speaker
  • Mami Mizutori
    Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR
  • Armin Schuster
    President
    Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
  • Dr. Bärbel Kofler
    Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Christian Reuter
    Secretary General
    German Red Cross
  • Dr. Irene Mihalic
    Domestic Policy Spokesperson
    Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
  • Mario Dobovisek
    Editor and Presenter
    Deutschlandfunk
#FTKatV
speaker
Mami Mizutori
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR
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Mami Mizutori
She was appointed Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) in March 2018. She served for 27 years in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in various capacities. Prior to joining UNDRR she was Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia, UK since 2011.


Dr. Bärbel Kofler
Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance
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Dr. Bärbel Kofler
In March 2016, she was appointed Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance. She has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2004, where she has served on the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Finance Committee, and the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance. Since 2017, she has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

She has a great interest in languages, literature, cultures and other countries.
Dr. Maarten van Aalst
Director
Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
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Dr. Maarten van Aalst
He is the Director of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the global reference centre on climate risk management for the international Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, working with a network of 192 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies with 18 million local volunteers, as well as a wide range of partners including governments, development banks, UN agencies, private sector, civil society and academic institutions.
Christian Reuter
Secretary General
German Red Cross
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Christian Reuter
Since April 2015, Christian Reuter, who holds a degree in economics, has been Secretary General and Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Red Cross. Born in Münster, he previously headed the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V. as Federal Managing Director for over four years from 2011. He was also Managing Director at the Institute for Company Organization and Information Technology from 2003 to 2010 and held various positions at the RAG Group from 1996 to 2003.
Armin Schuster
President
Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
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Armin Schuster
Armin Schuster has been President of the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) since November 2020. He was a member of the Federal Police for 29 years and held various management positions throughout Germany, most recently as Head of the Federal Police Office/Inspection Weil am Rhein. Since 2009, Armin Schuster was a directly elected member of the German Bundestag for the constituency of Lörrach-Müllheim and a member of the Interior Committee. In 2014, he became the CDU/CSU parliamentary group's representative on the Interior Committee and a member of the Parliamentary Control Panel of the Federal Intelligence Services.
Dr. Irene Mihalic
Domestic Policy Spokesperson for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Member of Parliament
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Dr. Irene Mihalic
Irene Mihalic has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2013 and has been the domestic policy spokesperson for the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen parliamentary group since 2016. After completing her secondary education, she trained as a police officer and studied at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration, graduating as a Diplom Verwaltungswirtin (FH). In 1993, Irene Mihalic joined the police force of North Rhine-Westphalia. Subsequently, she worked in various areas, since 2007 at the Cologne Police Headquarters.
Mario Dobovisek

Deutschlandfunk
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Mario Dobovisek
Mario Dobovisek is an editor at Deutschlandfunk and presenter of "Information in the Morning," among other things. He is co-responsible for the Corona Task Force / the crisis team for all Deutschlandradio locations. He can look back on 25 years of experience in civil protection: With his former work in the THW (German Federal Agency for Technical Relief) with staff and press work in national and international missions, his focus on "international cooperation in disasters" as a political scientist and his lecturing activities for the "European Civil Protection" of the EU Commission, among others.
Source of the picture: Deutschlandradio/ Annika Pesch

Nina Köksalan

National Focal Point for the Sendai Framework
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Nina Köksalan
Nina Köksalan heads the National Focal Point for the Sendai Framework at the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, which coordinates and supports the implementation process of the Sendai Framework in Germany and is the primary contact for the United Nations in this regard.


Laura Vanessa Müller

National Focal Point for the Sendai Framework
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Laura Vanessa Müller
Laura Vanessa Müller is a staff member at the National Focal Point for the Sendai Framework at the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, which coordinates and supports the implementation process of the Sendai Framework in Germany and is the primary contact for the United Nations in this regard.
Albrecht Broemme
Vorstandsvorsitzender Zukunftsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit e.V. (ZOES)
Ehrenpräsident Technisches Hilfswerk (THW)
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Albrecht Broemme
As the state fire director of Berlin (1992 to 2006) and president of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW, 2006 to 2019), Albrecht Broemme has been responsible for civil protection in Germany and international humanitarian aid for decades. His engagement in disaster control includes the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group of the United Nations (INSARAG, regional group Africa / Europe / Middle East), member of the advisory board for disaster control, fire protection and rescue services in the German Cities Council, honorary member of the German Fire Services Association (DFV), President of the European Fire Academy (EΦA) and member of the board of German Fire Protection Association (vfdb). He was also the Federal Government's special commissioner for the implementation of the European Union's declaration with Turkey on migration. 
Alice Stevenson
Senior Special Projects Officer – Research and Learning
Action Against Hunger USA
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Alice Stevenson
Alice joined Action Against Hunger in 2019, where she managed the Modelling Early Risk Indicators to Anticipate Malnutrition (MERIAM) research project until it’s end in April 2021. She is now the Senior Special Projects Officer – Research and Learning where she is working to improve the translation of research and innovation into practice.

She holds an Master’s in Climate & Society from Columbia University, where she focused on the impact of climate change on global health and development

Amelie Mara Chrispeels, M.A.

Institut der Feuerwehr NRW
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Amelie Mara Chrispeels, M.A.
After attaining degrees from the Universities of Bremen and Limerick/Ireland in European Politics and Security as well as English- Speaking Cultures, Amelie Chrispeels worked in several projects in the research department of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief before starting her current project on wildfires at the State Fire Service Institute of North Rhine Westphalia.
She is also a member of the Order of Malta First Aid Responders and the Warendorf volunteer fire fighter unit.

Anke Moon
Head of International Affairs
Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
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Anke Moon
Anke Moon is heading up the international affairs division at the BBK, dealing with bilateral and multilateral relations and realising in international civil protection projects currently in Jordan, Tunisia and Ukraine. Having worked in civil protection on a national level for almost a decade, Anke used to head up the global communications team for a sustainability NGO engaging in UN climate negotiations and has worked for a political consultancy in London, the Chamber of Commerce in New York and the European Commission in Berlin. She has also some experience in national crisis management during the refugee crisis in 2015 and supporting the GMLZ i.e. during major flooding incidents.
Anna Lena Huhn
Regional Forecast-based Financing Delegate – Southern Africa
German Red Cross
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Anna Lena Huhn
In her current function as Regional Forecast-based Financing Delegate in southern Africa, Anna Lena Huhn supports Red Cross National Societies and governmental partners in the design and rollout of mechanisms for anticipatory actions prior to floods, cyclones, droughts and cold waves in Namibia, Lesotho and Mozambique. She is the co-chair of the regional technical working group on anticipatory action and chair of the inter-agency drought trigger development working group in southern Africa. As independent consultant, she has previously advised IGOs and INGOs on disaster preparedness, early warning early action, DRR and emergency response coordination with a focus on small island developing states and lusophone countries.
Annette Händlmeyer

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Generalsekretariat
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Annette Händlmeyer
Annette Händlmeyer is a research fellow in the team Research in Civil Protection in the German Red Cross Headquarters. Since 2016 she has been conducting research on vulnerable groups in crises and disasters, particularly people in need of care and medical attention.  
Arne Brandschwede
Advisor for Disaster Risk Management
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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Arne Brandschwede
Arne Brandschwede is a geographer specializing in
climate change affairs, trained at the Universities of Bonn and Copenhagen. He works at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and advises the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on holistic disaster risk management (DRM). His work focuses on the interfaces to adaptation to climate change as well as DRM in fragile and conflict-affected states.

Chris Hetkämper
Research Assistant
Technische Hochschule Köln
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Chris Hetkämper
Chris Hetkämper is Research Assistant in the Team Risk and Crisis Management at the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection (TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences) in Germany. His main areas of expertise and interest are critical infrastructures, risk and crisis management as well as the potential of applying geographic information systems as a planning tool in disaster risk management. Currently, he is working in the project "NOWATER: Emergency preparedness planning for water supply and sanitation in health care facilities – organisational and technical solution strategies to increase resilience".
Christian Poschmann
Head of project “Strengthening the capacities of state and municipal emergency management in Eastern Ukraine
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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Christian Poschmann
Christian Poschmann works at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and heads the project "Strengthening the capacities of state and municipal emergency management in Eastern Ukraine". For 10 years he has been working in various functions on the subjects of civil protection, disaster prevention and fire services, mostly in fragile contexts. He has been working as an international employee at GIZ in Ukraine since 2015.
Christine Prokopf
National Contact Point Security Research
VDI Technologiezentrum
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Christine Prokopf
Christine Prokopf is National Contact Point (NCP) Security for Germany. In that function, she advises on calls and applications for the European Security Research Programme within Horizon Europe Cluster 3. Being part of VDI TZ, the BMBF’s project management agency for the national security research programme, she contributes to implementing the “German applicants in civil security research fit for Europe” scheme that currently specifically targets practitioners interested in civil security research. Her PhD was on risk governance as a means for normatively focussing political action on disaster prevention with the Sendai Framework as one of the case studies.
Christoff Schwarz

Institut der Feuerwehr NRW
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Christoff Schwarz
Following vocational training Christoff Schwarz completed the fire service basic training. After stations as a trainer and in the fire service control room the drawing- enthusiast successfully completed the leadership training to become a professional brigade leader. He worked as operational commander and press officer as well as CO Medical Emergency Services in Steinfurt county. In 2016 he joined the State Fire Service Institute NRW as a trainer and teacher and started working on alternative methods in visualisation techniques. He leads the wildfire working group for a year now. He is also a member of the state-wide working group on wildfire prevention and a representative for training in the national working group on wildfire prevention.
Christoph Stiller
Brandoberrat
Berlin Fire Brigade
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Christoph Stiller
Christoph Stiller works as a fire officer at the Berlin Fire Brigade and heads the technology department. In complex situations, he is deployed as an incident commander. He is also responsible for the procurement of consumables for use (eg. PPE) by the fire brigade. As part of the coronavirus pandemic, he was member of the Berlin fire brigade's crisis team in 2020. 
Christoph Sturm
Engineer
AGAPLESION Hygiene, Institut für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin
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Christoph Sturm
Christoph Sturm works as an engineer for AGAPLESION Hygiene at the institute for hygiene and environmental medicine. He oversees the NOWATER-Project and cares for the hygienic monitoring of air and water systems.
Cordula Dittmer

Disaster Research Unit, Freie Universität Berlin
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Cordula Dittmer
Dr. Cordula Dittmer is a research associate at the
Disaster Research Center (KFS) of Freie Universität Berlin. Her work in the WAKE and BePAL projects focuses on the analysis of the management of the refugee situation in 2015/16 and the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic by the Civil Protection.

Daniel Lorenz

Disaster Research Unit, Freie Universität Berlin
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Daniel Lorenz
Daniel F. Lorenz is a research associate at the Disaster
Research Center (KFS) of Freie Universität Berlin and chair of Katastrophennetz e.V. He is currently working on the role of civil protection during the 2015/16 refugee situation and in the management of the current SARS- CoV-2 pandemic.

Dr. Alexander Rösner

Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk
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Dr. Alexander Rösner
Alexander Rösner is a scientific project officer in the research unit at the THW headquarter in Bonn. He works as the coordinator for the national-funded networking project ForAn (Forschungsnetzwerk deutscher Anwender).
After studying marine geosciences focusing on landslides and tsunamis, he gained a Ph.D. in earthquake mechanics. Since 2021 he is working for the THW.

Dr. Benni Thiebes
Managing Director
German Committee for Disaster Reduction
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Dr. Benni Thiebes
Dr. Benni Thiebes joined the German Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2018 and has previously worked as a scientist and consultant in Europe and Asia on early warning systems, natural hazard analysis, and risk management approaches. He teaches in the postgraduate courses KaVoMa and ÖRisk.
Dr. Christoph Lamers

Institut der Feuerwehr NRW
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Dr. Christoph Lamers
Christoph Lamers studied physics in Aachen and first worked as a scientist at research institutes in Jülich and Grenoble. After training as a senior fire officer he worked, among other things, as a department head for fire protection and disaster control at the Arnsberg district government. The focus of his current position at the Institute of the State Fire Service Institute North Rhine Westphalia in Münster
are the training and further education of command units and crisis teams, the coordination of scientific activities and civil protection at European level.

Dr. Felix Bloch
Head of Unit „Knowledge Network and Evidence-based Policy”
Europäische Kommission – Generaldirektion Europäischer Katastrophenschutz und Humanitäre Hilfe (ECHO)
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Dr. Felix Bloch
Felix Bloch studied law at the Universities of Tübingen, Bonn, London and Bern. Since 2005, Mr Bloch is an official at the European Commission in Brussels. After various assignments in the Directorate-General for Agriculture, he moved in 2015 to the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) as a personal assistant of the Director-General. As of March 2017, he was a member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, where he closely followed the legislative work on the rescEU initiative. Since October 2019, he has been appointed Head of the Knowledge Network and Evidence-based Policy Unit in DG ECHO.
Dr. Gesine Hofinger

Forschungsstelle interkulturelle und komplexe Arbeitswelten, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
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Dr. Gesine Hofinger
Dr. Gesine Hofinger, psychologist, works on Human Factors and Safety with the research and consulting company Team HF and at the Friedrich-Schiller- University of Jena. Focus of her research is human behaviour and safety. Among her areas of application are civil protection and disaster management, crisis and emergency management, patient safety.
Dr. Gunnar Gidion

Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik (IMTEK), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
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Dr. Gunnar Gidion
Gunnar Gidion is a physicist working at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) of the University of Freiburg. He is responsible for research and teaching in the field of electrical instrumentation (Elektrische Messtechnik). His research focuses are electroactive polymer-film sensors and actuators and their application in musical acoustics as well as radio-frequency devices for urban search and rescue and medical applications.
Dr. Junaid Razzak
Vice Chair of Research at the Department of Emergency Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
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Dr. Junaid Razzak
Dr. Razzak is the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Razzak has extensive experience of working in emergency, trauma and disaster research.
Before joining Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Razzak served as Director of the Center for Global Emergency Care at Johns Hopkins University as well as Professor of Emergency Medicine.
In addition, Dr. Razzak spent ten years in Pakistan as the Professor and Founding Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Emergency Medicine and Trauma in Pakistan. Dr. Razzak led the development of Pakistan’s first advanced life support ambulance service, a Telehealth program and an innovative community health program.
Dr. Razzak is PI on the Fogarty International Collaborative Injury and Trauma Research Training Program (ICTIRT) (D43) and has ongoing NIH funded projects on management of hypertension in the emergency department.
He recently finished a project on developing a tool to measure urban preparedness across three countries (CAMERA tool in cooperation with ICRC).
Dr. Razzak has received numerous awards including Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by the Global Emergency Medicine Academy and Award for Outstanding Contribution by the American College of Emergency Physicians and has published over 130 peer- reviewed manuscripts.
Dr. Razzak did his MBBS from Aga Khan University, completed his residency in Emergency Medicine from Yale University and Ph.D. in Public Health from Karolinska Institute.

Dr. Kai Fürstenberg

Institut der Feuerwehr NRW
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Dr. Kai Fürstenberg
Following degrees in political science and history, including a South Asia specialization, at Uppsala and Heidelberg universities Kai Fürstenberg received a doctoral degree in political science, writing about institutional theory. Additionally, he holds a degree in administrative sciences from Speyer University. He is currently leading a project on wildfire risk assessment at the State Fire Service Institute NRW. He is engaged at Heidelberg and Münster Volunteer Fire Brigades.
Dr. Lothar Schrott
University Professor, Geomorphology Director of master’s programme “Disaster management and risk governance“
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Department of Geography.
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Dr. Lothar Schrott
My research activities focus mainly on natural hazards and geomorphic processes in mountain areas (European Alps, Rocky Mountains, Andes, German upland). Current research projects are related to sediment budgets, mass movements and high mountain permafrost.

My teaching activities in Physical Geography focus specifically on theoretical and applied approaches in geomorphology, natural hazards and risks, and global environmental change.
www.geomorph.uni-bonn.de/team/prof.-dr.-lothar-schrott 
Dr. Martin Hellmann
Board member of the DKKV; Program Coordination Defence and Security Research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR
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Dr. Martin Hellmann
Dr. Martin Hellmann is a board member of DKKV. He has been working for the German Aerospace Center since 2001 and since 2010 for the newly established Security Research Coordination program at DLR headquarters in Cologne as coordinator for security research and dual-use. In addition, he is a reserve officer (Major d. R.) of the German Armed Forces.
Dr. Shawky Amine Eddine
Director of Learning and development / Assistant EMS director for training and Quality / COVID19 Response Coordinator
Lebanese Red Cross
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Dr. Shawky Amine Eddine
Dr. Shawky Amine Eddine, is a medical doctor with special interest in pre-hospital care, Healthcare quality management and disaster management. He has served as an EMT in the Lebanese Red Cross since 2007 and as Head of Station for the LRC EMS Station in
Damour. Currently, he is fulfilling the roles of the LRC Director for Learning and Development, Assistant EMS Director for Training and Quality and COVID-19 Response Coordinator. He had multiple academic contributions to the subject of Pre-Hospital Care including the development of LRC EMS Clinical Guidelines, First Responder and EMT curricula, EMS standards and is the lead author for the LRC EMT book: Emergency Medical Technician: Your Guide to a Better Quality of Care and First Responder Book: Emergency Medical Responder: Your First Step into Prehospital Care. Dr. Amine Eddine has commanded multiple crises including Lebanon Wildfires 2019, Lebanon Floods 2019, Civil Unrests 2019-2020, COVID-19 Outbreak 2020, and the Beirut Port Explosion from the 4th of August 2020.
He has led the Real Time Evaluations for the LRC COVID-19 response and the LRC Beirut Port Explosion response. Dr. Amine Eddine is also a Disaster Management Instructor within the Humanitarian Leadership Diploma, offered by Global Health Institute at American University Beirut, an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing of the Lebanese Red Cross and a consultant for multiple local, regional and global NGOs.

Eckhart Curtius

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Referat 524
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Eckhart Curtius
Eckhart Curtius is lawyer by education with a focus on International Law. Since more than 30 years, he is working in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In the last 10 years, he was active in the field of civil security research, primarily on the European level as head of the German delegation to the Programme Committees (both civil and military) as well as on the bilateral cooperation with other States (Austria, France, US) in the framework of the national security research programme (www.sifo.de)
Elena Joel
Research Assistant
Universität der Bundeswehr, München
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Elena Joel
Elena Joel is a research assistant at the Chair of Sanitary Engineering and Waste Management at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich. She works on the topic of emergency water supply and wastewater disposal for hospitals, in particular on technical aspects and technologies for coping with a sudden failure of the piped water supply and disposal system.
Erwann FILLOL
GIS Officer at the Regional Office for West and Central Africa
Action Against Hunger ACF
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Erwann FILLOL
Erwann FILLOL is the technical responsible of the pastoral early warning system used by ACF over west Sahel since 2007. Erwann Fillol is an expert in remote sensing and geographic information system. With a background in physical science, he holds a MSc degree in climatology from Grenoble University and a PhD degree in remote sensing from Sherbrooke University in Canada. After a postdoctoral position at INRA of Avignon he was involved in developing Action Against Hunger ACF’s early warning system using real time remote sensing data.
Heidi Oschmiansky

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Generalsekretariat
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Heidi Oschmiansky
Dr. Heidi Oschmiansky is a research fellow in the team Research in Civil Protection in the German Red Cross Headquarters. Since 2016 she has been researching vulnerable groups in crises and disasters, especially people in need of care. From 2013 to 2016, she worked in the division Elderly Care of the German Red Cross Headquarters as a referee for training and quality in elderly care. From 1997 to 2006, she worked at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) in the department of international labour market and employment policy. She did her doctorate on care labour markets in Germany and Sweden in welfare state change. 
Isabelle Falzone
GRC Thematic Focal Point (DRR, Urban) in MENA
German Red Cross
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Isabelle Falzone
Isabelle Falzone has fulfilled roles in the GRC HQ and as a German Red Cross Programme Delegate in Togo, Yemen, Lebanon since 2011. Currently, she is the GRC Thematic Focal Point (Urban, DRR, FbF) based in Beirut, Lebanon for the MENA region.
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Samuel Tomczyk
Juniorprofessor for Digital Health and Prevention
University of Greifswald
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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Samuel Tomczyk
Samuel Tomczyk is a junior professor for Digital Health and Prevention at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Greifswald. His research uses a mixed methods approach to focus on technology acceptance and readiness in the population as well as crisis communication and digital prevention in health- and security-related contexts. This comprises the analysis of public warnings and the examination of barriers and facilitators regarding the use of digital prevention (e.g., crisis apps or mobile health apps).
Karsten Uhing
Researcher/Project Manager
Frauenhofer IML
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Karsten Uhing
Karsten Uhing is a researcher and project manager at Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML). He is leading the EU funded RESILOC Project, which aims to empower local community stakeholders to assess their resilience against a particular hazard scenario and develop mid to long-term strategies to improve it. During his working career he has gained experience in international humanitarian aid projects on the African continent as well as structural development projects in the aviation and health sectors. Mr. Uhing has an academic background in International Management with a focus on economics and logistics. His particular interest is on humanitarian logistics and systemic approaches to resilience.
Kippnich Uwe

Bayerisches Rotes Kreuz, Landesgeschäftsstelle
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Kippnich Uwe
Uwe Kippnich is the coordinator of security research at the BRK in Munich. He has been working on the topic of threats in civil protection for many years and supervises national and international research projects on this topic and other security research issues. For the BRK, he is the project leader for "MEDinTime" , "LARUS-Pro", "AIFER" and other national and international projects. He is co-author of the "Recommendation for Common Regulations on the Use of Drones in Civil Protection" of the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK). During the flood in the summer of 2021 in western Germany, he coordinated, among other things, a special reconnaissance team and works closely with the Center for Satellite-based Crisis Information (ZKI) of the German Aerospace Center. 
Lennart Landsberg
Research associate
TH Köln / IRG
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Lennart Landsberg
Lennart Landsberg is a research associate at the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection at Cologne University of Applied Sciences. He is involved in the research project SORTIE and in research on the evaluation of leadership performance.
Manuel Atug
Head of Business Development
HiSolutions AG
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Manuel Atug
Manuel Atug is Head of Business Development at HiSolutions AG. He has been working in information security for over 23 years and has many years of experience in Critical Infrastructures. In this context, he is concerned with the resilience of information technology and production environments (OT).

Privately, he is involved on a voluntary basis in the AG KRITIS with ethical questions on hackback and hybrid warfare in relation to population protection and the resulting risks.

Manuel Geiger
Research Assistant
Technische Hochschule Köln
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Manuel Geiger
Manuel Geiger is Research Assistant in the Team Risk and Crisis Management at the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection at TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences in Germany. His main area of interest and expertise is critical infrastructures, especially medical facilities and drinking water supply. Currently, he is working for the BMBF-Project NOWATER. The project focus on emergency water supply planning in healthcare facilities. In addition to his degree in safety engineering, he is at the moment at the university of Bonn for a medical degree.
Marianne Schüsseler

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Generalsekretariat
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Marianne Schüsseler
Marianne Schüsseler is a research fellow in the team Research in Civil Protection in the German Red Cross Headquarters. Since 2020, she has been conducting research on vulnerable groups in crises and disasters, particularly people who need medical care or nursing. Furthermore, she researches the resilience of critical infrastructures in the event of a disasters, particularly hospitals. Her work focuses on questions of networking, cooperation, and the socio-spatial approach to civil protection.
Matthias Range
Head of Unit “Risk Finance & Insurance”
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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Matthias Range
Matthias Range has fifteen years of expertise in strategic
planning and implementation of various projects (microfinance and –insurance; climate and disaster risk management/insurance; private sector development) as well as in political dialogue gained with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). He holds a University Degree in Business Administration with a focus on International Marketing and Change Management from RWTH Aachen and NUS Singapore. He currently heads a unit on Risk Finance and Insurance at GIZ.

Myriam Merad
CNRS Research Director (Professor)
CNRS, UMR LAMSADE
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Myriam Merad
Myriam Merad is research director (professor) at French National Centre for Scientific Research, UMR Lamsade, Dauphine University in Paris. Furthermore, she is president of the scientific council at AFPCN and holds a position in the European UNDRR Science-and-Technology Expert Advisory Group (STAG).

Peter Windsheimer

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Generalsekretariat
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Peter Windsheimer
Peter Windsheimer is a research fellow in the team Research in Civil Protection in the German Red Cross Headquarters. Since 2020, he has been researching vulnerable groups in crises and disasters and factors that promote or reduce situation-specific vulnerability. He also focuses on ways to strengthen the resilience of the critical infrastructure in the event of a disaster, in particular hospitals.
Philippe Testa
Head of the Health and Disaster Risk Reduction Department at the French Red Cross.
French Red Cross
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Philippe Testa
Philippe holds a master degree in Organizational Change Management, a diploma in Management of Health, a diploma in Nursing and a training in Institutional Financial Management. He has fulfilled roles as Head of the First Aid Department at the French Red Cross and Head of Training at the Ile de France regional Health and Social Training Institute.
Prof. Dr. Lars Gerhold
Leiter Forschungsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit (FOES)
Freie Universität Berlin
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Prof. Dr. Lars Gerhold
Prof. Dr. Lars Gerhold is university professor for interdisciplinary security research at Freie Universität Berlin, PI at the Einstein Center Digital Future, spokesman for the Dahlem Center Interdisciplinary Privacy and Security Research, project manager of the Public Security Research Forum and the Security Future Laboratory, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Forum Public Safety & Security. His research focuses on risk perception, population behavior, socio-technical systems, security foresight, technology assessment and social change. Web link www.sicherheit-forschung.de
Prof. Dr. Martin Voss
Professor and Head
Disaster Research Unit (DRU)
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Prof. Dr. Martin Voss
Martin Voss is Professor for Socio Scientific Disaster Research and Head of the Disaster Research Unit, Freie Universität Berlin as well as the founding director of the non-profit private limited company Academy of the Disaster Research Unit (ADRU). His main working areas are Inter- and transdisciplinary research on risk, crisis and disaster.
Prof. Dr. Peer Rechenbach
Vorsitzender des AK V der IMK i. R.
Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg
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Prof. Dr. Peer Rechenbach
As head of department in the Ministry of the Interior and Sports of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Peer Rechenbach was responsible for the coordination of the disaster control authorities and units for acute hazard prevention with the defense of various major loss events (oil damage, bomb disposal with evacuations, storm surges and floods, bird and Mexican flu, EHEC epidemic). From 2010 to 2012 he was chairman of working group V (fire brigade, rescue service, population, disaster and civil protection as well as civil-military cooperation) of the Standing Conference of Interior Ministers and Senators of the Federal States (IMK). Before he started working for the Ministry of the Interior, he was deputy head of the Hamburg fire brigade with the integrated rescue service and was responsible for various areas of responsibility. He was member of the Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team of the United Nations and worked internationally as a high level coordinator in the European Union's mechanism for preventing major accidents. 
Prof. Dr. Peter Schmiedtchen
Consultant for safety and emergency management
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Prof. Dr. Peter Schmiedtchen
Prof. Dr. Peter Schmiedtchen is working as a consultant for safety and emergency management since his retirement in 2021. He previously worked for Drägerwerk AG for more than 30 years, most recently internationally as Head of Safety and Emergency Management. He is a founding member of the "Safety and Emergency Management" degree program offered jointly by Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences and IBK Heyrothsberge and has been lecturing since 2003. In 2015 he was appointed honorary professor for Emergency Response in this degree program. He is a member of the Forum for Safety and Security and has been active in volunteer fire departments for 45 years. Prof. Schmiedtchen studied physics at Kharkiv State University and received his doctorate from the Technical University of Dresden in 1990 with the topic "Fundamentals and Opportunities of Infrared Measurement Technology in Fire Fighting and Protection".


Prof. Dr. Reimund Schwarze

Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ)
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Prof. Dr. Reimund Schwarze
Reimund Schwarze heads the Department of Climate Economics at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ in Leipzig and he is member of the executive board at DKKV. Furthermore, he is the Chair of International Environmental Economics at the European University Viadrina and holds a position in the European UNDRR Science-and-Technology Expert Advisory Group (STAG).
Prof. Dr. Stefan Pickl
Vice chairman of the DKKV; Professor at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich
Universität der Bundeswehr München
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Prof. Dr. Stefan Pickl
Prof. Dr. Stefan Pickl is vice chairman of the DKKV. His Munich-based research group COMTESSA deals with safety and security issues in the context of complex disaster preparedness situations as well as the analysis, anticipation and architecture of complex systems. Prof. Pickl is on the Advisory Board for "Health Care Management" at the University of Central Florida
Prof. Hermann Schröder

Ministerium des Inneren, für Digitalisierung und Kommunen Baden-Württemberg
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Prof. Hermann Schröder
Hermann Schröder heads the Civil Protection and Crisis Management Department at the Ministry of the Interior in Baden-Württemberg. This includes the areas of firefighting and fire protection, rescue services, disaster control and crisis management.
He is chairman of AK V of the Conference of Interior Ministers and coordinates the interests of the federal states in civil protection here. After studying civil engineering, he trained as a firefighter, was head of the state firefighting school and state fire director in Baden-Württemberg.
He gained experience in large-scale operations during the 2006 World Cup, the NATO summit, during the 2015-2017 wave of refugees and now in crisis management during the Corona pandemic.

René Kastner

Disaster Competence Network Austria (DCNA)
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René Kastner
René Kastner is a Sociology graduate from the University of Graz and is engaged in the field of social-scientific disaster research since 2009. Within the framework of a research stay in New Orleans, Lousiana, he documented the reconstruction after hurricane Katrina over several months. Mr. Kastner extended his specialized knowledge through the collaboration with numerous relief forces and continual participation in disaster related conferences domestically and abroad. Since 2017 he is regularly engaged as a guest lecturer at the German Academy for Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and Civil Protection.
Ria Hidajat
Senior advisor for Disaster Risk Management
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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Ria Hidajat
Ria Hidajat is a senior policy advisor in the sector
program “Peace and Security, Disaster Risk Management” at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Bonn, Germany. For more than 20 years, Ria has been involved in the context of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) for sustainable development and humanitarian aid. Prior to her current position at GIZ, she worked at the centre for disaster risk and development at the University of Bonn, was responsible as a project manager at the Geological Agency in Indonesia, and worked as a freelance consultant for several organisations in the context of DRR and CCA.

Ronja Winkhardt-Enz
Research Associate
German Committee for Disaster Reduction
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Ronja Winkhardt-Enz
Ronja Winkhardt-Enz works as a research associate at DKKV. After completing her Master's degree in "Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security" at the University of Bonn and the UNU-EHS, she now supports the DKKV in networking activities and project work. Her focus lies, in particular, on networking with members, and stakeholders from the local, the municipal, as well as the international level.
Sabina Kaczmarek
Head the research department at Berlin Fire Brigade
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Sabina Kaczmarek
Sabina Kaczmarek heads the research department at Berlin Fire Brigade. She is a member of various committees and working groups that deal with research in fire fighting across Germany, including two working groups of the Forum Public Safety & Security. As part of the coronavirus pandemic, she was member of the Berlin fire brigade's crisis team in 2020. 
Stefan Scholz
Advisor for international disaster risk reduction
German Red Cross
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Stefan Scholz
Stefan Scholz has been working for the German Red Cross as an advisor for international disaster risk reduction since 2016. Together with his team, he organizes the annual German Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. He was involved in the negotiations of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction when he worked for the German Foreign Office from 2014 - 2015 and supported the negotiations. He first "smelled" operational "disaster risk reduction air" from 2003 - 2009, when he was a helper in various positions at the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) in Wittenberg and has supported THW since then.  
Thomas Smarczyk
Manager Urban pilot projects and Methodologies
German Red Cross
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Thomas Smarczyk
Thomas Smarczyk is working for the GRC International Division since 2018 with a focus on experiences of humanitarian practitioners with regards to topics such as urban preparedness and response. Thomas holds a Master’s degree in humanitarian action.
Wiebke Lass
Economist
Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK)
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Wiebke Lass
Scientist at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) with a focus on climate impacts and transition processes (urban areas and local level).
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