Look forward to an inspiring lineup of internationally acknowledged keynote speakers at IDRiM 2020!

Biographies for our presenters will be available here as soon as they are confirmed. Please check back here to read more about our conference speakers.

Bijaya Nand MISRAProfessor Emeritus at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and president of ARC-PEACE India

Bijaya Nand is a Professor Emeritus at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi as well as a Professor Emeritus and Chairman at Centurion University of Technology and Management in Bhubaneswar. His research interests lie in urban development and control mechanisms, capacity-building for resilient communities and integrated disaster risk management.

He has over than 45 years of professional experience as expert consultant/team leader in national and international projects addressing topics of land use and critical infrastructure planning and management, disaster risk management, climate change impact and development strategy. Examples include his position as a senior adviser and coordinator for the GCOE Human Security Engineering for Mumbai mega-city project of Kyoto University and his involvement with the UNDP and UN DESDA projects focused on urban governance, municipal capacity-building, social development and poverty eradication.

Bijaya Nand MISRAProfessor Emeritus at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and president of ARC-PEACE India

Bijaya Nand is a Professor Emeritus at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi as well as a Professor Emeritus and Chairman at Centurion University of Technology and Management in Bhubaneswar. His research interests lie in urban development and control mechanisms, capacity-building for resilient communities and integrated disaster risk management.

He has over than 45 years of professional experience as expert consultant/team leader in national and international projects addressing topics of land use and critical infrastructure planning and management, disaster risk management, climate change impact and development strategy. Examples include his position as a senior adviser and coordinator for the GCOE Human Security Engineering for Mumbai mega-city project of Kyoto University and his involvement with the UNDP and UN DESDA projects focused on urban governance, municipal capacity-building, social development and poverty eradication.

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William John SIEMBIEDATenured Professor at California Polytechnic State University and Director of the Resilient Communities Research Institute

William is a full Professor of city and regional planning at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and founding director of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Resilient Communities Research Institute. His global work is on how to implement the best possible recovery and reconstruction outcomes after a large-scale disaster occurs. Locally, his focus is on resiliency and adaptation, making use planning policy decisions that result in risk reduction through partnerships between the civil society, the private sector, and government.

His professional hazard and risk reduction efforts are transnational. Examples include serving as a subject matter expert to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Chilean National Centre for Integrated Management of Disaster Risk, and New Zealand’s Joint Centre for Disaster Research.

William John SIEMBIEDATenured Professor at California Polytechnic State University and Director of the Resilient Communities Research Institute

William is a full Professor of city and regional planning at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and founding director of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Resilient Communities Research Institute. His global work is on how to implement the best possible recovery and reconstruction outcomes after a large-scale disaster occurs. Locally, his focus is on resiliency and adaptation, making use planning policy decisions that result in risk reduction through partnerships between the civil society, the private sector, and government.

His professional hazard and risk reduction efforts are transnational. Examples include serving as a subject matter expert to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Chilean National Centre for Integrated Management of Disaster Risk, and New Zealand’s Joint Centre for Disaster Research.

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Ilan NOYProfessor of Economics at Victoria University and the Chair in the Economics of Disasters

Ilan is a Professor of Economics at Victoria University and the Chair in the Economics of Disasters. His research and teaching focus on the economic aspects of natural hazards and disasters, and other related topics in environmental, development, and international economics. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, a journal published by SpringerNature.

He previously worked at the University of Hawaii, and consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, UNISDR, the International Monetary Fund, ASEAN, the Japanese Government, and the Chilean Central Bank.

Ilan NOYProfessor of Economics at Victoria University and the Chair in the Economics of Disasters

Ilan is a Professor of Economics at Victoria University and the Chair in the Economics of Disasters. His research and teaching focus on the economic aspects of natural hazards and disasters, and other related topics in environmental, development, and international economics. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, a journal published by SpringerNature.

He previously worked at the University of Hawaii, and consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, UNISDR, the International Monetary Fund, ASEAN, the Japanese Government, and the Chilean Central Bank.

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