Professor Karen Olness is board certified in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Professor Emerita of Pediatrics, Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. She has been a volunteer helping children in humanitarian emergencies in many countries. In 1996 she initiated programs to train relief workers about the needs of children in disasters. These workshops have been presented in many countries. She has written more than 150 articles, chapters and books. She has been president of five national professional societies, including the SDBP and past chair of the International Child Health Section of the AAP. She is Strategic Advisor to the IPA on Children in Humanitarian Emergencies. She served on many National Institutes of Health study sections and is Medical Director of Health Frontiers, an all volunteer NGO which developed pediatric residency training programs in Laos, and supports training in disaster management.