International Program Advisory Committee

Paul Arbon

Paul Arbon 220 x 240Professor Arbon is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, Director of the Torrens Resilience Institute and Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery of Flinders University. The Torrens Resilience Institute was established in 2009 to improve the capacity of organisations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges that have the potential to overwhelm local disaster management capabilities and plans. Current research and development is focused on community and organisational resilience, mass gathering management and health security. The Institute hosts the City Security and Resilience Networks for Australian and Asia. Professor Arbon is President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, a member of the International Health Regulations Roster of Experts, Editorial Board Member of the disaster health journal Pre Hospital and Disaster Medicine and Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and the American Academy of Nursing.

Paul Barnes

Paul BarnesDr Barnes is Deputy Director of QUT’s Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management (CEDM) and he leads the Centre’s Infrastructure Program. He has wide experience in public sector and specialist management roles at both the State and Federal level. Within the emergency services arena, he was the inaugural Manager of the State Community Safety Unit of the Queensland Fire & Rescue Authority (QFRA) where he coordinated research on emergency response infrastructure and resource planning, oversaw policy and legislative support for regulatory fire safety & fire prevention, as well as provided executive coordination of Workplace Health & Safety for first responders. Advice provision also included safety and risk assessment requirements for large-scale developments (including major hazardous facilities) with emphasis on Emergency Response Planning. During his period with the QFRA, he chaired the National Community Education Sub-Group of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council. As Corporate Risk Manager of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (QDPI), he oversaw development of Corporate Standards and governance framework covering risk management, crisis management and business continuity planning, as well as waste and environmental management. He also represented the Department on a number of high-level working groups related to critical infrastructure protection and the development of whole-of-government (QLD) capacities in crisis management, including biosecurity. Before joining QUT he was Director of Security Policy development within the Defence Security Authority, Canberra. In this role he coordinated activities supporting Defence Department outcomes related to security risk management, security policy development and physical security of Defence installations.

Lisa Brown

Lisa BrownLisa M. Brown, Ph.D., ABPP received her undergraduate degree in Gerontology from City University New York and completed her graduate training in clinical psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. After completing her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, she joined the School of Aging Studies faculty at the University of South Florida and served as the Training Director at the James A Haley Veterans Affairs Center of Innovation. Dr. Brown’s clinical and research focus is on aging, trauma and resilience, health, vulnerable populations, disasters, and long-term care. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Aging, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service, and the Agency for Healthcare Administration. In 2007, Dr. Brown was appointed as the Assistant Clinical Director of Disaster Behavioral Health Services by the Florida Crisis Consortium, Florida Department of Health. She helped write the state disaster behavioral health response plan, develop regional disaster behavioral health teams, and conduct program evaluations of SAMHSA and FEMA crisis counseling programs. In June 2008, Dr. Brown was appointed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary to the Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee of the National Biodefense Science Board Federal Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She currently serves on the American Psychological Associations Committee on Aging and is a Fellow of Division 20 and the Gerontological Society of America. She was a Fulbright Specialist with the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

Laurie Buys

Laurie Buys_smallLaurie Buys, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Design, Faculty of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Theme Leader for ‘Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities’ in QUT’s Institute for Future Environments. She is an experienced social researcher and research manager with a successful track record of inter-disciplinary collaborative research. In the last 10 years she has co-authored over 130 referred publications.

Maggie Gibson

Maggie GibsonDr. Maggie Gibson obtained her PhD in psychology at Western University in Ontario, Canada, where she is an adjunct member in the Department of Clinical Psychology and the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. She has practiced in the areas of clinical, counseling and health psychology in the Veterans Care Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care London for over 20 years. She has made over 200 conference presentations and published over 70 papers, reports and book chapters on a range of geropsychology concerns, including disaster preparedness. She served as a co-leader of an international working group on seniors and emergency preparedness for the Public Health Agency of Canada and co-chaired the Gerontological Society of America’s Disasters and Older Adults Interest Group. Other collaborations to enhance the care of older adults include work with the Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, interRAI Canada and the International Psychogeriatric Association. She is a past-president of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (provincial regulatory body) and the Canadian Association on Gerontology (national multidisciplinary association).

Lidia Mayner

Dr Lidia MaynerDr Lidia Mayner is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University and is the Director of the Flinders University Research Program for Disaster Nursing – an ICN accredited ICNP centre.  Dr Mayner is on the Board of Directors as the Western Pacific representative for WADEM and is a core member of Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network, a WPRO project.  She is also on the UNISDR Expert Working Group on Terminology for the Sendai Framework.  Her current research is on medication availability for older people with chronic conditions during and post disaster periods, especially heatwaves. The focus of this research is to establish a medication awareness culture among older people with chronic condition/s whom require medication on a daily basis.  This work aims to reduce risk for older people.   The other research area is the harmonisation of the disaster terminology, being completed as a book. The work consists of compiling one major glossary of terms on disaster health that can then be used by all health professionals.  Computer text analysing software is used to harmonise the many definitions for each disaster health related word so as to check for the best fitting definition to use.  Dr Mayner is an Editorial Board Member of the Pre Hospital and Disaster Medicine journal.

Mohammad Naeem Salimee

Dr Naeem Salimee_photo_websiteDr. Naeem Salimee was born in September 1959. He completed his primary and secondary education in Wardak province of Afghanistan. Mr. Salimee completed his bachelor in plant science in the faculty of agriculture kabul university in 1980. This was the time where Afghanistan was invaded by former Russia, like many country people Salimee also stood beside his country people to struggle for freedom. Mr. Salimee did his Master in general management and PhD in Agriculture rehabilitation in Afghanistan/ focused on HRM. In 1989 when the Russian forces defeated with the generous support from international community and left Afghanistan with all the destruction behind, Salimee started to work for Afghanistan reconstruction by establishing Coordination of Afghan Relief (CoAR) in September 1989 in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan.( CoAR was assisting needy People inside Afghanistan and as well as in the refugee camps in Pakistan. CoAR work stared in central Afghanistan in 1989 and expanded to the north in 2002. CoAR through its 26 year of history now working directly in more than 20 provinces and via its network (CEN, cover all the country. ( During 2005 Mr. Salimee, involved in working as Steering committee member of ADRRN (, since then Mr. Salimee established SHARQ institute for higher Education which is the first and only institution in Afghanistan that provide BDM. Moreover, Mr. Salimee established a Radio/Tv Station that broadcasts messages on DRR and environment with other programs for Civil society, women, children and environment.

Junko Otani

Junko OtaniJunko Otani, DDS, MPH, MS, PhD, is Professor in the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University. She also serves Regional Director of East Asian Center for Academic Initiatives (Shanghai Office) of Osaka University. She obtained her DDS from Osaka University, her MPH in international health and MS in population science from Harvard University and her PhD in social policy and administration from the London School of Economics. She has worked for the World Bank as a health specialist and for the World Health Organization as a medical officer, based mainly in China. Her areas of specialization include international health and population, social development studies, area studies, and research methodology. She has looked at disaster-affected areas of Kobe in Japan, Sichuan in China and New Zealand. She was awarded Royal Society of New Zealand fellowship to conduct research in Christchurch at University of Canterbury in 2013 and Australian Academy of Science fellowship for School of Population and Global Health, Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety of University of Melbourne in 2015. She has been on the board of trustee of Japan Association for International Health since 2009.

Recent work in ageing and disaster include:

  • Junko Otani (2010) “Older People in Natural Disasters”, Kyoto: Kyoto University Press & Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press, 278pages.
  • Junko Otani (2012).‘Ageing Society, Health issues, Assessing 3/11’, (Chapter 14), In: Jeff Kingston (ed.) “Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan”, Oxford University Nissan Institute/ Routledge Japanese Studies Series, London: Routledge/ Taylor and Francis Group, pp.237-254.
  • Junko Otani (2014), ‘An ageing society and post-disaster community security’, (Chapter 8), In: Bacon, P. and Hobson, C. (eds.), Human Security and Japan’s Triple Disaster: Responding to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis, Routledge, pp. 127-140.
Elizabeth Ozanne

Elizabeth OzanneElizabeth Ozanne is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Social Work, in the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Melbourne. She has a BA, BSW from the University of Melbourne and an MSW and PhD from the University of Michigan, USA. Professor Ozanne specializes in the areas of gerontology and organizational administration. She has published six books and numerous chapters and journal articles on aged and community care policy in Australia. Her 2007 book on Longevity and Social Change in Australia won the Australian Association of Gerontology Book of the Year Award. Her latest book was published in 2013 on The Organisational Context of Human Service Practice. Professor Ozanne has received over $1m in research grants from competitive, government and philanthropic sources. Her major areas of gerontological specialization are the politics of ageing, new risks in an ageing society, elder abuse, ageing in peri urban environments, the development of age friendly communities and technology and ageing. In 2013 she was appointed by the Minister for Health to the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Senior Victorians to develop the 2014-18 state ageing plan. She currently serves on the Boards of the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) and Wintringham, an innovative housing provider for the homeless aged.

Toby Porter

Toby PorterToby Porter is the Chief Executive of Help Age International, a global network of organisations working to help older women and men claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty in older age. Toby has dedicated his career to humanitarian and development assistance. Toby began his career as an emergency relief specialist working first with Merlin and then Oxfam, in Eastern Europe, Rwanda, South Sudan, Central and South America, and Kosovo. After a brief stint in Washington as Livelihoods Advisor on an USAID project, Toby joined Save the Children. He spent 10 years there, first as Director of Emergencies and then as Director of Programme Partnerships with Save the Children UK in London, with 3 years in between in New Delhi on secondment to Save the Children India as Director of Programmes.

In October 2013, Toby became CEO of HelpAge International. In his time to date, Toby has visited HelpAge International’s work in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, the Philippines, Haïti, Myanmar, Pakistan and Lebanon. These humanitarian disasters highlight not just the vulnerability of older people in emergencies, but the massive contribution they make to recovery efforts within families and communities. In June 2014, Toby accepted an invitation to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing for 2014-16. The focus of the Global Agenda Council on Ageing in the current term is: Capitalize on the economic opportunities presented by an ageing population by encouraging business and governments to adopt age-friendly practices. Toby has represented HelpAge International at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos at the Annual Meeting in 2014 and 2015.

Tri Budi W. Rahardjo

Tri Budi W Rahardjo

PhD (Health Sciences), Faculty of Post Graduate Studies University of Airlangga, Indonesia (1989) Sandwich Programme University of Wales, UK, Funded by The British Council (1987) Professor in Dentistry and Gerontology, University of Indonesia, since 2001 Post Doctorate on Gerontology, University of Oxford, UK, 2008.

Tri Budi W. Rahardjo is Professor in Gerontology at Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia. Since March 2010 she has also been Director of Centre for Ageing Studies Universitas Indonesia (CAS UI). Her other research commitments include Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford 2011-2014, and Consultant for Ageing Programmes to Indonesian Government and Private sectors, since 2011.

She has also been a Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Respati Yogyakarta since 2011 to 2014, and now she is a Rector at University of Respati Indonesia. She has been very active in teaching and supervising PhD students : in Gerontology/ ageing issues at universities in Indonesia and Loughborough University (UK), 2000 – 2011, continues 2011 – 2014 and to be an external examiner for PhD program on Population and Ageing at Australian National University (ANU), 2013.

Recently is appointed to be advisor of WHO Geneva for Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health, 2015. Since 2014, she has been being appointed as a consultant of Training on Long Term Care, in collaboration between UI, UNRIYO and AABC, Japan. She was pointed to be a temporary advisor to Regional Director of WHO SEARO for Healthy Ageing and Long Term Care, 2013. She is a member of Indonesian Gerontology Association since 2001, member of Board of Active Ageing Consortium Asia Pacific since 2009, and Member of Asian Ageing Research Network, since 2011. Since 2015 she was appointed as a member of steering board to APRU Ageing Research Hub.

She was also a member of National Commission for Older Persons (NCOP) Indonesia 2005 – 2011, and has been continued to be a Resource Person of NCOP Indonesia until 2014. Since 2012, she is appointed to be a member of Directors Board, at Indonesian Association of Psycho Geriatrics. Her current research interests include the fields of Ageing and Dementia, Age friendly communities and cities, Intergenerational relationships, Care giving, as well as Health and Quality of Life of Older Persons.



Rajib Shaw

Rajib ShawRajib Shaw is Professor in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies of Kyoto University, Japan. He worked closely with the local communities, NGOs, governments and international organization, including United Nations, especially in the Asian countries. His research interests are: community based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, urban risk management, and disaster and environmental education. He is currently the President of Asian University Network of Environment and Disaster Management [AUEDM], and the Co-chair of UN ISDR Science Technology Academia Stakeholder Group. Professor Shaw has extensive publications in different journals, books and edited volumes.

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Michael Weston

Michael WestonMr. Weston is typically described as the “spirit and conscience” of any organization that he has been a part of, and has been creating and directing programs across the expanse of Human Services for the past thirty years. His accomplishments have been varied and diverse. He has been responsible for piloting a state wide initiative to enhance the quality of care in Florida nursing homes by expanding community involvement. He has created and directed numerous community based initiatives, and is the former and founding Director of Disaster Planning and Operations for the state’s Department of Elder Affairs. He recently served as a Disaster Consultant to the US Administration on Aging and in that capacity has been tasked by the Department of Homeland Security as the Federal Coordinating Officer over many recent presidential declared disaster events. As President of Servision, Inc. He has invented, patented and is producing the WESTCOT, the only affordable completely portable folding hospital-type bed in the world. Other products include the Functional Needs Picture Board which readily facilitates communication with victims in times of disaster. With a commitment to continuous product improvement the Servision line of products are already being utilized through out the United States. Currently, marketing efforts for worldwide expansion are under way through trade partnerships. Evidence of Mr. Weston’s impact ranges from programs targeted to decrease infant mortality to the implementation of a National Demonstration Project, which dispatched and coordinated 24-hour emergency in-home services for the frail elderly at the onset of crisis. As Hurricane Andrew approached Miami-Dade County, Mr. Weston then Director of Clinical Services for the Channeling Project (the nation’s oldest and largest nursing home diversion project) activated and fully implemented their disaster plan over 72 hours before land fall occurred. Then, as the lead Red Cross volunteer at Dade County’s Emergency Operations Center he coordinated and broadcast what history recorded as the largest civilian evacuation ever undertaken at the time Mr. Weston is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost experts on Functional Needs populations. He has chaired the Disaster Services Committee for the American National Red Cross, has served on the Statewide Human Research Subject Review Board and has made numerous presentations at the national and international level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Services and is constantly utilized as a consultant and educator.

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