Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler, Senior Research Scholar, Risk and Resilience Program, IIASA
Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler is a Senior Research Scholar with the Risk and Resilience (RISK) program at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the leader of the Risk Analysis and Modeling group. A member of the Board of Directors of the Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM) Society and the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI). Stefan is also a lecturer at the University of Vienna, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the UME (Understanding and Managing Extremes) Graduate School at the Institute for Advanced Study in Pavia.
Tom De Groeve Acting Head of Unit, Disaster Risk Management Unit, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Tom's research career covered risk management, disaster monitoring and emergency management systems using geospatial technology. He initiated the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), the Index for Risk Management (INFORM) and the Global Flood Partnership. Tom has been working on bringing science into policy, including for the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and EU crisis management, humanitarian aid, climate change and disaster risk policy. Tom currently is Deputy Head of the Disaster Risk Management Unit and leading a wider research portfolio. His latest interest is in knowledge management, with the European Commission Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre.
Andrew Collins Leader, Disaster and Development Network, Northumbria University
Andrew Collins is Professor in Disaster and Development, Department of Geography. Beyond research, local teaching and management responsibilities, he represents disaster, development and health related initiatives internationally. He led the establishment of the world's first disaster management and sustainable development postgraduate programme launched in 2000, and Disaster and Development Network (DDN) launched 2004. Prior to academic appointments, Andrew also worked internationally including through three years voluntary support to communities in wartime Mozambique. He services his subject area through high level policy and advisory roles, reviewing and commissioning boards for national and international organisations, conferences, multiple journals and 13 research funding bodies.
Fumihiko Imamura Director, IRIDeS, Tohoku University
Fumihiko Imamura is Director of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University in Japan. He received a doctoral degree in Engineering and became a Professor of Tohoku University in 2000. He specializes in tsunami modeling, mitigation planning and education/awareness, disaster prevention and evacuation systems. He has been conducting field surveys on earthquake and tsunami damage since the 1992 Nicaragua and Flores Island Tsunamis. He is also the Secretary of the Tsunami Inundation Modeling Exchange (TIME) Project supported by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee (IOC), and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) in its Tsunami Commission.
Koji Suzuki, Director, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED)
Koji Suzuki is Executive Director of the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience, Japan. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo and earned his master's degree from Columbia University in the City of New York. He joined the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism as Counsellor for the Global Strategies, and was Director for Navigation Safety, Japan Coast Guard. He was the Executive Director, Asian Disaster Reduction Center in Kobe. He was a member of the Result Management Council, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), The World Bank, and Disaster Risk Reduction Expert in Indonesia and Sri Lanka for JICA.
Kelvin Berryman Principal Scientist, General Manager Strategic Relationships, Natural Hazards Group, GNS Science
Kelvin R. Berryman serves as a General Manager of Natural Hazards Strategic Relationships at Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited. Kelvin was one of the Principal Spokespersons during the Canterbury earthquake sequence. He managed the research platform that integrates New Zealand's government-funded research in naturalhazards. He serves as NZ Representative on the Governing Board of the GEM (global earthquake model) Foundation. His research and applied science was undertaken throughout New Zealand and extensively around the Pacific. In 2012, he received a Queens Service Order for services to science and Canterbury earthquake recovery. Kelvin has been a Geologist at GNS Science since November 1974.
Wei-Sen Li, Director, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR)
Wei-Sen Li currently is Secretary-General of National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) and is responsible for international collaboration on disaster risk reduction. Since 2009, he has been serving as a committee member of the Committee of Natural Disaster Reduction of the Chinese Institute of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering. He was the Co-Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) during 2012-2015 under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Since then, as Co-Chair of APEC EPWG, he is working on enhancing capacity building and strengthening regional collaboration on emergency preparedness and disaster reduction.
Irasema Alcántara-Ayala Professor, Institute of Geography at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Irasema Alcántara-Ayala is a former Director and current Professor and Researcher of the Institute of Geography at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She got a degree in Geography from UNAM, a Ph.D. degree in Geography/Geomorphology from King´s College London, University of London, and carried out a post-doc stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. Her research interest is concentrated on landslides, vulnerability and integrated disaster risk. Current Vice-President of the International Association of Geomorphologist (IAG), the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), and Vice-Chair of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Programme of International Council for Science (ICSU).
Khalid Mosalam Head, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Mosalam obtained BS/MS from Cairo and PhD from Cornell in Structural Engineering. In 1997, he joined UC-Berkeley where he is the Taisei Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the PEER Center. He conducts research on performance and monitoring of structures, assessment and rehabilitation of essential facilities, and building energy efficiency and sustainability, involving large-scale computations and experiments including hybrid simulation. He is the recipient of 2006 ASCE Huber Prize, 2013 Chancellor award for Public Services, and 2016 EERI outstanding paper award. He was a visiting professor at Kyoto, METU, and NTU. He is a High-end Expert in Tongji and PI of Tsinghua-Berkeley-Shenzhen Institute.
Charles Scawthorn retired as Professor of Infrastructure Risk Management and head of the Earthquake Disaster Prevention Systems Laboratory, Kyoto University (Japan), and is currently Visiting Researcher, Univ. California at Berkeley and Principal of SPA Risk LLC.
From 1998 to 2003 he led technical development of the US national Flood Loss Estimation Model (HAZUS) for FEMA, and is widely recognized for the development of methods for rapid risk analysis of buildings (FEMA 154), seismic vulnerability assessment of US national infrastructure (FEMA 224), stochastic models of fires following earthquakes, models for optimizing urban land use with respect to natural hazards risk, general loss estimation models for earthquake, wind and flood, and seismically reinforcing low-strength masonry buildings. He is the author or co-editor of a number of books and technical papers on earthquake engineering, fire following earthquake, catastrophe risk and human casualties. Dr. Scawthorn is a graduate of the Cooper Union and holds an M.S.C.E. degree from Lehigh University and D.Eng. from Kyoto University.
Lori Peek Director, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado-Boulder
Lori Peek is director of the Natural Hazards Center and professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has published widely on the social aspects of disaster and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina. She is past chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment and Technology and is currently president of the Research Committee on Disasters for the International Sociological Association. Peek has received numerous awards for her scholarship, teaching, and service to the broader hazards and disaster community.
Kaoru Takara Dean, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (Shishu-kan), Kyoto University; and Professor, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University
Professor Kaoru Takara's interests are physically based stochastic hydrological analysis, using state-space modeling of river basins with advanced technologies such as the Kalman filter, rain radar, satellite remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and computer intensive statistics. Currently, he is pursuing probable maximum precipitation (PMP), probable maximum flood (PMF), frequency analysis of meteorological and hydrological extremes with parametric and non- parametric methods, downscaling of global climate model (GCM) outputs for applications at basin scale. He contributes to numerous international cooperation research activities among others are UNESCO-IHP, APHW, ICL. He has supervised over 30 international doctoral students and has many (number of publications for example - over 200 publications ) publications to his credit.
Hirokazu Tatano Secretary-General, GADRI; and Head, Social Systems for Disaster Risk Governance, DPRI, Kyoto University
In addition to the responsibilities as professor, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan, Hirokazu Tatano serves as Vice-President of International Society of Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM Society) since 2010, and the Secretary-General of Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI), since 2015. He has done pioneering research on economic consequence analysis with major focus on economic resilience to natural disasters at the levels of individual business, market, and regional economy. Another research focus is methodologies for integrated disaster risk management and governance. Through these academic activities, he wishes to contribute to establishing "implementation science" as a key area of science for disaster risk reduction.