Created on Friday, 10 October 2014

Prof. Todor Tagarev

External Expert - Security Issues

Prof. Todor Tagarev is a Security and defence planner combining governmental experience with sound theoretical knowledge and background in cybernetics, complexity, and security studies. He specialises in security sector reform, primarily from organizational management perspective. Currently he is Head of the "IT for Security" Department and the Centre for Security and Defence Management at the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Todor Tagarev holds a M.Sc. degree in Automatics and Telemechanics from the Air Force Academy in Dolna Mitropolia, Bulgaria (1982) and a PhD degree in Control Theory and Applications from the N.E. Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy in Moscow (1989). He is Distinguished Graduate in Airpower Studies and Operational Art from the U.S. Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Alabama (1994) and Senior Researcher (Associate Professor) in the Application of the Principles and Methods of Cybernetics since 1999. From 2005 till 2008 Dr. Tagarev was member of the NATO Research and Technology Board and national representative to its System Analysis and Studies panel. Prof. Tagarev served as Defence Minister in Bulgaria's Caretaker Government, March-May 2013. He has considerable expertise in leading and participating in national and international research teams, and over 60 publications in refereed journals.

Dr. Laurie Mazurik

External Expert - Technology-supported Emergency Response

Laurie has spent 20 years as a specialist in emergency medicine and critical care transport in Toronto. Managing SARS was a life-turning experience for Laurie, witnessing how emergency practitioners rapidly organised their response by using technologies that had not yet been taken up by the policy makers but were urgently required by the end-users. Since then, Laurie has worked with teams that have conducted over 30+ major critical incident exercises, won several millions in grants, built e-learning systems and multiplayer internet games so people could experience crises and their ability to accelerate change. Laurie has also worked with teams to build a real world adaptive planning system for Toronto, to ensure health care service was not disrupted during the 2010 G20 Riots.  Lessons Learned so far: Technology can bring people and information together. The challenge is convincing people to share what they "own" in order to benefit the greater good...which includes them. Specialties: Crises Simulation, Building Situational Awareness and Working Collaboratively to prevent Health Care Shortages.


External Expert

Dr Ken Hines is a founder member of the British Association of Immediate Care and have practiced pre-hospital immediate care in support of the Ambulance Service and other Emergency Service colleagues since the early 1970s.

I have taught the Medical Management of Major Incidents in many different forums and published widely on aspects of disaster management and contingency planning. I have been encouraging much greater inter agency cooperation and training for many years. I believe passionately that we should learn the lessons of disaster, because those that do not are destined to repeat them.

At many incidents I have been the Medical Incident Commander or Field Commander. These incidents include the Moorgate underground disaster, The Clapham train crash, numerous IRA bombs especially those in the City of London and Docklands. Major Fires, Civil Disorder, Mass gatherings such as Royal weddings and funerals, pop concerts and the VE day anniversary celebrations. Air crashes, Motorway pile-ups and building collapses, flooding and storms.  Large scale evacuations need medical input, and sieges some of which lasted many days. In 2007, I was “Gold Doctor” for the 7/7 bombings in London Finally with several call outs per week I attended many thousand, serious road traffic incidents.

I am now retired from active medical practice. I am in a unique position having attended so many major incidents and disasters in the Greater London area for over 30 years. I continue to have a real interest in teaching training and exercising.

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Yiota Spastra

External Expert

Yiota Spastra graduated from the Geography Department of the Aegean University and holds a master's degree in Geoinformatics from Department of Surveying Engineer from NTUA. Yiota is currently working in the private sector, responsible for business development of Planetek Hellas, managing tenders related to the design and development of web GIS systems and proposals for funding projects under the National and International funding programs. Yiota is a member of the board of HellasGI (, a non-profit organization of scientists and institutions that use GIS technology to analyse issues of geographical nature, in Greece.
To the COncORDE project Yiota brings her extensive experience in managing projects with geographic data analysis, as well as the development of WebGIS systems.


Kostas Sotiropoulos

 Kostas began his career as Marine Engineer in the Navy. This background has enriched his understanding of the domains of emergency response, including delivering Basic Safety in fields, First Aid, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting.

Kostas holds a Degree in IT Engineering from the John Moores University in Liverpool and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire.
Throughout his 20-year career, Kostas has been involved in the design and execution of a wide range of projects in the technology sector for both the Public and the Private Sector and specifically in the e-government solutions field and information communication technology area. He has held high profile positions such as IT & Telecom Director at Gennet S.A. and R&D Director at Positive Energy S.A. At present Kostas is the Business Development Manager of Found.ation MP and the Chief Technical Officer of the UKeMED Project. Kostas is an active member in business associations in Greece and abroad.

To the COncORDE project Kostas brings a wide spectrum of expertises required to oversee the link between technical work, the necessary equipment and IT infrastructure and the user requirements to conduct the pilot exercises.


Monika Buscher

Monika Büscher is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University and Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research. Her research explores the digital dimension of contemporary ‘mobile lives’ with a focus on IT ethics. She leads research on the informationalization of risk governance in a range of projects, e.g. BRIDGESecInCoRe. She edits the book series Changing Mobilities (Routledge) with Peter Adey.

Monika is the initiator of the platform, which develops guidance for ethical innovation in collaborative information management for disaster risk management. The open community platform brings together three different groups:

  • scholars with expertise in ethics, law and social science
  • practitioners who experience and resolve ethical, legal and social challenges in their daily use of information and communication technologies
  • developers of digital networks and technologies

She now leads a team working with the Public Safety Europe Network (PSCE, to develop this platform as a public resource for ethically sensitive high quality innovation. This work builds upon several EU projects in the domains of healthcare, disaster risk management (SECTOR, EPISECC, REDIRNET). Monika has also initiated and led the annual Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) Track for the international ISCRAM Conference (Intelligent Systems for Crisis Response and Management) for the past five years since 2013. .

 She collaborates with the COncORDE team in the refinement of the ELSI guidance resources and the creation of example use cases. She provides her expertise to the COncORDE project's ELSI analysis of Common Information Space design.