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About us

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) supports efforts to build disaster resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The GEO Work Programme (GWP) is currently implementing more than two dozen activities using Earth Observations (EO) for disaster preparedness and prevention, mitigation of potential damage, and better management of and recovery from disasters. Significant reductions in fatalities and property damage can be achieved   by strengthening cooperation and data sharing for satellite and surface data to manage risks posed by fires, floods, earthquakes, and other hazards. Better information, made widely accessible, leads to improved understanding of disaster risk.

GEO’s DRR Working Group (DRR-WG) was established in June 2020 to develop and implement a coherent and crosscutting approach within GEO to advance the use of EO to support national DRR and resilience efforts. The DRR-WG promotes awareness of relevant global policy frameworks, such as the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, while serving as the primary GEO liaison to UNDRR. The DRR-WG also collaborates with other working groups and activities across the GEO engagement priorities relating to three international policy areas, namely climate action, sustainable development and urban resilience.


DRR Working Group Co-chairs and Deputy-chairs

Three co-chairs are selected by and from the DRR-WG members. Each co-chair leads a designated subgroup (SG) and is supported in their role by three deputy chairs.

  • GEO DRR WG Co-Chair - SG1 Lead: David Borges, NASA, United States
  • SG1 Deputy Chairs: Fernando Belda (Spain), Tatiya Chuentragum (Thailand), Godstime James (Nigeria)
  • GEO DRR WG Co-Chair - SG2 Lead: Nathaniel K. Newlands, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • SG2 Deputy Chairs: Abdullahi Aliyu (Nigeria), Nhilce Esquivel (Sweden), John LaBrecque (IUGG)
  • GEO DRR WG Co-Chair - SG3 Lead: Kene Onukwube, DEAR Africa, Nigeria
  • SG3 Deputy Chairs: Cheila Cullen (United States), Ghulam Rasul (ICIMOD), Ramesh P. Singh (United States)
David Borges


Fernando Belda-Esplugues


Tatiya Chuentragun


Godstime James


Nathaniel Newlands


Aliyu Abdullahi


Nhilce Esquivel


John Labrecque


Kene Onukwube


Cheila Cullen


Ghulam Rasul


Ramesh Singh


Sub groups

Three Subgroups are established to run the work of the DRR-WG:

SG1: GEO Work Programme Coordination    

SG2: UNDRR Coordination for Sendai Framework Priorities    

SG3: Climate Change and SDG Coordination    

How to join and contribute

Individuals wishing to join a WG must be nominated by the Principal of their relevant GEO Member or Participating Organization. As appropriate, the Programme Board may also invite other qualified individuals to participate as members.

Contact us

Administrative support for the DRR-WG is provided by the GEO Secretariat. Contact Rui Kotani, DRR Coordinator, at rkotani@geosec.org for more information on the work of the DRR-WG.

Working group members

Name Affiliation WG SG1 SG2 SG3
Samuel Amos bio GEO Secretariat For Info / Support - - -
Nathaniel Newlands bio Canada Co-Chair Member SG Lead -
Kene Onukwube bio Nigeria Co-Chair Member - SG Lead
David Borges bio United States Co-Chair SG Lead - -
Aliyu Abdullahi bio ACCREC Member - Deputy chair -
Omowumi Rabiu bio ACCREC Member - - Member
Marcelo Uriburu Quirno bio Argentina Member - - -
Markus Enenkel bio Austria Member - Member -
Christy Chaudill bio Canada Member Member Member -
Bandela Ajay Kumar bio CEOS Member Member - -
Andrew Eddy bio CEOS Member - - -
Laura Frulla bio CEOS Member - - -
Amy Parker bio CEOS Member Member - -
Luis Donas bio Chile Member - Member -
Juan Piedra bio Chile Member - - -
Luis Felipe Robledo bio Chile Member - - -
Joselyn Robledo Ceballos bio Chile Member - Member -
Angela Garcia Bustamante Colombia Member - - -
Diofantos Hadjimitsis bio Cyprus Member - - -
Ebenezer Victor Addabor bio DE Africa Member - - -
Emerson Benítez Ecuador Member - - -
Luis Virigilio Benivades Hilgert bio Ecuador Member - - -
Lida Garcia Montero bio Ecuador Member - - -
Jhoyzett Mendoza García Ecuador Member - - -
Carlos Muñiz Arteaga Ecuador Member - - -
Sandra Novoa Luque bio Ecuador Member - Member -
Diana Quiña Cepeda Ecuador Member - - -
Carlos Robles Romero bio Ecuador Member - - -
Diana Salazar Valenzuela bio Ecuador Member - - -
Gabriela Solís Gordillo Ecuador Member - - -
Eddie Tandazo Ortega Ecuador Member - - -
Ryan Lanclos bio Esri Member Member - -
Daniele Ehrlich bio European Commission Member Member - Member
Conan Vassily Obame bio Gabon Member - Member -
Michael Judex Germany Member - - -
Laila Kühle bio Germany Member Member Member -
Fabian Löw bio Germany Member Member Member -
Amos Kabo-Bah bio Ghana Member Member - -
Haris Kontoes bio Greece Member - - -
Allison Craddock bio IAG Member Member Member -
Ghulam Rasul bio ICIMOD Member - - Deputy chair
Chiara Del Ventisette bio Italy Member - - -
Luigi Piccardi bio Italy Member - Member -
Stefano Salvi bio Italy Member - Member -
Mohsen Ghafory-Ashtiany bio IUGG Member - - -
Amarnath Giriraj bio IWMI Member - - -
Ayumi Arai bio Japan Member - - Member
Hidenori Fujimura bio Japan Member - Member Member
Akiyuki Kawasaki bio Japan Member Member - Member
Shunichi Koshimura bio Japan Member - Member -
Ryosuke Shibasaki bio Japan Member - Member -
Mariko Shibasaki bio Japan Member Member - Member
Andrew Nyawade bio Kenya Member Member - -
Solofo Rakotondraompiana bio Madagascar Member Member Member -
Sitraka Raoeliarivao bio Madagascar Member - Member -
Nurfashareena Muhammad bio Malaysia Member Member - -
Adnane Labbaci bio Morocco Member - - Member
Carolina Adler bio MRI Member - - Member
Ahmad Halilu bio Nigeria Member - - -
Godstime James bio Nigeria Member Deputy chair - -
Taiwo Seun Ogunwumi bio Nigeria Member - Member -
Bente Lilja Bye bio Norway Member - - Member
Marie-Francoise Voidrot bio OGC Member - - -
Imran Khan bio Pakistan Member - - -
Jakub Ryzenko bio Poland Member - - -
Gregory Yetman bio SDSN Member Member Member -
Fernando Belda-Esplugues bio Spain Member Deputy chair - -
Mario Andres Salgado bio Spain Member - Member -
Nhilce Esquivel bio Sweden Member Member Deputy chair -
Susanne Ingvander bio Sweden Member Member Member -
Krystal Azelton bio SWF Member Member - -
Tatiya Chuentragun bio Thailand Member Deputy chair - -
Anusorn Rungsipanich Thailand Member - Member -
Albert Momo bio Trimble Member Member - -
Johnson Owaro bio Uganda Member - - -
Rhea Katsanakis bio UNDRR Member - Member -
Andrew Spezowka bio UNDRR Member Member Member -
Stuart Marsh bio United Kingdom Member Member - -
Cheila Cullen bio United States Member - - Deputy chair
Fernando Echavarria bio United States Member - - Member
John Labrecque bio United States Member - Deputy chair -
Charlie Mandeville bio United States Member - - -
Roger Pulwarty bio United States Member - - Member
Ramesh Singh bio United States Member - - Deputy chair
Manuel Urrutia bio UNU-EHS Member - Member -
Yvonne Walz bio UNU-EHS Member - Member -
Viet-Ha Nhu bio Vietnam Member - Member -
Farai Kuri bio Zimbabwe Member - Member -
Anderson Muchawona bio Zimbabwe Member - - -
Rui Kotani bio GEO Secretariat GEO Sec Rep GEO Sec Rep GEO Sec Rep GEO Sec Rep


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