CCRM Researchers

Esfandiar Imani

Esfandiar Imani
SafeR3, Executive Director

Esfandiar Imani is the co-founding member and Executive Director of SafeR3, a California non-profit that specializes in risk and crisis management education and technology development that disseminates state-of-the-art and innovative enterprise risk management to state-of-the- practice via pragmatic tools and education that increase safety, resilience, and reliability as well as measurable risk-reduction.

Mr. Imani is a researcher at UC Berkeley’s Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (risk.berkeley.edu). The Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (CCRM) is a group of academic researchers and internationally recognized experts and practitioners in the fields of engineering, social science, medicine, public health, public policy, and law, who recognize the need for interdisciplinary solutions to avoid and mitigate tragic events.

Peter Martelli

Peter Martelli
Suffolk University, Associate Professor of Healthcare Administration

Dr. Martelli’s research focuses on organizational errors and the interdisciplinary application of models, such as High Reliability Organizing (HRO), to promote system safety and reliability. He has worked on various aspects of these issues both in healthcare settings and in other industries, including wildland fire and emergency response, oil exploration, and civil and industrial infrastructure. He has been a member of CCRM since 2007 and has served as its Co-Director since 2018. He holds a PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis from UC-Berkeley and an MSPH from Thomas Jefferson University, was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the VA Center for Organization, Leadership, and Management Research, and was an Exchange Scholar in Health Policy at Harvard University. In 2021-22, Dr. Martelli will be a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Georgia Republic, affiliated with Georgian American University.

Renaud Vidal

Renaud Vidal
ATRISC, Chief Innovation Officer

My research activities focus on sense-making processes in organizations facing complex environments, including large-scale incident management teams, security critical agents, national crisis operations centers, etc. In recent years, I have been increasingly working in the healthcare sector on crisis management in the operating room, improving the childbirth experience, providing care for migrants.

Rune Storesund

Rune Storesund
Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, Executive Director

Dr. Storesund is the Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (risk.berkeley.edu). The Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (CCRM) is a group of academic researchers and practitioners who recognize the need for interdisciplinary solutions to avoid and mitigate tragic events. This group of internationally recognized experts in the fields of engineering, social science, medicine, public health, public policy, and law was formed following the tragic consequences of Hurricane Katrina to formulate ways for researchers and experts to share their lifesaving knowledge and experience with industry and government. CCRM’s international membership provides experience across cultures and industries that demonstrate widespread susceptibility to pervasive threats and the inadequacy of popular, checklist-based remedies that are unlikely to serve in the face of truly challenging problems.

Paul Schulman

Paul Schulman
Prof. Emeritus Mills College