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2017 Candidates for the Board of Directors

Candidates for the 2017-19 ISCRAM Board of Directors

Below is the list of candidates for the 2017-2019 ISCRAM Board of Directors. Each candidate profile includes their bio, statement of intent and relationship to ISCRAM.

Stephen Fortier hello

Short Bio: Dr. Fortier has been involved in research and development in safety and security systems for the past 20 years. Currently, he is the Associate Director of the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management at the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. He conducts research and teaches graduate level courses within the Department. He also consults with the U.S. Government and private industry providing technical solutioning, for challenging business and engineering problems.


George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), 2012

Harvard Business School, Harvard University, Executive MBA program (TGMP 7), 2001

George Mason University, School of Information Technology and Engineering, Department of Information and Software System Engineering, M.Sc., Information Systems, 1991

West Virginia University, School of Engineering, Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, M.Sc., Safety Studies, 1983; B.Sc. J., 1981

Research Areas

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Planning
Business Continuity Planning, Continuity of Operations (COOP)
Safety Engineering and Management
Software Safety and Information Assurance
Information Modeling of Complex Systems, System of Systems Engineering

Statement of Intent: I have been involved with ISCRAM for over 10 years; publishing research papers, attending conferences and supporting the ISCRAM Board activities. I would like to continue my support to help shape the direction of ISCRAM, contribute to its success, and give back to an organization that has provided many benefits to me.

Relationship to ISCRAM: Dr. Fortier has been involved with ISCRAM since 2006.  He attended the inaugural ISCRAM Summer School at the University of Tilberg.  He was the publicity and sponsor chair for the 2008 ISCRAM conference at GWU in Washington, DC.  He was also the program committee co-chair at the 2013 ISCRAM conference in Baden Baden, Germany.

Ilona Heldal


Short Bio: Ilona Heldal is a full Professor in Informatics, at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences in Bergen. She has performed research in several interdisciplinary projects on the following topics: computer-supported collaborative work, interaction design, visualization, social interaction in/with distributed technologies, user experiences, introducing information technology (IT), technology acceptance, systems for co-work for distributed settings, and more recently innovation, knowledge transfer, digitization and IT adoption in organizations. Since 2008 she has been working in research projects focusing on technologies used in emergency management, e.g. introducing digital communication technologies for collaboration, using virtual environments and simulation, utilizing serious games for training.

Statement of Intent: My main motivation to become a board member is to contribute – with these activities too – to better emergency management research both at our university and internationally. I believe that knowledge from areas as Informatics, Technology Management and Computer Supported Collaborative Work become more and more important in emergency management due digitalization and broader use of different technologies. My expectation from these activities is to become more informed and get better contacts from the network of ISCRAM members.

Relationship to ISCRAM: Due research interests and recommendations from members. I have only been at two conferences earlier.

Alvaro Pemartin

Short Bio: Emergency Doctor. Experience in Hospital, Prehospital and Remote Medicine. Experience as Volunteer in Emergency Manager, working as Advisor for my local and county Emergency Management Agency.

Statement of Intent: Try to improve the relationship between academics and practitioners of Emergency Management and Responders.

Relationship to ISCRAM: Member, Sent a paper to ISCRAM 8th International ISCRAM Conference – Lisbon, Portugal, May 2011.

Caroline Rizza

Short Bio: Caroline Rizza, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Information and Communication Sciences since 2005, working in the Economic and Social Sciences Department of Télécom Paristech (Paris, France). She is currently a member of the laboratory I3 (Interdisciplinary Institute on Innovation) UMR 9217 – CNRS at Telecom ParisTech. She is part of the research consortium EURIDICE (Equipe de Recherche sur les risques, dispositifs de gestion de crise et des évènements majeurs). She contributes to the working groups on “Responsible Innovation in ICTs” of the Observatory for Responsible Innovation – I3 Mines ParisTech, and on “Social Network and risks” – Association Française pour la prévention des catastrophes naturelles. While she was a PhD student (2001-2005) she conducted research-action in the field of Information and Communication Technologies in Higher Education at the Université de la Méditerranée Aix-Marseille II as a grandholder. From 2008 to 2010, she worked with the OECD as an independent expert for the international “New Millennium Learners” project. From March 2010 to December 2013, she worked at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Ispra, Italy) where she led the research project “Ethics of Social Networks”. Since then, her research and interests have been focusing on the ethical, legal and social issues raised by emergent technologies in specific situations such as interpersonal relations, crisis or emergency situations, ICT design (e.g. “privacy by design”, “ethics-by-design”, “responsible research and innovation”) and by special needs users. She has been co-organizer of the track ELSI of the international ISCRAM conference since 2013 and she is currently co-organizing the forthcoming CNRS thematic School on “social media and crisis situation” (Telecom ParisTech, May 2017) in collaboration with the ISCRAM Association. Lastly, she is scientific evaluator for the Secure Society H2020 call.

Statement of Intent: I have the honor to apply to the ISCRAM board for the following two years. As you will see in my short bio, I am associate professor at Télécom Paristech (Paris, France) in the Economic and Social Sciences Department and my research focuses on the ethical, legal and social impact of social networks in crisis management. I have the chance to interact with the ISCRAM community since 2013: as co-chair of the ELSI track. I would like with this application be involved deeply in the community in order to bring my interest and (I hope so) ‘added value’ to the board. On the other side, being part of the ISCRAM community as member board would be a recognition of my investment in the Conferences for 4 years now. Lastly, this year we took the opportunity to organize in collaboration with ISCRAM, an interdisciplinary thematic school on social networks and crisis management: we have presently 10 PhD students and 2 researchers coming from all around the world sharing and designing solutions and guidelines. I would love contributing to the board bringing also this experience and feedbacks to build others didactical opportunities. I thank you in advance for the interest you will see in my application.

Relationship to ISCRAM: Since 2013, I am co-organizing the call of the ethical, legal and social issues track at the ISCRAM conference. These tracks have been the opportunities to publish 2 special issues in the IJISCRAM and Contingencies and Crisis Management Journals in 2014 and 2017. This year I have lead the organization of the ISCRAM thematic School on Social Networks and Crisis Management, in collbation with ISCRAM and Dauphine University, LATTS laboratory. Lastly, I have close relationships with some ISCRAM members for years: we share reserach interests.

Hans Jochen Scholl

Short Bio: Hans Jochen Scholl, PhD (Information Science, SUNY Albany, USA) is a full professor with tenure in the Information School at the University of Washington, which has been ranked one of the top schools of its kind worldwide. His research expertise is focused on information management. Special topics of interest include disaster information management using novel information technologies and its uses in emergency response, recovery, preparedness, and mitigation as well as smart government and smart governance, process analysis, interoperability, and information artifact evaluation. He serves as an Associate Editor to Government Information Quarterly, the leading journal in electronic government. He chairs or co-chairs e-government conferences, such as the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) E-Government Conference, as well as the globally leading E-government Track and E-Government Symposium at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). Jochen is the Chair (2013 to 2017) of the IFIP TC3 WG 8.5 (Information Systems and Public Administration) and is a past president of the Digital Government Society (2010-2011). Jochen has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles at major journals and conferences.

Statement of Intent: The study domain of information systems for crisis response and management is a multi-disciplinary arena. This multi-disciplinarity certainly adds to the strength and relevance of contributions. However, the relative weight and acceptance of research may vary in contributing “home” disciplines, where the domain’s particular study focus may still be seen as a niche. It has remained a challenge and a mission to advance the recognition and reputation of the study domain’s academic and practical impacts among the contributing disciplines and in academia at large. Disaster-related academic research has been conducted for almost a century, and some disciplines such as sociology, geology, economics, and political science consider the study domain their home turfs. These researcher communities and disciplines need to be bidirectionally connected to the study domain, which ISCRAM represents. Furthermore, the study of emergencies, crises, and disasters has enormous practical implications, which requires a strong connection to professional emergency and disaster management communities. With all these communities, academic and non-academic, ISCRAM needs to be well networked and accepted. In order to increase the community’s academic impact and influence along with its impact on and relevance to practice the forming of a standing LIAISON committee will proactively help build these bridges. I would be happy to help with this task, or other assignments, which the Board might deem appropriate.

Relationship to ISCRAM: Jochen first met with the ISCRAM community in 2015, when he was invited as a keynote speaker to the Kristiansand/Norway conference. His talk on “The Critical Role of Functioning Information Infrastructures in Disaster Response” was much acclaimed by the audience and led to lively discussions on site and fruitful exchanges after the conference. Jochen’s interest in disaster-related information management grew out of his connection to and research on the practices of government agencies involved in emergency and disaster management. He felt that more research dedicated to covering the perspective of professional responders and emergency operations centers was needed. This research orientation aligns him in the most natural ways with the ISCRAM research and practice communities. His completed research paper accepted to the Albi conference reports on “managerial challenges” for responders in the early response to the most massive and not volcanically caused landslide disaster in the history of the United States, which occurred in 2014 near his home town of Seattle, Washington.


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