edition Newsletter. He has been working in Business Continuity Management (BCM), Disaster Recovery (DR) and Organizational Resiliency, and Program & Project Management for over 21 years.  He is the Founder and Managing Director of StoneRoad, a consultancy and training firm specializing in BCM and is also the host and creator of the popular podcast ‘Preparing for the Unexpected’ on the VoiceAmerica talk radio network.

During his career, Alex Fullick has;

  • Performed numerous Business Impacts Analysis (BIA) workshops
  • Developed and documented business contingency / disaster recovery strategies and plans
  • Developed and implemented Crisis Management Teams and structures
  • Created training and awareness programs
  • Implemented communication strategies
  • Oversaw Governance on multi-million dollar projects/programs
  • Facilitated and coordinated many Disaster Recovery (DR) / Business Continuity tests and exercises; the largest of which included the coordination of teams in 3 countries with over 170 participants in both business and IT

He has routinely presented at global BCM/DR conferences and is the author of several books, including; “Heads in the Sand”, “Made Again” (2 Volumes), “Business Impact Analysis (BIA)”, “Testing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans”, and “Watch Your Step”.  All his books are helpful manuals with tips and advice for hesitant companies who want to develop or enhance their BCM/DR preparedness and response capabilities. Alex is working on his 8th book.

He has his Member level certification with the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI); earned his Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) status with the Disaster Recovery Institute, and holds a Certified Business Resiliency Auditor (CBRA) designation, is a Commissioner on the Certification Board for the Disaster Recovery Institute Canada,  and is foundation certified in the ITIL methodology.   

Neil Dufty is TIEMS Editor with main responsibility for TIEMS on Social Media.Neil Dufty2

Neil Dufty is a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltdan Australian environment and natural hazards consultancy. Neil has qualifications in earth science and education. He has over 40 years of experience in environmental management and 16 years of experience in disaster management. In both these fields Neil has expertise in:

  • School and community education
  • Communications
  • Facilitation
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Evaluation
  • Strategic planning
  • Publications.

Neil’s research interests include the design of community-based early warning systems, using social media to build disaster resilience, disaster education and engagement, and best practices in linear reserve environmental management.

Neil is a member of International Advisory Board of the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience at the University of the West of England and a former Regional Director of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS). He has written over 60 published articles and papers on aspects of community disaster education and resilience. He has also written a book on ‘Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement’ to be published by Wiley in early 2020.

Neil is adept at using social media for disaster management. He has over 2,000 Twitter followers, many of whom are involved in emergency management. In 2012, Neil wrote the seminal article ‘Using Social Media to Build Disaster Resilience’ which has had over 20,000 downloads.

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Siviwe Shwababa is TIEMS RTD (Research and Technical Development) Coordinator.Siviwe2

Dr. Siviwe Shwababa is a qualified environmental scientist who holds a PhD from the University of Free State, in Bloemfontein South Africa. His areas of expertise entail environmental management and governance, improved environmental performance, protection of natural resources, restoration of degraded ecosystems, and the implementation of disaster risk reduction measures in vulnerable communities. In South Africa he is heading the Environment and Disaster Management unit in the Department of Agriculture; Land Reform and Rural Development.

His responsibilities involve undertaking specialised work relating to environmental assessment, prioritisation of environmental risk areas, managing disaster risk reduction projects and research.Through his doctoral research, Dr Shwababa produced a resilience building model for emerging farmers against extreme weather events. He has further participated meaningfully, in numerous research projects across South Africa and has published disaster risk reduction scholarly articles in Hungary, Portugal and Germany. He is a board member of TIEMS South Africa Chapter.

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Wenlong Yang is TIEMS Asia Secretariat Officer.WenlongYangwenlongyang1

In 1989, Wenlong Yang graduated from the Geology Department of Peking University and obtained the Bachelor of Science degree. In 1992, he graduated from the Institute of Geology, China Earthquake Administration, and he obtained the Master of Science degree.

Now as professor and deputy director, he works in Digital Disaster Mitigation and Emergency Management Reasearch Center, Peking University. He is the secretary-general of the International Emergency Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance and Director of Asia Office of The International Emergency Management Society.

He is mainly engaged in earthquake risk evaluation, earthquake engineering, emergency management, industry contingency planning and  research and planning and design of the experience hall about public response to the disaster. His main focus is training and education of community emergency reponse teams and planning of  emengency industry parks.

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Yukio Fujinawa is Chair of TIEMS Disaster Early Warning Task Force Group.Yukio Fujinawa 2
 
Dr. Yukio Fujinawa started his work in the disaster mitigation from 1965 as Researcher, National Research Center for Disaster Prevention (NRCDP). He received a Dr. Science degree in 1976 from Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo focusing on generation and development of wind waves based on ocean field observation data. As the chief of the First Research Laboratory of Coastal Disaster Prevention, he investigated tsunami deformation and amplification in the shallow part of sea by means of multi-point measurements of ocean long wave and surf beats.

In 1975 he lead the team for the earthquake disaster mitigation as Chief Researcher of Crustal Deformation Research Laboratory of NRCDP. He engaged in the prediction research of the great earthquake through observational approaches using developed pop-up type ocean bottom seismometers. In 1987 he became a Visiting Researcher to make collaborative researches with other national research institutes. In 1990 as a director of the Special researcher he engaged in the field of seismo-tectonics using Magnetotelluric and seismic data, in the synthetic aperture radar image for detecting ground surface deformation related with earthquake, volcanic eruption and climate changes.

He worked as temporary lecture for the disaster seminar of JICA, Japan for about 20 years. In 2000 he started the R/D for the earthquake early warning (EEW) system. After leaving NRCDP in 2003 he participated in the national EEW project to develop application systems for disaster mitigation as CEO of the (NPO) Real-time Earthquake Information Consortium (REIC). He was a special lecture of International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, Building Research Institute for four years. Currently he is the Executive Technical Officer of the Mieruka Co. Ltd. to disseminate the high accurate disaster mitigation system for EEW and Chief technical Adviser of the Organization for Development of Resilient Communities (ODRC) by means of developed DEWs as EEW, Tsunami Early Waning (TEW) and earthquake prediction system. And he is the auditor of the TIEMS Japan Chapter.

He has been worked nearly 50 years for research and development for disaster mitigation, especially in the disaster mitigation information of earthquake and volcanic eruption. He is very eager to transfer knowledge and experience in the world for helping people to save themselves and make their community more resilient against natural hazards as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, land slide and tsunamis by using several tools including those invented by himself.

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CHEN Ran is Director of The International Emergency Management Society Emergency Medical Committee (TEMC).ChenRan ver1

She has a Master of Medicine, and is a Doctor of Resources Economy and Management.

From 2006 to 2009, Ms. CHEN Ran worked at National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Chen worked at the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China. Since 2013, Ms. Chen has been the Director of TEMC. And from 2016, Ms. Chen has been the Chairman of Beijing Huatong Guokang Foundation (BHGF).

Ms. Chen has worked on medical treatment, policy research, administration, international health exchange etc. Once Ms. Chen participated in the specific subject research and related work in the Medical Reform Office of State Council of the People's Republic of China. Now, Ms. Chen dedicates herself to helping Chinese medical institutions to establish international cooperation bridge and channel with the countries all over the world, to select and send medical workers and health administrators for overseas training, to bring in advanced medical technologies and to actively take part in talent cultivation and exchange in the field of emergency medicine.

Christian Sommade is TIEMS Host for TIEMS 2020 Annual Conference in Paris, France.Christian Sommade

Christian Sommade is General Delegate of the thinktank " Resilience France ", formerly " Haut comité français pour la défense civile ". He is also Director of the company Resiliency, after a career in the Defence and Security industry.

He graduated in public law and holds a DESS (post-graduate degree) in Defence and a master's degree in marketing and communication. He is also a former auditor of the Institut National des Hautes Études de la Sécurité et de la Justice (INHESJ). He is the French representative of the IAEM (International Association of Emergency Manager). He is the author of two books on "major risks and the protection of populations" (ed FS - 1986 & 1996). Finally, he is a member of the CEPS and the Cercle K2 and is colonel of the Gendarmerie Nationale's citizen reserve.

Before joining Resilience France, he had an international career in major defence and security groups (Saint-Gobain, Giat Industries, Cegelec), particularly in the field of CBRN.

Christian Sommade has been leading the activities of Resilience France for 20 years. He has organized nearly 200 breakfast debates at the French Senate and Webinars and about a hundred conferences on the theme of global security. He has to his credit numerous presentations in international and national conferences, as well as on TV.

Resilience France is a non-profit organization, which participates in the reflection on organizational and structural resilience. It promotes exchanges between the State, the Parliament, the collectivities, the companies and the experts on the questions concerning national security, and the resilience of the populations, the companies and ultimately of the nation in front of the major risks and threats.

Since 2004, Christian Sommade has also created and co-leads the national sessions and Resiliency training and exercises in risk analysis, crisis management and business continuity. He has participated in several security research projects (FP7, ANR...) and digital tools development (CAIAC).

Christian Sommade has a great knowledge of the workings of the organization of national security in France. He has directed several studies and training materials for the Prime minister security services (SGDSN). He also has a rich experience in the direction of crisis management exercises, as he has led many crisis management training and exercises (simulated media pressure of government exercises for the last 6 years).

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