At the annual INSARAG Steering Group Meeting (ISG) in 2017, the group directed the Secretariat to initiate the establishment of the INSARAG IMWG Working Group (IMWG) with clear terms of reference and to request INSARAG regional groups to nominate suitable members. Following the call for nomination, the IMWG was established with the following composition below:


IMWG Romania

 Chair of IMWG WG, Mr. Peter Wolf

 Name Organisation Country  Region   Position   Email
Peter Wolf USAR THW Germany AEME Chair
Robert Norman UK ISAR United Kingdom AEME Member
Martijn Boer HQ USAR.NL The Netherlands AEME Member
Chew Keng Tok DART Unit Singapore Singapore Asia - Pacific Member
Jeff Maunder Fire and Emergency NZ New Zealand Asia - Pacific Member
Solveig Thorvaldsdottir Rainrace Consultancy Iceland AEME Member

John Morrison USA -1 United States Americas Member
Luigi Bruno OCHA  OCHA OCHA Member
Rosli Shaari  Special Malaysia disasters and Rescue Team Malaysia Asia - Pacific Member
Tshepo Makola USAR SA Operational Focal Point South Africa  AEME Member
Eliot Aidan Robert Fire & Emergency New Zealand New Zealand Asia - Pacific Technical Consultant
Jeffrey Hogan 

Fire and Rescue New South Wales 

Australia Asia - Pacific Member
Anwar Mahfoudh OCHA  OCHA OCHA Technical Consultant

Technical Consultant from MapAction        


  • Establishing 5 strategic objectives in order to provide an effective data management methodology that will ensure a coordinated and comprehensive collection, analysis and reporting capability.
  • Information Management WG update

The larger group would facilitate effective taskings and coverage in the operational implementation phase of IMWG in actual disaster response. The IMWG’s primary objective as stated in the ToRs will oversee the ongoing implementation and operationalisation of the IMWG Toolbox in training and in actual field operations. The IMWG will develop jointly with OCHA and Technical Partners, a manual that includes guidance for Information Management, at USAR team management and UCC levels, and activation protocols for actual disaster response. Furthermore, the IMWG will also develop the 5 criteria for the IEC/R checklist 2018.

The first IMWG WEBEX Meeting was held last 29 June 2017 CEST and was fully attended by all the members of the working group