Debarati Guha-Sapir, was born India and is currently full professor at the Université catholique de Louvain. She studied epidemiology in Johns Hopkins University and Université catholique de Louvain, from where she got her doctorate degree. She directs the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) specialized in the epidemiology of disasters and conflicts in the Institute of Health and Society at the Université catholique de Louvain. Her research is largely field based in disaster prone areas. Her work has been a mix of academic publishing, policy and field support. She founded the international reference disaster database EMDAT and set up a system for civil conflicts data (CEDAT). She writes frequently in international newspapers and is actively engaged with national governments and major donors to change policy and improve the impact of humanitarian aid. She has coordinate FP6 and FP7 projects and is currently partner of two FP7 projects and one HORIZON2020. She has been elected a member of the Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique and received the Peter Safar Award from the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine.