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Marie-Thérèse Alajouanine

Marie-Thérèse Alajouanine, Chairman
ITU-T Study Group 2, ARCEP

Marie-Thérèse Alajouanine received an Engineer in Physics Diploma of Industrial Companies Management with additional studies in telecommunications. Throughout her career, she occupied various functions for France Telecom including: a telecommunications operator, a sales manager in a Regional Direction, a deputy Director of GSM Program, and a deputy Director for International Standardization. From 2001 until now, she has been responsible for international standardization coordination in Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (French regulator). Some of her standardization activities include participating in/on: the ITU-T Study Group 2, TSAG, ITU Council,Plenipotentiary Conference, World Telecommunication Development Conference, World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (as Vice-Chairman of the Assembly in 2000). In 2002, she chaired the Editorial Committee at Plenipotentiary Conference and at the World Telecommunication Development Conference. Marie-Therese was nominated in 2002 as Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 2, in charge of operational aspects of service provision, networks and performance. Marie-Therese participates in groups of CEPT (European Posts and Telecommunications Administrations Association) dealing with ITU matters. In particular, in 2003/2004, has been in charge of CEPT project team dealing with the preparation of European positions for ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Conference. At the French level, she participates in different groups dealing with international standardization coordination. In particular, she chairs the Committee in charge of the coordination of ITU-T work, gathering all French public and private sectors.

Bo Bergner

Bo Bergner, Technical Director
National Post & Telecom Agency, Sweden

After a long time in export business in Swedish industries, Bo Bergner 1993 joined the just organized Telecom Agency just a couple of months after the telecommunications were liberalized in Sweden. As technical director, Bo has been involved in the whole liberalization process in telecommunication and radio matters both in Sweden and the EU in the sector today called electronic communication.

Zsolt Boszormenyi
Head of RSOE Havaria

After working in the security sector, Zsolt has joined RSOE and started to develop and implement the Havaria Information Service. During the permanent operation Zsolt contacts many public organizations in Hungary and worldwide as well. Zsolt maintains the Havaria Information Service website operated together by the General-Directorate of National Disaster Management (OKF) and RSOE, in co-operation with the Crisis Management Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provides useful information regarding emergency situations and their prevention. Extraordinary events happening in Hungary, Europe and other areas of the World are being monitored in 24 hours per day. He takes major role in the introduction of the Common Alerting Protocol in Hungary, such as the introduction of the CAP-based emergency communication between OKF and the National Weather Services in Hungary.

Tor Bother

No bio available.

Art Botterell

Art Botterell, Manager
Community Warning System, Contra Costa County, California

Art Botterell has more than thirty years experience in emergency communications, information systems and mass media. He has served on the national Emergency Response Team of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and with the California Office of Emergency Services. More recently he has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other public-safety and emergency management agencies in the U.S. and Asia. Art was the architect of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and a founding Trustee of the Partnership for Public Warning. He is also a Research Associate of the Centre for Policy Research in Science and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is now Community Warning System Manager for the County of Contra Costa, California.

Eliot Christian

Eliot Christian, Information Technology Specialist
U.S. Geological Survey

Eliot Christian has had a pioneering role in defining and implementing the Common Alerting Protocol, and more generally addressing the Challenge of Public Warning. This work builds on his promotion of decentralized information access worldwide, enhancing the free flow of information with networks while maintaining continuity with traditional bibliographic practice. A recipient of the Madison Award for championing the public Right to Know, he helped establish key architectural approaches in policy, standards, and technology, building consensus not only across agencies but with international standards bodies, corporations, and libraries. Eliot joined the United States Geological Survey in 1986, following 11 years with the Veterans Administration.

James F. Devine

James F. Devine, Senior Advisor for Science Applications
US Geological Survey

James Devine has been the Senior Advisor for Science Applications since 1994, after having served 15 years as Assistant Director for Engineering Geology. Throughout these time periods he has provided Bureau policy and guidance on: natural hazards, nuclear waste siting, critical structures such as hospitals and dams; served as an advisor to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the seismic and geologic safety of nuclear power plants; advises the Director on all Survey Alaskan matters and compliance with National Environmental Protection Act requirements; managed bureau exploration program on National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska and natural gas production system for Barrow, Alaska and numerous other science application programs. He provides senior oversight of the USGS use of National Technical Means. He also served with the Secretariat of the United Nations International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction from 1988-1990 in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to 1980, he held various scientific positions addressing such problems as earthquake research, seismic and geologic safety of nuclear power plants, blasting safety and other engineering geologic problems. James is a graduate of West Virginia University with a B.S. in Geology and a retired U.S. Army Colonel (Reserve) and a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He is a member of the Association of Engineering Geologists, a registered Professional Geologist/Geophysicist in Idaho. He has received the DOI Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards and the Presidential Meritorious Rank (SES) award (1987), the Presidential Meritorious Rank (SL) award (2004), and various Department of Army awards including the Legion of Merit.

Patrick Gannon

Patrick J. Gannon, President and CEO

Patrick Gannon is President and CEO of OASIS. He has served on the OASIS Board of Directors since July 2000. Patrick has also served since 2000 with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), as Chairman of the Team of Specialists for Internet Enterprise Development, which advises governments in transitional economies on best practices for electronic business. He has worked for BEA Systems, as Senior Vice President in the eCommerce Integration Division. Patrick also served as Vice President of Marketing and Industry Programs at Netfish Technologies and as Vice President of Strategic Programs for the CommerceNet Consortium, directing research and development efforts in new Internet commerce standards such as XML. While at CommerceNet, he was the first ProjectLeader for RosettaNet and served as Executive Director for the Open Buying on the Internet (OBI) initiative. Patrick is co-author of the book: Building Database-Driven Web Catalogs and is an international speaker on electronic business and Web Services standards.

Pierre Alexandre Genillon

No bio available.

Gordon A. Gow

Gordon Gow, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Extension
University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada

Gordon Gow is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada where he leads a research program on communication technology and public safety. He is author of numerous journal articles, as well as the book Policymaking for Critical Infrastructure (Ashgate, 2005) and co-author of several reports for the Canadian government on emergency communications, including a report published in early 2004 on Canada's west coast tsunami warning system. He is currently involved with the Canadian government on its national public alerting initiative, as well as serving as Honorary Secretary for the Canadian chapter of the Cellular Emergency Alerting Service Association (CEASa), a non-profit group that promotes the use of mobile telephones for public alerting. Prior to his return to Canada in 2006, Godon convened the Regulation and Policy Programme in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics.

Ian Harris

Ian Harris, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, Consultant
Research In Motion

Ian Harris is a Technical Consultant to Research In Motion (RIM) — the company probably more well known for its 'Blackberry'. He has been an active member in GSM and 3GPP standards since 1988 and for several years chaired the group responsible for Messaging Specifications — namely the Short Message Service (Text Messaging), Cell Broadcast Service and the Multi Media Messaging Service. He remains the rapporteur for 3GGP SMS and CBS specifications. Prior to joining RIM, he was employed by Vodafone Ltd from its inception for a period of 18 years. During that time he became one of the pioneers for the design of the Short Message Service and was responsible for developing SMS from its initial concept into a viable commercial service which now provides a key revenue source for many mobile telephone network operators. Since joining RIM, he has continued to contribute towards the development and enhancement of various 3GPP standards and has now brought his experience into the work of EMTEL.

Jack Hayes

Dr. John L. Hayes, Director
World Weather Watch Department, World Meteorological Organization

Dr. John (Jack) L. Hayes is Director of the World Weather Watch Department, World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In this position he is responsible for the overall coordination of operational meteorological activities within WMO focussed on Members' weather forecast and warning needs; the World Weather Watch includes the Global Observing System, the Global Telecommunication System, and the Global Data-processing and Forecasting and Emergency Response Activity programmes, operating in 187 WMO Member countries. Prior to joining the World Meteorological Organization, Jack was a senior executive in the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he was the Director of the Office of Science and Technology for NOAA's National Weather Service, the Deputy Director of NOAA's Ocean Service and the Deputy Director of NOAA Research. During this period he received a Presidential Rank Award and was recognised in 2003 as one of the Federal Government's top 100 executives in Information Technology. Before joining NOAA, Jack was the General Manager of the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System programme for Litton-PRC, where he led the successful development and national deployment of the system for NOAA. Prior to that, he served 28 years with the United States Air Force in a variety of positions concluding his career as Commander of the Air Force Global Weather Center and Air Force Weather Agency. Jack received both his PhD and Master of Science degrees in Meteorology from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, USA. He is a Fellow in the American Meteorological Society.

Chip Hines

Chip Hines, Director of the Office for Interoperability and Compatibility
US Department of Homeland Security

Chip Hines has over 30 years of experience working in the emergency management field, with more than 15 of these spent developing and managing federal programs and systems designed to assist the United States government in being better prepared to manage emergencies. He has worked in the areas of National Preparedness, Emergency Operations, State and Local Preparedness as well as in Preparedness, Training and Exercises at the federal level. He is currently the Acting Director of the Office for Interoperability and Compatibility and Program Manager for the Disaster Management eGov Initiative, both run out of the Science and Technology Directorate, a directorate within the Department of Homeland Security. He holds a Masters of Science degree in National Resources Policy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, and is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Dr. Renato Iannella

Dr. Renato Iannella, Principal Scientist
National ICT Australia (NICTA)

Renato is a Principal Scientist at the National ICT Australia (NICTA) research laboratory where he leads the Smart Applications For Emergencies (SAFE) project. His research covers technologies and standards in information architectures, rights management, and policy-based web infrastructures. Renato has extensive experience in the development of Internet, Web, and Mobile technologies and standards and was a former member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Advisory Board.

Renato also is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong and was previously the Chief Scientist at LiveEvents Wireless, IPR Systems and Principal Research Scientist at the Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC).

Elysa Jones

Elysa Jones, Engineering Program Manager
Warning Systems, Inc.

Elysa Jones holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She comes to the emergency management community after over twenty years supporting Army DoD in the missile defense program. In that capacity, her work ranged from data reduction and analysis of phased array sensor data to managing software support for a large scale computer simulation facility. She was involved in the early IEEE work that led to the TCP/IP standards. For the past eight years, Mrs. Jones has been the Engineering Program Manager for Warning Systems, Inc. in the design, development and deployment of over 70,000 Tone Alert Radios and numerous software controlled dissemination systems. In this capacity, she has served as a board member for the Partnership for Public Warning, works closely with the Emergency Interoperability Consortium and chairs the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee. This committee developed the first emergency data standard for communicating warnings, the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) as well as the Emergency Data Exchange Language Distribution Element (EDXL-DE) for defining routing assertions for any emergency data. In February 2006, she was awarded the first annual Leadership in Emergency Interoperability Award granted by the Emergency Interoperability Consortium.

Peter Koltermann

Peter Koltermann, Head, Tsunami Co-ordination Unit
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO

Dr Koltermann heads the Tsunami Co-ordination Unit of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO in Paris. He is an oceanographer with a Dr rer nat of Hamburg University, Germany. His career in oceanography moved from regional to global scales, from deep ocean to high latitudes, or polar oceanography. Some four of his more than 35 years in oceanography he spent at sea with research vessels. His career also moved between fieldwork and shore-based activities. From 1987 – 1991 he was director of the Project Office for the World Ocean Circulation Experiment, hosted by the than Institute of Oceanographic Sciences in Wormley, England. Later he returned to the Bundesamt f. Seeschifffahrt und Hydrography in Hamburg to head a group providing scientific advise for legal and administrative regulatory work in the EEZ and coastal zone.

Don Miller

Don Miller, Telecommunications and Warnings Systems Manager for Washington
State Emergency Management

Don Miller is the Telecommunications and Warnings Systems Manager for Washington State Emergency Management with over 30 years experience in Telecommunications Engineering, Computer Networking and Information Systems Management. He currently has the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of statewide networks to include the Emergency Alert System, Microwave networks, Multiple Radio systems, Wide Area and Local Area Computer Networks, Telephone systems and Satellite networks. Washington State is faced with the possibility of every conceivable disaster with the exception of a hurricane. Don has the task of maintaining systems that warn the public in harms way and for coordinating communications for the responding emergency management agencies and staff on a statewide basis. He was one of the 16 Board of Trustees for the Partnership for Public Warning, a national organization that was dedicated to developing a common alerting protocol for warning systems of the future.

Efraim Petel

Efraim Petel, President
Hormann America, Inc.

Efraim Petel, specialized in emergency notification systems for more than three decades, has an international reputation as the public warning and notification system expert. In the 90s Mr. Petel worked with Sage Alerting Systems, during the FCC transition from the Emergency Broadcast System to today's Emergency Alert System (EAS). He was also part of Sage's development team in manufacturing the widely used EAS ENDEC.With Sage, Efraim installed a few multi-million-dollar alert systems in states and counties throughout the U.S. As Vice-President of American Signal Corporation, he developed and managed siren installations throughout the U.S. Efraim established Hormann America in California (1999) to assist emergency response professionals with modern alerting and notification systems and products, as well as consulting and design services. In 2003, Mr. Petel was asked to join a panel of experts whose mandate was to write a National Policy for Warning. He participated in the development of warning systems using the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP). His work in CAP development continues, in coordination with experts in government and private industry.Using this breadth of knowledge Efraim developed a CAP suite of emergency services, AlertNet, a "System of Systems" for public and private warning. AlertNet is an operating system with a spectrum of alerting tools that can be added in a plug and play method, resulting from his many years' experience as an engineer and end-user of emergency systems, starting with 20 years of service in the Israel Defense Forces.

Thomas Peter

No bio available.

Róbert Rafael

Róbert Rafael, Deputy Secretary-General
National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications (RSOE)

Róbert Rafael received a diploma at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration with faculty of Information Management and European Union. While working at the Ministry of Economy and Transport, Maritime and Inland Waterways Transport Department as referent in 2004-2005, Robert was involved with the following activities: Project planning and management (TEN-T, Schengen Fund, Interreg), reporting; Project assessment (Interreg); River Information Services — RIS (management, external relations, coordination, studies, reports); Infrastructure development (national public ports, RIS); Finance (budget planning, implementation, accounting, registration, money transfer, reporting); Public procurement (editing/preparing documentation, managing the process, reporting to EU); and PR activities (writing/editing/publishing articles in the field of inland navigation). While working at RSOE since February 2006 as Deputy Secretary-General/Project manager, Robert has been involved with the following activities: Project planning and management (TEN-T), reporting; River Information Services — RIS (management, external relations, coordination, studies, reports); Infrastructure development (RIS); and Coordination of RSOE HAVARIA Information Service.

Frank Robles
Neopolitan Networks

No bio available.

Andrew Rogers
Neopolitan Networks

No bio available.

Tony Rutkowski

Tony Rutkowski, Vice-President for Regulatory Affairs and Standards,

Tony Rutkowski is Vice-President for Regulatory Affairs and Standards at VeriSign, Inc. and deals with development, articulation, and implementation of its regulatory and standards related products domestically and internationally for security and Next Generation Networks. He also participates significantly in diverse domestic and international proceedings and forums in global and domestic venues including ITU-T, OASIS, ETSI, ATIS, and INCITS that involve emergency messaging and Identity Management. He is a prominent engineer-lawyer whose career has spanned more than 40 years in industry and government in the U.S. and abroad - focusing primarily on pursuing cutting edge business and technology developments. Beginning with leading design projects for Apollo launch support communications and control systems at Kennedy Space Center. Over the past several decades, he has been a corporate and government technology strategist, public official, organization leader, consultant, lecturer, publisher, and author of several books, agency proceedings, and scores of articles in the Internet, telecom, mass media, and aerospace worlds. He has enjoyed commercial business positions with SAIC Network Solutions, General Magic, Sprint International, Horizon House, Pan American Engineering, General Electric, and Evening News Association; government and elected positions with the Federal Communications Commission, the International Telecommunication Union, and Cape Canaveral City Council; and educational positions with the Internet Society, MIT, NY Law School and GeorgiaTech. He is currently a Distinguished Senior Research Fellow at the Georgia Tech Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy. For fun, he enjoys long distance road biking, mountain climbing, photography, writing, and perfecting his skills as a barista. More extensive information can be found at http://www.ngi.org/rutkowski.html.

Ashbindu Singh

Dr. Ashbindu Singh, Regional Coordinator
UNEP Division of Early Warning & Assessment - North America, UNEP RONA

Ashbindu Singh has a strong multidisciplinary background with postgraduate degrees in physical and natural sciences and a Ph.D. in environmental science. He has 29 years of work experience: 13 years working with the Indian Forest Service (1977-1990) in various capacities at local, provincial and national levels and over 16 years with UNEP in different parts of the world.

He is intimately involved in analyzing environmental sustainability issues around the globe. He has over 100 publications including 35 UNEP reports, in peer reviewed scientific journals and conferences, on various environmental issues. Findings of his research work are extensive referred by the scientific community and those involved in the environmental policy formulations. One of his papers titled "Digital change detection techniques using remotely sensed data" has made a lasting impact the field of remote sensing. The team under his direction has produced highly influential reports on various environmental issues including global forests, threats to freshwater, coastal vulnerability, linkage between environment and health, environmental conflicts , transboundary air pollutants , biodiversity and UNEP's best seller ever publication, "One Planet Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment." His current interest focuses on how to bridge the gap between science and policy and applications and communication of earth observations technologies for environmental assessment and monitoring.

Ken Smith

No bio available.

Véronique Inès Thouvenot, World Health Organization
National Epidemic Preparedness and Response

Presently Scientist in WHO (World Health Organisation) in charge of the Monitoring and Evaluation System for the International Health Regulation 2005 implementation at national level (192 countries), Ms Thouvenot has previously been involved as scientific researcher in the European Centre of Humanitarian Health to design and implement decision support models using CBR (Case Based Reasoning) systems. She also has dedicated activities at diverse levels in training policies, management and evaluation including humanitarian, legal and ICT issues. She is an expert in the areas of Public Health, e-learning courses, monitoring and evaluation humanitarian action in crisis and post crisis countries, economical analysis and predictive tools design intended to decision makers. Over the last 10 years, she acted as International Expert in the evaluation of major public health programs in developing countries as for ECHO- Humanitarian Action in DRC evaluation, (16 NGO visited, global expenditure 2004 : $20.000.000), EMPHIS/EUMEDIS project (distance learning evaluation in 17 Mediterranean countries, 31 partners, global expenditure $5.200.000), EMISPHER/EUMEDIS project, (telemedicine, e-learning, tele-assitance evaluation in 10 satellite sites and 15 countries, global expenditure $5.000.000) and WHO (3 by 5 Initiative, 15 sub-African countries). With a strong background knowledge and education in theorical and pragmatic approaches of monitoring and evaluation process, supported by international experience, Ms Thouvenot is accomplished in meetings, conferences interventions and scientific publications.

Guy Weets

Guy Weets, Deputy Head of Unit
European Commission Directorate General Information Society and Media

Guy Weets, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission directorate general information Society and media, currently manages EC R&D efforts in the fields of ICT for the environment. His engineering carrier started in 1969 at Phillips NV and continued at IBM from 1971 to 1990 where he held several management positions in the field of science and engineering IT applications, super-computing, and system network architecture. He joined the Commission research framework program in 1990 were he has been in charge successively of e-learning technologies, simulation and visualisation technologies. Guy was born in Brussels June 1942, he received the engineering degree (SMEE) from "Ecole Polytechnique" of the University of Brussels in 1968.

Mark Wood

Mark Wood, Honorary General Secretary
Citiens Emergency Alert Services Association International (CEASa)

Mark Wood currently serves as Honorary Secretary General of the Cellular Emergency Alert Systems Association; (CEASa) a Geneva based Not-for-Profit foundation advocating the deployment of Cell Broadcast technology in the service of public safety. He also serves a CTO of the Cellcast Corporation (USA), and as a director of Cell Broadcast Technologies Limited (UK). Mark has previously served the UN ITU in Geneva as Contributing Editor of the "ITU Handbook on Emergency Telecommunications 2005", and as contributing author of the ITU Handbook on disaster communications (2001)

He has also served the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as 'Telecommunications Co-ordination Officer' in Syria during the 2003 Iraq war. Mark is also an expert advisor to the Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications, and has served the secretariat of the "Tampere Convention on the provision of Telecommunications for Disaster Mitigation". In 1998 he received a 'Diplom De Recconnasaince' from the Secretary General of the UN/ITU, Mr. Pekka Terjanne, for his humanitarian work. He writes and lectures on Disaster Telecommunications at the University of Wisconsin, Madison WI, USA and has also written or co-authored three books on the subject of Disaster Telecommunications. Previously Mark served as senior lecturer in Mobile Network Design at the Ericsson Technical Training center in Stockholm, Sweden, after many years working in network design and operations for a major network operator.

Mark currently serves as National Communications project officer to the British Red Cross, Radio officer for the Surrey Branch of British Red Cross and chairs the 'Inter Agency Telecommunications Action Plan'. He also serves as a reserve police officer (Special Constable) in the Surrey Police Force where he also instructs TETRA radio and is a member of the TETRA users group. Born in Manchester England in 1958, he now lives near London England, with his wife and three children.

Houlin Zhao

Houlin Zhao, Director
Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Born on 7 March 1950 in Jiangsu (China), Houlin Zhao graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT) in 1975. Between 1979 and 1980, he studied as a visiting scholar in Switzerland. He joined the University of Essex (United Kingdom) in 1984, where he obtained a Master of Science degree in Telematics in 1985.From 1975 to 1986, he worked as an engineer in the Designing Institute of the Chinese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (now known as "Ministry of Information Industry" (MII)), responsible for projects in the areas of telex, data communication, non-voice transmission, telephone switching and mobile networks. He took an active part in his country's experts meetings on national telecommunication standards. He received a second prize in 1985 for his science and technology achievements in the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. In addition, his work in the Departments of Planning, Capital Construction and Network Maintenance in the Ministry earned him an engineering project prize for his outstanding performance and contributions in the planning, designing and construction of a number of major national network projects. Between 1982 and 1983, he participated in CCITT Study Group meetings. Mr. Zhao joined the CCITT Secretariat (now TSB) in 1986. Mr. Zhao was elected Director of TSB at the 1998 Plenipotentiary Conference in Minneapolis (USA), and took office on 1 February 1999. Mr. Zhao was re-elected for a second term (2003-2006) as Director of TSB at the 2002 Plenipotentiary Conference in Marrakesh (Morocco).

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