Wilson Center Experts
Gisli Olaffson is the Emergency Response Director of NetHope, a consortium of 33 of the world's leading NGOs. When disasters strike, he leads the coordination of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) aspects of the disaster response for the NGO community. Between emergencies his main focus is on emergency preparedness activities, in particular those related to information sharing between organizations.
Gisli has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, working for some of the leading companies in that sector as well as over 18 years of experience in the disaster management field. Gisli was one of the researchers of the Disaster Response 2.0 report from Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and he has worked closely with digital volunteer groups such as Stand-by Volunteer Task Force, Crisis Mappers and CrisisCommons on how to leverage digital age technologies and mass collaboration in humanitarian response. Gisli lives in Geneva, Switzerland along with his family.