About

A multi disciplinary team
SSRA solves technical challenges for humanitarian organisations. SSRA began as a collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at the Port Hackathon 2014. The current flagship project is the next generation body bag, together with the supporting accessories. The project aims at setting new standards in identifying victims of natural disasters and armed conflict. We are currently exploring new challenges, as the association is growing. Based on client needs, we identify possible solutions, test and improve them and bring them to market. While we rely on external partners and contractors for specific design and assembly jobs, having a broad range of internal experts from industrial designers to large scale production planning ensures a fast and efficient scaling. The fast progress in our projects is ensured through state-of-the-art design methodologies and manufacturing technologies, as well as a passionate, service mindset in the team.

Annuka Bathija
Forensic Anthropologist
SSRA Member
Annuka holds a degree in Forensic Anthropology from the University of Dundee, and a masters in Anthropology and Sociology of Development from the Graduate Institute of Geneva. Her focus is on the significance and necessity of the body in mourning processes. She is constantly on the move exploring different techniques on how to build bridges between academic research and the general public.
Daniel Dobos
Physicist
SSRA Member
Daniel holds a PhD in Particle Physics and is scientific staff at CERN. As a member of the ATLAS experiment at CERN, he works on Silicon & Diamond detectors development, integration and operation.
Ines Knäpper
SSRA Member
Master in Business Administration. She worked in a corporate environment in the area of business management, sales, customer service and recruitment. Now Ines works as project manager for humanitarian, technology driven projects to bridge the gap between humanitarian NGOs and state-of-the-art technology innovators.
Jessica Bennet
SSRA Member
MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, with a speciality in pathology. Since 2010 Jessica has been working for FIND, an international organization that aims to improve access to diagnostic tools. As Grant Manager, she is currently responsible for a $12.4 million PEPFAR-funded program focused on laboratory system strengthening and roll-out of WHO-approved diagnostics.
João Bárcia
Physics Engineer / Media Designer
SSRA Member
Masters in Physics Engineering. Experience in Web Development, Media Design and Interactive Scenography. Founded the CERN MediaLab. Currently building a start-up for online education which applies Physics algorithms to provide tailored learning experiences.
Ricardo Peláez
Product Designer
SSRA Secretary
Product Design degree from Escuela de Arte y Superior de Valencia. Experience in various technical roles in the field of automotive, furniture and consumer goods. Completed several workshops in model making, art foundry and prototyping. Currently established as independent design consultant in Basel.
Steffen Raetzer
Business Development
SSRA Treasurer
Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA. Steffen has experience in applied innovation and entrepreneurial approaches. They range from returning a business unit to sustainable growth, delivering a project on the “Building of the Future” to meet the EU 2020 environmental goals and embarking on his own entrepreneurial pioneering journey.
Tim Head
Physicist
SSRA President
PhD in Physics and post-doc researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). As a member of the LHCb experiment at CERN, he works on the design of the future detector, pattern recognition software as well as the software trigger, in other words deciding in real time what data gets recorded, which involved python and statistics.