Risk governance

System thinking for critical infrastructure resilience and security - OECD/ JRC Workshop


OECD Conference Centre, Paris
24-25 September, 2018

This joint workshop, organised by the OECD High-Level Risk Forum and the European Commission Joint Research Centre, invites experts from the policy community, infrastructure operators, and academia to exchange on how best to apply system-thinking to strengthen critical infrastructure resilience. From natural hazards to cyber-attacks, terrorism and hybrid threats, the changing risk landscape requires holistic systems approaches for boosting the resilience of these interconnected networks.

As digitalisation transforms infrastructure systems, and with infrastructure investments globally on the rise, we have an opportunity to re-evaluate critical infrastructure policies across OECD countries and beyond. What is the role for governments in boosting critical infrastructure resilience? How should they engage critical infrastructure operators – public and private – in strengthening their resilience efforts? How can trust be built and information shared? How can government and operators share the costs of resilience investments?

The workshop aims to stimulate dialogue among stakeholders and develop holistic policy guidance for the resilience of critical infrastructure. The workshop will feature focused discussions and break-out groups on the risks threatening critical infrastructure, the tools, methods and data needs to map inter-dependencies, and the good policy practices for strengthening resilience. It will also provide an opportunity to exchange ideas on public policy tools to overcome governance gaps in critical infrastructure resilience.


Prof. Stephen Flynn, Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University

Prof. Enrico Zio, European Foundation for New Energy - EDF, CentraleSupélec, Université Paris Saclay

Prof. Mike Corcoran, Cyber Security Centre, the University of Warwick

Dr. Erich Rome, Fraunhofer IAIS

Mr. Duane Verner, Argonne National Laboratory, Optimization Infrastructure Resilience and Security

Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic, European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management

Dr. Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler, International Institute for Applied System Analysis

Dr. Igor Linkov, US Army Corps of Engineers

Mr. Ricardo Messias, Energias Portugal

Mr. Jean Luc Planchet, SNCF Reseau

Mr. Zoltán Székely, Hungarian Academy of Science

Cess van de Guchte, Deltares

 Mr. Bob Kolasky, US Department of Homeland Security

Mr. HP Schreinemachers, Ministry of Justice and Security, the Netherlands

Dr. Stefan Brem, Critical Infrastructure Protection Coordinator, Switzerland

Dr. Pierre Kobes, Siemes AG

Mr. Ryan Schwartz, Critical Infrastructure Policy Development, Public Safety Canada

Mr. Georgios Eftychidis, Greek Center for Security Studies

Mr. Mikko Vähä-Sipilä, National Emergency Supply Agency, Finland

Mr. Adrián Nieto Muratalla, Ministry of the Interior Mexico

Mr. Michael Rogge, Amprion GmbH

Prof. Dieter Helm, Oxford University

Mr. Tomazs Szewczyk, European Network of Transmission System Operators

Ms. Eva-Maria Engdahl, DG Home, European Commission

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Related information:


Advancing Societal Resilience: The role of systems thinking for critical infrastructure security”  - Special event of the OECD New Approaches for Economic Challenges, 25 September 2018