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 Wolff USAR THW Germany AEME Chair
Lee Ivory UK ISAR United Kingdom AEME Member
Martijn Boer USAR.NL Netherlands AEME Member
Solveig Thorvaldsdottir ISAR Iceland AEME Member
Tshepo Makola  South Africa USAR-SA AEME Member
Chew Keng Tok SCDF Singapore Asia - Pacific Member
Jeff Maunder NZ USAR TF1 (NZL1) New Zealand Asia - Pacific Member
Jeffrey Hogan NSW/USAR AUS-2 Australia Asia - Pacific Member
Rosli Shaari  SMART - NADMA Malaysia Asia - Pacific Member
John Morrison USA -1 United States Americas Member
Emma Mumford/ Chris Taylor (FP) Map Action        Member
Luigi Bruno OCHA - FCSS Member
Anwar Mahfoudh OCHA - CASS* Member
*Coordinated Assessment  Support Section      


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