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 Veritas, in 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, ARCHIMEDES, EDEN, 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.