Advisory Panel 2010-2011

Dilanthi-Amaratunga
Dilanthi Amaratunga
Dilanthi Amaratunga is Professor of Disaster Management at the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK where she leads the University's Centre for Disaster Resilience, responsible for supporting research on disaster management portfolios. She is also the Director of International Development for School of the Built Environment. Her research interests include disaster risk reduction, post disaster reconstruction, conflict mitigation, gender and projection, Capability and Capacity building in managing disasters, Socio-economic measures for conflict-affected re-construction, gender and disasters, women in re construction. An interdisciplinary background in Quantity Surveying, Facilities and Business Continuity Management, Education and Training, Gender and Disasters and Disaster Mitigation and Reconstruction provides her the opportunities to work across a broader disaster management research agenda including developing partnerships of international research teams, government, NGOs and communities. She is the Co-Editor of International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. She has led several international research collaborations in disaster risk reduction and management including the CIB/United Nations Disaster Management initiative on Capacities, Disasters and the Built Environment - Strategies to enhance capacity for disaster mitigation and reconstruction of the built environment. She has presented widely at International conferences, has led international disaster management workshops and seminars and working actively with the UNHABITAT.

Dilanthi is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). She has supervised and supported a wide range of Post Graduate Research students. To date she has produced over two hundred publications, refereed papers and reports, and has made a large number of presentations in around 25 countries. As a member of the RICS, she leads several of their disaster management initiatives.
Fouad Bendimerad
Fouad Bendimerad
Dr. Bendimerad is a funding member and currently the Chairman of the Board of EMI (the Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative) a not-for-profit international scientific organization based in the Philippines. He is an active researcher, practitioner and educator focusing on megacities and urban risk assessment and management, where he is credited with advancing both methodology and practice. He developed and put into application several urban risk management models such as the Disaster Risk Management Master Plan (DRMMP) and the Megacities Indictor System, which have led to advances in DRR in major cities such as Istanbul, Metro Manila, Kathmandu and Mumbai. He has developed scientific approaches for implementing participatory processes as means to build ownership, consensus and sustainability.

Dr. Bendimerad has published extensively on the topic of risk assessment and risk management in scientific journals, conference proceedings and lectured at several universities. He has advised international organizations (such as UN-ISDR, UNDP, UN-HABITAT, World Bank, and American Development Bank), governments and international corporations and maintains an active earthquake engineering consulting practice in California where he is a registered professional engineer. He was Principal Scientist and Vice President at RMS Inc., a California Corporation for 11 years, and served in the faculty of Stanford University for 13 years. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Center for Urban Safety and Security in Kobe, Japan and also served as Visiting Professor in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. He holds Master and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and Bachelor Degree also in Civil Engineering from Ecole Nationale Polytechnique of Algiers, Algeria.
Scott Cunliffe
Scott Cunliffe
Over the last fifteen years, Dr. Cunliffe has held UN staff positions and been a consultant to UN agencies, bilaterals, ADB, World Bank, government and the private sector throughout the Asian region. He specializes in strategic planning, climate and disaster risk management for sustainable development. Over the last year (2009), Scott has been providing a range of advisory services to the UNISDR Regional Office for Asia and Pacific. He is currently based in Bangkok.

His doctoral research (2000-2004) addressed hazard and disaster risk for coastal tropical areas and resulted in the development of a comprehensive approach to disaster risk reduction with risk management at the core. Trained as an architect and urban planner, his first assignment for the United Nations Children"s Fund (UNICEF) in Vietnam in 1985 nurtured a growing interest in risk management, strategic planning and long-term forecasting. His current professional work is focused on climate change adaptation and the links to risk reduction methodologies and early recovery processes throughout the Asian region.
Dilanthi-Amaratunga
Manu Gupta
Manu Gupta is the co-founder and director of SEEDS, a non-profit organization working in disaster reduction and response in Asia. For over 15 years, Manu has worked with a strong commitment towards strengthening resilience of communities vulnerable to natural disasters and effects of climate change. His work covers a wide spectrum of communities in South Asia including direct work in various parts of India, Afghanistan, Maldives, Myanmar and resource support for interventions in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Pakistan and Malaysia. The involvement has been in form of national and regional advocacy, mobilization of community led efforts in recovery and risk reduction, training and research.

He currently serves as the Chair of the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network, an active network of national NGOs from over 15 countries in Asia. He serves on the Governing Board of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP). He is the co-founder and member of the core group of the Alliance for Adaption & Disaster Risk Reduction in India. He is part of Steering Committee of the Global Network of CSOs for Disaster Reduction. Besides, he serves on various national committees of the Government of India.
Suranjana Gupta
Suranjana Gupta
Suranjana Gupta coordinates the Global Campaign on Community Resilience of Huairou Commission, and its member network GROOTS International from Mumbai and New York. Her responsibilities include community resilience building through fundraising, policy advocacy promoting grassroots women"s leadership in, facilitating transfer of effective practice and alliance building. She is also involved in developing the Campaign"s Community Disaster Resilience Fund and the Community Practitioners" Platform. In addition to working for GROOTS and the Huairou Commission, Suranjana taught at the New School University"s Graduate Program of International Affairs from 2002-2004. From 1995-2000, Suranjana worked for Swayam Shikshan Prayog in India, on facilitating and documenting women"s empowerment processes in the context of credit, livelihoods, governance and post-disaster recovery. Suranjana Gupta holds an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Mumbai.
Daniel Hoornweg
Daniel Hoornweg
PDaniel Hoornweg is a Lead Urban Advisor in the World Bank's central Urban Advisory Unit. He has more than twenty years experience working in and with cities. He joined the World Bank in 1993 and has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia and Latin America and Caribbean regions. During that time he has worked with some 200 cities in more than fifty projects with climate change components. Dan's academic background includes degrees in Earth Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Beginning August 2008, he has led the Bank's Urban program on cities and climate change, including management of the 2009 Marseille Cities and Climate Change Urban Research Symposium and urban studies related to climate change impacts in cities - mitigation and adaptation
Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi
Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi
She is the Programme Director of CITYNET. CITYNET, of which the secretariat is based in Yokohama, the Regional Network of Local Authorities for various issues including disaster risk reduction issues. CITYNET has the DRR cluster as one of its priority areas of work. She is an active partner of the ISDR Asia Regional Task Force on Urban Risk Reduction.

She formulates plans and manages CITYNET programme and project implementation, targeting local governments and their partners through the Asia-Pacific region.

Bernadia has a Doctorate Degree in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Master"s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Singapore and in Atmospheric Physics and Environment from Nagoya. She also uses her spare time to pursue research on city-to-city cooperation, a vehicle for urban development assistance.
Julio Kuroiwa
Julio Kuroiwa
Julio Kuroiwa is Professor Emeritus of the National University of Engineering (UNI), Lima, Peru. He has made graduate studies at the IISEE in Tokyo (1961-62) and Tsukuba (1975-76), Japan and at the California Institute of Technology CALTECH, P asadena, CA, USA (1965-67). In Geneva, Switzerland, he received the 1990 United Nations Sasakawa-UNDRO Disaster Prevention Award. He has received his most recent distinctions from the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge (IBC), U.K., which included him in the Hall of Fame in October 2008, and named him one of the 100 most outstanding scientists in the world for the year 2008.

He is an Honorary Member of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. He was a director of the IAEE in 1980-1984 and 1984-1988. He has given keynote conferences in Peru, Japan, India, the U.S.A., Australia, and other countries. He has received decorations awarded by the Congress of the Republic of Peru, Peru Civil Defense, and the Peruvian Engineers Association.

For 40 years he has been a Disaster Risk Reduction investigator and consultant. He has written more than 120 papers on natural and technological disasters for world conferences and for national and international seminars and congresses and five books on the matter. He was Chief Technical Advisor to the United Nations Disaster Mitigation Programme in Colombia (1988-91) and in Peru (2002-2005); and CTA to the INDECI/UNDP Sustainable Cities Programme in Peru (1999-2008). Based on multihazard microzonation studies has produced the hazards maps for 134 cities with 6,45 million inhabitants.
Dan Lewis
Dan Lewis
Dan Lewis is the Chief of the Urban Risk Reduction Unit, UN-Habitat, Kenya. He has worked for UN-Habitat since 1997 based in Somalia, Kosovo and Nairobi, and has managed the global portfolio of disaster and conflict related work of the Agency since 2002. As a civil engineer and private consultant, he has worked in urban reconstruction and housing programmes in South Africa and Chile as well as with First Nations communities in his home region on Vancouver Island, Canada since 1987.

His current portfolio of in-country work includes addressing impacts of political crises in Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Somalia, Timor L’este and Nepal; as well as countries affected by natural disasters including; Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Malawi, Mozambique, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Chile; in addition to disaster risk reduction programming in Myanmar, Philippines, Zambezi and Limpopo Ba sin countries, South Pacific Small Islands Region, and urban risk reduction in Tijuana, Mexico; Maputo, Mozambique, and Kathmandu, Nepal. He can now count on over thirty years of experience in humanitarian, transitional and development work primarily focusing on risk/conflict reduction and recovery and reconstruction following both human made and natural crises.
Stephen Muller
Stephen Muller
Stephen Muller has a Masters Degree in Engineering and twenty six years experience in development, management, operation and maintenance of engineering infrastructure at Local-, District- and Provincial Governments.

He is currently employed by the Overstrand Local Municipality, South Africa, as the Director: Infrastructure and Planning

He is responsible for Engineering Planning, Town Planning, Building Control, Project Management, Environmental Management, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Property Administration at the Municipality.

Due to the nature of his position at the Municipality, the management of risk is an integral part of his responsibility.

His interest in Disaster Risk Reduction was triggered when he became aware of the "Hyogo Framework for Action" in 2007.

On invitation from the UN/ISDR he attended a Consultative Meeting in Barcelona during May 2008 on the possible establishment of a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction. At the meeting he presented a paper on the work done by the Overstrand Local Municipality on reducing the risk of drought and water scarcity. The paper has subsequently been included in the UN/ISDR publication "Local Governments and Disaster Risk Reduction: Good Practices and Lessons Learned". A summarized version of the paper was also included in the ISDR Briefing Note 02 "Adaptation to Climate Change by Reducing Disaster Risks: Country Practices and Lessons".

He also attended the Second Consultative Meeting in Chengdu, China during November 2008 and the International Conference on "Building a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction" in Incheon, Korea in August 2009.
Christine Platt
Christine Platt
Christine Platt is the president of the Commonwealth Association of Planners, and past president of the South African Planning Institute. Platt completed her B.A. (Economics) at the University of Natal, Durban, in 1976, and her MTRP (UND) in 1979.
Arsenio Rodriguez
Arsenio Rodriguez
Presently Arsenio works as a senior advisor to the United Nations on sustainability issues and is coordinator for DEVNET of its Unity in Aid Conference: Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Conference "World Development in the 21st Century goals and emerging world views; A dialog between Chinese and international human development leaders" to be held within the context of the Shanghai Expo respectively, in July and September 2010.

For 35 years held senior advisory and managerial positions, with the Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank. His expertise lies in (a) the design and coordination of sustainability assessments (b) the development of policy frameworks to achieve sustainable development and (c) the development of alliances for sustainability between governments, intergovernmental organizations, private sector and non-governmental organizations.
David Satterthwaite
David Satterthwaite
David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and editor of the international journal Environment and Urbanization. A development planner by training with a doctorate from the London School of Economics, he has also been working with the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change since 1998 and teaches at the Development Planning Unit, University College London. He was awarded the Volvo Environment Prize in 2004 and is an honorary Professor at the University of Hull.

Most of his work has been on poverty reduction in urban areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America, undertaken with local teams. He has advised various international agencies including UNICEF, World Health Organization, OECD, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the European Commission, DFID, DANIDA and the Brundtland Commission. He has written and edited various books on urban issues, including Squatter Citizen (with Jorge E. Hardoy), The Earthscan Reader on Sustainable Cities, Environmental Problems in an Urbanizing World (with Jorge E. Hardoy and Diana Mitlin) and Empowering Squatter Citizen; Local Government, Civil Society and Urban Poverty Reduction (with Diana Mitlin), which are published by Earthscan, London. He is also editor of Adapting Cities to Climate Change (with Jane Bicknell and David Dodman) published by Earthscan in April 2009.
Atty. Violeta Somera-Seva
Atty. Violeta Somera-Seva
Atty. Violeta Somera-Seva is a Senior Adviser to the Mayor of Makati City and is concurrently General Secretary of Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI). She is involved in disaster risk reduction at the local level having worked as Legal and Institutional Consultant on disaster risk management of small and medium-sized cities and megacities like Mumbai, India, Metro Manila, Philippines and Amman, Jordan. She is former General Manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
Melissa Stults
Melissa Stults
Melissa Stults serves as the Adaptation Manager for ICLEI USA. In this role, Melissa works with local governments throughout the country to help them identify strategies for building resilience to climate change and climate variability through ICLEI's Climate Resilient Communities program.

Prior to this role, Melissa served as the Regional Manager for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Office, working with the Team to support the region's local government members in reaching their climate protection and sustainability goals.

Melissa has experience working with local and international governments on implementing climate adaptation and mitigation strategies. Prior to her work with ICLEI, Melissa worked with developing country governments to reduce deforestation rates and to change international climate policy. She also served as Program Manager for a project to help New York City"s Department of Environmental Protection on drafting a climate adaptation and mitigation handbook. Melissa received her Masters degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University. Her undergraduate training is in marine biology and environmental science.
Rafael Tuts
Rafael Tuts
Rafael Tuts is Chief of the Urban Environment and Planning Branch of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, based at its Headquarters in Nairobi. In this capacity, he is responsible for the implementation of the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI), which is currently active in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Mr. Tuts has earlier served as Chief of the Training and Capacity Building Branch, Acting Chief of the Urban Governance Section and Coordinator of the Localising Agenda 21 Programme of UN-HABITAT. Local government capacity development and environmental planning and management are key focus areas of his work, with field experience in a wide range of developing countries. Mr. Tuts has an academic background in architecture and engineering. Prior to joining the United Nations, he worked as Research Fellow at the University of Nairobi and the University of Leuven.