Christian J. Illing

DAREnet project coordinator and deputy head of research at THW

Christian J. Illing works in the security research domain for the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) in Bonn.

He studied geology at the University of Cologne, the University Münster and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his doctorate from the WWU Münster. Prior to his employment at the THW management, he worked at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Hanover.

Christian Illing has been involved in civil protection since 2002. As a paramedic, association leader, river rescuer and instructor, he has comprehensive knowledge in the field of non-police danger prevention.

Kinga Perge

Senior advisor of European Union Strategy for the Danube Region Environmental Risks Priority Area, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Hungary.

She is a geographer (MSc) with experience in infocommunications by serving as geoinformatics expert at the Hungarian disaster management for 8 years. She is a member of the Hungarian National Organization for Rescue Services, which is UN INSARAG classified urban search and rescue (USAR) team. She was involved with several national and international exercises and missions, also supported many other EU and bilateral deployments. She is trained within the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism.

As a trainer she coaches EU and non-EU USAR teams, also European Civil Protection Teams in international field exercises and trainings. She is the leader of MAGOR NGO Association for Disaster Response volunteer team. Her aim is to provide support and training for rescue units and volunteers in the region. As chief exercise controller, together with her team, they design and conduct exercises for volunteer firefighters, humanitarian organizations and search and rescue teams. She is involved with many projects and programs which are connected to national and international disaster response.


Zsolt Kelemen (EUSDR PA5 DMWG)

Head of the Disaster Management Working Group of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region Environmental Risks Priority Area.

Zsolt Kelemen is a mathematician by education and has been working as firefighter for many years in several positions. Zsolt is vice president of the Hungarian Firefighters’ Association since 2008 and president of the Budapest Firefighters’ Association since 2012. He is member of the Fire Safety Advisory Board of the Disaster Management Directorate General of the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior since 2016. Currently, he is project coordinator for the INTERREG project “Joint development of the voluntary emergency response and disaster management capacity in the eligible border area”.

Felix Bloch (DG ECHO)

Head of Unit of Knowledge Network and Evidence-Based Policy at Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, European Commission.

The unit Mr. Felix Bloch is responsible for enhances the level of preparedness of emergency response operations managed by DG ECHO, including development of the European Civil Protection Knowledge Network as part of rescEU. To this end, it coordinates and manages the specific training and exercise activities for disaster and emergency management experts, also reinforces the preparedness component of the UCPM in close cooperation with the relevant national structures and to help build common Union disaster preparedness culture.

Previously, Mr Bloch was a member of the Cabinet of the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Mr Christos Stylianides. Before starting his career as an official at the European Commission in 2005, he taught law at Bonn University in Germany. As a trained lawyer in Germany, he holds a Dr. jur. degree from Bonn University, as well as a Master of Laws degree from the University of London (SOAS)

Philippe Quevauviller (DG HOME)

Research Programming and Policy Officer at European Commission (DG HOME)

Philippe Quevauviller has been a researcher in oceanography in the years 1983-1989 at the University of Bordeaux (France) in cooperation with the Portuguese Environment Ministry in Lisbon (Portugal) and the Dutch Ministry for Public Works in The Hague. He obtained two PhDs (oceanography and environmental chemistry) in 1987 and 1991, and the highest French University degree (HDR) in 1999.

He started his career at the European Commission in 1989 as scientific officer at DG Research, then as policy officer at DG Environment (in charge of EU groundwater policies) in the years 2002-2008, and back to DG Research from 2008 to 2013 in the area of hydrometeorological hazards. He moved to the Secure Societies Programme in 2013 (DG HOME), where he is responsible for research programming in the area of Disaster Resilient Societies and in charge of coordinating the development of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies.

Gusztáv Csomor (INTERREG DTP)

Project Officer at the Managing Authority / Joint Secretariat of the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme.

Gusztáv Csomor is responsible for projects supported in connection to the environment related priority of the Programme, among different topics addressing cooperation in the field of environmental risk prevention and protection within the Danube Region.

His professional experience in the field of managing Interreg transnational cooperation projects and programmes in this geographic area is going beyond 16 years and three different programme periods.

Johan Magnusson (DG REGIO)

Team Leader for the EU Strategies of the Danube and the Baltic Sea Regions, DG REGIO, Unit D.1 - Macro-regions, Transnational/Interregional/External cooperation, Enlargement.

Johan Magnusson has previously acted as:

  • Head of Unit in Swedish national administration for LEADER/CLLD and fisheries, and also working with the Baltic Sea Strategy as Priority Area Coordinator (3 years)

  • Maritime policy and the EMFF in DG MARE (3 years)

  • Coordinator for Cohesion Policy in Lithuania Territorial, and urban/territorial development in DG REGIO (6 years)

  • Working with rural development programmes in DG AGRI (9 years)