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Supporting Disaster Response and Coordination - Panelist Bios & Photos

Supporting Disaster Response and Coordination


Hemang Karelia (Moderator)GFDRR.

Hemang brings over 10 years of post-disaster and post-conflict experience working with various UN agencies, governments and technology firms in Afghanistan, India, Sudan and Switzerland. He specializes in deploying technology tools for disaster risk management & development and currently leads the knowledge management initiatives of The World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Recovery and Reduction (GFDRR). He also provides cross-cutting technical and strategic support to the World Bank’s disaster risk management teams and leads the Disaster Aid Tracking initiative which tracks global aid and investments in disaster risk reduction, recovery and reconstruction.


Paolo Palmero – UNOCHA.

Paolo Palmero has been an Information Management Officer at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) since 2004. Between 2004 and 2007, Paolo's responsibilities involved mainly surge deployments, including missions to: Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Niger, and Pakistan. While deployed Paolo managed OCHA's 3W data (the "Who does What Where", georeferenced information about the activities of relief organisations) and rapid needs assessments. Since 2007, he has joined the advocacy and Visual
Media Unit, still within OCHA, where he has been responsible for producing a wide range of maps and infographics on humanitarian themes.

Greg TuneRed Cross.

Greg manages the Geospatial Technology unit at the American Red Cross, national headquarters, Disaster Operations Center. The unit is responsible for the organizations mapping needs related to preparedness and response, demographic research and weather monitoring and tracking. Greg has almost twenty years of emergency management experience working with the Red Cross and FEMA. Greg has directed numerous Red Cross relief operations including Ice Storms in New York, the 2006 Salt Lake Olympics operation to the Kosovo Refugee operation in Fort Dix, NJ. 


Jenny ConeffFEWSNET.

 The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a USAID-funded project which provides early warning and analysis of food insecurity for 31 countries around the world. As Decision Support Group Manager for FEWS NET, Jenny Coneff communicates this information to decision makers and the public through a suite of products, including quarterly food security outlooks, monthly outlook updates, alerts, special reports, web content, and in-person briefings.


Mark Snyder – FEMA: Office of Response & Recovery

Mr. Mark Snyder brings over 30 years of private sector and public service experience to his position with the Office of Response and Recovery.  In his current role, Mr. Snyder heads the Disaster Management Support Environment / Situational Awareness Viewer for Emergency Response and Recovery (DMSE/SAVER2) program focused upon bringing critical information nodes into a single geospatial view.  When mature, the capability will enhance outcomes by equipping decision makers with timely authoritative data.  Mr. Snyder also serves as the program manager for many of FEMA’s contracted evacuation assets.


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