Below are the speakers for this year's conference. A listing in alphabetical order can be found within the right-hand menu. Click on an individual's name to jump to their bio. speakers

Speaker Bios

Nabil Adam
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Fellow and Sr. Program Manager

Nabil Adam

Dr. Adam serves as a Fellow and Sr. Program Manager at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Infrastructure & Geophysical Division (IGD), Science & Technology Directorate where he manages more than $30 Million as a part of the Complex Event Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis (CEMSA) program initiated in 2008. He is also a Professor of Computers and Information Systems at Rutgers University; the Founding Director of the Rutgers University Center for Information Management, Integration and Connectivity (CIMIC); and the Director of the recently established information Technology for Emergency mAnageMent (i-TEAM) Research Laboratory. Dr. Adam is one of the Co-founders and past Director of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute. Additional research positions held include serving as past Chair of the MSIS Department at RBS.

Keith Adams
USAID Food for Peace
Division Chief, Program Operations Division

Keith Adams is a Division Chief in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP). Keith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and received his Master of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

Keith leads the Program Operations Division which is responsible for of all commodity, ocean freight procurement-related activities and all budget and finance-related activities associated with the U.S. Government’s largest food assitance program. He oversees participation in numerous consultative working groups on behalf of the Office of Food for Peace and is the primary point of contact with other U.S. government agencies, Cooperating Sponsors, and commodity and freight related interest organizations.

Mark Anderson
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Medical Epidemiologist, International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch, National Center for Environmental Health

Mark Anderson is currently a Medical Epidemiologist assigned to the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch in the National Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to this, he served as a Medical Epidemiologist and an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of Violence Prevention in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at CDC. He is board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine. Dr. Anderson received his B.A. in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, his M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and his M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. He has worked in complex humanitarian emergencies in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Colombia, Eritrea, Kosovo, Liberia, Macedonia, Niger and Sri Lanka.

Bernard Chomilier
World Food Programme (WFP)
Head of Logistics Development Unit

Bernard Chomilier

Bernard Chomilier has lead humanitarian responses for most of the major crises around the world over the last 25 years. He is currently working as the Head of the Logistics Development Unit at World Food Programme. Previously, Mr. Chomilier worked as the Head of Logistics for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He also served as Head of Mission on several occasions and worked as the General Manager of Logistics at Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Laurent Dedieu
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
Logistics Supervisor

Laurent Dedieu

Laurent Dedieu is Logistics Supervisor at the U.S. office of Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), managing logistics for MSF projects in Nigeria, Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia and Haiti.

In early 2009, during one of the largest meningitis outbreaks ever in West Africa’s “meningitis belt,” Dedieu helped direct logistics support for MSF’s emergency response to the epidemic. More than 8 million people were vaccinated in Nigeria, Chad, and Niger, making this MSF’s largest vaccination campaign to date.

Dedieu will explain how MSF logistics personnel met the challenges of launching a large-scale epidemic response, from preparing supplies and maintaining a cold chain for vaccines to mobilizing human resources and managing vaccination sites.

Rear Admiral Scott Deitchman
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Associate Director for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Rear Admiral Scott Deitchman

Rear Admiral Scott Deitchman, MD, MPH is the Associate Director for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response in the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He leads CDC’s preparations for, and responses to, chemical and radiological terrorism, mass casualty incidents, and natural disasters.

RADM Deitchman received his Baccalaureate Degree in Zoology from the Ohio State University in 1977, his MD degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 1984, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1986. He completed residency training in General Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins and in Occupational Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, and is board certified in both specialties. He is a 1989 graduate of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service.

RADM Deitchman joined the CDC and was commissioned into the US Public Health Service in 1987. Initially assigned to CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, he investigated causes and prevention of work-related illness, injuries and deaths in diverse industrial, healthcare, and emergency response workplaces. He collaborated with infection control specialists on guidelines to protect health care workers against HIV, hepatitis, TB, SARS, monkeypox, smallpox, and plague, and led CDC’s first program to protect first responders and other workers responding to acts of terrorism and other disasters. In 2003 he joined CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry as the Associate Director of the Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response to direct terrorism preparedness and emergency response there. He led CDC’s responses to several ricin incidents, the 2004/5 Asian tsunami disaster, and many storms in the 2004-2008 hurricane seasons.

From April 2006 to May 2007 RADM Deitchman served at the White House as the Vice President’s Medical Advisor for Homeland Security Affairs. He currently represents the Department of Health and Human Services on the National Response Team and on several international working groups related to public health preparedness for chemical disasters. In response to the Haiti earthquake in January 2010, he served as CDC’s first-ever liaison to the US military Joint Task Force in Haiti.

Active in medical societies, RADM Deitchman served on the Council for Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association, including a term as Council Chair, and on several committees in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He has authored over 70 professional publications and over 50 professional presentations.

RADM Deitchman’s awards and honors include the PHS Outstanding Service Medal, Commendation Medal, and Achievement Metal, and the Special Assignment, Crisis Response, and Foreign Duty Awards. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society, and has received diverse PHS and HHS group awards including multiple Outstanding Unit Citations, Unit Commendations, and the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Colonel Frank Ford
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans

Colonel Franklin D. Ford is the G3, Senior Operations Officer for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Washington D.C.

A native of Tryon, North Carolina, Colonel Ford graduated from North Georgia College in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Engineer through ROTC. Colonel Ford also attended the National Defense University earning a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.

Colonel Ford began his career as a platoon leader in the 307th Engineer Battalion (Airborne) and served in command and staff positions through battalion command in the 1st Calvary Division, 1st Armored Division, 82nd Airborne Division and III Corps. Colonel Ford also served as an Observer Controller at the National Training Center and a Contingency Engineer Planner for United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to his current tour with USACE, Colonel Ford was assigned to the Joint Operations Division, Joint Staff as the Branch Chief of the Global Force Management Branch.

Colonel Ford has two combat tours, serving as a company commander in Operations DESERT SHIELD and STORM and as a battalion commander in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in addition to three peace keeping tours, Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR, JOINT GUARDIAN and Task Force Hawk in the Balkan region along with numerous deployments in support of humanitarian assistance and relief operations throughout the world.

Colonel Ford’s military education includes the National Defense University, U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College, the Infantry Officer Advance Course and the Engineer Officer Basic Course.

Colonel Ford’s awards include the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Joint Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Achievement Medal, Army achievement Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaign Stars, NATO medal, Master Parachutist’s Badge, and the Ranger tab.

Rigoberto Giron
Associate Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives - Global Support Services Division

Rigoberto Giron has over twenty (20) years of combined professional experience in several supervisory and management capacities within the downstream oil and not for profit industries; including, twelve years of experience in several capacities within the oil industry in Central America; first with ExxonMobil and later, as owner of a private consulting risk management and engineering firm. Hired by CARE in 2001 to head a regional disaster risk management program in Central America has since then held positions of increasing responsibility within the Emergency and Humanitarian Assistance Unit (EHAU) based in Atlanta where he was Director until Nov 2009. He is currently the Associate Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives responsible for Supply Chain Management and Logistics and other key strategic investments.

Rigoberto holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Emory’s Goizueta Business School, and a Joint Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the Honduras National University.

Robert Gougelet
Dartmouth Medical School
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the New England Center for Emergency Preparedness at Dartmouth Medical School, Director of the Northern New England Metropolitan Medical Response System

Robert Gougelet

Dr. Robert M. Gougelet is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the New England Center for Emergency Preparedness at Dartmouth Medical School, Director of the Northern New England Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS), acting team commander for NH-1 DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team), and attending Emergency Medicine physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). Since 1989, Dr. Gougelet has deployed with a DMAT to Hurricanes Andrew, Hugo, Katrina, Gustav and Ike, and earthquakes in Northridge, California and Bam, Iran. Dr. Gougelet served as supervising medical officer during the 2001 Anthrax Postal Mission in New York City, collaborated on biodosimetry technologies for radiological emergencies, and recently directed the Dartmouth-Haiti Response, working with Partners In Health to deploy medical teams and supplies from DHMC. With particular interest in developing regional and community partnerships, Dr. Gougelet has over 20 years experience in medical surge capacity, disaster management planning, and disaster response.

Dale Herzog
United Parcel Service (UPS) & CARE
Solutions Manager, Logistics Engineering

Gulam Juma
Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA
International Coordinator for the FOCUS International Coordinating Committee (FICC)

Gulam Juma

A sixteen-year veteran with the Aga Khan Development Network, Gulam Juma is with Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Since April 2005, he has been the International Coordinator for the FOCUS International Coordinating Committee (FICC). The FICC oversees the global FOCUS units in Europe, North America and South and Central Asia. Prior to this appointment, Gulam was the Executive Officer for FOCUS USA in Washington, DC for seven years.

Gulam has extensive experience providing results-oriented leadership to enterprises and nonprofit agencies in both North America and developing countries. His experience includes: ten years in finance for the Nestle Corporation in Canada where he served as Assistant Treasurer, and six years as Senior Executive Director of the Filtisac Corporation, part of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development in Cote D'Ivoire, an AKDN enterprise in West Africa.

Edward Kaplan
Yale University
William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences, Professor of Public Health, School of Management & Professor, School of Engineering

Edward Kaplan

Professor Kaplan’s research has been reported on the front pages of the New York Times and the Jerusalem Post, editorialized in the Wall Street Journal, recognized by the New York Times Magazine’s Year in Ideas, and discussed between the covers of Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, Consumer Reports and the New Yorker, and in person on NBC’s Today Show, the Cronkite Report, and National Public Radio. The author of more than 100 research articles, Professor Kaplan received both the Lanchester Prize and the Edelman Award, the two top honors in the operations research field. An elected member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies, he has also twice received the prestigious Lady Davis Visiting Professorship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has investigated AIDS policy issues facing the State of Israel. Kaplan’s current research focuses on the application of operations research to problems in counterterrorism and homeland security.

Mark Keim
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Senior Science Advisor for the Office of the Director in the National Center for Environmental Health

Mark Keim

Mark Keim, M.D. is the Senior Science Advisor for the Office of the Director in the National Center for Environmental Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also serves as a guest faculty at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Keim earned his Bachelor’s degree in physiology at Southern Illinois University and his Medical degree at Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine. He is a residency-trained emergency medicine specialist and a fellowship-trained disaster medicine sub-specialist.

Dr. Keim has provided consultation for the management of dozens of disasters, involving the health of literally millions of people throughout the world. Dr Keim is the author of numerous scientific presentations and publications involving terrorism, environmental health, emergency medicine, toxicology, global health and disaster management.

He serves as co-editor of the Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning and as a section editor for the Hawaii Journal of Public Health and is a peer review consultant for six major scientific journals. His press interviews have appeared on CNN and in numerous national and international network television programs and newspapers including US Today, the Chicago tribune, the LA Times and the Washington Post.

Brian Koon
Director of Emergency Management

Brian Koon

Bryan Koon is Walmart’s Director of Emergency Management. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of Walmart’s Emergency Management efforts, including preparedness, planning, operations, recovery, and mitigation. With a presence in every state plus operations in over 30 international locations, 2.2 million associates, and nearly 100,000 vendors & suppliers, every incident globally has the potential to impact Walmart. The Emergency Management Department’s role is to manage those events and ensure customer and associate safety, maintain and restore business operations, and assist the community.

Prior to Walmart, Bryan worked at the White House Military Office for seven years. As an active-duty navy officer, he served as a Watch Officer in the President’s Emergency Operations Center and as Training Officer for Presidential Contingency Programs. He also worked there as a contractor from SRA, International.

Bryan served on two ships, USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) and USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), where he made several deployments.

Bryan has a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and an MBA and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Crisis Management from the George Washington University. He has also attended the Executive Leader’s Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

Yann Le Tallec
Clinton Foundation
Senior Researcher, Clinton Health Access Initiative

Yann Le Tallec

Yann Le Tallec is a Senior Research Associate in the Operations Research group of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). He leads Operations Research projects on topics such as multidrug resistant tuberculosis, second-line antiretroviral treatment, supply chain management for HIV drugs. Before joining CSHOR, Yann was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company helping large companies improve their strategy and operations. Yann holds a doctorate in Operations Research from MIT. His research focused on data-driven decision making under uncertainty. Yann also earned an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique in France.

Ky Luu
Tulane University
Executive Director, Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy

Ky Luu

Ky Luu is an expert in the field of disaster management and has extensive experience in handling all aspects of humanitarian and disaster assistance programming as an implementer, donor, and academic. Mr. Luu is a founding member and head of the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University.

Ky recently left his post as the Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) where he led the U.S. Government office responsible for providing humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters. OFDA has a worldwide staff of 256 professionals and in FY 2008, responded to 81 disasters benefiting more than 193 million people in 57 countries with a total budget of $700 million.

Prior to joining OFDA, he served for three years as Vice President for International Medical Corps (IMC) in Washington, DC, where he played a key role in strategic planning, policy and program development, and emergency global response. Mr. Luu has extensive experience working with NGOs, including serving as Director of Government Relations for the International Research & Exchanges Board in Washington, DC; Resettlement Officer for the United States Refugee Resettlement Office in Croatia; and Government Relations Officer for the International Rescue Committee in Washington, DC.

Armond T. Mascelli
American Red Cross
Vice President - Disaster Services, Operations

Armond T. Mascelli

As the Vice President for Disaster Services, Operations Mr. Mascelli is responsible for initiating and coordinating the American Red Cross response to major domestic disasters, and for managing the organization’s Disaster Logistics, Technology and Human Resources Systems. At the American Red Cross national headquarters he oversees a 24-hour Disaster Operations Center that provides technical assistance, guidance and resource support to American Red Cross Chapters and disaster relief operations.

Mr. Mascelli has held a variety of positions with the American Red Cross. He has served on and directed numerous American Red Cross disaster relief operations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. He also has served on Red Cross assignments in South Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Turkey and Guam.

He represented the American Red Cross in the Congressionally Commissioned Task Force on Aviations Disasters and in the development of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Response Plan.

Mr. Mascelli received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton and a Master’s degree from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Nick Pacitti
Sterling Solutions

Nick Pacitti

Nick Pacitti, a partner with Sterling Solutions is responsible for project management and client improvement initiatives in its food safety and logistics practice. As a seasoned Supply Chain Executive, Nick has over 30 years of extensive experience in designing, developing and delivering cold chain and food logistics processes for firms of all sizes. Nick’s senior management experience with Kraft and Nestle, as well as other industry leadership roles has placed him in the middle of many humanitarian relief efforts.

Nick has developed a host of safe food logistics practices where consumers can be assured of quality and wholesome products, purchase after purchase. By extension, Nick has applied many of these practices during domestic relief efforts where refrigerated and perishable products required a coordinated approach in quickly accessing and dispatching hundreds of refrigerated trailers to specific areas in the most responsive ways.

Major George Polarek
The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO)
Assistant Executive Director

Major George Polarek

Major George Polarek assumed the Assistant Executive Director responsibilities for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) on July 1, 2008 and coordinates services for multiple programs sponsored by and coordinated around the world through SAWSO.

Prior to his appointment to National Headquarters (located in Alexandria, Virginia) Major George Polarek assumed administrative command of Buffalo, New York with responsibilities for Western New York. He previously served as the Incident Commander with responsibilities for the New York World Trade Center relief operation on September 11, 2001. His responsibilities included all aspects of work with Homeland Defense, State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and the NYC Emergency Management Office. Further, leadership was given over Social Service programming and administration in the Greater New York division. He further served in leadership with Katrina, in Louisiana; the Tsunami Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Samoa, and the resent earthquake in Haiti.

As a Development Officer, he acted as Director for all city activities, overseeing the operations in four corps community centers, and the Service Extension Center of Nassau and Suffolk County on Long Island, New York.

Together with his wife, Major Sharon Polarek, service was provided in various positions in The Salvation Army’s Eastern Territory including corps appointments in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and New York; and as Divisional Leaders in Upstate New York, and the Connecticut/Rhode Island Division. Together they have provided a total of 67 years in Salvation Army administration throughout the eastern United States.

Major George Polarek brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to his position with SAWSO and will provide the necessary guidance to meet the needs of the people from his new appointment at National Headquarters and to those whom the Army serves throughout the world.

David Sarley
John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
Director Task Order One, USAID | DELIVER PROJECT

David Sarley

David Sarley is a graduate of Hull and Southampton Universities in the UK with a BSc (Econ) and PostGraduate Diploma in Econometrics. He first worked in Manufacturing Finance at Ford Motor Company’s European HQ in England, undertaking a management study of the impact of product complexity on supply chain costs. He then took up a teaching and economic advisory position with Voluntary Service Overseas in Grenada.

He then worked for 16 years as an economic consultant on health financing, trade policy reform, transport and industrial development in over 70 countries specializing in economic modeling. He joined JSI’s Deliver project in 2002 as a policy analyst and is now the Director of the USAID| DELIVER PROJECT Public Health Task Order (TO1). The project’s objective is to improve the availability of health products in the countries supported by USAID through support to in country systems strengthening, global advocacy and direct procurement. Information on the project’s work can be found at www.deliver.jsi.com He is a joint author of “Estimating the Global In-Country Supply Chain Costs of Meeting the MDGs by 2015 Technical Brief” Commissioned by WHO” and recently completed health supply chain costing work in Zambia and Zimbabwe. He is a mad soccer fan and hopes to be costing a supply chain somewhere in South Africa in June.

Gary Schuster
Georgia Institute of Technology
Provost and Executive President for Academic Affairs

Gary Schuster

Dr. Schuster is currently provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and the Vasser Woolley Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He recently served the Institute as interim president.

Dr. Schuster holds a bachelor of science in chemistry from Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University) (1968) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Rochester (1971). After twenty years in the Chemistry Department at the University of Illinois, he became dean of the College of Sciences and professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech in 1994. He was a NIH Post Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University, a Fellow of the Sloan Foundation and a Guggenheim Fellow. He has been awarded the 2006 Charles Holmes Herty Medal recognizing his work and service contributions since his arrival at Georgia Tech.

Schuster is a nationally known scholar and researcher with an extensive list of published articles on topics ranging from biochemistry through physical chemistry as well as a number of scientific discoveries with commercial applications.

Captain Brian Sheppard
U.S. Africa Command
Supply Corps, United States Navy & Chief, Logistic Support Division

Captain Brian Sheppard

Captain Brian D. Sheppard commenced Naval service as a Supply Corps officer following graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1983. Immediately following graduation, he served as a Physical Education Instructor and Assistant Varsity Swimming Coach at the Naval Academy.

Upon completing the Supply Officer, Basic Qualification Course, Captain Sheppard was assigned to Air-Anti Submarine Squadron THREE THREE (VS-33) as the Material Control Officer.

Subsequent sea tours included Aviation Support Officer (S-6) in USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63), Supply Officer in USS O'BRIEN (DD-975), the staff of Commander, SIXTH Fleet embarked in USS LASALLE (AGF-3) as the Logistics Plans Officer, and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Readiness and Logistics, and Supply Officer in USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63).

Captain Sheppard’s first ashore assignment was as Aviation Support Officer, U.S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain, where he subsequently served as the Director, Authorization Accounting Activity. Other shore assignments include tours at the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration where he was awarded a Master of Business Administration with High Distinction; Readiness Programs Analyst, Program Objective Memorandum Development Section, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Warfare Requirements, and Assessments, U.S. Naval War College where he was awarded a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, Logistic Operations Officer, Logistics Division, Regional Headquarters, Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSOUTH), Executive Officer, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Yokosuka, Japan, and most recently as Commanding Officer, Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia.

Captain Sheppard’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Two Awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (Four awards) and various unit and campaign awards.

U.S. Africa Command, in concert with other U.S. Government agencies and international partners, conducts sustained engagements to promote a stable and secure African environment.

Shawn Smith
Emergency Visions, Inc.
President & CEO

Shawn Smith

Shawn D. Smith is the President and CEO of Emergency Visions, a software automation and consulting services company formed in 2002 that provides world class technology for emergency response logistics and incident management, supported by subject matter expertise, training, and rescue/relief services. Shawn has worked with local and state governments as well as the NGO, public health, chemical/industrial, transportation, healthcare, and retail markets to identify their needs related to emergency management and to provide specific solutions focused on enhancing preparedness and response to natural and man-made threats. The Corporate Mission of Emergency Visions is to provide the industry’s best software and experienced emergency management personnel to help save lives and property. Shawn designed the ResponseVision&tmark; consequence management solution, which serves as Emergency Visions’ flagship product.

Shawn recently formed the Peace Foundation for Global Provision, and is in the process of migrating this organization to a fully chartered non-profit entity. Peace Foundation is a faith-based initiative with a Mission to serve as a “trusted agent” at the local level to identify and provide needed technology solutions, equipment/supplies, and subject matter expertise related to disaster response, humanitarian relief, restoration, and on-going community resiliency. Peace Foundation is dedicated to the concept of “Global Provision", where our solutions provide resources around the world on a timely basis, whether in response to an emergent situation, or in the course of daily humanitarian aid.

Chelsea (Chip) White
Georgia Institute of Technology
H. Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and Schneider National Chair in Transportation and Logistics

Chelsea (Chip) White

Chelsea C. White received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (UM) in 1974 in Computer, Information, and Control Engineering. He has served on the faculties of the University of Virginia (1976- 1990) and UM (1990-2001). He currently is the H.Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart School Chair of the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering and holds the Schneider National Chair of Transportation and Logistics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is the Director of the Trucking Industry Program (TIP) and the former Executive Director of The Logistics Institute. He has previously served as department chair of Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia, department chair of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the UM, and Senior Associate Dean at the UM.

He serves on the boards of directors for Con-way, Inc. (a Fortune 500 company, traded on the NYSE), the ITS World Congress, TLI-Asia Pacific, and the Bobby Dodd Institute. He is a former past President and member of the ITS Michigan Board of Directors, a former member of the board of ITS America, and has served as a member of the advisory boards of Kinetic Computer Corporation, Billerica, MA, and of CenterComm Corporation, San Diego, CA. He is a member of the International Academic Advisory Committee of the Laboratory of Complex Systems and Intelligence Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Ellen Zegura
Georgia Institute of Technology
Professor and Chair, School of Computer Science, College of Computing

Ellen Zegura

Professor Zegura’s research concerns the development of wide-area (Internet) networking services and mobile wireless networking. Wide-area services are utilized by applications that are distributed across multiple administrative domains (e.g., web, file sharing, multi-media distribution). Her focus is on services implemented both at the network layer, as part of network infrastructure, and at the application layer. In the context of mobile wireless networking, she is interested in challenged environments where traditional ad-hoc and infrastructure-based networking approaches fail. These environments have been termed Disruption Tolerant Networks. For more information relating to Ellen, please visit her personal webpage.