Management Team

Robert Lempert, President (RAND Corporation)

Robert Lempert is a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation and director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition. His research focuses on decisionmaking under conditions of deep uncertainty, with an emphasis on climate change, energy, and the environment. Lempert is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Panel on Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Political and Social Stresses, and a lead author for Working Group II of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and for the IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. Lempert was the Inaugural EADS Distinguished Visitor in Energy and Environment at the American Academy in Berlin.

Jan Kwakkel, Vice-President (Delft University of Technology)

Jan Kwakkel is an associate professor at Delft University of Technology. His research focusses on model-based support for decision making under deep uncertainty. He is the lead developer of the exploratory modelling workbench, an open source toolkit for scenario discovery and related deep uncertainty techniques. He has applied his work in various domains, including climate and water, and transport. He is a member of the editorial board of Environmental Modelling & Software, and Futures and Foresight Science.

 Andrea Abler, Administrator (RAND Corporation)

Andrea Abler is a technical analyst at the RAND Corporation where she contributes to policy research through modeling and simulation, operations research methods, and project management assistance. Her research interests include emerging technology, decision sciences, and military logistics.

Education and Training

Steven W. Popper, Education and Training Chair (RAND Corporation)
Steven Popper is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. As associate director of the RAND Science and Technology Policy Institute (1996–2001), Popper provided research and analytic support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other agencies of the Executive Branch.

Career Development

Julie Rozenberg, Career Development Chair (World Bank)
Julie Rozenberg is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. She focuses on decision making support for infrastructure, green growth and climate change mitigation strategies, and climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. She tailors DMDU methods to economics and development problems and applies them to World Bank client countries’ projects and development strategies.


Sadie McEvoy, Membership Chair (Delft University of Technology)
Sadie McEvoy is a researcher at Deltares and Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands. She specializes in water resources management and urban adaptation planning, including stakeholder involvement in planning and decision making processes. Sadie’s interests lie in applying DMDU methods in collaborative planning settings and in integrating spatial implications of uncertainty into DMDU methods and their applications.

Rules and processes

Rebecca Smith, Rules and Processes Chair (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)
Rebecca Smith is an engineer and research coordinator for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region. Her background is in decision support for water resources management and connecting research to practice. At Reclamation, she helps with research projects that include applications of decision-making frameworks and incorporation of new streamflow projections into long-term Colorado River planning.

Communications and Outreach

Pedro N. de Lima, DMDU Communications & Outreach Chair (Pardee RAND Graduate Schol)

Pedro Nascimento de Lima (Msc) is an Assistant Policy Researcher at RAND Corporation and a Ph.D. Candidate at Pardee RAND Graduate School. Prior to RAND, he was a Lecturer at UNISINOS University, southern Brazil, where he taught Operational Research and Modeling disciplines to Engineering and Management courses. Both his undergraduate and master’s theses, focused on wicked problems and DMDU at the 3D printing industry, have received the “Best Brazilian Thesis Award” at their respective categories from ABEPRO, the Brazilian Society for Production Engineering.

James Derbyshire, DMDU Communications Support (Middlesex University)

James Derbyshire is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), Middlesex University. His research focuses on scenario planning, innovation and economic development. A particular area of interest is non-probabilistic methods for thinking about the future, such as Potential Surprise Theory and antifragility.

Javed Ali, DMDU Communications Support (CNRS- Institute for Geoscience and Environmental Research)

Javed Ali is a MOPGA Researcher at CNRS-Institute for Geosciences and Environmental Research in France. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology (India), a Master’s degree in Water Science & Engineering (specialization in Flood Risk Management) from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (The Netherlands) and another Master’s degree in Hydro Science & Engineering from TU Dresden (Germany). His research work focuses on studying dynamic vulnerability and adaptive capacity, specifically social dynamics associated with weather-related disasters, the decision making of people to adapt their daily practices to changing environmental circumstances, socio-economic impacts of flash floods and understanding the effect that human behavior has on socio-technical systems.

Antonia Hadjimichael, DMDU Communications Support (Cornell University)

Antonia Hadjimichael is a postdoctoral associate of the Reed Group at Cornell University. She was born and raised in Cyprus, and obtained a Bachelors in Mathematics from the University of Leicester and a Masters in Environmental Modeling from University College London (UCL), in the UK. Her doctoral work at the University of Girona, Spain, focused on the development of decision-support tools for urban wastewater systems. At her current position she focusses on decision making for complex systems under deep uncertainty, particularly focusing on water resources systems.

Jasper Verschuur, DMDU Communications Support (University of Oxford)

Jasper Verschuur is a doctoral student at the University of Oxford (School of Geography and the Environment). He did his BSc and MSc studies at Delft University of Technology (Civil Engineering) and a second MSc at the University of Oxford (Water Science, Policy and Management). His PhD will focus on global trade flows through ports and how natural disasters can disrupt port functioning, resulting in supply-chain shocks within the interdependent trade network.

Mrinalini Ambica Cariappa, DMDU Communications Support (University of Copenhagen)

Mrinalini is a Master’s student studying Climate Change at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (EnvEuro). She is currently working on her thesis which looks at Loss and Damage in the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5℃. Alongside writing her thesis, she is an intern at United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, Vienna working at the Division of Climate Policy and Partnerships.

Rosalie Fidder, DMDU Communications Support (Wageningen University & Research) 

Rosalie is finishing her MSc degree in Climate Studies in Wageningen. Her specializations are Environmental Economics and Water Management. In these fields of study, uncertainty and climate change are recurring themes. For her MSc thesis, Rosalie researched boundary conditions for the application of Real Options Analysis to Dynamic Adaptive Policy Pathways.