Assistant Director and Professor
PhD in Geography (Climatology and Wind-related Hazard), Kent State University, US. 2002-03, with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); contributed to developing the disaster risk reduction programme; 2003-09, with UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), worked on an early warning system and helped manage the ISDR Scientific and Technical Committee. Former Chief, Disaster Risk Reduction Section, ESCAP, providing a regional platform for cooperation and policy-making for disaster risk reduction, with particular attention to developing countries and vulnerable social groups. Currently, Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University.