analyzing and managing catastrophe risk

bringing tailored solutions and new thinking to catastrophe risk management

company profile

Risklayer is an independent think tank based in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Risklayer team is born out of the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany as well as the General Sir John Monash Foundation in Australia. Risklayer’s staff are also involved in intense academic and governmental research, teaching and training activities with various universities including KIT which allow Risklayer to remain at the cutting edge of scientific and technical solutions. Within such a fertile ground for collaboration, it should be no surprise that we can draw on a wide network of international experts in many fields to achieve excellence and rapid solutions in our projects and activities.

who we are

 

James Daniell, PhD

founder

James is a John Monash Scholar. He is a geophysicist, geologist and engineer specialising in global stochastic and real-time risk modelling for insurance and governments; as well as global data analytics, exposure and socioeconomic models. He is at CEDIM and KIT as an advisor and researcher; and is a Senior Disaster Risk Analyst with the World Bank in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2010, he has co-managed the online reporting platform Earthquake-report.com. He holds a doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing) from KIT, a Masters in Earthquake Eng. and Eng. Seismology from UJF Grenoble and Univ. Pavia; an Honours in Civil/Structural Engineering and a BSc (Geology/Geophysics) from University of Adelaide.

 
 

Andreas Schäfer, Dipl-Ing MSc

founder

Andreas is an expert for advanced soft computing, developing self-adapting, dynamic technologies for natural hazard and risk modelling. In addition, he is an active member and the current president of Engineers Without Borders (KIT) coordinating several engineering projects in 7 countries. Since 2015 he is pursuing his PhD in physics developing cutting-edge risk modelling software for hydrological hazards (tsunamis, storm surge), while he is also active on risk communication, both on social media platforms (CATnews) and public stages (Science Slams).

Friedemann Wenzel, PhD

founder

Friedemann specializes in geophysical hazard and risk evaluation, design and implementation of early warning systems, rapid damage prognosis, risk management and decision support. He is Professor of Geophysics and director of the Geophysical Institute at KIT. He initiated and led the DFG Cooperative Research Center on Strong Earthquakes for 10 years, initiated (2002) and acted as spokesman (2006 – 2012) of the multi-disciplinary Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM).

James Daniell, PhD

founder

James is a John Monash Scholar. He is a geophysicist, geologist and engineer specialising in global stochastic and real-time risk modelling for insurance and governments; as well as global data analytics, exposure and socioeconomic models. He is at CEDIM and KIT as an advisor and researcher; and is a Senior Disaster Risk Analyst with the World Bank in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2010, he has co-managed the online reporting platform Earthquake-report.com. He holds a doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing) from KIT, a Masters in Earthquake Eng. and Eng. Seismology from UJF Grenoble and Univ. Pavia; an Honours in Civil/Structural Engineering and a BSc (Geology/Geophysics) from University of Adelaide.


Bijan Khazai, PhD

founder

Bijan is an expert in social vulnerability and resilience analysis, megacities and urban risk management, and decision support and multi-criteria analysis. He has led the development of urban risk and resilience indicators in many cities around the world since 2007 and engaged a wide range of stakeholders including communities, government, academia, private sector, and civil society. He is a senior research scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and has has served as the Principal Investigator in many European and international research projects. He holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.


Andreas Schäfer, Dipl-Ing MSc

founder

Andreas is an expert for advanced soft computing, developing self-adapting, dynamic technologies for natural hazard and risk modelling. In addition, he is an active member and the current president of Engineers Without Borders (KIT) coordinating several engineering projects in 7 countries. Since 2015 he is pursuing his PhD in physics developing cutting-edge risk modelling software for hydrological hazards (tsunamis, storm surge), while he is also active on risk communication, both on social media platforms (CATnews) and public stages (Science Slams).


Friedemann Wenzel, PhD

founder

Friedemann specializes in geologic hazards and risks and has worked and published widely on socio-economic aspects of risk, design and implementation of early warning systems, and establishing cooperations with insurance companies assessing their portfolios and risks. He is Professor of Geophysics and director of the Geophysical Institute at KIT. He initiated and led the DFG Cooperative Research Center on Strong Earthquakes for 10 years, initiated (2002) and acted as spokesman (2006 – 2012) of the multi-disciplinary Center
for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM).