Building a civilization-scale vision:
Planet-wide collaboration for a resilient, green future”

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  • Infrastructure and utility operators and managers
  • Electric sector professionals
  • Renewable generation developers, operators, and advisors
  • Business continuity professionals
  • Emergency managers, first responders, and disaster response NGOs
  • Resilience, infrastructure, and supply chain researchers
  • Government agency personnel with infrastructure resilience, security, or regulatory roles
  • Professionals with resilience interest in energy, water, transportation, finance, food, health care, and communication sectors
  • International aid organizations
  • Pandemic resilience professionals
  • Resilience and business continuity consultants

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Learn from experts on key resilience measures needed to ensure new, green development projects


EIS and Imperial College London are excited to host a joint summit

Join our panel of leaders and experts in the governmental, infrastructure, and academic sectors. We will explore key resilience measures needed to ensure new, green development projects will withstand the growing scale of disasters the world is seeing

 

TOP 5 SESSIONS

SESSION 1 Where are we today?

Civilization’s Vital Signs:
How serious are the risks,
and how confident are we
in our resilience?

SESSION 2Where are we going?

20:20 Foresight:
A strategic global
perspective on what it
will take to change course
and put global Black Sky
resilience in place.

SESSION 3Hope for Human Continuity

The Human Continuity
Project™ | “Building a
Global, Collaborative
Foundation for Hope.”

SESSION 4The Pathfinders for the Human Continuity Project

Members of the Human
Continuity Project will
present their initial findings
on the unique aspects of
Black Sky resilience they
are addressing.

SESSION 5“Without vision, the people perish.”

The closing session for the conference will feature an interview with senior government executives from nations participating in the Human Continuity Project: UK, US, Israel, Germany, France, Australia and India.

conference speakers and panelists

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Avi Schnurr

Avi Schnurr is CEO and President of the Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council.
Mr. Schnurr has reviewed severe “Black Sky” hazards to lifeline utilities for a number of state and federal government departments and agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Security Council, Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Homeland Security, among others. He has been a leader in development and coordination of protection strategies for critical national infrastructures, working with senior executives of the nation’s largest power, water, and fuel companies, with other corporate sectors, and with key government and NGO stakeholders.

Mr. Schnurr has provided invited briefings for NATO, the European Union, Parliamentary Committees, government science advisors and energy ministries. He has reviewed U.S. defense policies for the Department of Defense, the White House Homeland Security Council, the National Academy of Sciences, Congress, NATO and a variety of other venues. Until the end of 2004, Avi Schnurr worked for Northrop Grumman’s Space Technology Sector in California, where he had system responsibilities for space payloads and other advanced systems and instruments, and also managed U.S. and international defense programs. He holds a number of patents in laser and optical systems and twice received the corporate Chairman’s Award for Innovation. Avi Schnurr received his M.Sc. Degree in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Avi Schnurr

CEO and President EIS Council, USA

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BG (Ret) Alicia Tate-Nadeau

Alicia Tate-Nadeau was appointed by Governor JB Pritzker to serve as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor and the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) in January 2019. In her capacity as Illinois Homeland Security Advisory, Tate-Nadeau serves on the Executive Committee for the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor Council. She also leads the Illinois Governor’s Public Safety Executive Committee and Illinois Cyber Security Executive Committee. Tate-Nadeau also serves on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, as Regional Vice President of the Homeland Security Committee for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), the Cybersecurity Committee for the Council of Governors and is nominated for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

Tate-Nadeau brings more than three decades of experience in national security, emergency management, and public safety issues. Prior to this appointment, Tate-Nadeau served as Executive Director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications where she implemented and managed the third largest 9-1-1 call center in the nation.

BG (Ret) Alicia Tate-Nadeau

Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, USA

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Dr. Uzi Landau

Uzi Landau is an Israeli politician and systems analyst. He served as a member of the Knesset for Likud between 1984 and 2006, and for Yisrael Beiteinu between 2009 and 2015. He also held several ministerial posts, including Minister of Public Security, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Minister of Energy and Water Resources and Minister of Tourism.

Dr. Uzi Landau

Former Minister of Energy, Former chairman of Rafael, Israel

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U.S. Congresswoman
Yvette Clarke

A Brooklyn native whose roots are firmly planted in her Jamaican heritage and in the neighborhood where she grew up and currently resides, the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, U.S.A., Representative Yvette D. Clarke was first elected to Congress in November 2006 and represents the 9th Congressional District of New York. Rep. Clarke is the Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and is a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Through her leadership, Congress has enacted legislation and conducted oversight on a variety of critical issues, including cybersecurity, biodefense, pandemic influenza preparedness, nuclear detection, mitigating radiological attacks, agro-terrorism, homeland security research and development, and critical infrastructure protection, including most especially protection of the U.S. electric grid.

Importantly for EIS Council, she is the Democratic U.S. Congressional Co-Chair of the EIS Summit Series, beginning with the very first Summit in 2010.

U.S. Congresswoman
Yvette Clarke

House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Committee on Homeland Security, USA

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Prof. Washington Yotto Ochieng

Professor Washington Yotto Ochieng, PhD, FREng, is the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Chair Professor in Positioning and Navigation Systems at Imperial College London. He is also the Senior Security Science Fellow at the Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST) at Imperial. Formerly, he was the Head of the Centre for Transport Studies and Co-Director of the ISST at Imperial. He is the current Vice President of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN).

A Chartered Professional Engineer, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), and with a background in industry and academia, Ochieng has undertaken award-winning research and development in critical infrastructure resilience, user-centric mobility and positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) systems. Examples of his works include the design of positioning and navigation systems (including Europe’s EGNOS and GALILEO systems) for land, sea, air and space applications; and Air Traffic Management and Intelligent Transport Systems. In 2013, Ochieng was elected Fellow of the RAEng in recognition of his exceptional contribution. In 2019, he received the Harold Spencer-Jones Gold Medal (the highest award from the RIN) in recognition of his ‘extensive valued advice to policy makers and for pioneering research in safety-critical navigation and positioning systems’. He is a Member of the United States’ Institute of Navigation (ION) and Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Institutions of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, RIN and Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

Prof. Washington Yotto Ochieng

Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chair Professor in Positioning and Navigation Systems at Imperial College, London

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Rt Hon. Lord James Arbuthnot of Edrom

The Rt. Hon. Lord James Arbuthnot, MP, Baron Arbuthnot of Edrom, became a Life Peer and a Conservative Party member of the House of Lords in 2015. Previously, he served as Chair of the UK House of Commons Defence Committee, a position he held from 2005 to 2015. From 2001 to 2005 James Arbuthnot was Shadow Secretary of State for Trade, and also a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee.

Previous to this, he served as Minister of State for Defence Procurement (1995-1997) and Opposition Chief Whip (1997 -2001), after serving as a Government Whip and Parliamentary Undersecretary of State at the Department of Social Security. James Arbuthnot first entered the UK Parliament in 1987 as MP for Wanstead & Woodford and, beginning in1997, represented North East Hampshire.

Rt Hon. Lord James Arbuthnot of Edrom

Former Chair of the UK House of Commons Defence Committee

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Mark Ghilarducci

Mark Ghilarducci serves as the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) within the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom. Ghilarducci was appointed January 8, 2019 by Governor Newsom to continue his service as Director, following his appointment on July 1, 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Ghilarducci also previously served as Secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency, appointed in February 2012 by Governor Brown.

As a member of the Cabinet, Director Ghilarducci serves as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor and oversees statewide public safety, emergency management, emergency communications, counter-terrorism efforts and the State Threat Assessment System.

In 2000, Ghilarducci was appointed Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services where he oversaw statewide emergency operations, planning and training. Ghilarducci also previously served as a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under President William J. Clinton.

Prior to his appointments at Cal OES and FEMA, Director Ghilarducci served as Deputy State Fire Chief at Cal OES, where he oversaw Special Operations, including the State Urban Search & Rescue Response System. He has more than 30 years of experience and diversified service in public safety and government management at the local, state and federal levels and spent over twelve years in the private sector, working in security & crisis management around the world.

In addition to his duties serving as Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Director Ghilarducci is designated by the Governor as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) and as Chairman of the California Catastrophic Response Council. He also serves on the Executive
Committee of the National Governor’s Association (NGA)-Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council; the Environmental Information Services Working Group of the Advisory Council to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); the State Board of Fire Services; and the Board of the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC).

Director Ghilarducci holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Davis and is a graduate of the Fellowship Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mark Ghilarducci

Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), USA

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Juliet Mian

Juliet is the Global Resilience Skills Leader at Arup, working with a broad community of inspiring and dedicated resilience practitioners. She helps organizations understand their risks due to climate change and other shocks and stresses and achieve greater resilience of the infrastructure systems they are responsible for. She promotes a systemic approach to resilience, considering robustness, redundancy, adaptive capacity and the ability to transform where necessary. She enjoys her work's multi-disciplinary, cross-sectoral nature and seeks to deliver solutions through collaboration and integration across the system and throughout the infrastructure life cycle.

Juliet Mian

Global Skill Leader | Resilience, ARUP, England

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U.S. Congressman
Daug Lamborn

Now volunteeting as an advisor to the EIS Council, James G. Roche served from 2001 to 2005 as the 20th Secretary of the United States Air Force. His responsibilities as the civilian leader of the Air Force included organizing, training and equipping the Air Force to fight the nation’s wars as part of a Joint and/or Coalition Team. He was responsible for over 700,000 Active, Reserve, Guard and civilian airmen, and a budget in excess of $100 billion.

Prior to his Air Force service, he was the Corporate Vice President and President of the Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector (ESSS) of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He was the Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Electronics Sensors and Systems Division (the former Westinghouse Electronics Systems Group) from March 1996 to September 1998. The Sector was established in 1998 and combined all the electronics businesses of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He built the business from sales of $2 billion to $3 billion, and left a backlog of $5 billion.

Prior to this, he was the Corporate Vice President and Chief Advanced Development, Planning, and Public Affairs Officer responsible for the company’s Advanced Technology and Development Center, Business Strategy Group, the Washington Analysis Center, State Relations and the Public Affairs Department. He was the Chief Strategist of the firm, taking the early lead in all M&A activities. He is credited with being one of the key leaders in the development of a new business strategy that led to the Northrop Grumman of today.

He led the Transition Team responsible for merging the Northrop, Grumman, and Vought corporations, as well as the integration of the Westinghouse defense businesses. Formerly, he was the Assistant to the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. Before July 1989, he was the Vice President and Director of the Northrop Analysis Center in Washington, D.C. (since 1984); the Center conducts policy and strategy analyses for the Corporation.

Before joining Northrop, Dr. Roche was the Democratic Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, where he worked for Senators Scoop Jackson and Sam Nunn.

He served as the Principal Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff from 1981-1982. He was a senior professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1979-1981, and was an Assistant Director of the Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1975-1979.

Dr. Roche is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy, having commanded the USS Buchanan DDG-14. He won the Pacific Theater Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy (1974), awarded to the commander of the most improved combat unit in the Pacific.

Dr. Roche holds a Doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in the fields of Decision Analysis and Management Control (1972). He received his Master’s Degree in Operations Research, with distinction, in 1966 from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in English Literature in 1960 from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology and St. Thomas Aquinas College.

He has served on the board of advisors of a number of public policy institutions. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation. He served on the Board of CADRE, an innovation institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board from 1989 to 1994, and the International Institute of Strategic Studies until 2012. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and the Conquistadores Del Cielo along with many of the senior leaders of the airline and aerospace industry. He serves on the Board of the Friends of the Jewish Chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Board of Advisors of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the US Energy Security Council. He was on the Board of Visitors of St. John’s College, and the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland, as well as the Board of Visitors of the Business School at the University of Southern California. He also served on the Board of Directors of McAndrews and Forbes Worldwide, the Board of TechTeam Global, and the Board of CompuDyne. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Orbital ATK. He was a member of the North American Advisory Board for Schott, US, a leader in glass products, and was on the Advisory Board of Israel Aircraft Industries North America (IAINA) until both were disestablished. He is a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, and the Annapolitan Club. He continues to do strategic consulting for defense and technology based firms, specifically Northrop Grumman, as well as pro bono work for the Department of Defense.

U.S. Congressman
Daug Lamborn

House Armed Services Committee, and Natural Resources Committee, USA

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Miranda Ballentine

Miranda Ballentine has devoted her career to accelerating the role of advanced energy in national security, economic prosperity, and solving climate change.

In September, 2018, Miranda became the founding CEO of Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA), an alliance of large clean energy buyers, developers, and service providers who, together with NGO partners, are unlocking the marketplace for all non-residential energy buyers to lead a rapid transition to a cleaner, prosperous, zero-carbon energy future. This new membership-based organization is building a resilient, zero-carbon energy system where every organization has a viable, expedient, and cost-effective pathway to renewable energy.

Miranda joins CEBA after serving as CEO of Constant Power, Inc., a Toronto-based developer, integrator, and operator of distributed energy resources. Prior to CPI, Miranda was Managing Director of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center, a member-based platform that accelerates corporate purchasing of renewable energy. BRC members were involved in 100% of corporate renewables large-scale deals in 2018.

From 2014-2017, Miranda served President Obama as the 4th Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, & Energy, where she was responsible for a $9 billion annual energy budget in addition to environmental programs for 9 million acres of land, 200 miles of coastline, 600,000 acres of forestland, and 270,000 acres of wetlands. She launched the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative (REDI), which developed smart, cyber-secure microgrids, including a “Future Forward Operating Base.”

Previously, Miranda was Director of Sustainability for Global Renewable Energy at Walmart Stores, Inc, where she led a team in fifteen countries to develop strategies toward Walmart’s goal to be supplied by 100% renewable energy. These programs identified $1+ billion in potential annual energy savings and 9 million metric tons of avoided greenhouse gas potential.

In 2013, Miranda was selected to join the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She has a BS degree from Colorado State University and an MBA from George Washington University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, daughter, and step-daughter.

Miranda Ballentine

CEO of Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA), Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, USA

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Dr. Esti Peshin

Esti Peshin is General Manager of the Cyber Division at the Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. At the beginning of 2017, under Ms. Peshin’s management IAI’s cyber activity was expended from a Directorate to a Division. She serves also as the Director General (pro bono) of the Israeli Hi-Tech Caucus at the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. Prior to assuming these roles, Ms Peshin was the Managing Partner of ENP Solutions Ltd., a strategic management consulting firm; a Partner at Destino Ventures LLC, a private equity firm; and a Partner at Hope Ventures Ltd, a Distributor and Business Development house. Previously, Ms. Peshin was the CEO of Waterfall Security Solutions, a provider of a foolproof physical security gateway for homeland security and mission-critical installations. Before joining Waterfall, she held an Account Director position in the Lawful Interception division of Verint Systems, Inc. She served 11 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, in an elite technology unit, where she was Deputy Director.

Dr. Esti Peshin

Head of Cyber Division, Israel Aerospace Industries, Israel

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Ben Kuchta

Ben is a multi-award winning, multi-disciplined Chartered Engineer, Fellow and experienced leader with over 14 years of experience operating at various levels across the energy industry.

Ben has a proven track record and ability to deliver new services, technology and positive transformational change for complex systems with significant levels of risk. He is passionately driven to empower people, create valuable new products and services, enable growth and sustainability at all levels.
As the Group Resilience Improvement Manager for National Grid, he works across both the UK and US to drive and enable key business outcomes linked to organisational resilience, climate adaptation, the energy transition, innovation and continuous improvement.

Ben Kuchta

Group resilience improvement manager at National Grid, England

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Bob Kolasky

Bob is experienced senior industry and government executive with a demonstrated history of achieving risk management objectives. A strong strategic leader skilled in Supply Chain Risk Management, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, Risk Governance, Advanced Analytics, and Government-industry relations. He has experience working both domestically and internationally. Served as foundational leader for the National Risk Management Center and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and is an experienced organizational entrepreneur.

Bob Kolasky

Senior Vice President for Critical Infrastructure, Exiger, Former Director, National Risk Management Agency, US Department of Homeland Security, USA

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Dr Chris Beck

Chris Beck is the Chief Scientist and Vice President for Policy at EIS Council, where he has worked since May 2011. He is responsible for the analysis, design, and promotion of critical infrastructure resilience for widespread, long-duration power outages initiated by Black Sky threats.

Dr. Beck is a technical and policy expert in several homeland security and national defense related areas including critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, science and technology development, WMD prevention and protection, and emerging threat identification and mitigation. Dr. Beck served as the Subcommittee Staff Director for Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Science and Technology and was the Senior Advisor for Science and Technology for the House Committee on Homeland Security (CHS), US House of Representatives, where he worked from May 2005 to May 2011. Prior to CHS, he worked in the office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for three years, beginning as a Congressional Science Fellow and then as a legislative assistant.

Before government service, Dr. Beck was a postdoctoral fellow and adjunct professor at Northeastern University. He holds a PhD in physics from Tufts University (2001) and a B.S. in physics from Montana State University (1994). He served in the Marine Corps Reserve for five years (1987 – 1992).

Dr Chris Beck

Chief Scientist and Vice President for Policy EIS Council, USA

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Prof. David Alexander

David Alexander is Professor in the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London. He was formerly Chief Senior Scientist at the Global Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland (2011-2), Ministerial Contract Professor at the University of Florence in Italy (2005-11) and Professor of Geography at the University of Massachusetts (1981-2002). He is the author of several books, including "Natural Disasters", "Confronting Catastrophe" and "Principles of Emergency Planning and Management". He is Editor-in.Chief of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, co-editor of 'Disasters' and a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. David Alexander teaches emergency planning and management and has research interests in this field and in earthquake epidemiology. His most recent books are "Recovery from Disaster" (with Ian Davis) and "How to Write an Emergency Plan".

Prof. David Alexander

Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, England

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Scott Aaronson

Scott has been with EEI since 2009 when he joined the government relations department focusing on security and several emerging technology issues, including electric grid modernization, cybersecurity policy, and telecommunications priorities. He now leads EEI’s security and preparedness team where he focuses on industry security and resilience initiatives, establishing collaborative partnerships between government and electric companies—and across critical infrastructure sectors—that enhance security for the energy sector.

In addition to his role at EEI, Scott also serves as the Secretary for the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). The ESCC is the primary liaison between senior government officials and industry leaders representing all segments of the sector. This partnership is held up as a model for how critical infrastructure operators can work with government, yielding dramatic improvements in security and preparedness for the electric power sector and the nation.

In these roles, Scott has provided testimony before several state legislative and regulatory bodies, both houses of the U.S. Congress, and to the United Nations Security Council. He speaks frequently with national media, is a board member of The George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and has been a trusted source for policymakers on issues of critical infrastructure security, including both the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board and the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

Prior to joining EEI, Scott was a senior adviser to Members of Congress serving the 12th Congressional District of California, including former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos. From 2001 to 2007, he served as an economic policy adviser to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.

Scott received a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder for his undergraduate studies, and a Master’s Degree from The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. He also has received continuing education in executive leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC with his wife, two daughters, a mutt, and a not-so-Great Dane.

Scott Aaronson

Vice President, Security, and Preparedness, EEI, USA

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Chris Train

Chris is an Experienced Board Member and Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated track record of delivery working in the energy and utilities industry. Skilled in Energy and utilities, Delivering Industry and Business Transformation. Strong business, community, and social services professional.

Chris Train

Executive Director and Senior Advisor, CT Energies, England

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Fergus Harradence

Fergus is the Deputy Director, Construction at BEIS. He is responsible for delivering the Construction Sector Deal, and working to deliver a more productive and sustainable construction sector in the UK. Member of the Digital Frameworks Task Group, the i3P Strategy Board and the Network+ Strategy Board.

Fergus Harradence

Deputy Director, Infrastructure and Construction Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, England

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Prof. Yael Parag

Yael is a professor of sustainable energy systems and currently the Vice Dean of the IDC’s School of Sustainability. She holds a BSc degree in biology, and MA and Ph.D. degrees in social sciences. Between 2005 and 2011 she was a researcher at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), at the University of Oxford, UK, and a senior researcher at the Energy Group (Lower Carbon Future).
Profesor Parag research focuses on the transition to low-carbon and sustainable energy systems. I am an expert on energy consumer behavior, consumer and prosumer integration into the smart electricity grid, energy security, local and community governance of energy, public acceptance of energy generation technologies, personal carbon trading and more.

Prof. Yael Parag

Vice Dean of the School of Sustainability at the Reichman University, Israel

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Dr. Gideon Friedmann

Gidon is Stanford Physics Ph.D. graduate with recent years experience in the energy industry, the electricity market and energy efficiency with a strong emphasis on policy and excellent communications and leadership skills. Almost 20 years of industry experience in program management, system engineering management, and business development, with emphasis on computer vision and image processing. Worked in the energy,
medical instrumentation, semiconductor metrology and biotechnology industries. In the last 15 years strong emphasis on the business and economic aspects. Experience in running a small startup with focus on business development. Experience in setting up a new development project and running it from scratch. Excellent system view and understanding of complex multi-disciplinary systems involving deep techno-economic implications. Hands-on, practically oriented with emphasis on taking the initiative and using innovation to achieve results.

Dr. Gideon Friedmann

Chief Scientist, IMoE (Israel Ministry of Energy), Israel

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Nassar Majothi

An accomplished and internationally experienced Chartered Engineer from within the rail and metro sector with a demonstrable record of achievement on major new build and upgrade programmes. Nasser Combines expert knowledge of engineering and integration processes with advanced management capabilities to lead large multi-functional teams to deliver results. Nassar is a very resourceful, financially astute and end-user focused individual, offering strong business and technical leadership, and exceptional influencing skills

Nassar Majothi

Head of Systems Integration, HS2, England

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Dr. Stephen Flynn

Stephen is the founding director of the Global Resilience Institute, Flynn leads a university-wide research enterprise to inform and advance societal resilience in the face of growing man-made and naturally-occurring turbulence. In addition to his tenured appointment as Professor of Political Science, he has faculty affiliations in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He is also Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.

Dr. Stephen Flynn

Director, the Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University
and the Global Resilience Institute, USA

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Dr. Ehud (Udi) Ganani

Dr. Ehud (Udi) Ganani, as Vice President for Strategic Programs, is responsible for the development, coordination, and management of several key programs: GINOM AI, BSX, Digital Transformation, EIS Academy, and EMP Consulting. All these programs are International.

Udi Ganani is a co-founder of Contguard Ltd., a global maritime container tracking startup. He is also a member of the SPECTRUM Group in Alexandria, VA and a Research Associate in ICT International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at IDC Herzliya.

Previously, Dr. Ganani served in senior management roles in a number of corporations providing high technology solutions for security applications. He was Chief Executive Officer and President of Rabintex Industries Ltd., served as CEO and chairman of TraceGuard Technologies Inc. and chairman of Bird Aerosystems Ltd. He also chaired the public advisory committee for Aerospace, Defense and Homeland Security for the Israeli Export Institute.
Prior to that, Dr. Ganani served as a senior manager in some of Israel’s largest and most important aerospace companies: He served as Chief Executive Officer of Israel Military Industries, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Rafael, and headed Rafael’s rocket motors development group.
Dr. Ganani holds a Doctorate of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis, MO and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

Dr. Ehud (Udi) Ganani

Vice President for Strategic Programs, EIS, Israel

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Tony Charge

Tony is an experienced senior executive across public, private, and community sectors and co-founder of ARPI and Strategic Risk Policy®™ with Michael Vincent from Monash University.

Tony’s diverse background has enabled him ‘to view things differently and contribute to the evolution of thinking about a new relationship between leadership and (redefined) risk for today’s world, in order to achieve informed decision-making.

Separately, though with an increasing degree of convergence, is Tony’s exploration and development of ‘qualitative analytics’ (Analytics 5.0) under the banner of Intelligence Augmentation (IA), with guidance from global academic Professor Keith Lyons.

Tony is an accredited risk and compliance professional and was formerly an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra in leadership, risk, public policy, human resources, and qualitative measurement. Tony is a Fellow of ARPI, GRC Institute, RMIA, AFMA and IML.

Tony Charge

ARPI, President and Chairman, Australia

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Yosi Shneck

Yosi Shneck, YSICONS founder, senior consultant, leading the Cyber entrepreneurship and business development at the Israel Electric Corp.

In charge of Cyber entrepreneurship and business development, including R&D, cyber products and services development, support of the IEC’s cyber unit, marketing, and deployment worldwide. Leading the R&D projects and activities in the European research programs for more than ten years, including the FP7 and Horizon 2020 programs.

More than 46 years of experience in computer systems & technologies in utilities, including information systems, scientific applications, supper computing & communication, control systems, infrastructures & architectures, and cyber. In addition to his duties as ITC leader, he was responsible for readying the company against cyber-attack threats, including IT/OT environments. Being accountable for the cyber activity of supercritical infrastructure, Mr. Shneck is involved in many nationwide and international initiatives in this field.

His previous functions in the IEC include SVP Information and Communications and Chief Cyber Officer; Head of Information Systems and Communication Division, CIO; Member of the selection committee for an investor in the new communication infrastructure company; Head of the National Communications and Electronics unit and Deputy of the Information Systems and Teleprocessing Division; Head of R&D computer department.

Mr. Shneck has an M.A. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Computer Sciences.

Yosi Shneck

Energy and Security lead at EIS,
Former SVP Information, Communication & CISO IEC (Israel Electric Corporation), Israel

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Prof. Gianluca Pescaroli

Prof. PescaroliI's research focus on complexity, cascading risk, and concurrencies applied to resilience management. Operational continuity is the way forward for managing systemic risk. Going beyond DRR and BCM.
He believes that society looks at risk exactly like an arrogant cat. And he can prove that.

Prof. Gianluca Pescaroli

Associate Prof Business Continuity, University College London, England

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Prof. Yair Yoav

Prof. Yoav Yair is the Dean of the School of Sustainability at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). His main research fields include atmospheric electricity, lightning (on Earth and other planets), space weather, solar-terrestrial relations and transient luminous events (sprites).
He conducted space-based experiments from the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station and was project manager for the Israeli astronaut mission in 2003 (the MEIDEX). He is the author of several text books in the atmospheric sciences and authored (and co-) over 95 refereed papers.
Prof. Yair is also an expert on ICT and Learning Technologies, and served as head of the Center for Technology in Distance Education at the Open University of Israel (2004-2009), and Dean of Development and Learning Technologies there (2009-2012), where he supervised the testing, dissemination and research of various new technologies in higher education, with focus on video, digital books and mobile reading devices. Between 2012-2014 he headed the Israeli national Inter-University Center for Learning Technologies.
Prof. Yair is an experienced speaker, session chair and organizer of numerous professional meetings (EGU, AGU). He gives public lectures and popular radio talks on various topics in educational technology, astronomy teaching, atmospheric science and space physics.

Prof. Yair Yoav

Dean of the School of Sustainability, Reichmann University, Israel

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Prof. Nikhil Singh

Nikhil is the President of Asian Centre for the Global Risk Policy Network (ACGRPN), Dean Training at the New Delhi Institute of Management, and CEO at the Japan Centre of Excellence.

He took the initiative of launching 1st Ever Risk Policy Institute of India at NDIM in collaboration with the Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI) with a vision to facilitate the highest levels of Leadership, Decision-Making, and Public Policy Formulation and Implementation in society with respect to Risk Policy.

He offers coaching and training to business leaders, VPs, Directors, CEOs and Country heads in MNCs, domestic organisation, small and medium enterprises, start-ups. He has mentored over 500 MBA students in the past five years. He is an effective facilitator and inspirational speaker who possesses a “positive psychology” and “strength-based” framework. Nikhil has spoken about transformative HR trends and new-age digital marketing strategies in various sought-after Panels and started a masterclass series to guide young leaders with the support of Industry Stalwarts in India.

Previously, Nikhil has also worked in senior positions with top companies of the world. His deep understanding of the digital world, his strength of establishing connections across borders and the determination of bringing true value through all his projects to the stakeholders sets him apart.
He holds an MBA from Delhi School of Economics and is a Physics Hons graduate from Hindu College, Delhi University. He has also been honoured with a certification from eCornell University and is a Licentiate in Insurance from IRDA.

Prof. Nikhil Singh

President of ACGRPN, CEO of Japan Centre of Excellence, Dean Training- NDIM

CONFERENCE AGENDA

DAY 1

monday

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SESSION 1

Where are we Today?

  • Civilization’s Vital Signs:
    How serious are the risks, and how confident are we in our resilience?
  • Triage Earth, 2023, From Disaster to Black Sky:
    What can we learn from the most serious disasters we’ve seen over the last several years?
  • Growing Natural Hazards:
    Global megafires, devastating floods, evolving pandemic, severe space weather, seismic infrastructure zones. s this the new normal? What can we expect in the years ahead?
  • Increasing Manmade Hazards, War and near-war:
    Military attacks targeting infrastructure. Cyber-attacks on critical sectors. EMP.
  • How close are we to the brink? Are we ready for multiplying, escalating conflicts?
  • Breakout Session Working Groups:
    Open, facilitated discussions on lessons learned, with a focus on critical resilience gaps.
SESSION 2

Where are we going?

  • 20:20 Foresight:
    A strategic global perspective on what it will take to change course and put global Black Sky resilience in place.
  • Looking Ahead: Black Sky Resilience, And Strategic Risk Policy, 2033. What can be expected from current trends in disasters? What is the risk of a Black Sky event? How serious could it be?
    Resilience researchers will offer their perspectives on the risk and seriousness of a Black Sky event, with panelists’ perspectives including historical assessment, technical / trend analysis, and experience from related disasters.
  • What are the most critical Black Sky resilience gaps?
    What are the most serious Black Sky resilience gaps that must be addressed? Panelists will present findings based on (a) systems engineering research and (b) experience and projections of key infrastructure providers.
  • What are emerging Black Sky resilience solutions?
    Given the most critical gaps that must be addressed first, what near-term options are available? What will it take to bring them to a Stage One global deployment?
  • Climate change will become Black Sky, Government Cabinet Minister and Infrastructure CEO offer perspectives on:
    Lessons learned from global collaboration on climate change.
DAY 2

Tuesday

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SESSION 3

Hope for Human Continuity

  • The Human Continuity Project | “Building a Global, Collaborative Foundation for Hope”
  • Inaugurating, Energizing a Plan for a Black Sky Resilient Planet
  • The Technology of Hope: The Core Tools for Human ContinuityApplying an adaptive, aerospace-class systems engineering process to human civilization for black sky scenarios will be a continuing, ongoing process. What can be said from a preliminary look? Can an initial set of critical, core tools and capabilities be deployed with today’s technology?
SESSION 4

The Pathfinders for the Human Continuity Project

  • Members of the Human Continuity Project will present their initial findings on the unique aspects of Black Sky resilience they are addressing.Governments vs Multinationals: The Role of Global Megacompanies in Planning for Human Continuity
DAY 3

Wednesday
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SESSION 5

“Without vision, the people perish.”

  • The closing session for the conference will feature an interview with senior government executives from nations participating in the Human Continuity Project: UK, US, Israel, Germany, France, Australia and India.

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