International Council for Science (ICSU)
The International Council for Science (ICSU) is a non-governmental organisation with a global membership made up of national scientific bodies (120 Members, representing 140 countries) and International Scientific Unions (31 Members), and whose mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. To do this, ICSU mobilises the knowledge and resources of the international science community to identify and address major issues of importance to science and society, and to facilitate interaction amongst scientists across all disciplines and from all countries. It promotes the participation of all scientists—regardless of race, citizenship, language, political stance or gender—in the international scientific endeavour, and provides independent, authoritative advice to stimulate constructive dialogue between the scientific community and governments, civil society and the private sector.
The main ICSU Secretariat is based in Paris and there are three Regional Offices serving Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
ICSU also has 17 Interdisciplinary Bodies, established with various strategic partners to address major issues of relevance to both science and society; one such Body is the IRDR.
The International Social Science Council (ISSC)
The International Social Science Council (ISSC) is an international non-profit-making scientific organisation with headquarters at UNESCO House in Paris. It is the primary international body representing the social and behavioural sciences at a global level. The Council’s role is to advance the practice and use of the social and behavioral sciences in all parts of the world, and to ensure their global representation. This involves:
- An overview of the quality and development of the constituent sciences;
- Action to stimulate their growth; and
- Work to ensure their utilisation and relevance to the problems of humankind. Such promotion includes, wherever possible, the assistance of policy development at international and national levels, and the use of high quality social science research to further economic well-being and quality of life globally.
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)
Created in December 1999, UNISDR is the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). It is the successor to the secretariat of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) with the purpose of ensuring the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. The mandate of UNISDR expanded in 2001 to serve as the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations system and regional organisations and activities in socio-economic and humanitarian fields. This was in response to a need for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction within the development and other areas of work of the UN. The “Hyogo Declaration” and the “Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters” was adopted by the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, held in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, in January 2005. The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) tasked UNISDR with supporting the implementation of the HFA.
Huadong GUO, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Feng Min KAN, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)
Vivi STAVROU, International Social Science Council (ISSC)
Lucilla SPINI, International Council for Science (ICSU)
IRDR is governed by a 15-member Scientific Committee (SC) set up by and on behalf of the Co-Sponsors. Its responsibilities are to define, develop and prioritise plans for the IRDR, guide its programming, budgeting and implementation, establish a mechanism for oversight of programme activities, and disseminate and publicise its results.
The SC is comprised of disaster and risk reduction experts from around the world. Members are chosen based on their standing in the international scientific community and their commitment to the strategic objectives of the Programme. The Committee aims to include a balanced representation of relevant disciplines in the natural, social and engineering sciences, taking into consideration regional and gender balance. (See Terms of Reference of IRDR SC)
Shuaib LWASA- Committee Chair
Makerere University, Kampala, UGANDA – Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Climate Sciences
Shuaib Lwasa is a geographer with twelve years University teaching and research at Makerere University, Uganda. He received a PhD in Geography from Makerere University, a Masters degree in GIS at ITC, Netherlands, a Masters degree in Land Use Planning from Makerere University and his Bachelors in Geography from Makerere University. Research interests include urban environmental management, livelihood systems, hazard and vulnerability assessment in both rural and urban environments. He has worked on multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research projects utilizing geospatial technologies on coupled social and environmental systems. Recent publications topics include adaptation to climate change, land and property rights, land use and land cover change, vulnerability assessment and spatial planning for sustainable development.
Irasema ALCÁNTARA-AYALA – Committee Vice-Chair
Institute of Geography, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) – landslides, vulnerabililty and risk
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 research. Since 2000, she has been working in collaboration with the National Centre for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) in Mexico. She is a ex-member of the Committee of Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR) of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Former Vice-President of the International Geographical Union (IGU), the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), and of the International Association of Geomorphologist (IAG). Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the Science Leadership Council of the Mountain Research Initiative. Young Affiliate Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).
Jörn holds a PhD in Spatial Planning from the Dortmund University and a post-doctoral degree in Geography (venia legendi) from the University of Bonn, Department of Geography. He heads a research section at the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn. Jörn has extensive expertise in the field of vulnerability and risk assessment, urban and spatial planning as well as sustainable development and environmental impact assessment. He is specialised in the development of methods to assess vulnerability, risk and resilience. As an IPCC Lead-Author in the IPCC Special Report “Managing the Risk of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” and in the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC, he has intensively worked on new challenges for linking risk reduction and adaptation to climate change. Jörn conducted research projects in more than 15 countries in Southeast Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the United States. In addition, he is closely collaborating with various UN institutions in the field of disaster risk reduction and spatial /urban development. He authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific papers. His recent book publications include the second edition of “Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards – Towards Disaster Resilient Societies.”
Ann Bostrom holds a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from Western Washington University, and a BA in English from the University of Washington. She is currently a member of the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and is a member of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Society and Risk Analysis, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Bostrom is the recipient of several fellowships, including the American Statistical Association/ National Science Foundation/Bureau of Labor Statistics Research Associateship (1991-92), Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship and Lois Roth Endowment Fund grant for studies at the University of Stockholm (1989-90), and Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon (1988-89). She is also the recipient of the 1997 Chauncey Starr award for a young risk analyst from the Society for Risk Analysis for her work on mental models of hazardous processes.
Tonkin+Taylor – climate and hydrological risk assessment, design and implementation of hazard early warning system and emergency communication, climate change adaptation, training and capacity building and integrated water resources management.
Dr Fakhruddin is an expert climate change risk assessor with 15 years’ global experience in working on disaster risk and climate resilience projects. This experience is a major advantage in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy development. His key areas of expertise are climate and hydrological assessment, early warning and emergency response, climate change adaptation, and capacity building. Dr Fakhruddin designed early warning and emergency response projects more than 25 countries in Asia and the Pacific. Dr Fakhruddin is currently work as a mentor and supervisor for post graduate study in disaster risk management in University of Auckland (UoA). He is a Science Committee Member of IRDR of ICSU/UNISDR, Co-Chair for the Disaster Loss DATA and Risk Interpretation and Applications (RIA) Working Group of IRDR of ICSU/UNISDR. He is also Co-Chair CODATA task group Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research (LODGD) and PSG member of the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFDP) and Open Panel of Commission for Hydrology Experts (OPACHE) of WMO.
Virginia JIMÉNEZ DÍAZ
Virginia Jimenez-Diaz is a Geographer from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and holds a PhD in applied geomorphology in urban areas, from the Department of Geography, University College London. She is consultant for projects on risk management for government bodies and international agencies and has contributed in post-disaster recovery processes in various countries in Latin America. She have done applied research on the role of different actors in risk reduction, including aspects of institutional and community strengthening. She is currently a professor at Universidad Central de Venezuela, and at Universidad Simon Bolivar.
Institute of Mountain Hazards and Mountain, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Prof. Peng CUI is the academic director of Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE), CAS. He has been engaged in geo-hazards for decades and obtained acknowledged achievements in debris-flow mechanism and risk management technology. He proposed the concept of quasi- debris flow based on 20 years of observations and in-situ monitoring and analysis, and has defined the relationships between streambed slope, fine sediment content of soil, and water saturation. He has been long devoted to DRR both in China and abroad, collaborating with countries including Italy, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Thailand, Venezuela and Cuba. The mitigation techniques have been successfully applied to the mega debris-flow event in Venezuela (1999), the large dammed lake in Pakistan (2010), and the geohazards along the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan. He has so far published more than 300 papers, four monographs and one atlas of Mountain Hazards and Soil Erosion in the Upper Yangtze, obtained 19 patents of disaster mitigation technology, and won more than ten national and provincial awards.
Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, Das Royal Melbourne Institue of Technology oder RMIT University
Professor John Handmer is in the RMIT School of Science. He has qualifications and experience in human geography, economics and law. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Program of ICSU (International Council of Science), and is, or has recently been, on a number of Australian advisory bodies. These cover climate change adaptation, disaster risk and resilience, and currently the National Vulnerability Profile project. He played a leading role in the IPCC’s Special Report on Extremes, and as part of NCCARF (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility) he led the network on Emergency Management and co-authored the Australian National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan for Emergency Management. His group at RMIT was one of 20 cases nationally selected for its impact on policy and practice by the Excellence in Innovation for Australia 2014 report. He received the 2016 RMIT “Vice Chancellor’s Research Award for Impact” for his work on the human dimensions of disaster risk.
UNISDR Science and Technology Advisory Group; Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England; Health Protection, MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College and King’s College, London.
Professor Virginia Murray is the Public Health Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction for Public Health England. Virginia qualified in medicine and has had a series of national and international roles as Head of Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards, London for the Health Protection Agency and as Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection. Since 2012 she works in Public Health England, where she is involved in supporting various activities such as PHE and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 to 2030: a review published in October 2017 and other activities such as a member of the IRDR Scientific Committee 2016 onwards where she is co-chair of the IRDR Disaster Data Loss Project (DATA) project
and as a past member and as vice-chair of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Scientific and Technical Advisory Group 2009-2017. She is a Visiting/Honorary Professor at several universities including University College London (2013 onwards), MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College and King’s College, London (2004 onwards) and at the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (2017 onwards) and has published widely.
The general focus of Dr. Hayashi’s work is on Societal and Human Reactions to Disasters, Risk Communication and Education, Information System for Disaster Management, Standardization of Emergency Operations, and Multi-hazard Risk Assessment. His major publications include ISBN: 978-4542701748, (2014), Japanese Standard Association, ISBN: 978-4-901823-97-5, (2012), Nikkei BP Consulting, Inc., ISBN: 4621079514, (2008), Maruzen Co., Ltd, ISBN: 4000050486, (2003), Iwanami Shoten.
University of Rwanda.
Dr. Claudine Uwera is an Environmental Economist and a Senior Lecturer of Economics at the University of Rwanda. She did her PhD studies in Sweden where she gained a high experience by working closely with the environmental economists’ team of the University of Gothenburg, from 2008 and 2013. Dr. Uwera has more than 10 years’ experience teaching at the University where most of her lectures are related to environmental and natural resources economics. Dr. Uwera has substantial experience working on natural resource and environmental economics issues in Africa and especially in Rwanda. Her publications and ongoing projects are more focused on natural resources with application of environmental valuation Technics such as the Hedonic Pricing and Choice Experiments Methods. Most importantly, Dr. Uwera has been selected as the national environmental expert to work on the ongoing Rwanda Natural Capital Accounting program, funded by the World Bank. She is currently the Country Coordinator of the mentioned NCA program.
Center for International Climate Research – Oslo (Norway)
Dr. Jana Sillmann is Research Director at the Center for International Climate Research – Oslo (Norway) and leads the Climate Impacts group. Her expertise is in the analysis of climate extremes in a changing climate. Her work focuses on relating physical aspects of weather and climate extremes to socio-economic impacts and questions related to risk assessment and decision-making. She is co-leading activities of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Grand Challenge on Weather and Climate Extremes. She is also Lead Author of Chapter 12 “Climate change information for regional impact and for risk assessment” in the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 1.
APEC Emergency Preparedness Capacity Building Center (EPCC)
Dr. Wei-Sen Li is the Executive Director of APEC Emergency Preparedness Capacity Building Center (EPCC) and the Secretary General of National Sceince and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR). Dr. Li holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from National Central University, where he specializes in structure dynamics, seismic design and earthquake engineering. Dr. Li have been involved in APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) and is 2018-2020 EPWG Co-chair. He has a wealth of experiences in the development and implementation of disaster risk reduction and management systems at domestic and regional levels. His working scopes include building capacity through engaging public-private partnership to better prepare for and respond to emergencies and natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region. Currently, he leads international collaborations and conducts researches on large-scale urban disasters and disaster risk management.
A Japanese national of Indian origin, Rajib Shaw is the professor in Graduate School of Media and Governance in Keio University’s Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC). Earlier, he was the Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), a decade-long research program co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). He is also the Senior Fellow of Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Japan, and the Chairperson of SEEDS Asia, a Japanese NGO. Previously, he served as a Professor in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies of Kyoto University. His expertise includes community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, urban risk management, and disaster and environmental education. He is the Chair of the United Nations Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG) for disaster risk reduction; and also the Co-chair of the Asia Science Technology Academic Advisory Group (ASTAAG). He is the editor of a book series on disaster risk reduction, published by Springer. Prof. Shaw has published more than 45 books and over 300 academic papers and book chapters.
United Nations University – Institute for the Advances Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
Dr. Riyanti Djalante is an Academic Programme Officer at The United Nations University – Institute for the Advances Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). She coordinates the research and policy development on Global Change and Resilience, which conduct researches to address climate change, build community resilience, and reduce disaster risks. Her current appointments include a member of IRDR Scientific Committee, fellow of the International Social Science Council (ISSC). She is a Lead Author of IPCC Assessment Report 6 and Special Report on impacts of 1.5 degree warming, and the UNEP Global Environmental Outlook 6. She is involved at UNISDR initiatives on Words into Action and Report of the open-ended intergovernmental expert working group on indicators and terminology relating to DRR. Dr. Djalante has also consulted for international agencies on issues related to governance, DRR and CCA.
The execution of IRDR programme promotion, coordination and related functions is undertaken by the IRDR International Programme Office (IPO). The IPO is located in Beijing, China and is hosted by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
Qunli Han– Executive Director
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Fang Lian – Communication and research Officer
Fang LIan graduated from Beijing Normal University with a Master’s Degree in Physical Geography. She has done research on and worked in disaster risk assessment. She also has experience in media organizations, nonprofits and government alike. Before joining IRDR, Fang was a member of National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) — “Relationship Between Global Change and Environmental Risks and its Adaptation Paradigm”. Fang will support the implementation of our communications strategy and be the focal point of IRDR Young Scientists Programme.
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Lang Lang – Administrative Officer
Lang joined the IRDR IPO as the Administrative Officer in June 2010 and supports the IRDR Programme by handling a broad spectrum of administrative and secretarial tasks, including creating, maintaining, and archiving reports and other office documents; making the necessary arrangements for travels, meetings, conferences, and other events; and acting as liaison with the accounting and administrative departments of the IPO’s host, RADI.
Tel.: +86 10 8217 8917