Josef Leitmann is TIEMS Acting Vice President.
Dr. Joe Leitmann is an American and Austrian citizen. He is an international resilience expert who consults for the United Nations and the World Bank. Joe is also the Executive Director of the University of California Disaster Resilience Expert. He worked for 35 years with the World Bank, most recently as Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist with the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery.
Dr. Leitmann worked in over forty developing countries in the areas of clean energy, natural resource management, urban development, post-disaster recovery, climate change, and resilience. Accomplishments included raising and managing over US$1 billion for recovery from the tsunami in Indonesia and the earthquake in Haiti.
Joe is Vice President of the US chapter of TIEMS and the author of numerous publications including Sustaining Cities (a McGraw-Hill textbook on urban environmental management). He speaks, French, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia, Spanish, Turkish, Maori, and is learning Korean.