Debarati Guha Sapir


Debarati Guha-Sapir is the Director of CRED and a Professor at University of Louvain School of Public Health, in Brussels, Belgium. She holds an Adjunct Professorship at Tulane University Medical Centre (New Orleans) for Health and Humanitarian Aid. Trained in Calcutta University, Johns Hopkins University and University of Louvain, she has a PhD in epidemiology.

Since 1984, she has been involved in field research and training in emergency and humanitarian aid issues, working closely with the World Health Organisation, UNHCR, UNDP and European Commission in various regions of the world, including China, Sudan, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Great Lakes, Somalia and Central America. She is particularly interested in health systems research, epidemiology in unstable situations and international policy related to relief and post conflict transition.

Phone:     +32(0)27643327

Regina Below

Database Manager, Documentalist

Regina is a Database Manager and Documentalist at CRED, where she has been working for over 20 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:  EM-DAT
Phone:     +32(0)27643326

Pascaline Wallemacq

Research Analyst (Geography)

Pascaline obtained a Bachelor's degree in Geographical Sciences at the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (Namur) and a Master's degree in Geographical Sciences at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). Her Master's thesis was on the “Assessment and mapping of the vulnerability of populations exposed to floods inVietnam.”

Between 2013 and 2015, she worked on geo-referencing footprints of natural disasters (EM-DAT) and its various applications. She also completed several reports using natural disasters data with the collaboration of UNISDR. She volunteered in South America and Nepal in 2016. She rejoined the CRED team after her adventures in April 2017.

Projects:  EM-DAT
Phone:     +32(0)27643373

Joris van Loenhout

Postdoctoral Researcher

Joris obtained his MSc in Toxicology and Environmental Health at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in 2006. From 2007 to 2014, he worked at the department of Environmental Health at the Public Health Services Gelderland-Midden. From 2010 onwards, he carried out a PhD project on the long-term health effects of Q-fever at Radboud University Nijmegen, which he defended in early 2015.

Within CRED, Joris carried out several studies within the field of climate and health, including studies on the impact of extreme heat events. He is currently working on the Horizon 2020 project BRIGAID and the impact of natural disasters on several countries in Asia.

Phone:     +32(0)27643455

Tefera Darge Delbiso

Research Associate and PhD student

Tefera is a Research Associate and PhD candidate at CRED. He obtained his B.Sc. in Statistics and M.Sc. in Population Studies from Addis Ababa University (AAU), and MPHM from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He worked in the position of Lecturer at Hawassa University, Research Advisor at Marie Stopes International Ethiopia, and independent consultant in different organizations.

Since joining CRED in June 2014, he has been actively involved in different research projects. His main research focuses on improving public health needs assessment in humanitarian settings using advanced epidemiological methods. Examples of his research include assessment of nutrition and mortality in drought and conflict situations; and investigating the health impact of living in close proximity to crisis-prone national borders.

Projects:  CE-DAT
Phone:     +32(0)27643448

Dr. Maria Moitinho de Almeida

Research associate and PhD. student

Maria obtained a Medical Degree at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and holds a joint Master’s Degree in Public Health in Disasters from the University of Oviedo in Spain and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Maria has worked as a general doctor in a hospital in Lisbon and as a public health medical resident in a local department. She has medical and public health experience in Portugal, Germany, Mozambique, India, and Brazil.

Since she has joined CRED in March 2017, she has been involved in different research projects. Her main research focuses on the use of mixed methods in assessing healthcare needs and delivery in humanitarian settings.

Projects:  CE-DAT, EMMPHID
Phone:     +32 (0)27643327

Alexandria Williams

Research associate

Alexandria has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the College of Charleston in South Carolina and a Master's of Science in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Disease from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  She has been an intern at the World Health Organization as well as in Lima, Peru at the International Center for Advanced Research and Applied Science (INCAAS).

She started at CRED in February 2017 and is involved in managing the Erasmus Mundus Masters program and other research activities. Her research focus is on public health and health systems in post-conflict settings.

Phone:     +32 (0)27643327

Benjamin Schlüter

Research fellow

Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Analysis and a Master’s degree in Quantitative Analysis and Research in Economics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. In September 2017, he will hold a Postmaster's in Quantitative Analysis for Social Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium. 

Since joining CRED in October 2016, he has been involved in analyzing different datasets, mainly working on the Syrian conflict (mortality assessment, chemical attacks, Syrian refugee’s health situation). He is also applying Distributed Lag Non-linear Models (DLNM) to assess the impact of heat waves on mortality in Belgium. 

Phone:     +32 (0)27643327
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