Sissa BEKOMBO PRISO
Resilience project manager
Sissa BEKOMBO PRISO joined RESALLIENCE in 2021 as a resilience project manager.
She graduated from Ecole des Mines de Douai and Faculté Polytechnique de Mons as an Architectural Engineer. The double scope enabled her to gain knowledge and experience on various topics such as civil engineering, architecture, heritable buildings, and urban design.
During her studies, Sissa took the opportunity to work on heat islands problematics during an internship in Prague, Czech Republic. Moreover, she worked on the vulnerability and the resilience of the town of Accra, Ghana against the floods risk for her graduation thesis. Since she joined the team, Sissa brings her architectural, urbanistic, and civil engineering knowledge to support the adaptative and sustainable initiative of RESALLIENCE.
Abla Mimi EDJOSSAN, PhD
Chief Technical Officer
Graduated with a PhD in the field of Mechanics – Civil Engineering at Université de Lorraine after a thesis on the development of a decision- support methodology for a sustainable management of natural hazard risk under uncertainty, Abla has also a Master Degree in development and an Agricultural Engineer Diploma.
She has over 20 years of professional experience including more than ten years in the field of research and development for supporting decision-making when tackling complex environmental management concerns, mainly in France but also with worldwide working experience (Europe and Africa). She also has several years of experience in consulting and academia with responsibilities covering project management and teaching.
Abla provides her proven expertise in risk and crisis management as well as in urban resilience matters including hazard exposure, territorial vulnerability and cascading effects impacting infrastructures and surrounding territories analysis.
Climate Resilience & GIS project manager
Camille VIGNOTE joined RESALLIENCE in 2019 as a climate resilience & GIS project leader. Within RESALLIENCE, she is in charge of vulnerability assessment to climate change, mapping risks using weather and climate data, and advising on climate-resilient solutions.
Thanks to her abilities in project management, vulnerability assessment, GIS and land-use planning for natural hazards, she joined in 2017 the VINCI Concessions Sustainable Development Department. She conducted a climate risk mapping on VINCI’s international concessions. In March 2018, she integrated LEONARD, the open laboratory for the future of cities and infrastructure. She oversaw the coordination of resilience foresight actions through a transversal and a long-term approach. During her mission, she also analyzed the impacts and opportunities related to climate change that could affect the VINCI Group. She had also participated in the organization of the 13th Géorisque conference on post-disaster feedback in Montpellier in 2017.
Since 2019, she has joined the RESALLIENCE design office as a climate resilience & GIS project manager. She oversees vulnerability assessment to climate hazards at the level of territories, cities, infrastructures or even buildings. Within this framework, she has also created indicators of vulnerability and resilience to climate change, as well as cartographic renderings through the deployment of atlases and platforms for monitoring climate impacts on different cartographic scales: global and territorial.
Camille is a geographer from Montpellier 3 University. She has a master’s degree in natural disaster management and a specialization in adaptation to climate change. Her research paper was on “The vulnerability of airport and highway infrastructure to climate change regarding operation and construction”. She also undertook studies on “The vulnerability of existing buildings to seismic hazard in Istanbul” and a “Damage assessment of the 2013 floods in “la Vallée des Gaves” (France) for the Syndicat Mixte du Pays de Lourdes et des Vallées des Gaves” during her academic research.
Matthieu is an engineer from IMT Mines Albi. He has developed his data science skills during his studies. Also, he has studied entrepreneurship. He went in San Francisco to improve his knowledge about Deep Learning.
Matthieu has developed innovation projects thanks to computer vision and Python. He wants now to apply his skills for Resallience.
Matthieu will bring his data science knowledge. He will study the application of these technics to the building’s adaptation to climate change.
Didier SOTO, PhD
Resilience and GIS project leader
Didier SOTO joined RESALLIENCE in 2019 as a resilience and GIS project leader. Didier is a geographer and a climatologist. He is Doctor of the University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in geography and land-use planning. His PhD thesis dealt with the analysis of past climate changes. Didier worked for five years at the University of Lyon and at the French National Research Centre on geomatic tools and methods to assess territorial vulnerability and measure territorial well-being.
Within RESALLIENCE, Didier leads the vulnerability assessment of infrastructures and territories to climatic hazards, the development of digital platforms dedicated to the monitoring of climatic hazards and the infrastructure resilience performance. He also supervises modelling activities of heat islands and their sanitary and socio-economic impacts.
Didier has co-piloted several RESALLIENCE national and international missions for international funders (UNDP, IFC-World Bank), infrastructure operators (COFIROUTE, EUROVIA, VINCI Airports), real estate developers (STATIONORD, VINCI Immobilier), property managers (CDC-Habitat), municipalities and public establishments (Bordeaux Métropole, French Environment Agency) and industrial owners (ORANO). Didier took part to fields missions in Togo, Liberia and Kazakhstan.
Project manager – Remote Sensing, GIS, Hydrology and flood modeling
Mohamed OUABOU joined RESALLIANCE team at the beginning of August 2022 as a Geomatics Specialist-Project Manager.
Mohamed followed a multidisciplinary academic path oriented to geomatics and hydrology. He has a Water Management and Control specialized technician’s diploma, a bachelor’s degree in Water Management and Urban Planning, a master’s degree in Space Science and Technologies and a master’s degree in Geomatics sciences applied to environment and land planning from the Jean Jaurès University of Toulouse.
This academic path allowed him to acquire knowledge and skills in the fields of GIS, remote sensing, hydraulics, hydrology, and land planning, with particular attention to hydrological changes, notably floods.
During his university studies, Mohamed had the opportunity to work on flood and inundation as part of his various professional experiences (internships and work). In addition to his internships, he gained about 1 year of experience as a Geomatician and Design Engineer in the field of stormwater management and flood. His last missions were as follows: Participation in development of Stormwater Management Master Plans, flood risks vulnerability assessment, French water legislation dossier.
Karim SELOUANE, PhD
CEO and founder of Resallience
Karim SELOUANE has over 15 years of experience spanning both industry, academia, and support to policy makers regarding strategies for the management of climate risks to territories, cities and projects. He is the head of resilience and climate change adaption at Vinci Construction and in 2018 resultant from selection within Vinci’s LEONARD Innovation and Foresight Platform, he founded and is now CEO of RESALLIENCE, a design office dedicated to adapting cities, territories, infrastructures and their use to climate change.
Karim is a member of the sustainable city working group of the UN Habitat (PNUE) and participated and contributed to the first cities summit in Nairobi (March 2019), and the UNSPBF (sciences policy business forum) “Data for the Planet Program Task force” in Canberra (November 2019). Karim is also a member of the “Community of users on secure, safe and resilient societies: urban critical infrastructures” from European Union. And member of and of The Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI).
Karim Teaching at Sciences Po on “Global Risks and corporate resilience » . At the same time, Karim co-pilots the standardization commission (AFNOR, CEN, ISO) on the resilience of infrastructures and cities. Karim is a doctor and engineer from the Ecole National des Mines de Paris and the Ecole Nationale des Sciences Geographiques
Karim is also co-founder & president of the Think Tank ” Alters Association “, (the Association of Territories and Enterprises Resilients and Solidarity) created in 2019 and member of the steering commity of Global ABC (Adaptation for Building and Construction) since 2021.
Fang-Yu Hu, PhD
Project manager – urbains system resilience
Fang-Yu HU is engineer-urban planner, PhD in Architecture from the University of Paris-Est. She started her career in 2007 in France, as practitioner and researcher specialized in urban mobility, flood risk management and adaptations to the effects of climate change. Based on the concept of resilience, her doctoral research focused on the development an evaluation model to examine capacities of urban systems facing the flood risk. Fang-Yu was nominated for the PUCA/APERAU/CDC 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Award.
She involved in an interdisciplinary international research project named Collaborative Research on Flood Resilience in urban areas (CORFU, EU FP7). Facing climate change, the CORFU project proposed a comparison between 7 European and Asian cities with the intention of creating common analytical tools aimed at developing flood risk management strategies in a more global vision. By using the concept of resilience, the ambition was to create a new approach that could be applied to different socio-economic systems and different climate zones.
Since September 2020, she works as project manager at RESALLIENCE by leading the development of methodologies relative to the vulnerability and resilience assessment of urban systems exposed to climate change-related risks. She manages national and international urban projects, especially those in Asian cities. She is member of the Working Group “Disaster Risk Reduction” of Afnor (French Standardization Association) as French representative at European and international levels. Fang-Yu also works as research fellow at the laboratory Lab’URBA, Gustave Eiffel University.
Head of Strategic Partnerships and Resilience Enabler
Nina has more than 10 years of experience in the field of resilience. She seeks to enable resilience through a collaborative and integrated approach – where robust concepts and analytics serve practical purpose and processes, thereby delivering tangible value to those in need – in the private, public, or humanitarian sectors.
She has worked in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Ecuador, the UK and France, building impactful relationships and partnerships with a variety of clients and stakeholders on projects across the world (specifically in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe/Caucasus, South America).
Starting as an earthquake risk specialist at the multi-award-winning international consultancy company Arup, she expanded her field of expertise through a PhD at Imperial College, London, UK focused on designing a collaborative multi-hazard resilience management system for systemic exposures at container terminal ports.
Aside from her theoretical and analytical skills, she has gained hands on experience by getting involved in a post-earthquake field mission with the UK Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team in Ecuador, following the 2016 Manabi Earthquake (in collaboration with many key stakeholders such as the Ecuadorian Army Corps of Engineers, local authorities and universities; the Red Cross; Shelter Cluster etc.) and in resilience leadership and management by supporting a digital start-up for a seafood e-commerce platform as Chief Resilience Officer.
Grasping the reality of theory to practice tensions and the critical need to address them to truly enable resilience, she has qualified as a coach and supports individuals, businesses and groups of interest to understand better their needs of resilient growth and identify their optimally tailored path towards it.
She further supports resilience by bringing stakeholders together and building collective intelligence, including through her commitment as board member and co-chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Hazards Forum – a Knowledge Institution founded in 1989 by the four main professional engineering bodies in the UK, namely the Institutions of Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical Engineers. Her ongoing work at the HF has included the setup of a new group of interest on Natural Hazards and Climate Change, and the nurturing of key partnerships with the Royal Academy of Engineering, EDF, ONR and the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, amongst others, spanning across safety and security, industry and policy, as well as the transport, energy, construction & urban planning, and insurance sectors.
Nina brings to Resallience her theoretical and practical know-how as well as her relational skills to build strong strategic partnerships in support of its vision and its short-term to long-term success – building the “alliance” in “res-allience”. She also participates in commercial development efforts and is an active member of project teams in an expert and/or manager capacity, growing its strategic & transport resilience business segments – in close collaboration with the team.
Nicolas ZIV, PhD
Chief of Operation at Resallience
Nicolas ZIV, is an Engineer and an Urban Planner, he has a PhD from Université Paris-Est and Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics. He has more than 6 years of experience in the transport infrastructure domain and academic research. His Phd concerns the adaptation of methods from other industries, like Systems Engineering, to the construction sector to better manage complexity of large infrastructure projects.
Nicolas also has a field experience at different stages of development of a transport infrastructure, in France and at the international level: from the planning stage (metro network of Madina in Saudi-Arabia, extension of the metro line B of Lyon, France), in design (line 16 of the Greater Paris project), and also in construction (line 3 phase 3 of the Cairo metro). In combination with its urban planning and engineering studies, it gives him a comprehensive understanding of the challenges to develop transport infrastructures at different scales.
Simultaneously, Nicolas was involved in very diversified innovative subjects, he developed a new concept of multifunctional metro infrastructure during his PhD, which allows answering several technical city needs with a unique solution: not only transport people but also energy, information, materials, goods, sewage or water and many mode depending on the specific needs of each project. He was also part of a working group in MINnD, a national research group, for the use of Systems Engineering to structure digital mockups of infrastructures. Finally, he also developed machine learning algorithms to improve the productivity of Tunnel Boring Machines, or set-up new sensors to improve their steering.
Since 2021, Nicolas is Chief of Operation at Resallience, he is in charge of developing the activity in new markets. Curious and passionate, Nicolas long term goal is to develop new infrastructure concepts with more value for people and their environment.
Philippe SOHOUENOU, PhD
Project leader / Head of the Transport & Urban Mobility unit
Philippe is a project manager at RESALLIENCE since January 2021, where he develops and manages international projects related to the resilience of transport infrastructures and territories to climate hazards (floods, heatwaves, landslides, etc.). He has six years of experience developing modelling techniques to help transport operators and public authorities predict and optimise the design, maintenance and operation of their infrastructures.
Philippe graduated with master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from ESTP Paris (France) and the University of Nottingham (UK). He pursued his PhD at the University of Nottingham (UK), where he developed novel and robust methods to support decision-makers in predicting, assessing, and ultimately reducing the impact of disruptive events on transport networks. As part of his PhD, Philippe contributed and benefited from the research and innovation programme SMARTI (Sustainable Multi-functional Automated Resilient Transport Infrastructures), which was an EU-funded collaboration between over 30 universities, research institutes, and engineering companies worldwide.
Philippe was a contributor to the Project Group on Resilience Engineering and Modelling of Networked Infrastructure of the European Safety, Reliability & Data Association (2018-2021). He notably interned at VINCI as an assistant project engineer (2015) on tram construction projects and worked on asset management projects for SNCF (the owner and manager of the rail infrastructure in France) as a civil engineer (2017).
Mario J. Al Sayah, PhD
Head of the Earth Observation Unit. Project Leader: Land Degradation, GIS and Nature-Based Solutions
Mario joined RESALLIENCE in April 2022 as Project Manager. His missions are in the field of remote sensing, climate modelling, and environmental impact studies including land degradation and nature-based adaptation solutions. He is in charge of conducting studies and managing international projects, in addition to field investigations and the production of reports and scientific publications.
After graduating with a Master’s 2 degree in Environmental Geosciences option GIS and remote sensing from the Lebanese University, Mario obtained a joint doctorate in land management, environmental sciences and geography from the University of Orléans, France, the Lebanese University, and the National Council for Scientific Research, Remote Sensing Center of Lebanon. His thesis received the 2018 Scientific Excellence Award from the Lebanese University and is ranked among the top 5% in the University of Orléans. He has more than seven years’ experience in remote sensing, land degradation and GIS. In addition, he gained an experience in the field of Nature-based Solutions and Nature-based adaptation Solutions (NbS-NbaS). After his graduation, he worked at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées as a postdoctoral researcher. His work covered a wide range of scales, and focused on concepts issued from international and European agendas, such as Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), NbS under international frameworks, the Horizon 2020 program and at the French national level, as well as the SDGs agenda. His missions were: geospatial analysis and mapping, climate modelling, soil loss and land degradation modelling, multi-scale assessments of NbS-ecosystem services (from buildings to regions) and the development of educational training modules for various target audiences.
Resilience Project Manager & Data Analyst
Martin is a graduate engineer from ESITC in Caen, specializing in engineering structures, with an option in entrepreneurship and innovation.
Martin did his final year project at Vinci Construction: “What strategy to adopt for the centralization of needs and the deployment of digital tools within a decentralized group?” Martin then pursued his career as a Digital Innovation Engineer at Vinci Construction in Rueil-Malmaison. Within the engineering, environment and innovation department, Martin took part in the LINASTER project: creation of the monitoring platform in order to reduce our carbon emissions. Martin is also in charge of the animation of the digital community, the deployment and industrialization of digital tools, the management of UX projects, the training and the support to change.
Martin joined the RESALLIENCE team in January 2022 as “Resilience Project Manager & Data Analyst”. He brings us his skills in civil engineering, data analyst and digital modeling applied to the environmental and climatic footprint of infrastructures and territories. He is in charge of developing our digital tools and solutions dedicated to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Alejandra Castellanos, PhD
Cheffe de projet – Resilience, Urban Heat Island and Nature-based Solutions
Alejandra CASTELLANOS joined RESALLIENCE team in July 2022 as Resilience Research Officer.
Alejandra graduated in Environmental Engineering from Universidad Pedagogica y Tecnologica de Colombia, Colombia. She did a Master 1 in Territorial Management and Local Development – Territory, Risk and Environmental Governance Option, at the University of Paris Saclay, and a Master 2 in Environmental Sciences and Engineering – Option: Systems Aquatics and Water Management, at Paris-Est Créteil University.
Alejandra gained 3 years of experience during her PhD at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech (France). Her thesis focused on the deployment of nature-based solutions (NbS) for the mitigation of Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect and more specifically air temperatures. During this thesis, Alejandra analysed the thermal performance of a green roof by the measurements of the evapotranspiration flux, the variability of the flux through scales, and the feasibility of integration of NbS at different urban scales. Alejandra also has experience in the management and treatment of water and waste, and also in air pollution.
Alejandra will be in charge of projects dedicated to Nature-Based Solutions, UHI and air quality as well as the development of activities in Latin America.
Bunafsha MISLIMSHOEVA, PhD
Head of International Projects Development | Nature-based Solution
Bunafsha Mislimshoeva graduated with a degree in Ecology from Khorog State University in Tajikistan and obtained her MSc in Global Change Ecology at the University of Bayreuth. She further received a PhD within the Ecology and Environmental Graduate Program with a thesis on the “Forest ecosystem services governance, supply and demand in Tajikistan”.
Bunafsha has over 14 years of very strong practical and scientific experience out of which over 9 years she worked with development cooperation and banks. She has very strong experience in Nature-based Solutions, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable natural resource management governance. She has proven skills in awareness raising and capacity building.
Along her technical inputs, Bunafsha has managed numerous projects in the past 6+ years. This includes project acquisition, project planning and implementation, team management and reporting for different clients.
She was born and grew up in Tajikistan, and speaks fluently – Tajik, Russian, English and German in addition to her mother tongue – Shugni.
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