Debarati Guha Sapir


Debarati Guha-Sapir is the Director of CRED and Professor at University of Louvain School of Public Health, in Brussels, Belgium. She holds an Adjunct Professorship at Tulane University Medical Centre (New Orleans) for Health and Humanitarian Aid. Trained in Calcutta University, Johns Hopkins University and University of Louvain she holds a PhD in epidemiology. Since 1984, she has been involved in field research and training in emergency and humanitarian aid issues, working closely with World Health Organisation, UNHCR , UNDP and the European Commission in various regions of the world including China, Sudan, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Great Lakes, Somalia and Central America. She is particularly interested in health systems research, epidemiology in unstable situations and international policy related to relief and post conflict transition.

Phone:     +32 (0)27 64 33 27

Regina Below

Database Manager, Documentalist

Regina has worked at CRED for over 20 years. As technical support staff, she is involved in different activities of the centre and is in charge of the International Disaster Database (EM-DAT) project.

Phone:     +32(0)27643326

Joris van Loenhout


Joris obtained his MSc in Toxicology and Environmental Health at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in 2006. From 2007 to 2014, he worked at the department of Environmental Health at the Public Health Services Gelderland-Midden. From 2010 onwards, he carried out a PhD project on the long-term health effects of Q-fever at Radboud University Nijmegen, which he defended in early 2015.

Within CRED, Joris carried out several studies within the field of climate and health, including studies on the impact of extreme heat events. He is currently working on the Horizon 2020 project BRIGAID and the impact of natural disasters on several countries in Asia.

Phone:     +32 (0)27 64 34 55

Maria Moitinho de Almeida

Research associate and PhD. student

Maria obtained a Medical Degree at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and holds a joint Master’s Degree in Public Health in Disasters from the University of Oviedo in Spain and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Maria has worked as a general doctor in a hospital in Lisbon and as a public health medical resident in a local department. She has medical and public health experience in Portugal, Germany, Mozambique, India, and Brazil.

Since she has joined CRED in March 2017, she has been involved in different research projects. Her main research focuses on the use of mixed methods in assessing healthcare needs and delivery in humanitarian settings.

Phone:     +32 (0)27 64 33 27

Benjamin Schlüter

Research fellow

Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Analysis and a Master’s degree in Quantitative Analysis and Research in Economics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. In September 2017, he will hold a Postmaster's in Quantitative Analysis for Social Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium. 

Since joining CRED in October 2016, he has been involved in analyzing different datasets, mainly working on the Syrian conflict (mortality assessment, chemical attacks, Syrian refugee’s health situation). He is also applying Distributed Lag Non-linear Models (DLNM) to assess the impact of heat waves on mortality in Belgium. 

Phone:     +32 (0)27 64 33 27

Matthias R. Horions

Research Management Assistant

Matthias obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the Hasselt University and an MSc. in Human Ecology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). In September 2019, he will hold an additional diploma in Management with minors in Entrepreneurship and North-South cooperation from ICHEC (Brussels).

Matthias is the research management assistant at CRED since May 2018. He assists Director Prof. Debarati Guha-Sapir, and handles logistics at the institute. Additionally, you can contact him for data requests and general problems concerning the EM-DAT database.

Phone:     32 (0)2 764 33 27

Thomas Jideofor Ogbu

Research associate and PhD research candidate

Thomas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and a Master’s degree in Biostatistics from Hasselt University Belgium. He also has a Master’s in Public Health Methodology from Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).  He has worked on several projects in both the financial and health sectors in Nigeria and Belgium. 

He started in CRED in October 2018 and is involved in different research projects.

Phone:     32 (0)2 764 34 48

Nima Yaghmaei

Project officer and PhD research candidate

Nima is a project officer and PhD candidate at CRED. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from York University in Canada and a Master's degree in Human Nutrition & Rural Development from Ghent University in Belgium. Nima has spent time in on projects in Nepal, India, Ecuador, and most recently in Ethiopia, where he focused on nutrition and food security in Oromia region. 

Nima joined CRED in 2018, and is involved in a number of projects, as well as his research focuses.

Phone:     32 (0)2 764 33 72
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