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ISCRAM2009 Keynote Speakers

We are proud to announce three excellent keynote speakers for ISCRAM2009!

Martha Grabowski

Martha Grabowski is Professor and Director of the Information Systems program in the Business Department at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, and Research Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her educational background includes a B.S. from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; and M.S., M.B.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Grabowski served as a shipboard merchant marine officer, and then spent ten years at General Electric as a marketing and advanced programs manager.

Dr. Grabowski is Vice Chair of the U.S. National Academiesí Ocean Studies Board committee assessing the United Statesí tsunami preparedness; she is also the past Chair of the National Research Councilís Transportation Research Board (TRB)/Marine Board, a member of the TRB Executive Board, and a member of the American Bureau of Shipping. Her research interests include the impact of technology on people and large-scale systems, human and organizational error, and risk mitigation in safety-critical settings. Earlier, her research teams developed and evaluated a series of embedded intelligent real-time systems for a variety of aerospace, technology, shipping and piloting organizations; more recently, they have evaluated the impact of new technology and human and organizational error in safety-critical systems; and, in collaboration with researchers at The George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University, have undertaken a series of major maritime risk assessments. Currently, her research focuses on assessing and benchmarking leading indicators of safety in large-scale systems, and the impact of ubiquitous technology in safety-critical settings.

Lars Hedström

Deputy Director General, Crisis Management Coordination Secretariat, Prime Ministerís Office.

Lars Hedström was previously with the Swedish Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) as Deputy Director General. Before that he held the position as Deputy Director General of the Swedish Rescue Services Agency. In 2000 Mr Hedstrˆm was seconded to NATO Headquarters, Civil Emergency Planning Directorate. He is a former Chief Fire Officer. Lars served as head of mission for the Swedish Search and Rescue Team after the earthquakes in Turkey 1999. In January 2005 he was head of the Swedish Rescue and Support Team in Thailand after the tsunami catastrophe and in October 2005 the Swedish Foreign Ministry requested his assistance in Islamabad after the earthquake in the north of Pakistan.

Katrin Verclas, Co-Founder/Editor,

Katrin Verclas is a recognized expert in mobile communications for social impact. She is the co-founder and editor of, a global network of practitioners using mobile phones for social impact. She is also a principal at Calder Strategies, focusing on mobile strategy, impact evaluation, effectiveness and ROI assessment, and interactive capacity building. Katrin has written widely on communication strategies and new media in citizen participation and civil society organizations, and for development. She is a co-author of Wireless Technology for Social Change, a report on trends in mobile use by NGOs with the UN Foundation and Vodafone Group Foundation. She is a frequent speaker on communications and ITCs in civil society at national and international conferences, and has published numerous articles and publications on technology for social change in leading popular and industry publications.