Advisory Group

Terms of Reference

The Advisory Group brings together independent experts from Indonesia and the EU drawn from businesses (large and SMEs), social enterprises from various sectors and not-for-profit organisations such as funding bodies, charities and public sector organisations. Meeting virtually, the Advisory Group advises the Steering Group at key milestones during the project.

Advisory Group Members


Dr. Paul Schober (Advisory Group Secretary)
Paul Schober is the founder and managing director of Hafelekar consultancy and chairman of the Society of Social Research and Education. He holds a PHD in economics from the University of Innsbruck and a degree on postgraduate academic education management. He is also a certified Coach and Supervisor on Symbol Work. He worked as a project leader, evaluator and contributor of European Projects for the last 20 years. He was previously involved as an external evaluator of the ongoing GITA Project, a capacity building for the Higher Education in Indonesia.

Dr. Margit Raich is Assistant Professor at the Tyrolean Private University UMIT that is specialized in the fields of health care and technology. She worked for more than ten years at the Department of Strategic Management, Marketing and Tourism, University of Innsbruck, where she did her doctoral studies in the field of leadership. Her major research and teaching areas are health services leadership and management with focus on qualitative research methods. She has participated on an European disaster management project with focus on psycho-social support in crisis management and is currently developing a postgraduate study in the field of cross-border disaster management.


Dr. Jörg Krauter is the founder of SYNK GROUP, Germany a leading management consultancy specializing in leadership, change and collaboration. He have more than twenty years of leadership experience and consultancy expertise working with various international companies in industry and finance sector. He holds a PhD degree from the University of Gloucestershire, UK in the Advanced Postgraduate Program of Business Administration. He is also a lecturer in leadership psychology at the Fresenius University of Applied Science, Germany and lecturer in change management at the FOM – University of Applied Sciences Economics and Management, Germany


Dr. Emmanuel Raju is associate professor at the Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen. He currently co-chairs the Copenhagen centre for disaster research- inter-institutional research center COPE linking disaster research and education (Master of Disaster Management). Emmanuel’s research interests include disaster risk reduction; disaster recovery; and governance. He also works on issues on Disasters and Memory; International frameworks on Disasters and is interested in issues of integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. He has conducted research in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa and Denmark. From 2014-2016, he was part of Changing Disasters research project at the University of Copenhagen and was on the Core organising team of the North Eurpoean Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies (NEEDS) in 2015 and 2017. Emmanuel holds a PhD from Lund University, Sweden. His PhD focussed on Disaster Recovery Coordination post-tsunami in India.


Dr. Sónia Cunha has been a Psychologist since 2004 at the Psychological Support and Crisis Intervention Center (CAPIC) of the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM), with the role of National Coordinator since November 2015. She holds a degree in Clinical and Health Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Lisboa and a PhD in Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Porto. She is a Specialist in Clinical Psychology since 2011. She was a Psychologist in the Psychotherapy Team at Hospital de São José, in Lisboa, from 2001 to 2003. She is certified in Crisis Intervention by International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) – University of Baltimore, Maryland, since 2012 and certified in Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) by Applied Methapsychology International and Traumatic Incident Reduction Association since 2012. She is a Trainer at the INEM Training Center and guest lecturer in several Post-Graduations courses in the areas of Nursing and Psychology, being the Scientific Coordinator of the Post-Graduation in Crisis Intervention, Emergency and Catastrophe from the Portuguese Institute of Psychology, INSPSIC, since 2015. She is a speaker and author of scientific papers presented in several scientific meetings and national and international publications, in the areas of Health Psychology, Emergency Psychology, Professional Stress and Psychological Intervention in Catastrophe, since 2003.

United Kingdom

Dr David Rubens is Executive Director of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management. He established his first consultancy in London in 1992, is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) and has served two terms as a Main Board Director of the UK Security Institute. He holds a Doctorate in Security & Risk Management from the University of Portsmouth, his thesis exploring non-hierarchical models of strategic management at the extremes of organisational complexity, including issues of capability development, decision-making and multi-agency interoperability in hyper-complex situations such as natural disasters, corporate failures and government-level crisis management scenarios. David was a member of the UK Black Sky / Black Start programme looking at the development of a multi-disciplinary framework for the theoretical modelling and the creation of practical responses within a UK context for a Black Sky / Black Start extended critical national infrastructure failure, and is currently a member of the National Preparedness Commission under Lord Toby Harris. David established the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM) in October 2018. Since then it has become recognised as a major institute in the sector, with International Chapters in 19 countries across SE Asia, Middle East, US, Australasia and Eastern Europe, and a vibrant network of academic, research and think-tank institutions.

Geoffrey Sallis is a visiting Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire giving lectures for final year students in pressurised decision making and on the Civil Emergency and Critical Incident Management Module. He also undertakes research with the Centre for Research in Applied Cognition, Knowledge, Learning and Emotion (CRACKLE), in the Department of Natural and Social Sciences at the University. Currently he is am working on the FireFront project with, Jutland FD, Copenhagen University College (Denmark), EASS Estonia, IFV (Netherlands), PLOT (Belgium), Insitut de Seguretat Publica de Catalunya (Spain) and University of Gloucestershire (UK) following the award of a Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Previously, Geoffrey worked on the Firemind project with, CNBOP-PIB (Poland), FALCK (Denmark), GFRS (UK), IFV (Netherlands), PLOT (Belgium) and University of Gloucestershire (UK), following the award of a Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. As Acting Chief Fire Officer and as Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Geoffrey had responsibility for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS), managing both the political and operational dimensions; with a particular focus on emergency response, legal enforcement and the strategic direction for GFRS.  He had overall responsibility for both revenue budget of £19m and capital budgets, and responsibility as a Principle Officer, reporting to the chief executive of GCC and the Fire Authority.       


Dr. Rahmawati (Ama) Husein has a master degree in community planning, from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA and PhD in urban and regional planning focusing on disaster management from Texas A&M University, Texas, US. She is lecturer at MIHI Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY), an assistant professor of the Jusuf Kalla School of Government as well as an activist of Muhammadiyah. She is widely known as an expert on urban/development planning, change management, and disaster risk reduction. Currently, she is a vice chair of Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center (MDMC), the Central Board of Muhammadiyah and member of the CERF Advisory Group. (Central Emergency Response Fund). Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, the CERF Advisory group provides the Secretary-General with periodic policy guidance and expert advice on the use and impact of CERF.

Dr. Mochamad Teguh Mochamad Teguh holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Indonesia (UII) with reserach interests on structural engineering and earthquake resistant building design and earthquake engineering management. Currently he is structural assessor of the Government buildings and infrastructures, Chairman of the Government Employee Association of the Republic of Indonesia (KORPRI) and member of National Research Reviewer from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia.

Roswita M. Aboe has been involved in international Office Affairs since 2011. Her work covered the International Cooperation between Unkhair and International Institutions. She is now the Head Office of the International Affairs as she hold Master Degree in International Relations, she works well and communicate intensively with foreign partner institutions. Roswita has previous work with Non Government Organisation (Medecins du Monde- MDM France) and Project from United Nations Development Program (UNDP NMMRP) North Maluku and Maluku Recovery Programme during the post-conflict (1999) of North Maluku since 2001 to 2005. She works with a visiting professor from Italy (in a collaboration between Inner Beira University Portugal and SITT Spain) to wrote a book with the title “ E-Health Law Issues” (Isu Hukum Kesehatan Elektronik) published in 2019.

Dr. Ahmad Muttaqin ‘Alim is a Medical Doctor, graduated at the Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta. He holds an European Master in Disaster Medicine from the University of Novara, Italy and is also specialized in Anesthesia and Intensive Care. He is Vice Chief of Muhammadiyah Covid-19 Command Center and lecturer at Ahmad Dahlan University in Yogyakarta. He took part in various Training and Certification Programmes in the field of Disaster Management. He is a member of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) and Director of the Institute of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (I-DEM) in Yogyakarta.

Dr. Rudi Febriamansyah holds a PhD in majoring the field of environmental management from Melbourne University in 2003. He has been working in the field of water resources, forest management and climate change analysis. He is a professor at Andalas University and was assigned as the university coordinator in the capacity building project on integrated water resources management, funded from NUFFIC (2004-2007). He was assigned as university coordinator for the Asia-Link project in collaboration with Universities in UK and NL in the capacity building project on natural resources management (2006-2008) and for the study of faith and forest management in West Sumatra sponsored by a Darwin Initiative Project (2008-2010). He was also a Principal Investigator for the PEER-USAID project entitled “strengthening research and teaching capacity of Andalas University faculties and students to study climate change and natural resources management” (2012-2016)

Fikriani A. Omolu is a lecturer at Universitas Muhammadiyah (Palu) in the English Education Study Program and currently sits as the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education. Previously, she was Secretary of Quality Assurance, Muhammadiyah University, Palu, Indonesia. She was experienced in managing University curriculum management and quality standards before becoming Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. During the recovery of the city of Palu after the earthquake, tsunami, and liquefaction, she was directly involved in non-organizational humanitarian activities and worked with several voluntary partners who focused on providing assistance and assisting survivors of women and children.

Dr. Ir. H. Sarwidi Ir.H. Sarwidi holds a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institut, New York, in the field of Civil Engineering in the focus on Earthquake Engineering / Earthquake Resistant Building. He is Senior Professor of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamic in the Department of Civil Engineering, UII, Yogyakarta. Currently, he is steering member of the Disaster Management National Authority of the Republic of Indonesia. He is licenced as Settlement Manager form Professional Certification Board in Disaster (Level 8 of 8) and as Expert in Building Design from Board of Construction Service Development and ATAKI (Top Level). He has register patents of Earthquake resistant house components and he is in progress in research and development of the Version VF10 and VF11 for the application BARRATAGA® for earthquake disaster mitigation in Indonesia.

Udiansyah, Ph. D. is Professor at the University of Lambung Mangkurat. He holds Ph. D degree in Forest Resource Management from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos. He is certified on Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist. He got also Certificates of Special Competence for Advisor on Forest Management Unit (FMU) management planning and businesses of forest products and services. He worked as Rural Development Advisor at the South and Central Kalimantan Production Forest Project funded by European Union. He assists the rural communities with the cooperation of the project concessionaire and the relevant Government institutions, ensured that the PMDH community Development Program) is an effective community forestry development; developed participatory methodologies to balance and integrate the use of land for various purposes including agriculture but emphasizing production forestry; established a conflict resolution practice between the local people, the concessionaire and the government on community forest issues; involve NGO’s in the implementation of community forest recommendation. He was a member of Provincial Peatland Restoration Team, the organization under the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), who works to recovery and return of hydrological function of damage peat mainly due to fire and drying.