Jane E. Rovins

Jane E. Rovins, PhD, MPH, CEM is CEO of Disaster Reduction & Resilience Solutions, Ltd (Hong Kong) and a Senior Lecturer at Massey University (New Zealand) with expertise in international disaster risk management, risk reduction, training and policy development for all hazards with melded experience encompassing the full spectrum of corporate, academia, consulting, federal, and private stakeholders.

DRR Solutions provides assistance and solutions to governments and organizations through response and risk reduction planning, training, and review of disaster risk management and climate change programs, plans and projects. Previously, she was the inaugural Executive Director of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Programme — Beijing, P.R. China, an international global disaster risk organization leading cutting-edge programs in disaster research collaboration; an Associate Professor at the Emergency & Disaster Management Department, American Public University System/American Military University; a Disaster Specialist in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum; Senior Operations Planner for All About Training, Inc.; and worked for the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the four 2004 hurricanes in Florida, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. She has lived and worked in 40 different countries.

Throughout her career, she has received prominent awards for her expertise and leadership, including induction into the International Women in Emergency Management Hall of Fame; the Innolec Lectureship in Disaster Risk Reduction award at the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic in December 2012, among others. Dr. Rovins is a member of several prominent organizations including the co-chairing the World Metrological Organization (WMO) Working Group on Societal and Economic Research Applications; International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM); and IAEM China Region Expert and Advisor Committee; among others. She is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).

She has a Doctor of Philosophy in International Development from Tulane University, Law School (New Orleans, Louisiana); a Master of Public Health in International Health and Complex Emergencies from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; a Bachelor of Science, Miami University (Oxford, Ohio, USA).

E-Mail: jane.rovins@gmail.com

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