Dr. Paul A. Robinson
Dr. Paul Robinson is the Executive Director of RISE, and is dedicated to expediting the development of innovative technologies in the resilience sector. Funded at $10M, RISE grows resilience-related businesses in the coastal Virginia region and assists in access to the worldwide market for their technologies.
Dr. Robinson is the founder and CEO of AeroTech Research, a company specializing in weather hazard detection for aircraft. He is also Senior Advisor to Focus Investment Bank in the areas of government, aerospace and defense. He is also a member of a local angel investment groups 757 Angels and Abundance 360, and works with several startups in technical and managerial roles.
Dr. Katerina Oskarsson
Dr. Katerina Oskarsson is the Chief Strategy Officer for RISE Resilience Innovation. She also works as a consultant to NATO and as the Adjunct Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University. Previously, she was the Deputy Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Norfolk where she worked on the development and implementation of the City’s Resilience Strategy as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, and a winning proposal of $120 million from the HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition. Her work has been published by the Stanford University Press, NATO, and a range of policy and academic journals. Dr. Oskarsson earned B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Old Dominion University.
Barbara Walker is the Resilience Project Manager for RISE Resilience Innovation. She also works as a Consultant for the City of Norfolk for the Department of Homeland Security’s Flood Apex Program. Previously, she was the Director of Parking Operations for the MacArthur Center in Downtown Norfolk that consisted of 1.6 million square feet and ten levels including a staff of 70 and budget in excess of $3,000,000. Her prior work includes Project Management for Fortune 500 companies, budget management in excess of $20,000,000, and successful Management for large facility rejuvenation projects.
Betsy Hnath is the Communications Director for RISE Resilience Innovation. She has worked as a professional writer and communicator for more than 15 years in the health care, education, and financial services fields. Betsy’s personal essays have appeared in national publications including The New York Times, Huffington Post and USA Today.