Niko Speybroeck

Management committee: CODIR

Professor of Quantitative Epidemiology (research interests in the areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, spatio-temporal analysis, mathematical models, surveillance systems, epidemics)

Projects:  [field_staff_project]
Phone:      +32 (0) 27 64 33 75

Dominique Vanpee

Management committee: CODIR

Professor of Medicine, President of the Institute for Research on Health and Society (IRSS)

Projects:  [field_staff_project]
Phone:     +32 (0) 27 64 30 99

Nathalie Chaidron

Management committee: CODIR

Administrative coordinator of the Institute

Projects:  [field_staff_project]
Phone:     +32 (0) 27 64 34 61

Regina Below

Staff, Database Manager, Documentalist

Regina is a Database Manager and Documentalist at CRED, where she has been working for over 30 years. As technical support staff, she is involved in different activities at the centre and is in charge of the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT).

Projects:  [field_staff_project]
Phone:     +32 (0) 27 64 33 26

Thomas Jideofor Ogbu

Staff, Research associate and PhD research candidate

Thomas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and a Master’s degree in Biostatistics from Hasselt University Belgium. He also has a Master’s in Public Health Methodology from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).  He has worked on several projects in both the financial and health sectors in Nigeria and Belgium. He started in CRED in October 2018.

Projects:  [field_staff_project]
Phone:     +32 (0) 27 64 34 48

Aditi Kharb

Staff, Research associate

Aditi Kharb holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from University of Delhi and a Master in Public Policy and Development from Paris School of Economics. She has worked on projects in Africa and Latin America. Her main research interests include Health Economics, Development Economics and Climate Change. 

Projects:  [field_staff_project]
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Joris van Loenhout

Staff, Research Fellow

Joris van Loenhout obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences, followed by a MSc in Toxicology and Environmental Health, both at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. From 2007 to 2014, he worked at the department of Environmental Health at the Public Health Service Gelderland-Midden. Within that position, he coordinated several EU-funded projects on environmental health topics, and he also carried out a study on indoor temperature in relation to health of elderly residents. In 2015, he successfully defended his PhD thesis on the long-term health impact of Q fever.

Joris has worked at CRED since 2014, initially as a Postdoctoral fellow but currently as a research fellow. His main focus area is the impact of natural disasters on health and health systems, with a particular focus on heatwaves.

Projects:  [field_staff_project]
Phone:     +32 (0) 27 64 34 55

Damien Delforge

Staff, Postdoctoral Researcher

Damien Delforge starts his research career in 2013 as a research assistant at the Earth and Life Institute (ELI, UCLouvain) on flood risk management and hydrology projects.

From 2017 to 2020, he completes a Ph.D. in partnership with the Seismology and Gravimetry department of the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) where he studies the hydrology of the Rochefort caves in Belgium using recent machine learning tools and statistical methods of causal analysis.

In 2021, he is doing a postdoctoral fellowship for the Centre National d'Etude Spatial (CNES) at the “LIttoral ENvironnement et Sociétés” (LIENSs) in La Rochelle, France, and in the Reference Systems and Planetology department of the ROB on the global analysis of the Earth’s system dynamics, in particular, mass variations in the continents and oceans. At the end of 2021, Damien joins the CRED team to work on the EM-DAT database and its future development.

Projects:  [field_staff_project]
Phone:     --

Valentin Wathelet

Staff, Development,Research assistant

Valentin holds a Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences (Clinical Biomedical Sciences Specialization) from the Université Catholique de Louvain. Valentin has also been trained in Bioinformatics and Programming at the University of Liège.

He is interested in programming and development, his work focuses on the EM-DAT database and its usability. He started the development of the new EM-DAT public portal, working now part time on the project.

Projects:  [field_staff_project]
Phone:     --
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