We are pleased to announce new speakers have been added to the CBRNe Convergence 2020 - Bitesize Boston Programme.
Signing on to join us, and bringing interesting talks to the table, are:
- Dr Jason Roos, Deputy JPEO for CBRN Defense
- Michael Chua, Director HazMat Department, Singapore Civil Defence Force
- Christopher Seacord, Joint Program Manager Sensors
- Dr Martin Kulldorff, Professor at Harvard University Medical School
Lt. Col. Edoardo Cavalieri d'Oro has worked for the Italian National Fire and Rescue Services since 2004 and heads the CBRN unit in the region of Lombardy from the Milan headquarters since 2013.
He graduated in nuclear engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan and then specialized at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the areas of risk assessment applied to nuclear non-proliferation, and in the area of management and system design. Later on, he graduated at Tor Vergata University in Rome obtaining the certification as advisor in civil protection against CBRN events.
In 2018 he was nominated as national expert in CBRN and sits on a panel of national experts at the Directorate General European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid currently working on the design of new CBRN international modules for emergencies.
In addition to the tasks related to the CBRN, from 2018 Edoardo holds the position of national coordinator for the INSARAG activities of the Heavy USAR team certified at the end of 2018.
He has participated in various missions including the earthquakes in Italy in 2016 and in 2012, and in the planning operations of the Genoa Bridge and Bologna Bridge accidents in 2018. At the end of 2019, he headed the USAR Coordination Cell of the earthquake in Albania managing more than 15 teams and 500 units. Following the devastating explosion that occurred in in summer of 2020 in Lebanon, he has been sending CBRN specialists to map chemical risks in the affected area. During the covid.19 crisis, he designed the only laboratory for the diagnosis of SARS-COV-2 managed by fire and rescue services operators.
Edoardo is the author of various publications in the field of risk assessment, of the NBCR and of the use of rescue technologies, including the system called Space Fly Multiagent (SFM) designed for the emergency response of major NBCR events.
Dr Tomoya Saito, MD, MPH, PhD
Director, Department of Health Crisis Management, National Institute of Public Health, Japan
Dr. Saito is a distinguished expert in public health emergency preparedness and response, especially on biological events such as pandemics, emerging diseases, and bioterrorism. He is a member of COVID-19 Response Task Force in MHLW. He is also advising national and local governments on public health preparedness for a mass-gathering event. He has provided various table-top exercises for pandemic and bioterrorism response for local governments. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Saito was a medical officer at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan in charge of medical countermeasure preparedness for CBRN events and coordination for responding to public health emergencies.
He coordinated public health and medical response to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in 2011. He also directed technical management and coordination of preparedness and response to emerging diseases such as influenza A/H7N9, MERS, SFTS and Ebola virus diseases. Before joining MHLW, Dr. Saito was the instructor in the Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology and conducted a pandemic flu surveillance study and a clinical research on smallpox vaccine. He planned and organized a project on promoting bioterrorism preparedness and related R&D at Keio University Global Security Research Institute as a project manager from 2007 to 2011.
He received his M.D. from the School of Medicine, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, his M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Medicine, Keio University.
Colonel Donald J. Riley Jr. UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, Commanding Officer Chemical Biological Incident Response Force.
Colonel Riley has been the Commanding Officer of CBIRF since March 2019. He previously served as the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), Marine Corps Combat Development Command (2011-2014); as a trial counsel and legal assistance officer at Marine Corps Air Station, New River (1993-1995); and as the military justice officer, review officer, and assistant officer-in-charge, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Camp Lejeune (2003-2006).
Joint tours include service as an associate general counsel in the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel (2018-2019), as the Legal Counsel to the Commander, United States Africa Command (2014-2018), as the Deputy SJA and Chief, Operational Law at United States Central Command (2006-2009), and as a program manager with the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (1999- 2001).
Operational tours include concurrent service as the Legal Advisor to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force and the SJA to Commander, US Forces Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan (2012-2013). Additionally, Col Riley completed deployments to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf as the SJA, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (1995-1998), and served as the Regimental Judge Advocate, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division (Rein), I Marine Expeditionary Force, during combat operations in Al Anbar, Iraq (2004-2005). Col Riley served as the Commanding Officer, Region 7 (North and West Africa), Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (2009-2011), and as an advisor to the Sierra Leone Armed Forces with the British International Military Advisory and Training Team (2002).
Col Riley is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (correspondence), and the Air War College (distance). He has a M.A. (with distinction) in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and holds an additional designation as a regional affairs officer for Sub-Saharan Africa. Billets: 1993: Student, the Basic School and Naval Justice School 1993-1995: Trial counsel and legal assistance officer at Marine Corps Air Station, New River 1995-1998: Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Landing Force 6th Fleet x 2) 1998-1999: Student, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School 1999-2001: Program manager, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, Newport, Rhode Island 2002-2003: Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 2002: Advisor to the Sierra Leone Armed Forces with the British International Military Advisory and Training Team (Individual Augment: June- September) 2003-2006: Military justice officer, review officer, and assistant officer-in-charge, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Camp Lejeune 2004-2005: Regimental Judge Advocate, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division (Rein), I Marine Expeditionary Force, during combat operations in Al Anbar, Iraq (Individual Augment: August-March) 2006-2009: Deputy SJA and Chief, Operational Law at United States Central Command 2009-2011: Commanding Officer, Region 7 (North and West Africa), Marine Corps Embassy Security Group 2011-2014: SJA, Marine Corps Combat Development Command 2012-2013: Concurrent service as the Legal Advisor to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force and the SJA to Commander, US Forces Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan (Individual Augment: January 2012-February 2013) 2014-2018: Legal Counsel to the Commander, United States Africa Command 2018-2019: Associate general counsel in the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel