Europe and Africa

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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.


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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.


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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.


Asia and Oceania

Japan TohokuUni.png International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University
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.


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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.


GNS_logo.png Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited, GNS Science Te Pu Ao
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 natural hazards. 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.


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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.


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Institute of Geography, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

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).



Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)
University of California, Berkeley

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.



Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado-Boulder

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.



Japan-DPRI.png Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University
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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.