1 JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO P. M.D. KEY QUALIFICATIONS Dr. Juan Pablo Sarmiento is Research Professor at the Latin American and Caribbean Center, College of Arts & Sciences and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, located at Florida International University. He has more than 30 years professional and research experience in the fields of health, health education, risk assessment, and disaster management in Latin America and the Caribbean. His work encompasses a wide range of activities, including the design and execution of mitigation programs, early warning systems, and damage assessment and needs analyses, as well as responding to emergencies and disasters. He also has extensive experience in the evaluation of health and nutrition systems, institutional capacity building in disaster-prone countries, and post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction programs, with a special emphasis on shelters and environmental recovery. Finally, Dr. Sarmiento has academic preparation and experience in the design, management, and evaluation of projects in the field of public administration, with a particular focus on government and public sector interaction with NGO s and PVO s. ADDRESS 8390 SW 72 nd Avenue; Apt 502 Miami, FL Tel. (305) / (786) EDUCATION Master in Project Management, Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional, Costa Rica, 2004 Master in Medical Education, Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia 1998 Certificate in High Public Administration, Escuela Superior de Administración Pública, Colombia 1996 Physician/Surgeon, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia 1980 OTHER STUDIES Practitioner Expert in Residence - Tufts University, School of Nutrition Science and Policy, USA 1998 Certificate in Disaster Management, Brookes University Oxford, UK 1989
2 JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO P. Pag 2 EXPERIENCE Present. Research Professor, LACC, SSPH at Florida International University As a Research Professor at the Latin American and Caribbean Center, College of Arts & Sciences and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Dr. Sarmiento is taking the role of Co-Director of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Program that FIU launched in 2008 with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, Office of U.S Foreign Disaster Assistance (DCHA/OFDA.) Responsibilities: - Monitor the conceptual development of DRR globally to determine linkages with, and possible effects on, U.S. Government through OFDA s efforts in DRR both within the LAC region and in other regions worldwide. - Promote and strengthen DRR Communities of Practice (COPs) in the LAC region by selectively providing strategic, high-impact financial, scientific, and methodological support. - Identify and sponsor the educational/professional development of the next generation of DRR thinkers and agents of change in the LAC region. - Facilitate exchange, seek optimal interaction and coordination between, and, if necessary, mediate neutrally between organizations and key individuals and stakeholder groups involved in DRR efforts across the LAC region ( bridge building ). - Organize, formalize, and make available worldwide LAC region capacity development services in Disaster Risk Reduction, based on new or already existing knowledge and institutional and expert networks. - Facilitate, promote, and provide follow-up to joint activities with international development and financial entities: World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations Development Program, and Organization of the American States, among others. - Facilitate knowledge transfer and capacity building in the area of Disaster Risk and Emergency Management. - Facilitate and promote Disaster Risk and Emergency Management within the Health Sector at regional, sub-regional and national level. - Participate in evaluations, assessments and applied research related to Disaster Risk and Emergency Management Present. Consultant of the Pan-American Health Organization / World Health Organization PAHO/WHO, Emergency Preparedness and Disasters Relief Program PED. Recently
3 JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO P. Pag 3 Technical assistance to the Ministry of Public Health of Brazil for preparing the Federal Strategic Plan for Public Health Preparedness and Response, March, Co-Author of the PAHO Publication: Health response to the earthquake in Haiti: January 2010, Washington, D.C Facilitator for the internal senior management meeting: The Way Forward for PAHO in Disaster Response on July 29, Participation in the PAHO-PED Technical Advisory Committee. (2011) Participation in the evaluation of the Mexico s response to the 2009 Influenza (H1N1) Outbreak (2010) : Technical Manager, IRG/USAID-OFDA/LAC The International Resources Group (IRG) is the firm responsible for the technical and administrative support contract to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, Office of U.S Foreign Disaster Assistance (DCHA/OFDA) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In this capacity he: - Acted as technical advisor to the OFDA/LAC Senior Regional Advisor and to the IRG Chief of Party in San Jose, Costa Rica. - Coordinated the initiative Communities of Practice in disaster risk reduction that convenes key universities, research and technical entities, and regional experts from Latin America and the Caribbean. - Served as the focal point within USAID-OFDA/LAC for the Bell Program, administered by the Latin American and Caribbean Center of Florida International University (LACC/FIU), with support from USAID. The Bell Program is intended to help strengthen, consolidate, and/or expand existing university-level education programs in risk management in Latin America and the Caribbean. - Coordinated the implementation of national training programs and monitors their execution. - Coordinated, gave technical support, and monitors a group of 20 consultants involved in training programs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. - Initiated, monitors, and supports OFDA/LAC programs specifically aimed at institutional strengthening. - Coordinated the design and execution of an information system for the technical follow up of activities developed under the contract between IRG and OFDA/LAC. - Facilitated, promoted, and provided follow-up to joint activities with such international development and financial entities as the World Bank, the Inter American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the Organization of the American States, among others. - Coordinated internal evaluations focused on maximizing efficiencies within the IRG/USAID-OFDA/LAC program. - Supervised the maintenance of a regional data base on trained and qualified personnel for emergency and disaster response.
4 JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO P. Pag 4 - Conducted evaluations of the major USAID-OFDA/LAC responses to emergencies and disasters in the region. - Designed, planned and coordinated the Hemispheric Conference on Risk Reduction (HCRR) as a follow-up to the Third Summit of the Americas. The HCRR was held in San Jose, Costa Rica in December US Government DART (Disaster Assessment and Response Team) member, El Salvador earthquakes, January, US Government DART member, drought in Paraguay, Assisted the USAID Mission in Honduras in the preparation of a rehabilitation and reconstruction portfolio after Hurricane Mitch, Coordinated the OFDA/LAC rehabilitation and early mitigation project after the Armenia (Colombia) earthquake, January US Government DART member, Hurricane Mitch in Central America, : Regional Technical Coordinator, USAID-OFDA/LAC - Developed and maintained a real time information system on the evolution of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), an activity that primarily benefited the USAID Missions in the three most affected countries: Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Project carried out in close coordination with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and the International Research Institute for Global Change (IRI). - Coordinated a team of three experts hired by the USAID Missions of Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia to prepare and execute an action plan against ENSO impacts. - Established a technical assistance program in support of government organizations involved in the ENSO response in the three mentioned countries. - Developed coordination mechanisms with other international, binational, and multilateral agencies involved in responding to the ENSO event. - Systematized the experience obtained by OFDA/LAC for its application in future circumstances where extreme weather variations, like those of ENSO, are experienced. - Conducted research and wrote a book on the health impact of the ENSO Phenomenon for the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) : Regional Consultant, USAID-OFDA/LAC Program - Organizer, technical meetings on disaster management in conjunction with United Nations agencies in the launching and maintenance of the UN Decade for Natural Hazard and Disaster Reduction, Team leader for the workshop, Design and Development of Training Courses with Interactive Methodology, Coordinator and principal author for the design, development, and multiplication of
5 JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO P. Pag 5 the interactive training course, Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis for Decision- Makers, Coordinator and principal author for the design, development, and multiplication of the interactive training course, Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis, Team member for the design, development, and multiplication of the interactive training course, Disaster Program Management, Team member for the translation and adjustment to Spanish (and subsequent multiplication) of the interactive training course, Training for Instructors, OTHER EXPERIENCE - Project Management Institute Membership, Member of the United Nations Damage Assessment & Coordination Team UNDAC, University Professor, Universidad Javeriana,. Cathedra Professor Master of Public Health and Health Administration, National Relief Director & Technical Director of the Colombian Red Cross, it included Primary and Secondary Health Care Programs; Blood Banks Network; National Clinical Laboratory; Training, and National Relief Program National Coordinator of the Urgencies, Emergencies and Disasters Program of the Ministry of Health, Colombia. Responsible for the development of public policies, program design and execution, projects bank, international financial mechanisms, monitoring and evaluation, inter-universities networking Shift Chief of the Emergencies Service of the Central Military Hospital, Colombia, Additionally, responsible for the integration of Medical Education and Practice at the emergency room, and the Hospital Emergency Plan, Health Chief of the Colombian Civil Defense, Head of the National Disaster Health Plan Civil Protection BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS Health response to the earthquake in Haiti: January 2010, De Ville de Goyet, Claude, Sarmiento, Juan Pablo, Grünewald, François. Washington, D.C.: PAHO, ISBN: The challenge of Risk Management as a multi-sector and participative intervention strategy at the service of development, Time to pass the baton, Disaster Risk Reduction from the perspective of Environmental Management, Land Use Management, Finance and Public Investment, U.S. Agency for International Development, Spanish version English version 2008, 5-20.
6 JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO P. Pag 6 Accreditation Mechanism for Urban Search & Rescue Teams. United States Agency for International Development / Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance / Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance USAID/DCHA/OFDA & United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs UN/OCHA- International Search and Rescue Advisory Group INSARAG, The Storms of 98: Hurricanes Georges and Mitch, Impacts, Institutional Response, and Disaster Politics in Three Countries, Olson, Richard Stuart, Ricardo Alvarez, Bruce Baird, Amelia Estrada, Vincent T. Gawronski, and Juan Pablo Sarmiento, Special Publication 38 (Boulder, CO: University of Colorado Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, 2001). This is also being published (Special Publication 38-S) in Spanish as Las Tormentas de 98: los Huracanes Georges y Mitch, sus Impactos, la Respuesta Institucional, y la Política de Desastre en Tres Países. The Marginalization of Disaster Response Institutions: The El Niño Experiences of Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, Olson, Richard Stuart, Juan Pablo Sarmiento, Robert A. Olson, Vincent T. Gawronski, and Amelia Estrada, Special Publication 36 (Boulder, CO: University of Colorado Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, 2000). This report may also be downloaded at It was also published in Spanish as Marginación de las Instituciones de Respuesta en Casos de Desastre: La Experiencia del Fenómeno El Niño de en Peru, Bolivia, y Ecuador. The Spanish version (Special Publication 36-S) is available from the Centro Regional de Información de Desastres (CRID), Apartado Postal , San José, Costa Rica. It may be downloaded at El Fenómeno El Niño y su impacto en la salud en América Latina Fenómeno El Niño Crónicas de Desastres N.8, Organización Panamericana de la Salud, Washington, 2000, Gestión del riesgo ante la variabilidad y cambio climático, Hacia la evaluación de prácticas de adaptación ante La variabilidad y el cambio climático/ Belém: NUMA/UFPA, 2008, Plan Local de Emergencia y Contingencias. Material de Referencia, Manuales del Instructor y del Participante, Dirección Nacional para la Prevención y Atención de Desastres, Ministerio del Interior Estrategia para el Diseño de Planes Locales de Emergencia y Contingencia. Dirección Nacional para la Prevención y Atención de Desastres, Ministerio del Interior Análisis Actitudinal del Estudiante de Post-Grado, Tesis de Grado Maestría en Educación, Universidad de la Sabana, El Niño Southern Oscillation Enso 1997/98 And Risk Management In The Latin American And Caribbean Region, USAID/OFDA, October 1998.
7 JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO P. Pag 7 Drought, Food Insecurity and Marginalization: An Opportunity for Development-Oriented Humanitarian Response, Tufts University International Famine Center School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Guía para el Diseño y Desarrollo de Cursos de Capacitación, Oficina del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos de Asistencia para Desastres, USAID/OFDA, Plan Integral de Seguridad Hospitalaria : Seguridad, Salud Ocupacional, Vulnerabilidad y Plan Hospitalario de Emergencia. Ministerio de Salud, Mitigación de Riesgos, Gestión Ambiental y Desarrollo Sostenible: Una Política Pública, Centro de Estudios Ambientales para el Desarrollo Regional, Corporación Universitaria Autónoma de Occidente, Evaluación de Daños y Análisis de Necesidades Toma de decisiones, Oficina del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos de Asistencia para Desastres, USAID/OFDA, Evaluación de Daños y Análisis de Necesidades, Oficina del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos de Asistencia para Desastres, USAID/OFDA, PRINCIPAL ARTICLES, CHAPTERS, AND PAPERS Disaster Risk Management Disparity in the Caribbean: Evidence from Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, Juan Pablo Sarmiento and Gabriela Hoberman. Disaster Risk Reduction Program for the Western Hemisphere Security Analysis Center (WHEMSAC) Applied Research Center (ARC), Florida International University Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Accountability, and the Role of the Media: Concepts, Cases, and Conclusions, Olson, Richard S., Sarmiento, Juan Pablo and Hoberman, Gabriela. Background Paper for the 2011 ISDR Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat, Geneva, Establishing Public Accountability, Speaking Truth to Power, and Inducing Political Will for Disaster Risk Reduction: Ocho Rios+25, Olson, Richard S., Sarmiento, Juan Pablo and Hoberman, Gabriela. Environmental Hazards, Volume 10, Number 1, 2011, pp (10). Legado Institucional del Terremoto de Chile del 27 de Febrero de Separata Revista INVI, Instituto de la Vivienda, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad de Chile N. 68 Volumen N 25 / Mayo de 2010, Disaster Risk Reduction, DD04 - Study Guide and Course Text. University of Wisconsin Madison, Gestión del Riesgo ante la variabilidad y cambio climático, Hacia la Evaluación de Prácticas de Adaptación ante la Variabilidad y el Cambio Climático. NUMA/UFPA-Brasil, Pag
8 JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO P. Pag 8 Disaster Risk Reduction, Morgan, P., Mycoo, M., Sarmiento, J.P. U.S. Agency for International Development Caribbean Development Bank Evaluación de la Aplicación del Cuerpo de Conocimientos del PMI an el Proceso de Acreditación de Equipos de Búsqueda y Rescate Urbano del Continente Americano. Trabajo de Grado Maestría en Administración de Proyectos, Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional, Pernudi, L.F., Sarmiento J.P., Segura N Risk Management, Bell, P., Sarmiento J.P., Segura, N. Hemispheric Risk Reduction Conference Summits of the Americas, Dec Pag Coping With The Climate A way Forward, International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI), Publication IRI-CW/01/ Pag Disaster and Institutional Response Hurricane Georges in The Dominican Republic and Hurricane Mitch in Honduras and Nicaragua, September-October 1998, Olson, R.S., Alvarez, R., Baird B., Estrada, A., Gawronski, V., Sarmiento, J.P.. IRG-USAID/OFDA Responding To The El Niño Southern Oscillation (Enso): An Assessment, Olson, R.S., Sarmiento, J.P., Olson R., Gawronski, V, Drury, C., USAID/OFDA, July 31, Guns, Drugs, and Disaster: Cauca/Huila, Colombia, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. August 1995, Vol. 13, No. 2, Pag El Desastre de Cauca y Huila no es otro Armero, Desastres y Sociedad. LA RED editores. Enero-junio No. 4 Año 3. Pag Mitigación de Desastres en las Instalaciones de la Salud, Organización Panamericana de la Salud, Volúmenes I, II, III y IV, PEER REVIEWER, GRANT REVIEWER AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Peer Reviewer Disasters Journal One of the most prestigious journals in the field of disaster risk and emergency management, since 2011 Grant Proposal Reviewer of the World Bank s ProVention Consortium Program for Research and Action Grants for Disaster Risk Reduction, Commentarist on disaster preparedness for the Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor newsletter, since 2009 PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS MEMBERSHIP American Public Health Association AWARDS, GRANTS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS Awards USAID Certificate of Appreciation 2007 Signed by USAID/OFDA Director Anne Convery
9 JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO P. Pag 9 and the USAID/OFDA/LAC Regional Coordinator Tim Callaghan. Important distinction for 18 years of dedication to the USAID DRR Capacity Building Program for the Americas. USAID - Meritorious Unit Citation 2001 El Salvador Earthquake Response Signed by USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios. Unique distinction in the humanitarian work. USAID - Meritorious Unit Citation 1998 El Niño Southern Oscillation Signed by USAID Administrator. Distinction in the applied research and humanitarian work. Colombian Red Cross National Relief Medal 1990 Special recognition reserved to Scientists and Professors that have influenced decisively under-graduate and postgraduate students in health and social studies. Colombian Civil Defense Gold Medal 1986 Special recognition for outstanding contributions to the emergency and disaster management field. Grants Co-PI, FIU-Disaster Risk Reduction Project (DFD-A ) This is a five-year (Sep 15, Sep 14, 2013) USAID Cooperative Agreement project. $ 4,515,022. PI, FIU-Bell V Risk Management Project (DFD-G ) This is a three-year (Aug 1, Jul 30, 2012) USAID Grant. $ 1,611,011 PI, FIU Private Sector involvement in DRR (Mar 1, 2012 Sep 30, 2012) United Nations International Strategy Disaster Reduction UN-ISDR; Grant $30,000 Scholarships Tufts University U.S.- International Famine Center School of Nutrition Science and Policy; Expert in Residence; Competitive Fellowship (1999) Oxford Polytechnic today Oxford-Brookes University U.K. - Certificate in Disaster Management; British Council - Competitive Fellowship (1989) RESEARCH & PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Post-disaster Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Programs Disaster Risk and Emergency Management SELECTED PRESENTATIONS Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience to the October 2011 DRR and sustainability seminar Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Accountability, and the Role of the Media to the July 2011 Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, Colorado
10 University at Boulder JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO P. Pag 10 Public Investment and Disaster Risk Management to the May 2011 Global Platform for DRR Conference, United Nations, Geneva Switzerland Marginalization and Disaster Vulnerability to the July 2010 Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, Colorado University at Boulder The hurricane season as a window of opportunity for risk reduction to the June 2009 International Hurricane Conference, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Communities of Practice and Disaster Management to the October 2008 International Geography Congress, Temuco, Chile. "Hospital Disaster Planning" to the April 2005 Partnership for Health Preparedness, Pan American Health Organization, Bogotá, Colombia The Challenges of Disaster Risk Reduction to the December 2001 Summit of the Americas Hemispheric Conference on Risks Reduction. U.S. State Department, USAID and the Costa Rican Government. San Jose, Costa Rica. Drought, Food Insecurity and Marginalization: An Opportunity for Development-Oriented Humanitarian Response, to the October 1998 Disaster Series of Tufts University, International Famine Center, School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Medford, Massachusetts. Vulnerability Analysis and Risk Assessment for the Health of a Community Exposed to Disasters to the April 1990 Workshop on Disaster and International Law, International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Taormina, Italia Health status among internally displaced persons in Colombia to the December 1988 International Seminar Public Health: Refugees and Displaced Persons, Georgetown University Washington D.C. March 31, 2012