Board of Directors

Meet the members of TIEMS Board of Directors
  1. K. Harald Drager, TIEMS President (Norway)
  2. Guosheng Qu, Vice President (China)
  3. Jaroslav Pejcoch, Secretary/ChairTIEMS Advisory Board (Czech Republic)
  4. Ji (Jack) Zhang, Treasurer (China)
  5. Snjezana Knezic, Director for Chapters and Membership (Croatia)
  6. Jean-Paul Monet, Regional Director Europe (France)
  7. Rodney Jagolino, Regional Director Asia (Philippines)
  8. Thomas V. Robertson, Regional Director North America (USA)
  9. Neil Dufty, Regional Director Australia, New Zealand & Oceania (Australia)
  10. Roman Tandlich, Regional Director Africa (South Africa)
  11. Vacant, Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)

Terms of Reference (TOR) for TIEMS Board Members, Officers and Secretariat.

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K. Harald Drager 2013
K. Harald Drager is TIEMS President.
He is one of the founders of TIEMS. Since 2002 he is the President of TIEMS and has contributed significantly to the development of the society.
He is the Managing Director of QUASAR Invest AS in Norway, a consultancy in global safety, emergency and disaster management. He has a Master’s degree in control engineering from the Norwegian Technical University in 1967 and a Master’s degree from Purdue University in USA in industrial engineering in 1973. His specializations are international organizational development, emergency, disaster and risk management, and project management. He has done consultancy work for numerous clients internationally, amongst others the World Bank/International Finance Corporation, NATO and the European Commission. He has been project manager of several international research and development projects for methods and software development in risk, emergency and disaster management. He was employed by Det norske Veritasin 1967 and a member of the Board of Directors of the company for 5 years until he left the company in 1983 and founded his own consultancy. He took the initiative to establish TIEMS, and was the International Vice President of TIEMS since its inauguration in 1994 until 2002, when he took over as TIEMS President. He has published numerous papers internationally on emergency, risk and disaster management.
He was TIEMS representative in the EU funded NARTUS project with the responsibility for consensus building and establishing the PSC Europe Forum, an all stakeholder forum for public safety communication. PSC Europe Forum is a self governed organization after it was launched at the end of the NARTUS project in 2009, and arranges two assembly conferences each year and is a leading global advocate for standardization and research initiatives in public safety communication. He was/is a member of the advisory board/user boards of the EU projects; ACRIMAS, OPTI-ALERT, CRISMA, ARCHIMEDESEDEN, TAWARA_RTM, PHAROS, RESCUER, TARGET and DRIVER. He was a European Commission appointed evaluator for the EU Security Calls for FP7 2013, and the Horizon 2020 Call for Secure Societies in 2014. He is TIEMS Project leader in the EU ASSET Project (Action plan on Science in Society related issues in Epidemics and Total pandemics), a four year project which started in 2014, and TIEMS Project leader in the EU HERACLES Project (HEritage Resilience Against CLimate Events on Site), a 3 year project which started in 2016.
He was given the 2011 Certificate of Appreciation by IAEM (International Association of Emergency Managers), with the following words of appreciation, “It is rare that IAEM recognizes someone who is not a member of IAEM; but Mr. Drager, through his leadership of our partner organization, TIEMS, has served our profession with distinct thinking globally and acting locally to create a society of academics within our profession. This has been a commitment of over a decade of dedicated service by a committed individual that IAEM recognizes as a service to our profession”.
He was appointed Professor Chair for 4 years in 2014 at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He was also appointed Visiting Professor at North Western University in Xian in China in 2016 for 2 years.
Qu GoushengGuosheng Qu  is TIEMS Vice President.
He is Dr. and Professor of Earth Sciences,  and he is Deputy Director and Chief Engineer of National Earthquake Response Support Service (NERSS), China Earthquake Administration (CEA).

He has a B.Sc. in Structural Geology,  from Department of Geology, Peking University in 1983, and a M. Sc. Structural Geology and Tectonics, from Institute of Geology, the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (CAGS) in 1986 and a Ph.D. Structural Geology and Tectonics, from Department of Geology, Peking University, in 1989.

His current specializations are structural geology, seismic risk assessment, earthquake disaster emergency response and management as well as the application of ICT, global seimo-tectonics and earthquake disaster assessment and management. He supervise more than 10 master and doctoral students.

He is an expert of China International Search and Rescue Team (CISAR), Disaster Mitigation Group of IAP and Comprehensive Disaster Research Group supervised by Ministry of S & T.

He is a Standing Committee Member, Special Committee for Risk Analysis and Crisis Management under China Association for Disaster Prevention (CADP). He is a Voting Member of Society of Petroleum Geology of China.

He has published numerous papers, near 100 domestic of China and internationally on structural geology, seismic risk assessment, earthquake disaster emergency responses. He has got more than 10 times of honors and awards in domestic of China.

He is married and has one daughter, and enjoys field works in mountain areas and play badminton.
Jaroslav_PejcochJaroslav Pejcoch is TIEMS Secretary and Chair of TIEMS Advisory Board.
He is the President and co-founder of T-SOFT Company (Crisis management, Interoperability, Security ). Before T-SOFT he worked at the Electronic Research institute Tesla VÚST as Director of IT Division.

He is the founding member of the AFCEA Czech Chapter and member of the Board of Directors and is member of the Czech National Committee of ISDR, and member of the Presidium of the Czech Association of Crisis Managers.

From 1975 he is teaching at Czech Technical University – Faculty of electronic.

His publication activities are in areas of computer graphics, computer user interfaces, information and communication technologies, information logistic and systems for protection of citizens and environment, interoperability of systems, crisis management, critical infrastructure protection.

He is married, have 4 children and is living in Prague and Telc .His hobbies are music (active piano player), mountaineering and photography.

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Ji (Jack) Zhang is TIEMS Treasurer.Ulrich Raape

He has a Ph.D of management from China Academy of Sciences (CAS), a MBA from Peking University and a BE of Electrical Engineering & a BS of Applied Mathematics from Tsinghua University. 
He has working experiences in IT industry for more than 16 years. He has worked for well-known IT companies such as  IBM, Lenovo, and Micron Technology Inc (MTI) etc.  His main areas of study focus has been on the government emergency management ICT systems, healthcare information technology (HIT), and datasharing and information integration of the eGovernment systems. Since 2003, he has published more than 20 articles in Emergency Management in China and overseas publications. 
As the founder and President of Beijing Harmony Technologies Company (HARMONY), he developed the first domestic counter-SARS Government Emergency Management Information System (GEMIS) in China and successfully applied it to fight against SARS in Beijing early 2003. 

Being the undertaker and consulting member of the Emergency Management System (EMS) research project initated by the Emergency Management Office (EMO) of the State Council of China and the consulting member of Beijing EMS Research Group and the Chief architect for the EMS IT platform of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

He is  a senior member of HIMSS, and OASIS EMTC. He is one of the committee members working on the Emergency Management ICT(EMICT) standard for China and believes that the EMICT industry has been promptly emerging in China and the whole world, and find this very challenging.

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SnjezanaSnjezana Knezic is TIEMS Director for Chapters and Membership.

She did undergraduate studies at Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Split in 1982 - 1987, then postgraduate studies, master of philosophy at Faculty of Organisation and Informatics, University of Zagreb in 1988 - 1993 . She did her doctoral thesis at Faculty of Civil Engineering, University Split in 1998.

She is full time professor at Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture at University of Split.

Her research interests are in application of system sciences and information technology, especially decision support systems and geographic information systems in emergency/disaster management and other engineering fields. She has published peer-reviewed papers on emergency/disaster management.

She is a member of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), Croatian Society of Civil Engineers, GIS - Forum Croatia and Croatian Mathematical Society

She lives in Split, Croatia with her family.
Jean-Paul Monet is TIEMS Regional Director for Europe.jean-paul Monet
Lieutenant-colonel Jean-Paul Monet is a senior fire officer employed by Bouches-du-Rhône fire brigade, France ( Head of a fire district gathering 13 stations, 1000 firemen (200 full time; 800 part time), and defending 250.000 inhabitants, this assistant chief officer is departmental and regional CBRNe advisor of French civil protection.
Detaining a master degree of pharmacy, this 52 years old officer has been working in industrial hazard risk assessment, CBRNe and IT emergency planning fields for 28 years. He has been responsible for many incident commands, from forest fires to industrial accidents, including mass medical emergencies.
He served four years in this school, and nowadays he’s still associate teacher of French national fire officers’ academy since 1990.
After being EU expert evaluator for FP7 security calls from 2008 to 2011, he took part to several FP7 group as end user and CBRNe expert: Decotesc1, Acrimas, Eden, Cato, Darius, Archimedes… He’s been involved in robotic tools innovation development groups for many years.
His publications and conferences in the pre-cited domains are witnessing of his willingness to implement efficiently R&D and innovation for civil protection stakeholders, and to share security knowledge worldwide.

Rodney Jagolino is TIEMS Regional Director for Asia.Rodney Jagolino

He is currently the Acting Vice President and concurrent Chief of the Center for Policy and Strategy (CPS), PHILIPPINE PUBLIC SAFETY COLLEGE (PPSC) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Through the CPS, he initiates and facilitates the generation of strategic analyses, policy studies, and scholarly research in pursuit of a more responsive public safety, peace and justice education. He also takes the lead in forging partnerships with key institutions both local and foreign for knowledge exchange, program innovation, resource mobilization and capacity building in support of PPSC’s objectives.

Prior to his stint in PPSC, he was the Managing Director and Supervising Fellow of the Institute of Public Management (IPM) of the DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY OF THE PHILIPPINES (DAP). As IPM Head he manages and oversees the implementation of various executive and leadership courses and graduate degree programs of the Academy such as the Master in Public Management major in Integrity Development in Governance (MPM-IDiG), Master in Public Management major in Rural Development (MPM-RD), Master in Public Management major in Development and Security (MPM DevSEc), Master in Public Management major in International Development and Security (MPM-IDevSec), Master in Public Management major in Health Systems and Development (MPM-HSD), Legislative Coaching Program for Newly Elected Legislators, Executive Coaching Program for Newly Elected Mayors, Governance and Leadership Course for Local Chief Executives, Local Government Executive Legislative Agenda Formulation, Corporate Governance and Leadership Course for Executives of Government Owned and Controlled Corporations, and the Executive Development Program for Senior Officials of Philippine State Universities and Colleges. He was also a co-facilitator for the Multilateral Organizational Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) Philippine Country Dialogue for UNDP, UNICEF, UNAIDS and World Bank commissioned by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

During the Arroyo Presidency, he was appointed as Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Secretary of National Defense and National Security Adviser where he provides executive, administrative and technical support to the SND and NSA in the exercise of their policy making, management and oversight functions in the broad concerns of Defense Diplomacy, Philippine Defense Reform (PDR), Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program, Disaster Risk Management and Rehabilitation, Veteran Affairs, UN Peacekeeping Missions, Reservist Affairs, Defense System of Management, and with respect to the coordination, integration and formulation of domestic, foreign, military, political, economic, social, environmental and educational policies relating to national security.

He was also designated as the Director for Operations and Administration of the OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER ON SPECIAL CONCERNS in Malacanang. As the Director designate, he provides executive, administrative and technical support to the Presidential Adviser on Special Concerns in the exercise of his function of advising and recommending to the President policies, strategies and programs aimed at creating a political, social and economic environment conducive to the attainment of peace, stability, social integration, economic development, social justice, and better international relations.

During the Ramos and Estrada Administrations he served as Planning and Development Management Officer of National Program for Unification and Development Council, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT in Malacanang. He oversees the implementation of community based assistance programs for former rebels, demobilized combatants and civilian victims of internal armed conflicts aimed to address their economic, social, political and psychological rehabilitation needs.

He is a graduate of the Executive Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Development Academy of the Philippines and finished his Master in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines.

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Thomas V. Robertson is TIEMS Regional Director for North America. Tom picture update 2019

He directs North America operations of TIEMS, where he founded the TIEMS USA local chapter. He was Technical Manager for TIEMS in the European Union Programs ASSET, which developed improved, participatory approaches to pandemic response, and HERACLES, which developed systems and processes to protect cultural heritage sites from the effects of climate change. He has published and presented numerous papers on risk communication, disaster risk reduction, virtual simulation in emergency management, pandemic response, climate change resilience, and applications of advanced technologies in the US, France, Italy, China, Japan, Belgium, Greece, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines. He is visiting faculty in Disaster Management and Environmental Impact Studies at Écoles des Mines d’Ales, France; a European Innovation Council Expert; and a Senior Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

He is Founder and Principal at Thinking Teams, an international consultancy to leaders and organizations seeking high performance teams to deal with complexity, uncertainty, and risk. His clients have included BAE Systems, The European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Portland State University, The Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies, and Green Empowerment.

He earned BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, where he did research in bioengineering, communications, artificial intelligence, and remote sensing.  

He was Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Director of the Advanced Information Sciences Division at The Analytical Sciences Corporation, Director of Engineering and Chief Scientist of Lockheed Martin Advanced Simulation Center, and Vice President and General Manager of Atlantic Aerospace Electronics Corporation. In these positions he performed and managed research and development in telecommunications, signal and image processing, advanced computing, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, and simulation.

Neil Dufty is TIEMS Regional Director for Australia, New Zealand & Oceania.Neil Dufty

Neil Dufty is a Principal at Molino Stewart, an Australian environment and natural hazards consultancy ( Neil has qualifications in earth sciences and education. He has over 35 years of experience working in community education, communications and engagement, particularly in environmental and natural hazards management. He is also an experienced evaluator having conducted over 30 major reviews of emergency management across Australia (samples at and is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society

Neil’s specialisations are in community disaster resilience building, early warning systems, social media and emergency management, and community disaster education. He has done consultancy work for numerous clients across Australia and he has been project manager for several major projects including the review of warning systems for the Victorian Floods Review and the review of bushfire warning systems based on the recommendations of the Royal Commission into 2009 Victorian Bushfires (Black Saturday).

Neil has presented at several peak conferences including the Australian Floodplain Management Conference and the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference. He has numerous published articles and several peer reviewed papers on community disaster education and emergency management evaluation, including in the Australian Journal of Emergency Management.

Through his extensive research, Neil is developing a new approach to community disaster education called ‘Learning for Disaster Resilience’. He is on review panels for several leading international emergency management journals as an expert in disaster education and communications, and building community disaster resilience. He is part of an extensive international learning community of emergency managers that use social media and other social networking mechanisms. 

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Roman Tandlich is TIEMS Regional Director for Africa.Roman Tandlich1

Roman Tandlich is originally from Slovakia where he completed his education up to Masters level. This occurred in 1998 and his background was originally in Biotechnology. He then continued on to complete his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo, USA. After two postdoctoral fellowships, Roman joined the Faculty of Pharmacy at Rhodes University in South Africa in 2008. He has been with the same department since then and has recently been promoted there to the rank of Associate Professor. He has expertise in public health, water and sanitation and Disaster ethics.

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