Keynote Speaker

Toshio Koike, Dr. Eng.

Professor, University of Tokyo
Director, International Center for Water Hazard and Risk Management, Japan

Toshio Koike received the Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Engineering, in 1980, 1982, and 1985, respectively, from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He was at the University of Tokyo as a research associate in 1985 and a lecturer from 1986 to 1987, and at the Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan as an associate professor from 1988 to 1999 and a professor in 1999. In 1999, he joined the Department of Civil Engineering the University of Tokyo, where he presently holds the position of Professor. In addition, he has been appointed as Director, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHARM), under auspices of UNESCO since October 2014. He is also working as Advisor to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) and as Chair, Japan National Committee of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) under the Science Council of Japan.

Presentation Title
International Study for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience - towards integrating disaster risk reduction and sustainable development -

Elisabeth Krausmann, Ph.D.

IPSC, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Italy

Dr. Krausmann is a Principal Scientist at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre which is the European Commission’s in-house science service. As such, the JRC supports the conception, implementation and monitoring of EU policy. Dr. Krausmann’s research experience includes risk analysis of natural-hazard impact on chemical infrastructures nuclear-reactor safety, severe-accident management and consequence analysis. Since 2006 she leads the Natech (natural-hazard triggered technological accidents) activity at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and has successfully proposed and participated in various projects related to Natech risk reduction. She is Steering Group Member of the OECD project on the “Control of the impact of natural hazards on chemical installations”. Recently, she has started to expand her work to natural-hazard impact on non-chemical critical infrastructures (e.g. space-weather impacts on the power grid).

Presentation Title
Research priorities for disaster risk reduction: a European perspective

Hubert Fabriol, Ph.D.

Deputy-Director, the Risks and Prevention Division, BRGM, French Geological Survey, France

Hubert FABRIOL obtained a PhD in Applied Geophysics at University of Pierre-et-Marie Curie, Paris, in 1977. He joined BRGM, the French Geological Survey, in 1983 as a research engineer at the Joint Institute of Geothermal Energy Research. From July 1994 to June 1997, he stayed as a researcher at CICESE (Baja California, Mexico), where he led a project on induced seismicity monitoring at the Cerro Prieto geothermal field. From 1999 to 2003, he was in charge of the seismic and volcanic risk assessment at the Environment ministry in Paris, which meant to manage research and applied projects dedicated to the prevention of both risks. From 2003 to 2009, he was in charge at BRGM of the Underground and Cavities Risks Unit and from 2009 to 2012 he managed the Safety and Impacts of CO2 storage unit. He is presently Deputy Director of the Risks and Prevention Division of BRGM.

Presentation Title
BRGM’s contributions to Disaster Risk Reduction

Surono, Ph.D.

Head, Geological Agency, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesia

Surono, born in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia in 1955, obtained his PhD in Geophysics at Savoie University, Chambery, France. in 1992. He joined Volcanological Survey of Indonesia (VSI) in 1982, he was then achieved a position as Director of VSI in 2006 upto 2013. In 2014 he was promoted to hold position as Director General (Head) of Geological Agency Indonesia until present. In the period of 1982 upto 2006, he involved in various projects related to Volcanic Hazard Mitigation and installation of equipment to reduce volcanic and landslide disasters in Indonesia. He was also in charge of the seismic and volcanic risk assessment at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resouces of the Republic of Indonesia meaning he fully managed applied projects dedicated to the prevention of both volcanic and landslide risks. In addition, in 2010 he was fully engaged in the activities to reduce human-life victims during the Mt. Merapi’s eruptions in Central Java, Indonesia.

Presentation Title
Geological Hazard Mitigation Strategy in Indonesia

Gregory C. Beroza, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Southern California Earthquake Center, Professor, Stanford University, USA

Dr. Gregory C. Beroza is the Wayne Loel Professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford University where he has been a faculty member since 1990. He holds a BS degree from the UC Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. degree from MIT. His research focus is on observational earthquake seismology, with particular interests in earthquake physics, earthquake scaling, earthquake detection, precise earthquake location, and strong ground motion prediction. He is the Co-Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity, President of the AGU Seismology Section, a member of the Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee of the US Geological Survey, and a Commissioner of the California State Seismic Safety Commission. Dr. Beroza is a Fellow of the AGU and the 2014 recipient of the Beno Gutenberg Medal of the EGU for outstanding contributions to seismology.

Presentation Title
An Active Approach to Predicting Earthquake Shaking with Passive Seismology

Roy C. Sidle, Ph.D.

Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Professor Sidle has 40 years of experience in research and team leadership in the areas of catchment hydrology and geohazards. Currently he is Professor of Geography and Associate Director of the Sustainability Research Centre at University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, where he is examining sources and movement of sediments in coastal catchments and coastal geohazards. During the past two decades he has held academic and research appointments in USA, Japan, Singapore, Canada, and Europe including at the Geological Survey of Denmark, IGBP-LOICZ (Holland), University of British Columbia, National University of Singapore, Kyoto University, Appalachian State University and Director of US EPA’s Ecosystem Research Division. He has published more than 160 papers in refereed journals and is senior author of two books on landslides. In 2010 he was elected as a Fellow in American Geophysical Union and in 2014 he received the International Award from Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources.

Presentation Title
Progress, Future Challenges and Sustainability Issues in Geohazard Research

Chjeng-Lun Shieh, Ph.D.

Former Director, the Disaster Prevention Research Center, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan

Chjeng-Lun Shieh has been on the faculty at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Department & Graduate School of Hydraulics and Ocean Engineering since 1989. He is currently director of Disaster Prevention Research Center, NCKU, and is also the founder of this center set up in 1996 after Typhoon Herb attacked Taiwan which caused a tremendous damage due to landslide and debris flow. Over the course of his career he deals with countermeasures of debris flow and policy documents submitted for the central government, and assists local government offices in preparation of the potential hazard map, disaster security and evacuation plan. His research has focused on mechanics of debris-flow, sedimentation on estuarine delta, basin-scale management for sediment hazards, warning and evacuation systems for disasters, as well as cloud computing technologies. His center has cooperated with many international partners including research institutes and government offices. These partners include Public Works Research Institute (PWRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and NIPPON KOEI Co., LTD (Research and Development Center) of Japan, as well as many partners in Korea, Indonesia, China, Israel and European countries.

Presentation Title
An Active Approach to Predicting Earthquake Shaking with Passive Seismology

Reinhard Mechler, Ph.D.

Former Director, the Disaster Prevention Research Center, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan

Reinhard Mechler has more than 15 years of experience working on the economics of disaster risk and resilience, risk modeling and climate change. He currently is deputy director of the ‘Risk, Policy, Vulnerability’ research program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He also is a visiting professor at the University of Graz, as well as a senior lecturer at the University for Economics and Business in Vienna. His research interests comprise catastrophe risk modelling, understanding the nexus between extreme events, climate change and development, the role of resilience in disaster risk management, innovative risk financing mechanisms for sharing disaster risks, and policy instruments for climate mitigation and adaptation. He acted as a lead author on IPCC’s special report on adaptation to extreme events (SREX) and on IPCC’s 5th assessment report (working group II). He has been leading and contributing to many international research and consultancy projects.

Presentation Title
Towards Climate Risk Management: opportunities and insights from IPCC’s 5th assessment report

Andrew Collins, Ph.D.

Leader, Disaster and Development Research Network (DDN), Northumbria University, UK

Andrew Collins is Professor of Disaster and Development at the Department of Geography, Northumbria University, UK. He is a leader of disaster, development, health and education initiatives internationally engaging multi-sector partnerships He graduated with a BSc (Hons) First Class from Kingston University, UK and a PhD Geography from King’s College, London. Andrew researches theoretical, methodological and policy aspects of disaster reduction based on pedagogy, health ecologies, human security, endogenous and sustainable development. This engages issues of disaster prevention in relation to environment and society, risk and governance. He serves on high level advisory, peer review, events and funding boards aimed at strengthening specialist and public engagement with disaster management, resilience building and development. He is elected Chair of Enhanced Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) supported by UK Government, Welcome Trust and multiple humanitarian agencies, a Board Director of the Integrated Disaster Risk Management Society (IDRiM) hosted by Kyoto University and Leader of the Disaster and Development Network (DDN). He has conducted over thirty major surveys relating to critical survivability and wellbeing using the people centric approach. This has included research variously funded by RCUK, DFID, United Nations, British Council and the EU amongst others.

Presentation Title
A future of polycentric hazard, risk and disaster reduction in society

Jakob Rhyner, Ph.D.

United Nation University, Vice Rector in Europe, Director of the Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNH-EHS), Germany

PhD in Theoretical Physics from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. Since 2010, United Nations University, Vice Rector in Europe and Director of the Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). Professor at the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Bonn. Research focus and responsibilities: Environmental risks research and capacity building. 2012-13 Co-Chair of the Future Earth Implementation Board. UNU-EHS, under his lead, developed a Joint Master Course “The Geography of Environmental Risk and Human Security” with the University of Bonn, starting in 2013. Active in several professional organisations, among others member of the board the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV). 2001-2011, Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research. Division Leader Avalanche Warning and Risk Management, since 2006 Head of Institute. Responsibilities: Warning systems, risk research and education. 2003-2010 head of the Group of European Avalanche Warning Services. 1988-2001 ABB Corporate Research, industrial physics, Research focus: Physical and numerical modeling of electric power systems and components.

Presentation Title
UNU-EHS: Ways to bring disaster risk research into practice

Hongey Chen, Ph.D.

Director, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, Taiwan

Hongey CHEN acquired a PhD in Geological Sciences at University College London, UK, in 1987. Then he has been teaching at National Taiwan University since 1988. His professional expertise in geohazard, engineering geology and slope stability, not just earns a great international reputation, but also makes great contributions to improving sustainable environment. His constructive research papers have been accepted by international journals including Science, Engineering Geology, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, Geotechnique and etc. In 2002 and 2011, he had been invited as visiting scholar to University of Cambridge, UK and Columbia University, USA respectively. In 2014, he took the director position of the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR). Under his leadership, NCDR is moving towards better applications of science and technology on disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness. By broadly introducing scientific decision support, he greatly enhances efficiency of typhoon emergency operation in Taiwan.

Presentation Title
To facilitate efficiency of emergency operations through integrating knowledge and information for decision makers

David Johnston, Ph.D.

Director, Joint Centre for Disaster Research GNS Science, Massey University, Chair, Science Committee of the IRDR, ICSU/ISSC/ISDR Programme

Professor David Johnston is a Principal Scientist at GNS Science (New Zealand’s Geological Survey) and Director of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. His research has developed as part of multi-disciplinary theoretical and applied research programme, involving the collaboration of physical and social scientists from several organisations and countries. His research focuses on human responses to volcano, tsunami, earthquake and weather warnings, crisis decision-making and the role of public education and participation in building community resilience and recovery. David is the Chair of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Scientific Committee (IRDR), a programme co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISCC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster reduction (UNISDR); on New Zealand’s Royal Society Social Science Advisory Panel; the Editor of The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies; and founding Editor of the Journal of Applied Volcanology.

Presentation Title
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Programme: a global, multi-disciplinary and inter - sectorial approach to dealing with the challenges brought by disasters

Koji Tanimoto

Executive Director, Japan Institute of Country-ology and Engineering (JICE), Japan

Born in February 7, 1956 Born and raised in Nara Prefecture Final education: Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University (majored in civil engineering, graduated in March 1980)

April 1980 Employed by the Ministry of Construction, The Government of Japan (Current Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT))
June 2005 Director of River Department, Kinki Regional Development Bureau, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
July 2009 Director General, Water Resources Department, Land and Water Bureau, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
October 2011 Executive Vice President, Japan Water Agency ( Incorporated Administrative Agency)
August 2012 Director General, Kinki Regional Development Bureau, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
March 2014 to present Executive Director, Japan Institute of Country-ology and Engineering

Presentation Title
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Programme: a global, multi-disciplinary and inter - sectorial approach to dealing with the challenges brought by disasters

Ibrahim El- Dimeery, Ph.D.

Dean, Professor, Faculty of Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research, German University in Cairo, Egypt

Professor IBRAHIM EL-DIMEERY graduated from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1962 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He obtained PhD in transportation planning from TH-Aachen, Germany in 1973. Then, he promoted as associate Professor and full Professor since 1984. He was nominated for positions at Ain shams University as chairman of Transportation Department, Dean and university vice president. From 1999 to 2002 he was nominated as Minister of Transport and Maritime and Civil Aviation. From 2003 to 2013 he is the counsellor & BOT member of German University in Cairo (GUC) and Dean of Faculty of Postgraduate and Research. He was nominated again as the Minister of Transport between July 2013 and June 2014. Currently he is the dean of faculty of Postgraduate and Research at GUC. He is involved as international expert in several transportation projects all over the world through his private consultant center TRANSPLAN from 1975 to 2014.

Presentation Title
Risk Reduction Management in Different Transportation Sectors

Pedro Basabe, Ph.D.

Senior Programme Officer, UNISDR

Mr. Basabe, engineer geologist, MSc. and Dr, es Sc, in hydrogeology, has vast experience in applied geology, natural hazard risk identification, mapping, monitoring systems, research and project management since 1979. During the nineties, he implemented several international projects in Latin America on behalf of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid(SHA) in coordination with national institutions and the UN. UNDAC and SHA member since 1995, undertook number of UN and Swiss missions on disaster evaluation, coordination, risk identification and preparedness planning. He joined the UNISDR in 2001, contributing to DRR expertise terminology, knowledge development, publications, partnership development, drought risk reduction practices and linkages with humanitarian sector, promoting integrated disaster risk management. From 2008 to 2013 he headed the UNISDR Regiona1 0ffice for Africa in Nairobi, actively developing collaboration with the Africa Union Commission, Regional Economic Communities, 38 countries, UN, donors and scientific― technical community. As result, Africa adopted a continental Programme for DRR, mechanisms for coordination, Sub― regional or national policies, programmes and funds for implementation. Mr. Basabe is currently back at the UNISDR headquarters in Geneva, as senior programme officer, in charge of science, technology and expertise for disaster risk management, water and disasters, terminology and partnership development to translate policies into practices.

Presentation Title
Science and Technology contributing to the implementation of the post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction