Core team

The following individuals are core team of the Standby Task Force. They deal with the overall organization of each project, and are all volunteers as well. The skills and backgrounds within the team span over wide fields. What they all have in common, is their passion and commitment to keeping the Standby Task Force up and running.


Per Aarvik

Vice President, General Coordinator

Photo of Per AarvikPer is curently spending most of his time for the Standby Task Force. He has a strong belief in civil society engaging in important global issues through digital tools. He has been teaching technology/design and served as Vice Rector at KHiB for more than a decade. In 2015 he made a new turn, completing his MA in comparative politics at the University of Bergen, with a thesis on crowdsourced election monitoring in Kenya 2013, the Uchaguzi project. Recently he also has been involved as a research assistant at  CMI, Bergen, promoting the use of crowdsourcing and digital tools in social science research.

Joyce Monsees

Finance Director, Volunteer Engagement

Photo of Joyce MonseesJoyce has her BA and MLIS. Her focus is emerging technologies for research and information science. She has extensive experience in new employee and student orientations, training and skills development. Joyce is a former city trustee and is certified by the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center as a Disaster Information Specialist. She is FEMA certified and is a member of the City of Orange CA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Hilary Nicole Zainab Ervin

Research & Analysis Coordinator, Secretary of the Board

Hilary Nicole Zainab ErvinHilary Zainab is a mapper, writer and research consultant. She holds a dual MPH/MS and is currently completing her PhD in International Development . Hilary has an expertise in gender, geography, and complex emergency management. Her passion lies in data analytics and security for the grassroots. She is the Executive Director of and currently writes for

Ben Proctor

Media and communications

Photo of Ben ProctorBen is a digital communications specialist with a particular interest in how technology impacts emergency response. He works in and around the public sector in the UK. In particular he trains emergency planners, communications and professionals and senior managers in the use of digital technologies in emergencies.

Peter Mosur


Peter is a teacher, researcher, and an idea person. He currently teaches an undergraduate course on digital humanitarianism at Metropolitan College of New York. He also works as a research assistant at the Qatar Computing Research Institute at the social innovation program. In addition, Peter co-wrote the Internet Response League concept note with Patrick Meier. Peter is interested in online training and gamification, and hopes to bring these ideas to the SBTF.

Valeria Villan

Valeria VillanValeria has a background in International Relations and Political Science, and solid experience in communication. She has also worked on several projects promoting local development, corporate social responsibility and innovation. She loves data and everything digital.

Keera Morrish

KeeraKeera has a Masters in art education and Landscape Architecture. She currently works for Esri as a GIS instructor. Her interest is in using GIS for emergency management and disaster response.

Stuart Costello

StuartStuart’s background is in Logistics, Supply Chain, Distribution and Operations Management. He joined as a Micromapper and took part in the Namibia project then he learned about SBTF and joined in the middle of the West Africa Ebola deployment. He joined the Core Team to help manage the regular business of the SBTF.

George Chandeep Corea

George CoreaGeorge is a Conservation and GIS specialist, interested in pre-planning open-source spatial intelligence for stakeholders to gain additional insights in post disaster activations. He has been involved with Disaster Management since the Asian Boxing Day 2004 Tsunami when he was running a conservation organisation and did surveys of the largest protected areas that were affected and also helped in direct relief. In a local council in Australia he worked in the disaster coordination centre to help in spatial intelligence for pre-planning  (bushfire, flood and radio comms modeling) and post event relief coordination.

Troy Powell

Troy PowellRobert “Troy” Powell holds an Honours BA, an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management and a certificate of training in Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice. Having spent much of his graduate years researching genocide prevention, early warning and geopolitics, Troy has self-professed “healthy” obsession with complex problems as well as grass roots mobilizations leveraged to solve them. An alumni of the International Peace and Security Institute, (IPSI) and Royal Roads University, Troy showcased a peer-to-peer presentation of some of his research on non-linear early warning at the IPSI Hague Symposium on Post Conflict Transitions in 2013. A lifelong academic Troy is inspired by learning, synergy and the discovery of unexpected solutions. He is very excited to be joining up with the SBTF as an Academic Coordinator. In his spare time he likes to read, play the saxophone and contributes to a blog on pop-culture/comics and politics called Graphic Policy.

Deepshikha Dalchand

DeepshikhaDeepshikha’s background is in Biotechnology and Environmental Science. Introduced to the world of GIS while on a field semester in the Peruvian Amazon, she’s been fascinated by the potential uses of it ever since. A technological ‘newbie’, she spends her time honing her digital skills and learning about the wonderful world of data science.

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