Jean-Claude Bolay, [Prof], is the Director of the Cooperation and Development Centre (CoDev) at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). As the scientific director of the centre he guides a team of 18 scientists and collaborators with the goal of promoting and coordinating scientific cooperation activities within EPFL. Among many relevant training, research and management activities, the centre manages the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development, which focuses on the adaptation of technologies and innovation within the context of emerging and developing countries. Magali Schmid, Scientific Collaborator and Project Leader at CoDev, EPFL, is responsible for the Disaster Risk Reduction program, one of the four priority areas the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development. She is also Project Leader for the Certificate in Advanced Studies in Disaster Risk Reduction.Gabriela Tejada, [PhD], Scientific Collaborator at CoDev, EPFL, is Project Leader of ongoing research on scientific diasporas. Along with encouraging and coordinating collaboration with selected international organizations she is also responsible for the International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), which reviews and guides scientific cooperation activities with emerging and developing countries at EPFL. Eileen Hazboun, is the Administrator of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development and the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Management of Development Projects (MaDePro), CoDev, EPFL.