John Schneider

John is the Secretary General of the GEM. He previously represented Australia on the GEM Governing Board from 2009 to 2015, serving as Chairman from 2013-2015. John is also a member of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s Science & Technology Advisory Group. John received a PhD in geophysics from the University of Wisconsin (USA) and subsequently held positions in academia and private industry in the US: as research associate at Carnegie Institution for Science studying seismo-tectonics in South America; as manager of earthquake hazards at the Electric Power Research Institute; and as Chief Scientist for Aon-Impact Forecasting. John moved to Australia in 2000 to lead the development of a natural hazards risk assessment capability for the Australian government, addressing 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 been based in Italy since February 2016 to work with GEM.
Location: Italy , Pavia
Organisation: GEM Foundation
Role: Secretary General
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Areas of interest / Expertise:
  • Earthquake hazard and risk analysis, development and management of multi-hazard risk analysis teams, and applications to developing countries.