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.   Joseph Pollack , TIEMS Editor with main responsibility for TIEMS Regular Newsletter (USA)
4.   Alex Fullick, TIEMS Editor with main responsibility for TIEMS Special Edition Newsletter (Canada)
5.   Wenlong Yang, TIEMS Asia Secretariat Officer (China)
6.  Yukio Fujinawa, Chair of TIEMS Disaster Early Warning Task Force Group (Japan)
7.  Andre Samberg, TIEMS Research and Technology Development Coordinator (Ukraine)
8.  Chen Ran, TIEMS Emergency Medicine Committee (TEMC) Director (China)
9.  D.K. Yoon, TIEMS 2019 Annual Conference in Seoul, Korea, Host (South Korea)

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).

Joseph Pollack is TIEMS Editor with main responsibility for TIEMS Newsletter.Joseph Pollack

Joseph Pollack received a merit-based scholarship to attend United World Colleges- an educational movement dedicated to promoting world-peace through cultural understanding - as one of 6 French students in 2004. He went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in War and Security Studies at the University of Hull where he wrote his dissertation on societal security and inter-agency collaborative training for mass-casualty incidents. He then co-founded a small research SME specialised in instrumented large-scale, live training simulations for mass-casualty incidents in Elverum, Norway, which is part of two on-going EU FP7 projects:
In 2011, Joseph started the European Masters in Law & Economics program where he had the opportunity to get an LLM from the University of Hamburg and an MSc from the Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research in Mumbai. He went on to complete a Research Masters in Applied Economics at the University Pantheon Sorbonne in Paris. In 2013, Joseph joined the European Research Centre for Information Systems in the Inter-Organisational Systems where he researched “Networked Humanitarian Logistics” for his PhD as a Marie Curie Scholar through the ITN for ESR.
He was focussing on promoting community approaches for statistical capacity building as program co-chair for Statistics Without Borders the outreach arm of the American Statistical Association. He pursues this interest as an advisory board member for Virginia Poly-technic University’s laboratory for inter-disciplinary statistics.
He is particularly interested in the protection and inclusion of indigenous populations, inter-agency training exercises, statistical and computing capacity building, GIS applications in civil protection, and future crimes. In addition, he is seeking out community insights with regard to specialised (CBRNE) training, institutional capacity building, citizen engagement, and policy and technology development for the rule of law.

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Alex Fullick is TIEMS Editor with main responsibility for TIEMS Scientific Articles Newsletter

Alex Fullick, MBCI, CBCP, CBRA, v3ITIL has been assisting major Canadian organizations initiate and manage customized Business Continuity Management (BCM) programs for over 19 years.  He is the Founder and Managing Director of StoneRoad, a consultancy and training firm specializing in BCM.

During his career, Alex Fullick has;

  • Performed numerous Business Impacts Analysis (BIA) workshops
  • Developed business contingency / disaster recovery strategies and plans
  • Developed and implemented Crisis Management Teams and structures
  • Created training and awareness programs
  • Implemented communication strategies
  • 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 from both business and technology groups

He has routinely been asked to present at global BCM/DR conferences and is the author of several books, including; “Heads in the Sand; What Stops Corporations from Seeing Business Continuity as a Social Responsibility”, “Business Impact Analysis (BIA): Building the Foundation for a Strong Business Continuity Program”, “Testing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans” and “Watch Your Step: The Slips, Trips, Traps and Falls of Managing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Programs.”  All his books are helpful manuals with tips and advice for hesitant companies who want to develop a BCM program but don’t know where to start, or have difficulty understanding why their current program is not as effective as it could be.

Alex is currently working on his 7th 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 and is foundation certified in the ITIL methodology.   

Wenlong Yang is TIEMS Asia Secretariat Officer.wenlongyang1

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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Andre Samberg is TIEMS Research and Technology Development Coordinator.Andre Samber1

Andre Samberg holds MSc in Electrical Engineering (1991), MS in Military Sciences (1991) and BA in Security Management (2008). He also completed the D.Sc. studies in Space Technology (2010) and PhD in Civil Protection (2019). Retired AF Captain. UN Crisis Management Veteran (peacekeeping, military veteran). Decorated with 15 merit crosses and medals. Fellow ICPEM of The Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (UK).

He was an instructor for Nokia Siemens Networks on 3G/4G mobile radio networks and telecommunications. Used to be Member of ISO, NIST and other standardization bodies. He was research scientist and project manager at Helsinki University of Technology 1994-2000. He (co-)authored 120+ papers and technical reports, researcher in about 20 international and national projects.

Since 2011 he has been a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Emergency Management. Since 2007, used to be a reviewer for Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science, The International Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. 2006–2007, Chairman, ASPRS Lidar Committee (ASPRS – American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, USA); for the 1st time in the history of ASPRS when the chair of any committee was elected outside North America. Then developed the LAS standard for laser scanner data, which is now implemented in every commercial remote sensing tools and GIS.

He was the (technical) coordinator in 2 European funded projects: one dedicated to 3D forest modeling using airborne laser scanning and the second one dedicated to the creation of pan-European federated testbed for public safety communications. Sub-task leader, Training on cross-border preparedness in project "Network of European Hubs for Civil Protection and Crisis Management" (DG ECHO, 2019-2020);  Project manager in Ukraine, The World Bank/GFDRR study on "The State of Civil Protection in the World: Typologies, Good Practices and Economic Returns" (2017-2019); National project manager, FP7 CAMINO (Comprehensive Approach to cyber roadMap coordINation and develOpment), CSA (2014-2016); National project manager, FP7 SAMURAI (Suspicious and Abnormal Behaviour Monitoring Using a Network of Cameras & Sensors for Situation Awareness Enhancement), RIA project (2008-2011).

5 gold medals (a champion) and 6 silver medals at the National Para-Athletics Championships.

Current research interests: public security, public safety communications, civil protection, AR/VR training tools for first responders, unmanned systems.

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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.

D. K. Yoon is TIEMS Host for TIEMS 2019 Annual Conference in Seoul, Korea.DK YOON

Dr. D.K. Yoon is an associate professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Engineering at Yonsei University. Prior to joining Yonsei University faculty in 2016, Dr. Yoon was an associate professor in the Disaster & Risk Management Engineering Track at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) and an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Management at North Dakota State University (NDSU). He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. Dr. Yoon teaches and conducts research in the areas of disaster management, disaster policy and planning, disaster vulnerability and capacity assessment, and spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems.


- Ph.D. City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2007
- M.R.P. City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2002
- M.S. Architectural Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, 1996
- B.S. Architectural Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, 1994

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, 2016 – present

- Department of Urban Planning and Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

  • Associate Professor, 2012 – 2016

- Disaster Management Engineering Track, School of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, Korea

  • Assistant Professor, 2007 – 2012

- Department of Emergency Management, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, US

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