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. Jae Kwon Kim, Regional Director Asia (Korea)
  8. Thomas V. Robertson, Regional Director North America (USA)
  9. Neil Dufty, Regional Director Australia, New Zealand & Oceania (Australia)
  10. Mohammed Shuaib, Regional Director Middle East and Africa (Iraq)
  11. Diego Fernandez Otegui, Regional Officer 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.
Jae Kwon KimJae Kwon Kim is TIEMS Regional Director for Asia.
Jae Kwon Kim began working in the field as a practitioner, while he was participating in huge projects with Korea Construction Management Corporation as an engineer. As a practitioner, he got involved in projects inside and outside of Korea, and participated in disaster and emergency response in Korea. Currently, he is working as a CEO of a railroad corporate, and also served as a CEO in construction corporate that are well aware of disaster prevention and emergency response. He participated in disaster prevention activities as a consultant, panel, and researcher. As the head of KSDS, he is deeply involved in emergency response manual, research, and policy settings in Korea.
As an engineer, he participated in huge projects in many different nations such as Saudi Arabia, Arab region, Japan, Singapore, and Asian region. Especially, in the field of construction safety field, he has lots of experiences working as a control tower. He is participating in national disaster prevention for policy setting, and research as a leader, and he earned this position through his passion and devotion in the field to make everyone safe from disaster and accidents.
He expresses his challenge, and goal as a chairman of KSDS, to educate, train, and research by raising awareness, and explain necessity for disaster preparedness to make a perfect disaster response system. He believes this is a goal, and challenge that is worthwhile to overcome as a chairman of KSDS, and president of Korea chapter of TIEMS.
He is married, and he has one daughter, and grandson. He loves strolling and hiking, mostly for leisure, and he also likes golf, and go, which is also known as baduk in Korea that it is an Asian style of chess.
Thomas V. Robertson is TIEMS Regional Director for North America.Tom Robertson
Tom Robertson directs North America operations of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), where he founded the TIEMS USA local chapter. He is Technical Manager for TIEMS in the European Union ASSET Program, which is developing improved, participatory approaches to pandemic response. He is also leading the TIEMS initiative, Disaster Resilience Establishment in Vulnerable Societies (DREVS).
Tom is Founder and Principal at Thinking Teams, an international consultancy to leaders and organizations seeking high performance teams dealing with complexity, uncertainty, and risk. His clients include BAE Systems, The European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, and The Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies. He is active in the Oregon Organizational Development Network’s Community Consulting Program, which specializes in making not-for-profit organizations more effective.
Tom earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, where he did research in bioengineering, communications, and artificial intelligence. At Bell Laboratories he developed new techniques for monitoring and trouble-shooting system failures. He performed and led advanced research and development in simulation, image processing, advanced computing, artificial intelligence, and systems engineering in roles including Associate Technical Group Director, BAE Systems; Director, Advanced Information Sciences Division at The Analytic Sciences Corporation; Director of Engineering and Chief Scientist at Lockheed Martin Advanced Simulation Centre; and Vice President/General Manager at Atlantic Aerospace.
He lives in Vancouver, Washington with Linda lee, and he has four grown children and three grandchildren. He plays guitar and keeps up his training in dance, having in the past years performed in several musical theater productions, and competed in ballroom dancing.

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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Mohammed ShuaibMohammed Shuaib is TIEMS Regional Director for Middle East and Africa.
Dr. Mohammed Shuaib graduated from Iraqi Medical College at university of Baghdad 1986. In 1996 he received his Ph.D. in community medicine at Iraqi Board of Community of Medicine. He is now Director General of MOSS in Iraq Ministry of Health. Dr. Mohammed Shuaib is a member of Iraqi National Committee for crisis management. Moss (Medical Operations & Specialized Services), is the directorate in Iraq that was established in 2004 under the Ministry of Health to be the high level of command system for preparedness, response and rehabilitation for emergencies and crisis management. From 2005-2006 he was the Director General of Primary Health Care and Public Health Directorate. From 2007-2008 he was the Inspector General Consultant in I.G. Office. From 2010 -2011 he was the Director General of Administration, Finance and Legal Directorate. 
Under his leadership the following initiatives were implemented:
  • Evaluation of Nutritional Status for Primary Schools (comparative study)
  • Measure weight and length (for primary schools)
  • Evaluation Study for health Situation in the Ibn Al- Rrushed and Rashad hospitals
  • Supervising of the (students) boarders of primary health care and public health fields
 He is a highly appreciated member of the following committees:
  • A member of high studying discussing committee for getting doctorate of microbidogism/Baghdad university medicine college
  • A member of discussing committee for researcher (Jalal Abed al- Razak) specialist (society medicine) his research about the health habits and dangerous factors for the patients who enter the revival unit in Al-Hussein hospital in karbla (Al-Mustanirya university – medicine college)
  • A member of discussing committee doctorate's student (Amen Ageal Yasser) on his research about activation program of administrative educational for nursing managers in Baghdad City at Baghdad university nursing collage
Dr Shuaib is also a member of numerous scientific committees.

Diego Fernandez Otegui is the Regional Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)DiegoOtegui

He is a Ph.D. candidate in Disaster Science and Management in the School of Public Policy at the University of Delaware in the United States. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Torcuato Di Tella University, a graduate diploma in Social Communications from the Complutense University of Madrid, a specialization in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Andrés and a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the Naval University of Argentina.

With almost 25 years of experience in emergency management and humanitarian affairs, he had the opportunity to participate in missions in various countries among which are worth mentioning his work in East Timor under the UN Transitional Administration and his role as Head of Base in Democratic Republic of Congo with Action Against Hunger. He has also served in India, Mozambique, Trinidad and Tobago and Spain.

He has lectured in numerous international conferences in the Netherlands, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Mozambique, Ethiopia and the United States among others. He has 7 years of experience as university professor of analysis and risk management and more than 15 years of experience as an instructor in various courses related to disaster management, humanitarian response and associated topics. He has also served as Director and Instructor in several courses for different law enforcement and security agencies.

He speaks fluently English, Portuguese and French. He was a volunteer firefighter in Argentina for 5 years. In his private practice he is an international consultant and founder and CEO of the Imara International Humanitarian Group.

He currently lives in the United States with his wife and two years old daughter. He plays the guitar, enjoys running and swimming and is a member of the United Methodist Church.

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