The Advisory Board comprises 21 members who guide us with their knowledge, professional expertise and experience related to avoidable deaths.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Professor Heiko Balzter
The Director of the Institute of Environmental Futures; Director of the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research; and Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Leicester. He is also a Co-Investigator in the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation. He received the degree of Dipl. Ing. agr. (equivalent to MSc) from Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany, in 1994 and the Dr. agr. (PhD) from the same University in 1998. He holds the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2011) and the Royal Geographical Society’s Cuthbert Peek Award ‘for advancing geographical knowledge of human impact through earth observation’ (2015).
Professor Daniel Ladley
A Professor of Finance in the Division of Finance at the School of Business, University of Leicester and Director of the Leicester Finance Research and Industry Group. He is also Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching within the School of Business. His research interests include: market-microstructure; banking, systemic risk and financial stability; behavioural finance; reward and payment systems; and computational and numerical techniques.
Professor Norio Okada
An Emiratus Professor at Kyoto University. He is also Advisor to Kwansei Gakuin University, Visiting Professor at Kumamoto University and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. Since 2010 Professor Okada has been the President for “The International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM Society)”. From 2009 to 2012 Professor Okada was the Director for the world renowned ‘Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI)’ at Kyoto University in Japan. Professor Okada has long been engaged in scientific support for citizen-led participatory community management, especially in rural areas of Japan. During his time at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) he participated in several initiatives to explore a new cross-disciplinary research area called Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM). In the context of leading an extensive international research initiative to promote IDRiM, he has organised a series of international conferences and workshops in collaboration with IIASA. This research initiative resulted in the formation of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM Society). Professor Okada is currently attempting to extend the scope of integrated disaster risk management, by taking governance, systemic risks, sustainable management, and climate change into account.
Ms. Magda Stepanyan
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Risk Society consultancy. She holds an MA in Sociology (Yerevan State University, Armenia), MSc in Public Administration (Leiden University, the Netherlands), and The International Certificate in Risk Management from The Institute of Risk Management (UK). Her main areas of expertise include disaster risk reduction, disaster and climate risk governance, civil protection, resilience programming, enterprise risk management (ERM), project/ programme/ portfolio risk management, national risk assessment, risk management of trust funds. She has over 20 years management and consultancy experience, working with organizations such as WB, EC, Red Cross, UN, OSF, IDB, NRC NORCAP, and others in Eastern and Western Europe, Western Balkans, South Asia, Central Asia, South Caucasus, South East Asia, Africa, Arab states, Caribbean region.
Ms. Aditi Ghosh
Country Director for Sri Lanka at ChildFund International. Former Country Manager for Sri Lanka and India at Handicap International – Humanity and Inclusion and Deputy Director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Humanitarian Programme. With over 20 years of experience, Aditi has a wide variety of experience in leading and managing humanitarian programme. With a professional Environmental Management degree, she specialises in humanitarian response and risk reduction programming and led several humanitarian responses spanning over three continents and more than 25 countries. She has spent many years working in crises affected areas in managing humanitarian operations from forefront. She has held several leadership positions and has been instrumental in transforming organisations. An avid traveller and voracious reader, causes like gender justice, inclusive and right based humanitarian programming, are very close to her heart.
Mr. Mihir R. Bhatt
Director of the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI). He is leading thinking and action on disaster risk reduction since 1995 in India and South Asia through AIDMI. He has worked in 69 cities and 89 districts across 16 states of India and eight countries of Asia. He received Russell E. Train Institutional Fellowship; Eisenhower Fellowship; and Ashoka International Fellowship. He is a Senior Fellow at FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard. He Chairs Duryog Nivaran Network and is on the Independent Panel of Accountability Now; Gender and DRR Working Group of IAP UNISDR; Trans-Boundary Early Warning System Collaboration in South Asia, and International Humanitarian Studies Association. He was lead co-authors of chapter nine of the IPCC SREX Report and is regularly invited by international agencies to review regional disaster risk and climate uncertainty programmes.
Ms. Patience Finye Andrew
Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Manager at the Graça Machel Trust in South Africa. A leader in the non-profit sector within the creative space in Africa. She is a historian, spoken word poet, and radio broadcaster, using her creative platforms in advocating for children’s right to education and gender balance in humanitarian responses. She founded Custodians of African Literature (COAL), a non-profit organization that promotes African Literature by providing expressive and creative platforms for writers and artists in various communities.
Dr. Ambika Prasad Nanda
A postgraduate in Analytical and Applied Economics and has done his doctoral studies from J.N.U, New Delhi. Dr. Nanda is presently working as the head of Corporate Social Responsibility of Tata Steel in Odisha. He has worked with many international NGOs on the issues of education, land rights, sustainable livelihoods, and climate change and disaster management to facilitate creation of people’s institutions through participatory public discourse. He has also been a Member of the State Planning Board, Government of Odisha and facilitated democratic space for the civil society organizations to share evidences from the field to influence policy work. He has also been the head of UNDP programmes in the states of Odisha and Jharkhand and has initiated many research based policy works.
Ms. Cecilia Aipira
A Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Advisor for Africa based in UNDP Regional Service Centre in Addis Ababa. She brings international development experience from Africa, Asia, and the Pacific region. She has over 18 years’ work experience of providing policy and programmatic support in the area of climate change, disaster risk reduction, renewable energy, gender equality and agricultural development. Ms. Aipira is also a global expert on post-disaster needs assessment (PDNAs) and has conducted and PDNA exercise in more than 20 countries across the globe. Ms. Aipira holds a Master’s Degree on International Development and Management from Lund University.
Mr. Hamdou Raby Wane
A retired senior economist from the Untied Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Hamdou is the Founder and Managing Director of Albida International LLC, which is based in Dakar. Hamdou holds advanced degrees in Economics, Development Analysis and Planning and Economic History from Grenoble University, France; Post-graduate and Training of trainers’ diplomas in Environmental Economics, Climate Change, Disaster Management, and Environmental Management, delivered by Harvard University, Brown University, The World Bank Institute, the UN System Staff College.
Mr. Steve Glovinsky
Founder of PeerConnect and an international development consultant specializing in development and change – how the process of development succeeds or fails in producing positive, sustainable impact. Mr. Glovinsky has over 40 years’ experience in the UN system, primarily with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as a technical specialist and designer of development programs and projects for over 40 national governments and multinational organizations. He has a BA in Government from Harvard and an MA in Economics from Tufts University, USA. Currently, he is authoring a chapter on knowledge management for the “Routledge Handbook on the UN and Development” to be issued in mid-2020 on the occasion of the UN’s 75th anniversary.
Mr. David Wales
David is the Founder of SharedAim and is the International Research Lead for the National Fire Chiefs Council. David graduated from the University of Leicester with an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management. During a distinguished career in the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), David gained significant experience in all aspects of emergency planning and response. Most notably, he led the initial UK response to the first major fire in the Channel Tunnel, for which he was awarded a commendation. Over the course of 19 years, he worked consistently in evidence-based roles, including managing fire investigation, arson, research and community safety functions and conducting a quality assurance review. In 2017 he became an Evidence Champion with the Alliance for Useful Evidence. David instigated and led an award-winning national study to understand human behaviour in dwelling fires. He became the first Customer Experience Manager in the UK FRS and co-authored the report titled ‘Saving Lives Is Not Enough’. David is an experienced presenter, author and has worked extensively across multiple sectors including fire and emergency, health/ burns, academia, electrical and customer experience. He advises a wide range of organisations/ sectors, and his thinking is influential in the UK and internationally. Taking a human centred approach, David is increasingly interested in how people and tech powered (5G and the fourth industrial revolution) movements will impact on the future of organisations.
Professor Michael G Petterson
Mike is a geoscientist, currently at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. He previously held Professorial/ Senior Leadership positions at the British Geological Survey, University of Leicester, UK, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and University of the South Pacific (Fiji). Much of Mike’s career has been involved with international development particularly in areas such as institutional strengthening, capacity building, training & education, and technical geoscience. Experience in South and Central Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean/South America has provided firm foundations for the accrual of knowledge in ‘interconnected geoscience’: how geoscience alongside other disciplines, with appropriate world views, can add the greatest value to development-related interventions.
Mr. Mohammed Ali Said Al Badi
An environmentalist and political activist in Sultanate of Oman. Mr Albadi is an advocate of the green concept for sustainable development across the Sultanate of Oman. He is an elected member of ‘Majilis a Shura’ (parliament) from 2015 to 2019. Currently, he is a chairman of a group of companies founded by himself including the ‘YAS Center for Environment and Health’ (a Unit of YAS Hospital).
Mr. Tony Moore
A former soldier, police officer and academic, Tony Moore is a former President Emeritus and Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, an organisation that he was instrumental in setting up in 2009. After service in the Army, in the British Army of the Rhine and Aden, he spent 28 years in the Metropolitan Police, rising from Constable to Chief Superintendent. He served twice on the staff at The Police Staff College, Bramshill. After leaving the Metropolitan Police, he became an academic at Cranfield University, based within the then Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham (now part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom), where he lectured on a number of Masters’ programmes, including the Master of Defence Administration (MDA), the MSc in Global Security and its distance-learning counterpart, the MSc in International Security, and the MSc in Disaster Management. He was also Director of the annual International Disaster Management Course for a number of years and regularly lectured to multi-agency audiences, including the emergency services, military and local government officers, on Tactical Decision-Making Under Stress (TADMUS). He has a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) research degree from the University of Southampton. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) and the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (F.ISRM). He is the co-editor of three editions of Tolley’s Handbook of Disaster Management: Principles and Practice (2002, 2004 and 2006), and the author of Disaster and Emergency Management Systems, published by the British Standards Institution in 2008. Now retired from paid employment, whilst continuing to take a keen interest in civil protection and emergency management, he is also a police historian, and is the author of three books, viz: Policing Notting Hill: Fifty Years of Turbulence (Waterside Press, 2013); The Killing of Constable Keith Blakelock: The Broadwater Farm Riot (Waterside Press, 2015) and Rowan and Mayne: A biography of the first London police commissioners (Mango Books 2021).
Professor Alois Hirschmugl
A Regular Officer, Trainer/Expert for international disaster management, and Technical Director of DMAT Consulting KG. Since 1999, Professor Hirschmugl has completed nine missions as UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination Member, and two missions as EU Civil Protection Expert. Professor Hirschmugl contributed to EU research projects on Space, Disaster Resilience, and Security. Professor Hirschmugl holds a MA and Ph.D. in Law and published a handbook on the legal aspects for peace support operations, humanitarian, and disaster management operations.
Mr. Samuel Akera
Senior Resilience Advisor at United Nations Development Programme Ethiopia. A Programme Specialist with 14 years of professional experience in Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Development nexus. Holds a MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management, a M.A in Development studies and Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification. A Commonwealth Scholar and winner of prestigious UK’s Adult Learners Award, 2014.
Ms. Pamela Komujuni-Kalule
A Senior Disaster Management Officer with the Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Uganda. She is a passionate Disaster Risk Management practitioner, a profession she has enjoyed for over 12 years, working with communities, government and non-government technocrats, policy makers and humanitarian actors to support risk reduction, disaster preparedness and response interventions. She received a Bachelor of Social Science degree from Makerere University Kampala; a Master of Arts in Development Studies from International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, The Netherlands, specializing in Peace and Conflict Studies; and recently graduated with Merit in Master of Science in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. When she’s not busy with DRM work, she’s either reading a fiction novel, or struggling to learn French, or arguing and laughing with her husband and three children whom she lives with in Kampala, Uganda.
Dr. Matthew Lewin
Dr. Lewin is a U.S. based emergency medicine physician and holds a PhD in the field of neurophysiology. He earned his MD and PhD at the University of Texas/ MD Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and was awarded the 2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award and was the 2017 recipient of the Zeigler Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Global Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. He is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Lewis is the President and Chief Scientific Officer at Ophirex, Inc., a public benefit corporation dedicated to development of globally accessible antidotes for life- and limb-threatening diseases such as snakebite envenoming. Dr. Lewin is an Advisory Board Member of the Global Snakebite Initiative and Grantee of the Wellcome Trust. Additionally, he is an elected Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and Fellow National of the Explorers Club and on the Board of the North American Society of Toxinology. Previously, Matthew served on the WHO Snakebite Envenoming Working Group. His current focus is on the development of small molecule inhibitors of snake venom sPLA2s and other key venom components, the biological bases of their clinical potential, limitations and use in conjunction with existing standards of care. He is the author and co-author of more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Lancet, Nature, Discover, Scientific American, NPR, the BBC and in the influential documentary on snakebite, Minutes to Die.
Dr. Stephen Samuel
A Medical graduate from India with a MSc and PhD from Trinity College, Dublin. Worked as a Registrar in various departments of clinical medicine in the NHS, UK. Currently, the Senior Vice President of Clinical Medicine at Ophirex, Inc., working on developing small molecule based field antidotes for venomous snakebites. Stephen is also a visiting Physician Scientist with collaborator institutions in India specialising in treating snakebite victims, and education and awareness programs to mitigate snakebite deaths. He has research publications in the fields of nanoparticle-human microvasculature interactions, and snakebite envenoming.
Colonel Sanjay Srivastava
Chairman of the Climate Resilient Observing-Systems Promotion Council (CROPC) and Convenor of the CROPC Lightning Resilient India Campaign. He is a Professor of Practice at TERI SAS University and a Disaster and Climate Risk Management Expert within the Government of India, as well as a Member Senate and Director of the Center for Disaster Management
Studies at Khongnangthaba University Imphal Manipur. Sanjay is also Group Head MUSNNEAC at Stealth Broadcasting in India. Previously, he was Advisor to State in Disaster Management and SPO. Col. Sanjay has a Master of Business Administration and certificates in International Urban Search and Rescue and Earthquake Mitigation and Risk Reduction.