Executive Director of DRI / Trustee and Professor of Faculty of Environmental and Urban Engineering, Kansai University
Prof. Kawata graduated from Department of Civil Engineering, Kyoto University in 1969, and obtained PhD in 1976 from Kyoto University. He was Associate Professor in 1976, Research Fellow, University of Washington in 1981-82, Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at Princeton University in 1992 and got the full professor position in 1993. He was Director of DPRI, Kyoto University in 2005 to 2007. In 2002, he became the founding Director of the new institute established by central and Hyogo Prefecture government to memorialize the Kobe earthquake, the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI). He published more than 623 technical papers and 43 books in the fields of integrated disaster reduction systems of catastrophic disasters including urban disasters and their emergency management. He was President of Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science, Vice Presidents of Japan Society of Disaster Information and also Natural Hazard Society. He received the 1993 Japan Society of Civil Engineers Award and the 1994 Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science Award. He was a laureate for 2007 United Nation Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction and a recipient, 2009 Distinguished Services Commendation in the field of disaster management, awarded by the Prime Minister.
Teacher, Meishin Elementary School, Kobe; engaged in Telling Live Lessons through music
Thin Aye Ko
Director, Thin Myanmar Language Center
Associate Professor, National Museum of Ethnology, Graduate University of Advanced Studies
Isao Hayashi is Associate Professor at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka. His graduate training at Hitotsubashi and Adelaide Universities was supplemented by work at the University of Sydney, and field research in Papua New Guinea. His current research projects are (a) history and ethno-history in Melanesia and (b) anthropological study of vulnerability and resilience to natural disasters. At the museum, Hayashi has done curatorial work on several special exhibitions. He is also teaching at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies. He has edited Forum on the Disaster Impact and Restoration in the 2004 Indian Ocean Giant Earthquake and Tsunami (2007), Culture and Education for Disaster Reduction (2008), and Natural Disasters and Reconstruction Aids (2010). He is also the director of Alliance for Disaster reduction Designs (ADD).
Executive Director, The Pacific Tsunami Museum
A retired educator, Donna Saiki serves as a volunteer executive director for the Pacific Tsunami Museum. She has lived in Hawaii since 1960 serving as a school administrator for thirty four years. She has been recognized for her service to education, community and church and has an excellent working relationship within the multi-cultural community of Hilo.
Muhammad Saidur Rahman
Director, Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre
Muhammad Saidur Rahman is the founder and director of Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre (BDPC), an organization of professionals in disaster risk management. Prior to setting up BDPC in 1991, he worked for twenty years in Red Cross and Oxfam-UK, and held different positions e.g. first Director of Cyclone Preparedness Programme, Deputy Secretary General of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and Country Representative for Oxfam in Bangladesh. Graduated from the Australian Counter Disaster College in Disasters Services Administration, Muhammad Saidur Rahman planned and conducted massive disaster relief and rehabilitation operations during the period 1972 to 1991 in Bangladesh and, for sometimes, in Somalia. Sponsored by UNDP, UNICEF and bi-lateral donors (including DFID), he lead teams of researchers and conducted action research studies on basic issues related to disaster management. He has been relentlessly trying his best to shift the paradigm of disaster management from post-disaster response to pre-disaster risk reduction culture. He promotes the concept of empowerment of disaster vulnerable communities, through provision of sustainable livelihood support, for establishment of their rights and privileges. Mr. Rahman has authored a number of books, including the widely used Disaster Management Handbook for Bangladesh. International Secretariat for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) has presented him the Certificate of Distinction under United Nations-Sasakawa Award for Natural Disaster Reduction for the year 2002.
Website of BDPC
Deputy Executive Director, DRI
Kenichi Yamamoto is the Deputy Executive Director of the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution. He was working as an operations coordinator for the National Diet and government (National Land Agency) when the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake struck in 1995. After that, he examined the relocation of national services from the perspective of disaster preparedness for the National Land Agency and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, planned deep underground usage, coordinated assessments of public works such as dams, promoted anti-seismic construction and retrofitting for homes based on the lessons of the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and was in charge of development permitting under the Urban Planning Law. He has been at his current post since July 2007.
Executive Vice President, The Japan Foundation
After graduating from Kyoto University with a Bachelors Degree in German Literature, Mr. Sakato joined the Japan Foundation in 1972. Besides working in various positions within the Foundation’s headquarters, he was stationed abroad as Deputy Director of the Bangkok Branch from 1977 to 1981, and as Deputy Director of the Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne, Germany, from 1990 to 1993. He continued his work at the Japan Foundation from 1993 to 1997 as Director of the Financial Division, and then from 1997 as Director of the Planning Office, until transferring back to Germany in 1999, where he worked until 2002 as Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Bonn; and as Director of the Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne. From there, Mr. Sakato moved back to Tokyo to become the Managing Director of the Japan Foundation’s Planning and Evaluations Department, until accepting his appointment, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Consul-General of Japan in New Orleans in 2005. He returned to Japan in 2007 and is currently serving the Japan Foundation as Executive Vice President.
Knowledge Management Officer, Secretariat of IRP (International Recovery Platform)
Mr. Sanjaya Bhatia is instrumental for the development of “Guidance Notes on Recovery” for various sectors. As former Focal Point for Disaster Resilient Schools and Hospitals at the World Bank, Mr. Bhatia facilitated the development of the “Guidance Notes on Safe School Construction”. He has handled disaster reduction and recovery for ADPC, Government of India, and UNDP. He is a certified trainer for the Incident Command System.
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