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

Chair of KoBo WG, Mr. Peter Wolf

 Name  Country Organisation  Region   Position   Email
Peter Wolf USAR THW Germany AEME Chair peter.wolff@evonik.com
Lee Ivory UK ISAR United Kingdom AEME Member lee.ivory@wmfs.net
Martijn Boer USAR.NL The Netherlands AEME Member Martijn.Boer@ifv.nl
Barbara Menke PUI France AEME Member bmenke@pompiers-urgence.org
Jeff Maunder NZ USAR TF1 (NZL1) New Zealand Asia - Pacific Member Jeff.Maunder@fire.org.nz
Jeffrey Hogan NSW/USAR AUS-2 Australia Asia - Pacific Member jeffrey.hogan@fire.nsw.gov.au
Rosli Shaari  SMART - NADMA Malaysia Asia - Pacific Member rosli7465@gmail.com
John Morrison USA -1 United States Americas Member john.morrison@fairfaxcounty.gov
Emma Mumford/ Chris Taylor (FP) Map Action        Member emumford@mapaction.org
Luigi Bruno OCHA - FCSS Member brunol@un.org
Anwar Mahfoudh OCHA - CASS* Member mahfoudh@un.org
*Coordinated Assessment  Support Section      

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The larger group would facilitate effective taskings and coverage in the operational implementation phase of KoBo in actual disaster response. The KWG’s primary objective as stated in the ToRs will oversee the ongoing implementation and operationalisation of the KoBo Toolbox in trainings and in actual field operations. The KWG 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 KWG will also develop the 5 criteria for the IEC/R checklist 2018.

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