Keynote Address: Compound Crises: Wicked Problems and the Value of Thinking in Systems
Keynote Address: Compound Crises: Wicked Problems and the Value of Thinking in Systems

Presented by Eric Rasmussen, MD, MDM, FACP, CEO, Infinitum Humanitarian Systems, Seattle, Washington

An internal medical physician by training, Dr. Rasmussen earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University and a Masters degree in disaster medicine from the UN World Health Organization’s affiliate CEMEC (Centre European pour la Medecin des Catastrophes) in Italy. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 1997 and a Fellow of the Explorer's Club in 2014.

Serving as a US Navy physician for 25 years, his positions included Fleet Surgeon for the US Navy's Third Fleet and Chairman of an academic department of medicine in Seattle. His wartime deployments include Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. His disaster deployments include the Nepal earthquake in 2015, Supertyphoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Haiti's earthquake, Banda Aceh for the tsunami, Superstorm Sandy in New York, and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Rasmussen also holds academic appointments San Diego State University; the International Disaster Academy in Bonn, Germany (BBK, or Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz ind Katastrophenhilfe); the Institute for Disaster Preparedness at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China; and Singularity University within the NASA Ames Research Center. He also serves as Permanent Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Expert Panel on Water Disasters, and is a member of the US National Academy of Science’s Committee on Grand Challenges in Global Development. He also currently leads the Global Disaster Response Team for the Roddenberry Foundation.

Dr. Rasmussen was previously the Principal Investigator in humanitarian informatics for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the CEO of InSTEDD.