The Speakers

The organisers of this webinar are delighted to present some high-level practitioners who will share their experiences and lessons learned on just-in-time training as well as innovative apporaches in this area.

Dr Luca Ragazzoni

Dr Luca Ragazzoni

Scientific Coordinator at the Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (CRIMEDIM), Università del Piemonte Orientale

Dr Luca Ragazzoni is the Scientific Coordinator of CRIMEDIM. He is a medical doctor, graduated from Università del Piemonte Orientale in Novara, Italy and specialised in anaesthesiology and intensive care. He also obtained a PhD in disaster medicine from Università del Piemonte Orientale. Currently, he is a researcher in disaster medicine and humanitarian health. Luca has been deployed to several disasters stricken areas and humanitarian response efforts as head of mission or training advisor for the United Nations, governmental and non-governmental organisations. He is the deputy-director of the European Master Disaster Medicine (EMDM) and the coordinator of different international programs, such as NEMS – National Emergency Medical Service in Sierra Leone and humanitarian medic. He is the coordinator and principal investigator of the European founded projects TEAMS and TEAMS 2.0 – Training for Emergency Medical Teams. He is the coordinator of the implementation of the overall workplan agreed with WHO within the official framework of CRIMEDIM as WHO Collaborating Center for Training and Research in Emergency and Disaster Medicine.

Zsolt Kelemen

Zsolt Kelemen

Head of the EUSDR PA5 Disaster Management Working Group

Zsolt Kelemen is a mathematician by education and has been working as firefighter for many years in several positions. Zsolt is vice president of the Hungarian Firefighters’ Association since 2008 and president of the Budapest Firefighters’ Asscoiation since 2012. He is member of the Fire Safety Advisory Board of the Disaster Management Directorate General of the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior since 2016. Currently, he is project coordinator for the Interreg project “Joint development of the voluntary emergency response and disaster management capacity in the eligible border area”. Since 2020, Zsolt is Head of the Disaster Management Working Group of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region, Priority Area 5 on Environmental Risks.

Elizabeth Benson

Elizabeth Benson

Police Inspector, Head of Performance Development at West Midlands Police

Inspector Benson is a British police officer. Currently serving as head of performance and development at the UK National CBRN Centre, part of UK Counter Terrorism Policing.

She is a qualified CBRN commander, tactical advisor, responder, and radiation protection supervisor.  Importantly, she is part of a dedicated cadre of UK commanders, providing support to CBRN incidents throughout the UK.

Her portfolio includes being the exercise director for national CBRN exercises, leading on the development and delivery of CBRN continuous professional development, and providing advice to UK Government.