Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade

Deputy Director, International Tsunami Information Center, Caribbean Office

Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade is the Deputy Director of the International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC) Caribbean Office (formerly known as the Caribbean Tsunami Warning Program) in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Her work focuses on early warning systems for earthquakes and tsunamis. She actively engages in scientific, capacity-building, outreach and communication activities, including the implementation of the Tsunami Ready Programme and coordination of the annual CARIBE WAVE tsunami exercise. She is a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Ocean Physical Sciences and the Scientific Council of the International Geosciences Program of UNESCO (IGCP). Von Hillebrandt-Andrade was a Member of the Executive Planning Group for the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development, Chair of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System and other Coastal Threats for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, and served as president of the Seismological Society of America (SSA). Before joining NOAA in 2010, she was director of the Puerto Rico Seismic Network. She holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Delaware and a master’s from the Escuela Politecnica Nacional of Quito

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Bennet Atsu Foli

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Jerome Aucan

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Burkard Baschek

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Claudia C. Baron-Aguilar

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Silvia Chacon-Barrantes

Coordinator, National Tsunami Monitoring System (SINAMOT)
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Cameron Diver

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Anna-Katharina Hornidge

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Bruce Howe

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Monika Jones

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Geoff Kilgour

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Arlene Laing

Coordinating Director, Caribbean Meteorological Organization, Headquarters Unit

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Debra Lekanoff

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Simone Pennafirme

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Irina Rafliana

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Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch

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Vladimir Ryabinin

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Raul Salazar

Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Secretariat for the Americas, Panama

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Ria Sen

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Iliesa Tora

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Sebastian Unger

Head of Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

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Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade

Deputy Director, International Tsunami Information Center, Caribbean Office, Puerto Rico