Webinar : How COVID-19 Can Inform Resiliency

SLIDES AT https://www.dropbox.com/s/np3h2u68vxzvgcd/COVID%20and%20Resilience%20June%2018%202020.pdf?dl=0

Thursday, June 18, 2020 – 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm EDT

As we begin to recover from the first wave of COVID-19 and look to the horizon for what’s to come, organizations are met with an opportunity to learn from the recent months and plan for a future operational state that is more resilient in the face of all hazards.

Watch SSF and public health and emergency preparedness practitioners from the Cadmus Group.

Nitin Natarajan



Principal in the Homeland Security Sector at The Cadmus Group (Cadmus)
Mr. Natarajan oversees a broad portfolio of programs and projects focusing on improving health security, public health preparedness, continuity of operations, and environmental emergency management efforts. Prior to joining Cadmus, Mr. Natarajan served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) and has held senior leadership positions at the Department of Health and Human Services focused on logistics, critical infrastructure protection, and continuity of operations. Mr. Natarajan has served as a member of the National Security Council Staff at the White House as the Director of Critical Infrastructure Policy where he led the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 21 – Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. He has experience leading large-scale response efforts at the federal, state, and local levels.

Sarah Scafidi


Principal in the Homeland Security Sector at The Cadmus Group (Cadmus)
Ms. Scafidi leads Cadmus’ Systems Resilience practice where she oversees multiple corporate engagements that assess enterprise-wide preparedness and organizational resilience against cybersecurity and all-hazards incidents with cascading business impacts. She oversees the design, development, and delivery of risk assessments and risk management strategies, business continuity planning, crisis response coordination efforts, and tailored crisis simulations across the public and private sectors. Previously, Ms. Scafidi worked at Target Corporation in Enterprise Risk Intelligence, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and Booz Allen Hamilton, where she provided extensive analytical and program management support across the Federal government.

Director, National Risk Management Center (NRMC) at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Bob Kolasky leads the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) National Risk Management Center (NRMC) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As Assistant Director, he oversees the Center’s efforts to facilitate a strategic, cross-sector risk management approach to cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure.

Mr. Kolasky served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for NPPD’s Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), where he led the coordinated national effort to reduce the risk posed by acts of terrorism and other cyber or physical threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure, including soft targets and crowded spaces. He also has served as acting Deputy Under Secretary for NPPD before it became CISA where he helped oversee CISA’s efforts to secure the nation’s physical and cyber infrastructure, Director of Strategy and Policy for the Infrastructure Security Division, Director of the DHS Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure Integrated Task Force, and Assistant Director for the Office of Risk Management Analysis at DHS.

Martin PowellAs Chief Sustainability Officer for Siemens USA, Martin is responsible for driving corporate programs that will lead to company’s achievement of global carbon neutrality by 2030. He is the former Deputy Major of London and will discuss open public data sources to drive innovation in city decarbonization.

Jim Goudreau

Jim serves as the Head of Climate for Novartis Business Services. He crafts strategy and policy for Novartis to increase climate resilience, reduce GHG emissions and increase energy resilience across their global operations. He will discuss reverse engineering to squeeze carbon out of manufacturing and the power of legacy research data in discovering solutions to new health threats.

Noorie Rajvanshi

Noorie serves as chief data and strategy analyst working across the Siemens’ ecosystem of business and corporate units to deliver environmental and business objectives. She will discuss smart systems applications modeled at the Princeton Island Microgrid Living Laboratory.

Moderator: Gary Dirks


Dr. Dirks is senior director of the Global Futures Laboratory and LightWorks®, an Arizona State University initiative that capitalizes on ASU’s strengths in solar energy and other light-inspired research. Before joining ASU, Gary was the president of BP Asia-Pacific and the president of BP China .
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