Anselm Smolka is the Secretary General of the GEM Foundation in Pavia/Italy since January 2014. He was involved in establishing the Global Earthquake Model initiative since its beginnings and served from 2009-2013 as Chairman of GEM's Governing Board. Before joining GEM he was responsible for the assessment and modeling of risks from natural perils in a leading reinsurance company for more than 36 years, since 2004 as a Senior Executive. In this function he undertook reconnaissance missions to earthquake sites all over the world. The findings of these missions have been published in company reports and in scientific journals. Anselm Smolka holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Geology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. He is a member of the German Society for Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, the Association of German Geoscientists, the American Geophysical Union, the European Geophysical Union, the Seismological Society of America and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. He served for over ten years at the editorial board of the journal “Natural Hazards”, is an ex-member of the Board of Trustees of the California-based non-profit organization GeoHazards International and of the AGU Development Board. Presently he serves as a member of the Management Committee of the Global Volcano Model (GVM) project, and on the Advisory Boards of the EU projects EPOS and NERA. He is also a member of the Earth Sciences Europe (ESE) initiative.