CSPRI Discussion: Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management - Part 2

Presenters: Dr. Neil Wasserman, GW; Dr. Costis Toregas, GW; Dr. Cedric Baudet & Maximiliano Zadkiel, HEG Neuchatel; Prof. Jean-Fabrice Lebraty, Universite de Lyon

January 26, 2021

Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management - Part 2

Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI)


Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management - Part 2


Dr. Neil H Wasserman, Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University
Dr. Costis Toregas, Director, CSPRI, The George Washington University
Dr. Cedric Baudet & Maximiliano Zadkiel, HEG Neuchatel, Switzerland

Professor Jean-Fabrice Lebraty, Université de Lyon, Lyon, France

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 8:00 am EST

(The webinar is scheduled to start early, enabling international attendees to join)



Introduction and Agenda (Hurriyet Ok and Costis Toregas, CSPRI)

CSPRI Blockchain - DRR Research Themes: What DRR Can Learn from Blockchain (Neil H. Wasserman, GWU)

Blockchain and Supply Chain in Turbulent Context (Cédric Baudet & Maximiliano Jeanneret Medina, HES, Switzerland; Jean-Fabrice Lebraty, Université Lyon, France)


CSPRI continues its webinar series on the intersect of blockchain and disaster risk reduction with an exploration of two themes within the broad research space.

FIRST DISCUSSION: Blockchain, Consensus, and Disaster Risk Reduction

Presenter: Neil Wasserman, GWU

The disordered response to COVID-19 in many countries has highlighted the need for social coordination in managing response to disasters. How can consensus be developed in terms of norms, coordinated actions, and behaviors that are required to prepare for and mitigate the impact of disasters? Blockchain is fundamentally concerned with the development of consensus around records of transactions. What can we learn from the blockchain experience that might apply to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) more generally?  

SECOND DISCUSSION: Blockchain and Supply Chain in Turbulent Context

Presenters: Cédric Baudet & Maximiliano Zadkiel, HEG Neuchatel, Switzerland; Jean-Fabrice Lebraty, Université de Lyon

This presentation aims to explore how blockchain technologies can change the relationships between actors in supply chains. The presentation will highlight the role that blockchain may have regarding critical process for the COVID-19 vaccination supply chain.

Invitees and registrants are invited to send ideas for subsequent presentations and new themes to [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] at any time.  The aim of these targeted seminars is to encourage researchers to submit abstracts and contribute to a new Frontiers in BlockChain publication on the topic.  More information can be found here.


Access recordings and information from Part 1 and Part 3 in our series on Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management.



Dr. Neil H Wasserman, Adjunct Faculty at George Washington University and Managing Partner at Timewave Analytics, focuses on engineering behavior change — on how innovative solutions emerge from understanding the impact of persistent, networked behaviors.  He has been involved with IT strategic planning, enterprise architecture, systems analysis and software implementation for twenty-five years.  Now he works at the boundaries of behavior change, healthcare , and data analytics.  He sees opportunity in the transformation of the medical culture to serve patients through creation of patient neighborhoods, which achieve long-term engagement in individual health, and change the costs and outcomes for chronic disease. His award winning book, From Invention to Innovation (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press) examined the foundations of innovation in telecommunications at AT&T.  He has spoken frequently on networked behaviors and complex systems at IEEE conferences and other venues. 

Dr. Costis Toregas is the Director of the Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute at The George Washington University, where he manages and conducts research projects in cybersecurity. His research interests include workforce development, the role of insurance in cyber risk management, and exploring a fuller utilization of Community Colleges in the cybersecurity work force strategies.  He is a Senior Advisor & Director, Scholarship for Service (SFS) Four-Year to the National CyberWatch Center. He is a respected consultant to national governments and intergovernmental organizations, and a much sought-after speaker on the impact of technology in government and society. Dr. Toregas has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University.

Dr. Cédric Baudet is a Full Professor HES of Information Systems and Project Management in HEG Arc, University of Applied Sciences and Art Western Switzerland, as well as a lecturer at the University of Geneva (GSEM) in project management. As researcher at the Institute for the Digitization of Organizations (IDO), he is interested in the impacts of information technologies on organizations. He holds a PhD in Management Sciences from the University Jean Moulin Lyon, a doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from BSI, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Geneva.

Jean-Fabrice Lebraty is a full-time professor in management at the IAE Lyon School of Management. He is a member of the Magellan Research Center and specializes in Information System Management. His main areas of interest are extreme decision-making, crowdsourcing, and new tech such as blockchain. He is also a member of the French Foundation for Management Education (FNEGE), serving as international program manager. Finally, he is a member of the University National Committee.


The intent of this and future Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) webinars is to give GW faculty and students glimpses of the vibrant security and privacy private sector in the Washington region and to promote dialog and debate regarding breakthrough initiatives. The potential for support for research or conference papers on related topics will be part of the discussion.