Selection Committee

Selection committee

The Averted Disaster Award Selection Committee is comprised of thought leaders and practitioners in the field of Disaster Risk Management (DRM).  Selection Committee members apply their expertise without bias to review applications and collaborate to determine the shortlist of finalists and winner of the ADA prize. 

David Lallemant. PHD

Head of Disaster Analytics for Society Lab (DASL) at Nanyang Technological University and the Earth Observatory of Singapore

David’s work is the basis for the Averted Disaster Award. “Shedding light on avoided disasters : measuring the invisible benefits of disaster risk management using probabilistic counterfactual analysis” will be featured as a contributing paper in the upcoming UNDRR Global Assessment Report 2022.  His research focuses on probabilistic risk and resilience analysis of cities, communicating uncertainties in disaster risk, and the uses and limitations of machine learning in disaster risk analysis. David holds a PhD from Stanford University (2015), a MSc from UC Berkeley (2010) and a BSc from MIT (2007). He is a recipient of the National Research Foundation Fellowship, and the Collaborative Data Innovation for Sustainable Development Fund. He is the co-founder of the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative at Stanford University, and the Co-Risk Labs cooperative.

Shanna N. Mcclain, PHD

NASA, Disasters Program Manager

Dr. Shanna N. McClain is the Disasters Program Manager for NASA’s Earth Sciences/Applied Sciences Program. In this role, she leads a dynamic team across NASA centers on issues relating to enhancing and integrating Earth science capabilities for supporting disaster response, reducing disaster risk, and building resilience. She helps define NASA’s role in resilience through the development of EO-focused approaches in fragile and crisis-affected areas, and identifying strategic and non-traditional partnerships that can improve linkages between science and policy. Shanna also serves as Manager of the Earth Sciences Division’s Global Partnerships and Program Coordinator to the NASA Applied Sciences Valuables Consortium. Here, her work involves creating thriving private-sector engagements that bring NASA capabilities to global communities and amplifying the societal and economic benefits of Earth science information.

Professor Koh Chan Ghee

Director, Lloyds Registry Foundation

Professor Koh Chan Ghee is an established civil engineering professor with research and education experience in his domain of expertise in structural dynamics. He obtained his Ph.D. in earthquake engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. He is currently the Director of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk and the Director of Centre for Hazards Research at NUS. He has published more than 250 international journal papers and conference papers. He was a recipient of the prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship awarded by the Commission of the European Communities, as well as the IES Best Paper Award. A registered professional engineer (civil), he has been engaged as an advisor/consultant in more than 120 projects including many major infrastructure developments in the region.

Stéphane Hallegatte

Senior Climate Change Adviser at World Bank

Stéphane Hallegatte is a Senior Climate Change Adviser at the World Bank. He joined the World Bank in 2012 after 10 years of academic research in environmental economics and climate science for Météo-France, the Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développement, and Stanford University. His research interests include the economics of natural disasters and risk management, climate change adaptation, urban policy and economics, climate change mitigation, and green growth.

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