Community Members

Prof. Adrian V. GHEORGHE

Dr. Adrian V. Gheorghe is Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, at Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA since March 2006.
During 1990 -1993, he was a civil servant with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria working in the field of comparative risk assessment of various energy systems, and regional risk assessment of nuclear and industrial systems.  During 1993 – 2006, he was director with the Centre of Excellence on Risk and Safety Sciences, and Senior Scientist, with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland and Professor of Operations Research and Decision Analysis. Dr. Gheorghe’s current research interests include Energy Systems Governance, Cyber Security, Serious Gaming, and Resilience Theory.

Prof. Alejandro LEON

I obtained my PhD at the University of Arizona. Returned to the Universidad de Chile in 2001. My research has been related to disaster management, and environmental issues such as desertification, water, drought, all from the economic and socio-institutional standpoint.

Prof. Armin HAAS

Armin Haas is co-leader of the Economics & Cultures program at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam (IASS), and leads the research line Integrated Risk Governance of the Global Climate Forum (GCF). At IASS his main research focus concerns the economic, ecological and social sustainability of the financial system. At GCF, his research focuses on innovative approaches for the management of large-scale complex uncertainties. He is co-founder of MCII, the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Before joining IASS, he worked as senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and headed the research group Bayesian Risk Management.

Prof. Carlo JAEGER

Carlo C. Jaeger is an economist working on global systems, in particular on the role of financial markets in addressing – or exacerbating – the problem of climate change. He is co-founder and chairman of the Global Climate Forum, Professor at Potsdam University, Germany and the Beijing Normal University (BNU), China, where he has been appointed as an outstanding foreign expert to the Chinese government. Jaeger’s current research is focused on problems of global coordination, especially in view of sustainable development.


Dr. Bo Chen Joined Beijing Normal University, China in 2014 and he is an assistant professor in the Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management. He studied as an undergraduate (2002-2006) and graduate (2006-2008) student at Beijing Normal University majoring in GIS and disaster prevention.

Prof. Deliang CHEN

Deliang Chen is an internationally renowned climate researcher has extensive experiences with science for policy. He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg. He has served on numerous international and national committees and boards, including Science Committees for the Olav Thon Prize and the VOLVO Environment Prizes, Project Evaluation Committee of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN, Japan), Expert Group for the Major National Global Change Research Program (MOST, China), and Board of Stockholm Resilience Centre.


Diana Mangalagiu is Professor at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and Neoma BS, France. She has a dual background, in both natural sciences (Ph.D. Artificial Intelligence, Ecole Polytechnique, MSc Physics) and social sciences (MSc Sociology, MSc Management). Her interest is in sustainability and the articulation of environmental and economic policies in corporate and public policy settings addressed through an articulation of modeling, social experimentation and foresight.

Dr. HU Xiaobing

Xiao-Bing Hu received the B.S. degree in aviation electronic engineering from the Civil Aviation Institute of China, Tianjin, China, in 1998, the M.S. degree in automatic control engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China, in 2001, and the Ph.D. degree in aeronautical and automotive engineering from Loughborough University, Leicestershire, U.K., in 2005.

Prof. Ilan CHABAY

The overarching frame of my work is understanding how to facilitate societal transformations toward just, equitable, and sustainable futures. I am especially interested in how knowledge production, learning processes, and collective behavior change interact in different societies and how that relates to sustainable futures. This is also the mission of the international research and action alliance on Knowledge, Learning, and Societal Change (, which I chair. Under this framework I seek to improve the capacity of stakeholders to make informed and effective decisions on their futures.


Prof. LI Ning

Ning Li is a professor and Vice Dean at the Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management of Beijing Normal University. She holds a Ph.D degree in environmental biology from Tottori University of Japan. She specializes in weather dynamics and climate disaster, meteorological environmental science, disaster loss assessment and risk management. Her research interests are on modeling climate change and disaster loss assessment.