Kaare Harald Drager
President, The International Emergency Management Society - Tiems
About Kaare Harald Drager
Biography: K. Harald Drager, Oslo, Norway, is the founding member of the worldwide acting society TIEMS (The International Emergency Management Society - www.tiems.org), which he took the initiative to establish in 1993. He was the International Vice President of TIEMS since its inauguration until 2002, when he took over as TIEMS President, a position he was re-elected to for the 5th time in 2016. He has brought in new ideas and new people in TIEMS and succeeded the organization to span worldwide. TIEMS has under his leadership become a well recognized organization with growing activities in Asia, Europe and America and now TIEMS activity in Africa and Oceania is emerging. TIEMS has developed to a global well known organization with local chapters in many regions/countries, and TIEMS arranges each year workshops and conferences all over the world with focus on disaster risk reduction. TIEMS has also initiated development of a global education, training and certification network program, TQC (TIEMS Qualification of International Emergency and Disaster Management Certification) with the fundament in TIEMS Academy. TIEMS participates in research and development activities to improve systems, methods and equipment in emergency management for achieving better societal resilience. He has extensive experience from industry and research activity, especially in emergency and risk management, and he acts as the Managing Director of QUASAR Invest AS in Norway, a consultancy in global safety, emergency and disaster management. He has a Master’s degree in control engineering from the Norwegian Technical University in 1966 and a Master’s degree from Purdue University in USA in industrial engineering in 1973. His specializations are international organizational development, emergency, disaster and risk management and project management. He has done consultancy work for numerous clients internationally amongst others the World Bank/International Finance Corporation, NATO and the European Commission, and he has been project manager of several international research and development projects for methods and software development in risk, emergency and disaster management. He was employed by Det norske Veritas, http://www.dnv.com/ in 1967, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the company for 5 years until he left the company in 1983 and founded his own consultancy, AS QUASAR Consultants and later QUASAR Invest AS. He took the initiative to establish Safeware Quasar Ltd, http://www.safeware-int.com/, in 1994, a 50 % owned company of AS QUASAR Consultants until 2009, providing bespoke chemical compliance software and training solutions. He has published numerous papers internationally on emergency, risk and disaster management. He was TIEMS representative in the EU funded NARTUS (2006 – 2009) project with the responsibility for consensus building and establishing the PSC Europe Forum, http://www.psc-europe.eu/, an all stakeholder forum for public safety communication. PSC Europe Forum is today a self governed sustainable organization and is a leading global advocate for standardization and research initiatives in public safety communication. He is leading TIEMS R&D teams in the EU funded projects; ASSET (2014 -2017), http://www.asset-scienceinsociety.eu/, which are dealing with pandemics and epidemics, and in HERACLES (2016 – 2019), http://www.heracles-project.eu/ , which is about Cultural Heritage Resilience Against Climate Change. He was/is a member of the advisory board/user boards of several EU projects, ACRIMAS, OPTI-ALERT, CRISMA, ARCHIMEDES, EDEN, TAWARA_RTM, PHAROS, DRIVER+, RESCUER and TARGET. He was a European Commission appointed evaluator for the EU Security Calls for FP7 2013 and the Horizon 2020 Call for Secure Societies in 2014. He was appointed Professor Chair for 4 years in 2014 at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He was also appointed Visiting Professor at North Western University in Xian in China in 2016 for 2 years.