Plenary Panel on Disaster Preparedness


May 28, 2014



Harmony Mabrey and Nikos Athanasis

Nikos Athanasis is Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece. He has a B.S. degree in Computer Science and an M.Sc. diploma in Information Systems and Software Engineering, both from the University of Crete, Greece. He holds a Ph.D. in Geo-Informatics from the University of the Aegean. His main research interests include cloud computing, geo-informatics in the web (Web GIS), and semantic web technologies.

Harmony Mabrey is the Sr. Operations Manager for Microsoft Disaster Response. She has managed global operations and partnerships for more than five years, leading cross-company coordination of the Microsoft response to conduct impact assessments, identify opportunities to assist and deliver technology that connects citizens, enables responders, and supports recovery of our customers. Microsoft Disaster Response (@msftresponse) is a citizenship-based program that focuses on delivery of technologies and expertise to address key challenges in times of disaster.

Between disasters, her focus is on increasing preparedness by developing partnerships across the technology industry and with responders to foster impactful technology innovations, operational best practice sharing, and collaboration across “whole community” actors.