GGC-Disaster Resilience • GGC-Environment • GGC-Health
Dr. Eric Rasmussen is the CEO of Infinitum Humanitarian Systems, a Washington State Profit for Purpose social business specializing in vulnerability reduction for systems and populations. He is also a practicing Internal Medicine physician with an additional specialty in Disaster Medicine. His other roles include Research Professor for Environmental Security and Global Medicine at San Diego State University, Affiliate Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, Visiting Researcher in Disaster Management at the Institute for Disaster Preparedness in Beijing, China, Senior Lecturer within the International Disaster Academy in Bonn, Germany, and Core Faculty at Singularity University within the NASA Ames Research Center in California. Dr. Rasmussen retired in 2010 as President and Chief Executive Officer of InSTEDD, a highly-regarded international NGO created by Google.org from a TED Prize awarded to Dr. Larry Brilliant. He remains the Chair of InSTEDD’s Board of Directors. Before his selection as CEO of InSTEDD, Dr. Rasmussen had spent 25 years on active duty with the US Navy, including deployments to multiple natural disasters and three wars. On his Navy retirement he was both Chairman of the Department of Medicine within the Navy teaching hospital near Seattle, Washington, and Special Advisor in Humanitarian Informatics for the US Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has been a Principal Investigator for both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and for the National Science Foundation. He now sits on several boards and committees, including the Committee on Grand Challenges in Global Development for the US National Academy of Sciences. Eric is a Combat-Service Disabled Veteran, the CEO of IHS, and the majority owner of IHS. As a consequence IHS is registered as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Eric has been married for more than 30 years to Demi and they have daughters Melissa and Faith. Eric and Demi live on Bainbridge Island between Seattle and Olympic National Park.
The concept of a universal biometric identity is fraught with Western concerns about individual privacy, and rightly so. For those with no recognized identity at all, however, being acknowledged as “alive” is an important step toward safety, security, and upward mobility. In this talk, I discuss real-world examples of the costs of being “invisible” and some biometric options that seem to be working to reduce the exploitation, trafficking, and slavery of those living in the shadows.
The advent of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was a tragedy of significant proportions. Like any complex event, however, there were lessons to be learned and new directions to explore in ensuring we could not be quite so surprised next time. In this talk, I describe a few of the many advances we made in science, technology, and policy during this outbreak, with particular attention to a basic science discovery that may help us understand far broader biological paradigms