Preventing Disasters, Protecting Lives: Resilience with Integrity

Dr Katja Samuel


Chief Executive Officer

Dr Katja Samuel

Katja is the founder and CEO of GSDM. She is a professional, strategically minded, resourceful and pragmatic lawyer with practitioner, military, operational, commercial, academic and civil society experience gained over more than 27 years. She has operated in many different national and international contexts, including at the governmental and intergovernmental levels, most recently with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

An international lawyer by background, Katja is unusual in having deep subject-matter expertise in both security (especially counter-terrorism) and disaster risk reduction / management. Such dual expertise is of particular relevance to GSDM’s focus on man-made and technological risk which often engages both paradigms. This enables Katja to identify potentially significant gaps and vulnerabilities which are not always identified or addressed by more conventional resilience planning approaches. Her current activities include as an advisor with the Resilience Advisors Network and as a consultant with Right Stone Consulting on organisational resilience.

Our Professional Services and Solutions

Counter Drone Resilience
Legal Expertise
Specialist Legal Expertise
Resilience Solutions
Organisational Resilience
Learning Development
Research Analysis
Research and Analysis

Our Expertise

Our team of internationally recognised experts has extensive operational, technical, research and analytical expertise in many aspects of security, disaster management and resilience.  

In particular, we specialise in conventional and emerging man-made and technological risk from legal and multi-disciplinary perspectives. 

Such breadth of expertise allows us to customise our client services and solutions to many different threat, risk, hazard, sector and geographical contexts.

Company Guarantee

Should you use our products and services, we offer a free post-incident audit to review and assess their effectiveness in practice.


Contact Us

T: +44 (0)2381 920193
E: [email protected]

Global Security & Disaster Management Ltd
Stag Gates House,
63-64 The Avenue,
Southampton, SO17 1XS

Company Registration: 10659715
VAT Registration: 299420761

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