John Schneider

John Schneider is the Chair of the GEM Governing Board, and has represented Australia on GEM’s Governing Board on behalf of Geoscience Australia since 2009. John has an MS (1981) and PhD (1984) in geophysics from the University of Wisconsin (USA), and completed a research fellowship with Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1987, focussed on earthquake hazards in Colombia and Peru. He subsequently worked for more than a decade in industry developing catastrophe hazard and risk analysis models, first for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and then with Aon Corp-Impact Forecasting. John moved to Australia in 2000 to lead the development of a natural hazard risk assessment capability for the Australian government, focussed initially on urban risk in Australia, and later on capacity building programs in partnership with developing countries in southeast Asia and the Pacific. In 2014, John established Schneider Geohazards Pty Ltd, specialising in natural hazard risk assessment and disaster risk management advice in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and globally. He has published widely on natural hazard risk and climate change adaptation issues and serves as an advisor to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN ISDR) on science and technology issues.
Location: Australia , Canberra
Organisation: Geoscience Australia
Role: Advisor
Areas of interest / Expertise:
  • Earthquake hazard and risk analysis, development and management of multi-hazard risk analysis teams, and applications to developing countries.