Laura Poderys (née Melkunaite) currently works with Danske Bank, one of the biggest banks in the Nordic region. Her work is focused on helping the bank to increase its resilience to various disruptions.

Before joining Danske Bank, Laura worked at Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology (DBI), Denmark’s leading knowledge centre in the field of security and fire safety. Her work combined resilience consulting and research and was focused on tailoring scientific knowledge towards business needs to build organisational resilience. Laura was also a manager of EU H2020 project IMPROVER aiming to support European efforts in building critical infrastructure resilience.

Prior, she was consultant at Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI) where she conducted policy research for the think tank’s national and international clients. Laura also worked at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zürich in Switzerland where together with Risk and Resilience Team she conducted consultancy work for the Federal Office of Civil Protection in Switzerland. She also worked on the Energy Infrastructure Attack Database (EIAD) to analyse global trends in energy infrastructure targeting.

Additional activities:

  • Delivering training on business resilience
  • Chairperson of the Danish Standards Committee on Resilience
  • Member of ISO working groups on organisational and community resilience


Business Continuity Manager, Danske Bank (May 2017-Present)

  • Building resilience framework for Danske Bank

Strategic Resilience Consultant, Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology, Copenhagen (June 2015-May 2017)

  • Leading a project with a goal of developing business resilience assessment methodology and model
  • Developing social resilience assessment methods
  • Teaching courses and providing training on the topic of business resilience
  • Managing EU project IMPROVER aiming to improve critical infrastructure resilience
  • Conducted extensive research on the concept of critical infrastructure resilience
  • Chairwoman of Danish Standards resilience committee leading business resilience standardisation related work in Denmark
  • Member of ISO working groups on organisational and community resilience

Consultant, Public Policy and Management Institute, Vilnius (March 2014-March 2015)

  • Analysis of large sets of quantitative and qualitative data for the project on evaluation of human resource development, employment and social cohesion situation in Lithuania and assessment of the prospects for 2014-2020
  • Drafting international research proposals; working on different large-scale international research projects

Project Assistant, Risk and Resilience Team, CSS, ETH Zürich (September 2011-January 2014)

  • Performed research and analysis in the area of resilience, risk management and critical infrastructure resilience
  • Assisted with consulting projects for the Swiss governmental institutions
  • Co-authored studies on the topics of emergency and evacuation trends, information sharing and collaborative platforms for building critical infrastructure resilience, big data and its implications for civil protection
  • Assisted in the development of Energy Infrastructure Attack Database (EIAD), coded and analysed over 8000 case studies
  • Contributed to the Civil Protection Trends 2025 project analysing strategic trends in risk and resilience
  • Analysis and performance of risk monitoring study for the Federal Office of Civil Protection Switzerland


  • MA Degree in Comparative and International Studies (focus on international security), ETH Zürich (2010-2013)
  • BA Degree in Political Science, Vytautas Magnus University (2006-2010)