Chris Chiesa Deputy Executive Director Pacific Disater Center
Mr. Chiesa serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Pacific Disaster Center. During the past 10 years at PDC he has also held the roles of Director, Data and Information Resources Division, and Chief Information Officer. During this time, he has been responsible for establishment of PDC’s Enterprise Geospatial Data Environmetn as well as the development of PDC’s GIS-based “Global Hazards and Vulnerabilities Atlas” and the PDC-hosted DM geospatial information sharing service, the “Global Hazards Information Network.” He is presently responsible for Center-wide operations and program development as well as value-added information development activities at PDC.
He has nearly 25 years experience developing and managing enterprise product and service applications of geospatial information technologies, and has been actively involved in Disaster Management activities in the Asia Pacific region for the past decade. He has extensive experience in the region including project-based activities in Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, and Korea. He has also supported regional efforts of APEC’s Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG). His work has also taken him to Europe, South America and Africa. Mr. Chiesa is active in regional and international professional associations, having served on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council (HIGICC) and presently as the Vice-Chair of the Navigators Council (aka Board of Director) for the Pacific Risk Management Ohana (PRiMO). He also serves on the International Advisory Board of Experts for The International Emergency Management Society’s (TIEMS) Education Program. His work has been widely recognized including through the receipt of the Special Achievement in GIS Award by ESRI and the President’s Award by HIGICC.
He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BSME, MSNR) and the University of Arizona (MBA).