This initiative is a result of a collaboration between Jelenko Dragisic a collaboration strategist and founder of ROADMENDER and Keith Bancroft a business development and process specialist and founder of Better Ready Enterprises (BRE).  Jelenko and Keith have combined their thinking into a collaborative strategy that combines elements of an open collaborative, marketplace, think tank and a traditional company in order to create a strong focal point for business, government and community sectors around the world.  The combined expertise of the collaborating associates makes this a unique and dynamic group that is able to tackle resilience building from a diverse angles and thus provide a superior level of service.

The guiding philosophy called ‘Beyond Resilience’ which Jelenko and Keith developed over an extended period of time bring a clear focus on resilience as an business driver.

The team of high level specialists across a broad spectrum of fields, industries and disciplines is a first of its kind in the world.  Guided by the collaborative strategy and common drive to create tailored solutions based on the unique approach and knowledge base the team offers effective and efficient outcomes with lasting impacts for business, government and community sectors.

Dr Peter Rogers (Sydney, AUSTRALIA)

peter_rogers“Resilience opens opportunities for people to take personal responsibility for democracy, but in ways that they can really see the benefit of; together we can inspire people to be active citizens, which is an essential part of a vibrant and open democracy”

I’m currently the Co-Director of ‘Climate Futures’ and a senior lecturer on the ‘Sociology of Law’ in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University; also currently a convener for the Masters of Research, a Higher Degree Research (or PhD) training platform. I’ve consulted on emergency management and resilience related topics for a range of agencies for over 10 years in the UK and Australia. Recent research and publishing topics include: resilience, emergency management, security and surveillance, institutions and organisations of government and urban history.



Dr. Rose K. Gantner (USA) 

Rose_GantnerResilience is the fuel that ignites the human spirit to help individuals, teams, and communities, to maintain purpose, foster growth, hope, and new positive directions amid an adversity.”

Rose K. Gantner, Ed.D, has over thirty years of experience in university education, wellness, wellbeing, counseling and organizational psychology.  She is the CEO for Well Works Publishing and Consulting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

For over six years, she was the former Senior Consultant, and Senior Director for program design, training and innovation   (Health and Productivity) at the WorkPartners Division of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan.  Prior to this, she was a former CEO of three hospitals (Magellan Health Systems) and was a VP for Operations with Corphealth (now Humana). Additionally, she had her own private counseling/consulting firm, Center for Life Coping Skills in Georgia.

Rose served two tours in the Republic of South Vietnam with the American Red Cross when in her early twenties, and as a senior now, honored to have served on the Institute of Medicine’s Resilience Committee, in Washington, D.C. with other experts regarding health, leadership, wellbeing, and resilience to develop a five year strategic plan for the Department of Homeland Security.  A publication of this work, other articles, a white paper on resilience, and her book, Workplace Wellness Performance With A Purpose, can be found on her website

Alex Webling (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA)

Alex_Webling (2)Why does resilience matter?

I wrote the first Australian Government executive guide for resilience in 2007 and carried that work into the Australian Government’s own Protective Security Policy Framework in 2010. This thinking, which was considered edgy in 2007, is now more accepted.

Our society is more interconnected than ever, yet at the same time it is more brittle, subject to cascading failure in geographically and logically diverse areas. Organisations that survive for three decades or more are exceptional. Indications are that the lifespan of organisations is decreasing as the pace of change in technology, society and the environment increases. I work with organisations to help them be the exception to the rule of extinction. The key is adaptation.

For communities, organisations tend to be islands of order in a sea of chaos, especially during disasters. Organisations that are not resilient cannot support communities in times of need.

Alex Webling, BSc, BA (Hons), Gdip Comms, GdipEd, ZOP is a registered security professional in the area of enterprise security management. Alex is Director and CISO of Resilience Outcomes Pty Ltd, a boutique consultancy specialising in organisational resilience and information security.

Alex has 20 years experience working as a senior executive for the Australian Federal Government in national security including in cyber-security, critical infrastructure protection, identity security and resilience.

  • Foundation Director of the Australian Government computer emergency response team;
  • Cofounder of the Trusted Information Sharing Network – Resilience Community of Interest;
  • Creator of the Australian Government’s Chemicals of Security Concern program; and
  • Head of Protective Security Policy responsible for launching the revised Protective Security Policy Framework and the single information classification system for the Australian Government.

Alex is the treasurer of the Australasian Council of Security Professionals and a member of ASIS international and AISA. He is also a keen cyclist and fluent German speaker.

Dr. Janice Presser (USA) 

Dr_Janice_Presser“A resilient team will collaborate effectively, even under high stress.”

For over 30 years, Dr. Janice Presser has engaged in research and development of team analysis methods and technologies, with a focus on team coherence and resilience. Her goal was to enable organizations to measure and understand ‘teaming’, as a means for creating business value.

Dr. Presser is CEO of The Gabriel Institute, architect of the technology that measures Teamability®, and a thought leader in team science and human infrastructure concepts. She has authored six books and dozens of articles, guest commentaries, and other writings. Her latest, @DrJanice: Thoughts and Tweets on Leadership, Teamwork & Teamability®, is a compilation of recent articles on the title subjects. Her current writing explores the theoretical and physical elements of teaming, and the profound impact of teaming analytics on the structure, development, and leadership of teams. Her speaking engagements include keynotes, seminars, workshops and webcasts, on topics including innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, teamwork, and talent science. She blogs at @DrJanice and contributes to the conversation on Twitter, LinkedIn, Quora, and other social media. She is a member of Switch and Shift’s ‘League of Extraordinary Thinkers,’ and a contributing member of Constellation Research’s Orbits group.

Janice can be contacted by email:; or connect on Twitter @DrJanice

Clem Campbell (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA)

DSC_0528“Think globally, plan regionally and act locally – a way for our communities to meet adverse events and build resilience through local collaborative actions”

Clem Campbell as an Agricultural Scientist worked and lived in rural and regional communities of Queensland promoting sustainable agricultural management systems and self reliant (sustainable) communities. Later he served as a Member of the State Parliament and developed a special interest in public ethics serving as the inaugural chairman of the Members ethics and privileges committee. After public life he participated in researching anticorruption and integrity systems and is presently an Adjunct research officer at Griffith University and serves the community as the president of the United Nations Association of Australia (Queensland Division), Director of Green Cross Australia and chair of Earth Charter Australia.

Bruce Grady  (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA)

Bruce_Grady“The equation on the ground is simple: resilience reduces suffering!  True resilience is about building strength in equal measures across the government, commercial and community sectors so they can collaborate and better function in adversity. A community led recovery is faster, stronger and enduring.”    

Calling on extensive experience in dealing with the often catastrophic social, economic, environmental and infrastructure consequences of natural and man-made disasters Bruce is able to bring practical and proven executive level advice to clients and assist them develop the strategies needed to effectively plan for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the impacts of crises and emergencies.

Playing a critical role in Queensland’s disaster management arrangements since 2006, Bruce has a substantial track record of achievement in creating resilience through effective preparation and planning as well as operating in high pressure, high profile response and recovery environments. Most notable was his pivotal role in the response and recovery for Queensland’s catastrophic 2010/11 ‘Summer of Disasters” floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi. Bruce is highly regarded for his collaborative approach to crisis management and his effective leadership.

Whether the potential damage is to your operations, your bottom line, or your public and commercial reputation: a clear and committed strategy, the right structures with trained and competent people will position the prepared organisation to thrive when others are failing. Bruce’s philosophy is: Plan to be your best when things are worst.

Bruce was the Assistant Director-General leading Emergency Management Queensland, and now lends his expertise and experience by consulting to governments and organisations seeking to outperform the impacts of disaster and crisis.

Bruce can be contacted at:

Dr Kenneth Wang (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA)

kennethwang“Exploring community resilience & awareness through better information and process design.”

Kenneth brings a wealth of knowledge from his 20 years of Information Technologies career. He has consulted for industries including Government, Healthcare, Finance, Creative Industries, Education, Logistics and various Non-Profit Organisations.

In 2008, Kenneth was conferred his PhD in Information Technology from QUT. His research interest lies in Business Process Management (BPM), particularly in business process integration. He was awarded a full scholarship by SAP for his candidature. His research result also produced two technological patents relating to automated systems integration. The patents were granted in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

In 2010, Kenneth founded his company Acclario Pty Ltd, where he provides generic IT services and Business Process Management consulting to the industry. Today, Kenneth further specialises and provides process intelligence and ubiquitous business process monitoring to enterprises and corporations. He innovated a mobile platform, which brings timely Business-2-Enterprise (B2E) notification within and across organisational boundaries.

Kenneth also holds a Master of Information Technology from QUT, where he graduated in 2003 and was awarded student of Dean’s List for academic excellence. Prior to that, Kenneth completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Wales, Cardiff, and his Diploma in Electronics, Communications and Computer Engineering from Singapore Polytechnic.

Kenneth can be contacted at

Dr Gail Wagnild (USA) 

gail_W “Resilience is much more than just bouncing back.”

Gail Wagnild, PhD, RN is the founder and owner of the Resilience Center in Montana, U.S. Clinically trained as a psychiatric nurse and social worker, she uses a holistic approach in the study of resilience. She has been conducting research and consulting in the area of resilience for more than thirty years and the five core characteristics of resilience that underpin her work are unique in the study of resilience.  Dr. Wagnild was a faculty member in nursing schools, including Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas; the University of Washington in Seattle; and Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. She is the principal author of the widely used Resilience Scale, the Resilience Scale User’s Guide and the Living a Resilient Life program, which helps people of all ages recognize, build, and strengthen their resilience. She is the author of the book True Resilience: Building a Life of Strength, Courage, and Meaning (Cape House Publishing, 2014).  For more information, contact Dr. Wagnild directly at or through her website

Leonie Sanderson (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA)

GRC's Moderator Leonie Sanderson in action

“Resilience can be built at a number of levels.: with individuals, with communities, with whole towns and cities and indeed even countries.”

I’m interested in helping people develop their personal resilience to increase their wellbeing and happiness, and in turn, those of their communities. From my early working life as a crisis counsellor to my work developing public policy and programs about ageing and volunteering, resilience continues to occur as a key factor for assisting vulnerable populations.

I am the founder of the Binky Collective, an organisation that aims to increase happiness through projects and collaboration. Our most recent activity, the Grateful Project, encourages people to notice the things they’re grateful for and share them with others. We have engaged over 500 people around the world to share their photos and words. There’s no doubt that gratitude and resilience are inextricably linked.

Leonie managed both the Office for Seniors and the Office for Volunteering in Queensland State Government.  She has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), and a Graduate Diploma in Communications. She has experience in the areas of volunteering, corporate social responsibility, strategic policy, community recovery and ageing. Growing up in North Queensland, Leonie is fairly comfortable with the prospect of cyclones (or typhoons or hurricanes, depending on your location) and floods but still quivers at the thought of earthquakes despite enduring many when she lived in Taiwan.


Darwin Horning (CANADA)

DarwinResilience is fundamentally a human endeavour – connecting to others in order to build the webs that ultimately ensure we not only survive but continue to thrive in the face of escalating and unpredictable local and global challenges.

Darwin is a Senior Planner and a Ph.D. Candidate (Sustainability) at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Throughout his career, Darwin has been involved in community resilience and sustainability planning at the local, regional and international levels. Darwin has worked collaboratively with variety of communities including small rural communities, Indigenous communities; and internationally in the development of South East Queensland’s Regional Ecological Sustainable Plan and the Canada- Guyana Low Carbon Community Development Program (2009-2012). Darwin has continued to promote resiliency thinking and planning through both his academic research activities and ongoing professional practise, focusing on the social aspects of resilience and climate change planning and governance. Darwin’s current research involves investigating climate change governance, specifically looking at the sociological underpinnings (networks) associated with watershed governance in water scarce regions. Darwin is also involved in building awareness and mainstreaming resiliency thinking through involvement in organizations including: the International Union for Conservation of Nature – Commission on Ecosystem Management (IUCN-CEM) – Resilience Theme Group; the Canadian Institute of Planners – National Initiatives; Planning Institute of British Columbia – Education Committee Member; the Crisis Resilience Alliance, University of British Columbia; and, the National Initiatives Committee for the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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