Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science
PhD in Geography (Climatology and Hazard), Kent State Univ., US. 2002-03, worked for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); contributed to developing the disaster risk reduction programme; 2003-09, 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. ESCAP has an intergovernmental process in disaster risk reduction with its 62 member countries. Currently, Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University.