Bob Palestrant

Regional Vice President, Operations

Location: Americas

Bob Palestrant has over 40 years of experience serving as a registered nurse, firefighter/paramedic, emergency manager, and in the discipline of homeland security. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), a credentialed Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through the Center of Public Safety Excellence and earned his master’s degree in Homeland Security from American Military University.

He was the Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for Miami-Dade County, Florida, coordinating multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional responses to disasters and large-scale emergencies, and as a member of a coalition of Emergency Managers from the 11 largest U.S. cities, worked with the Council of Excellence in Government to standardize and improve methods of increasing the preparedness and the ability of cities to respond to disasters on a national basis.

Bob has been instrumental in multiple activations including several major hurricanes, Superbowls XLI and XLIV, multiple mass casualty incidents, aviation disasters and mass shootings. As a member of the Florida Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team, he was on several deployments including the World Trade Center attack on 9/11.

As the Southeast Florida Fusion Center Terrorism Liaison Officer Program Coordinator, he served on multiple regional, state, and national homeland security-related committees and work groups. He is certified as an Incident Command System (ICS), instructor, and Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) Bomb Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) Administrator/Trainer. He has received multiple service awards and honors, and in 2021, was selected as the Government Technology & Services Coalition-Homeland Security Today’s State Homeland Security Person of the Year.

Bob was a technical consultant for the show “Without Warning,” broadcast on both The Discovery and The Learning Channels and has been a panel member or given presentations on emergency management, aircraft rescue and firefighting, and homeland security issues at multiple conferences and symposiums across the country and internationally.

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Ursula Evans

Client Services Manager

Location: Australia

Ursula is responsible for GoCrisis clients, operations, and crisis response in the Asia Pacific region.  She has extensive frontline leadership experience in crisis response and has led several GoCrisis incident activations for many of our clients. She has responded to multiple cyclones, fire evacuations, and Myanmar Coup.

Prior to joining GoCrisis, she had several years’ experience in Japan contributing to research focusing on Japanese Business Practices particularly in cross-culture management in transnational companies.

Ursula has a BSc Hons in Information Technology and Japanese Studies from Salford University, Manchester.

Ursula is a passionate advocate for those within the community who have a disability. She is a board member and works to support inclusiveness and independence in the community.

She is also an enthusiastic community member involved in sustainable living practices including revegetation and food security in urban areas.

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Mei Su

Client Services Manager

Location: China

With over 30 years of aviation experience, Mei manages our GoCrisis clients, strategic partners, and GoResponders in China.

Her three-decades-long career at Air China included international business affairs, emergency response planning, crisis communications, flight safety, and employee training.

Mei served as Air China’s representative on the Star Alliance Emergency Response Committee, as well as IATA’s Crisis Communications Team. She has participated in multiple international joint emergency exercises, industry events, Star Alliance’s emergency strategy meetings, and led Air China’s IATA airline safety audit.

For the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, Mei was tasked with the management of Air China’s aviation emergency response plan exercise. During the Pusan aircraft accident in 2002, Mei was a member of the airline’s technical investigation team.

Ms Mei Su has an MBA and was awarded the Chevening Scholarship from the United Kingdom Foreign Commonwealth Office. She is a graduate of the Royal Holloway University of London.

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Marlé Rodgers

Training and Response Manager

Marle Rodgers is GoCrisis’ Training & Response Manager. Under this banner, she looks after our client training programs as well as our GoResponder programme. 

Marle has more than 20 years of experience in education, having managed several training and educational programs for adults and children. She has a passion for supporting people in developing their skills and inspiring learning.  Before joining GoCrisis, Marle owned and managed an educational organisation in South Africa.  This involved coordinating students and teachers, developing and planning curriculums, and managing the business administration.

Marle has worked with GoCrisis for many years as a GoResponder and have supported many activations for our clients, including natural disasters, product recalls, data breaches and maritime incidents.

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Shivaji Ghosh

Regional Vice President, South Asia

Location: South Asia

Colonel (retired) Shivaji Ranjan Ghosh served in the Indian Army from Dec 1974 to Sep 2005 as a Commissioned Officer. He commanded an Infantry Battalion in operations and served with the National Security Guard, India’s elite counter-terrorist force. He worked as Emergency Response Planning Officer and Senior Officer Safety Standards in Oman Air from Nov 2005 to Dec 2012, as Emergency Planning Manager in RAK Airways from Dec 2012 to Apr 2013 and as Deputy General Manager Emergency Response Planning in Jet Airways’ He is currently employed as Associate Director Emergency Response in India’s largest airline, IndiGo and is also the owner and director of Emergency Planning Enterprises (EmPlanE), providing consultancy services to airlines and airports in the field of emergency response, crisis management and safety management.

Col Ghosh has been an approved instructor from IATA and is also empanelled as a trainer in several other training services providers. He has deployed with a disaster management company to provide support to an airline after a major accident, and he has also handled several incidents in the different airlines that he has worked with. He has represented the South Asian region in the Steering Committee of the IATA Emergency Response Planners Task Force.

Col Ghosh has been instrumental in authoring the ERP and SMS manuals in Oman Air, RAK Airways, Jet Airways and IndiGo, and has guided the carriers through several successful IOSA audits. He has actively assisted in the development of Corporate Q&S Annual Safety Plan, participated in hazard identification and risk management process and streamlined the process for collection, collation and distribution of quality & safety information.

He has conducted a wide range of training courses and exercises in SMS and ERP for all levels of staff in all these airlines. In addition, he has conducted many courses and drills and provided guidance in the preparation of plans and manuals for different airlines and airports in several countries.

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Intan Darlina Muhammad

Regional Vice President, Family Assistance

Location: South Asia

Darlina Muhammad is well known worldwide for her outstanding contribution as Caregiver Manager for three tragedies, most recently Malaysia Airlines flights MH17 and MH370, where she led hundreds of caregivers in Beijing, Amsterdam and Kota Kinabalu. Darlina worked for Malaysia Airlines for 18 years where she trained cabin crew, cadet pilots, engineering trainees, external/third party training as well as staff in general. She was also an associate trainer with the Emergency Response team. In addition, Darlina headed Events for the Company under Corporate Communications, did Market Research (Qualitative), Business Administration, Risk Management & Business Continuity.

Darlina completed a BA (Hons) English Studies in University of Kent, Canterbury, UK and started her career with lecturing English and Drama to International Baccalaureate students for two years before venturing into the hospitality and media industry. Darlina was also a news presenter for several years on

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Emad Fahem

Regional Vice President, Mena

Location: Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

With almost two decades of experience in various aspects of the aviation industry, Emad brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team. With a Master’s in Aviation Management, a degree in aircraft maintenance, and a commercial pilot license, Emad’s understanding of both the aircraft and the industry is an invaluable resource. Emad has held various roles within the industry, including over 15 years of steering ground and flight operations with a multitude of operators across numerous countries, including Canada, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. He is a certified auditor (IS-BAH) for the International Business Aviation Council as well as a Crew Resource Management Instructor. Emad’s expertise also extends to Safety Management Systems.

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Mario E. Gomez

Vice President Global Communications

Mario is a dedicated and passionate corporate public relations professional with more than 20 years of experience as Director of Corporate Communications, media spokesperson, crisis communications specialist, media relations strategist, and social media producer. Mario has held management/leadership positions with a global disaster organization, the United Way of Houston, and the Cenikor Foundation.

Mario has created and implemented international communications campaigns and secured national and international media coverage. He has successfully booked interviews with ABC News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, CNN International, London Times, commercial aviation trade publications in Europe and the Middle East. Mario has also positioned corporate staff as subject matter experts and booked national and international interviews related to the recovery efforts of Air France Flight 447, US Air Flight 1549 and crisis management challenges for the government of Japan after the earthquake and tsunami.

During his tenure with The United Way of Houston, Mario was a member of the Executive Management team. He analyzed the potential impact of a critical situation involving the 2001 Enron financial crisis (a major United Way corporate donor) and questionable donations to the organization. He implemented a crisis communications plan and managed a “feeding frenzy” of potentially negative national news coverage and minimized the impact to The United Way. Result: no negative news coverage with The United Ways’ involvement during the Enron crisis.

Mario‘s previous experience includes positions as a television news and radio reporter in the southeast United States. He has received awards from the Public Relations Society of America, Texas Public Relations Association, a Suncoast Television Emmy nominee, and he is FEMA Certified National Incident Management System Public Information Officer (IS-0072.a) and a member of the Public Information Officer (PIO) Network Houston/Galveston Region.


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Adrian Rodgers

Vice President, Client Services

Adrian is Vice President of Client Services at GoCrisis, responsible for building client relationships globally. He is part of the GoCrisis team that ensures our clients are supported and remain closely connected with us throughout our partnership. With 27 years’ experience in mitigating risk for businesses in a variety of industries such as agriculture, logistics, insurance and aviation, Adrian is passionate about engaging with our clients to help ensure their business is prepared for any possible crisis event.

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Hennie Crous

Vice President, Resources & Infrastructure

Hennie is a highly-experienced resource, infrastructure, and senior-level network support systems specialist with a demonstrated history in the Aviation, Management Consulting, Project Management and Information Technology Industries.

He has worked on multiple fatality accidents and serious incidents, focusing on Family Assistance Support Operations, Data Management and Contact Centre Operations.

As the “Keeper of Keys”, Hennie develops and maintains all information and IT resources within GoCrisis, focusing on the security of all information and GDPR requirements. He also manages and maintains all GoCrisis social media pages and the branding and design of all related media. In addition, he serves as the first point of contact for all website enquires and is the technical lead for all webinars and virtual training to ensure stability and a positive customer experience.

Hennie oversees the GoCrisis GoResponder Program, which includes training requirements, work assignments, and scheduling of all 1200+ GoResponders, pre-, during, and post-emergency response deployments. During activations, he serves as the Contact Centre Director, monitoring call volumes, system resources, and the quality of service provided by all GoCrisis Contact Centre Agents across all communication platforms.

Hennie carries formal qualifications in numerous disciplines with regard to the Information Technology industries, as well as in Travel and Tourism.

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