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Dr. Eng. Fouad Bendimerad (PhD, Stanford)
Executive Director

Dr. Bendimerad has served as consultant and advisor on risk management to several international organizations and corporations, including the World Bank, and United Nations organizations, as well as governments and corporations worldwide. He also served as Principal Scientist to RMS, a California Corporation and leader in the development of risk assessment models for the global insurance and reinsurance industry. Further, he is a former faculty of the School of Engineering at Stanford University and in charge of the university’s seismic reduction program, which recently received the ATC-ENR award for being one of the ten top seismic projects in the country. Dr. Bendimerad earned his masters and doctorate degrees in Civil Engineering from the same university, and has written numerous articles and papers on disaster risk assessment and management.

 Mr. Jerome Zayas (MA Int’l Relations and Affairs, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy)
Senior Scientist

As Senior Scientist, he leads the Resilience Innovation Lab at EMI whose main work is to develop cutting edge applications to support megacities and fast growing metropolises in the developing world with the tools to build urban resilience. He was formerly EMI’s Associate Technical Director who contributed to its tremendous growth from a start-up organization that works in urban risk reduction to a major global contributor in urban resilience.


Mr. Jose Mari O. Daclan (MA cand. Public Mgmt., Ateneo De Manila University)
Technical Manager

Jom currently heads the Urban Resilience Management Applications (URMA) Department. Since joining EMI in 2009, he has been involved in the management and coordination of several key projects focusing on different DRM areas, such as;

  • Design and implementation of emergency operations centers;
  • Development of integrated emergency management systems;
  • Risk-sensitive urban development;
  • Investment planning for disaster risk management;
  • Assessment of disaster resilience of health facilities;
  • Assessment of local government capacity for health emergency management;
  • Assessment of local government capacity for disaster preparedness and response;
  • Advocacy and strategic communications for disaster risk reduction.

Prior to working in EMI,  he worked for several environmental organizations such as WWF, Conservation International and the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources on issues related to marine biodiversity conservation.

Ms. Ma. Bianca D. Perez (BS Geography, UP-Diliman)

Assistant Project Manager

Bianca is currently an Assistant Project Manager at EMI. She formerly acted as Project Coordinator for Building a Disaster Resilient Quezon City Project in 2013, in which a long-term Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan was developed for the city. She is now involved in SUCCESS: Strengthening Urban Communities’ Capacities to Endure Severe Shocks Project, in partnership with the Catholic Relief Services and four (4) other implementing agencies. In recent years, she also participated in the following activities: risk investment programming for the Bangladesh Urban Earthquake Resilience Project; research for the Typhoon Yolanda Ongoing Recovery Case Study in partnership with The World Bank; disaster master planning for Pasig City in 2012; and program development for EMI. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and has subsequently taken units in MS Environmental Science at the College of Science within the same university. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration at the National College of Public Administration and Governance.


Ms. Bernadette C. Dimmog (BS Geography, UP-Diliman)
GIS/RS Specialist 2

Bernadette has been working in the field of Geographic Information System since 2008 up to present. She has the experience with working with private companies like Synnex-Concentrix as ESRI Technical Support for ArcGIS products and Sn-Aboitiz Power as GIS Specialist for their Green Development Project in developing new hydropower plants in the country.  She also worked  with  government agencies like DOST- DREAM Project and DOST Project NOAH as Research Associate and GIS Specialist and Local Government unit of Tabuk Kalinga as the GIS Coordinator in Creating the Urban Master Plan of Tabuk City”.

In EMI she is one of the GIS Specialist and mostly working with PDRF in developing the Geographic Information System database for the Emergency Operation Center.

Mr. Peter B. Santos (BS Geography, UP-Diliman)
GIS Assistant

Peter is currently part of EMI’s project to build the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation’s Emergency Operations Center (PDRF-EOC). The project has carried out training seminars on EMOPS, where he has acted as co-trainer; providing foundational training for participants on EMOPS. He has facilitated on the Oscar M Lopez center’s project with EMI, titled Mainstreaming DRR into Land Use Planning for a Climate-Resilient Quezon City (2015), which consisted of mentoring workshops on the use of GIS for mainstreaming DRR for planning for participating departments of the Quezon City Government.


Mr. Harry S. Pasimio Jr.  (Masters of Urban and Regional Planning , UP-Diliman, AB Development Studies, Ateneo De Manila University)
Urban Resilience Specialist

Harry is EMI’s Urban Resilience Specialist. He has more than 15 years of experience conducting policy research and critical analysis on various development issues, having worked for a number of government think tanks since 2001. A land use planner, Harry is currently leading EMI’s efforts aimed at mainstreaming risk-sensitive land use planning at the city/municipal level.

Ms. Daphnie S. Galvez (MS Maritime Spatial Planning, IUAV University of Venice)
Research Specialist for Knowledge Management

Daphnie is currently a research specialist at EMI and acts as the project manager of the Natural Disaster Risk Management Program (NDRMP). NDRMP, in cooperation with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and funded by the World Bank, is a series of courses designed to build competency in disaster risk management practice globally. Daphnie also specializes on coastal hazards management, shoreline analysis, and coastal and maritime spatial planning.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and earned her joint Master’s Degree in Maritime Spatial Planning from the University of Sevilla (Spain), University of the Azores (Portugal), and IUAV University of Venice (Italy), as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar of the European Commission.

Ms. Karen Faith L. Abrea ( BA Political Science , UP-Diliman )

Research Intern

Karen is currently a research intern for EMI. She serves as a research assistant for the project National Disaster Risk Management Program (NDRMP), which offers an educational model for practitioners who are looking into improving their skills in disaster risk management (DRM)

She is currently taking up BA Political Science in the University of the Philippines-Diliman and is a member of the UP Political Society.


Ms. Zenaida L. Tejerero (BSBE, PUP)
Admin and Operations Manager

Zeny has wide experience in handling administrative matters. Her skills were honed through various stints in international organizations such as USAID, the World Bank and GTZ.

 Ms. Jenie G. Darang (BS Accountancy, Lyceum of the Philippines)
Accounting and Finance Manager

Jenie is a certified public accountant and has more than eight years experience in international NGOs. Before joining EMI, she has worked for the Knowledge Channel Foundation, a non stock, non- profit organization with primary objective to educate and empower poor and marginalized children through media in the Philippines, Oxfam Great Britain (now Oxfam in the Philippines), and Winrock International – Amore (Alliance for Mindanao Off-Grid Renewable Energy a USAID Project).

 Mr. Ronwaldo T. Olivo (BSBA, Financial Management, University of the East)
Finance and Admin Assistant

Ron graduated from the University of the East major in Financial management. He is currently EMI’s Finance and Administrative Assistant, he performs accounting, payroll, treasury and administrative duties. 

Mr. Lolito M. Cielo Jr. ( BS Accountancy, National College of Business and Arts )

Finance and Accounting Assistant

JhayR graduated from National College of Business and Arts ( NCBA ) major in Accountancy. He is currently working as Finance and Accounting Assistant performing accounting and finance duties.

Mr. Angel R. Baguhin (BSCoE, Adamson University)

Operations Assistant

Angel currently works as an Operations Assistant for EMI.   Before joining EMI, he worked as a Management Information System Staff for Reliance Surety and Insurance Company Inc. Angel obtained his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Adamson University.

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