Dr. Eric Rasmussen is currently Managing Director of Infinitum Humanitarian Systems, a California "Profit for Purpose" social business specializing in vulnerability reduction for systems and populations. He is also a practicing physician with an additional European Master's in Disaster Medicine.
His other roles include Research Professor for Environmental Security and Global Medicine at San Diego State University, Affiliate Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, Visiting Research Professor in Disaster Management at the Institute for Disaster Preparedness in Beijing, China, Senior Lecturer within the International Disaster Academy in Bonn, Germany, and Instructor at Singularity University within NASA Ames Research Center in California.
Dr. Rasmussen retired in 2010 as President and Chief Executive Officer of InSTEDD, a highly-regarded international NGO created by Google.org from a TED Prize awarded to Dr. Larry Brilliant.
Before his selection as CEO of InSTEDD, Dr. Rasmussen had spent 25 years on active duty with the US Navy. On his Navy retirement he was both Chairman of the Department of Medicine within the Navy teaching hospital near Seattle, Washington, and Special Advisor in Humanitarian Informatics for the US Office of the Secretary of Defense.
He has been a Principal Investigator for both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and for the National Science Foundation. He now sits on several boards, including the Science and Technology Advisory Board for USAID, and the Committee on Grand Challenges in Global Development for the US National Academy of Sciences.
Eric has been married for more than 28 years to Demi and they have daughters Melissa and Faith. They live on Bainbridge Island between Seattle and Olympic National Park.
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