People

Contributors in Alphabetical Order

SBS Abayakoon
Vice Chancellor at the University of Peradeniya

Effah Antwi
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at the United Nations University

Dr. Effah Antwi is a JSPS-UNU Post-doctoral fellow at the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace and University of Tokyo. His research focuses on general ecology, biodiversity, land use change study, geographic information system, remote sensing, environmental impact assessment and restoration of post-mining landscapes and near-natural open landscapes. He has worked as assistant professor and project supervisor in the Environmental and Resource Management programme at BTU, Cottbus. Presently, he is investigating causes, rate, and the impact of land use change on biodiversity lost, climate change (terrestrial carbon stock), resource security and human health in different regions of Ghana.

Darmanto
Professor of Capacity Building on Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Community Development at the Universitas Gadjah Mada

Assoc. Prof. Darmanto is associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Gadjah Mada. His research interests are hydraulics, sanitation engineering and environmental engineering. He has extensive practical experience in community development and local capacity building for disaster risk management as a team leader of various sustainable community development initiatives in Indonesia.

Seito Emori
Chief of Climate Risk Assessment Research at National Institute for Environmental Studies

His expertise in global climate model development and climate change projections, with a focus on precipitation and its extremes, has established him as one of the most prominent climate scientists in Japan. He was a contributing author to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a member of the IPCC Steering Committee for the Expert Meeting on New Scenarios, for which the IPCC received a Noble Prize in 2007. Dr. Emori also serves concurrently as Associate Professor at the Center for Climate System Research, University of Tokyo.

Miguel Escoto
Program Coordinator, Energy Engineering Graduate Program, Power Electronics Lab / UP Solar PV Lab, University of the Philippines, PHILIPPINES

Professor Escoto engages in research and education in solar photo-voltaic power systems, and power electronics for balance of system components. His graduate level teaching and research focuses on solar photo voltaic stand alone applications for lighting, heating, and voltage inverter motor drive systems for water pump applications. He also works on resource assessment studies for both solar insolation and wind. Currently, he is developing a variable, battery less motor drive power inverter for a potable water pump system.

Bundhit Eua-arporn
Director, Energy Research Institute (ERI), Chulalongkorn University, THAILAND

Prof. Bundhit EUA-ARPORN is the director of the ERI. His interest covers power system operation and planning, energy policy and modeling. The first area covers optimal short-term power system operation and long-term power system planning, especially with application of probabilistic based methods, whereas the later focuses on energy policy development based on the energy system modeling and simulation results. He has more than 90 publications in the fields related to power system operation and planning to his credit. His recent research works include Thailand Energy Outlook, Thailand Energy Master Plan Development. In addition, he is also a faculty member of the faculty of engineering, Chulalongkorn university.

John Finnigan
Director and Chief Research Scientist at Centre for Complex Systems Science

Nicky Grigg
Research Scientist at CSIRO Land and Water

Dr. Grigg started her studies in environmental fluid dynamics, moving to study sediment diagenesis processes in her Doctor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. She joined the CSIRO Complex Systems Science initiative to work on the implications of nonlinear dynamics on mathematical modeling of ecological systems. Her research has focused on aquatic system responses to human actions. She is currently focusing on Integrated Global Modeling and Analysis in collaboration with the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. The project will be integrating biophysical models with social and economic models to consider climate change and global change scenarios.

Kavinda Gunasekara
Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology, THAILAND

Kavinda Gunasekara is currently working as a Senior Research Associate at Geoinformatics Center, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He specializes in GIS, Remote Sensing and Global Satellite Navigation System. His research interest focuses in environment monitoring and change detection, land cover/land use mapping and change detection, coastal zone monitoring, tsunami modeling, landslide mapping and modeling, digital terrain modeling and spatial analysis techniques. As a researcher, responsibilities include conducting training programs, post-disaster satellite image analysis, on-the-job trainings, and research projects implementation in South, South-East and Central Asian

Don Gunasekera
Senior Economist at Center for Complex Systems Science and Former Chief Economist at Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics

Dr. Don Gunasekera is currently a Visiting Scientist at the Centre for Complex Systems Science in CSIRO. Until recently, he was the Chief Economist at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE). He was a member of an independent working group for the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) which prepared a report on Climate Change in Australia: Regional Impacts and Adaptation. He has had wide experience in the Australian Public Service working in a range of organizations including the Productivity Commission, the National Competition Council, the Department of Environment and Heritage and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. He has a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University and has completed the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University

Srikantha Herath
Senior Academic Programme Officer; Head of Global Change and Sustainability Section, UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

Dr. Herath engages in research and education in water security, climate change and natural disaster risk reduction. His postgraduate teaching and research currently focuses on global change impacts on environmental processes, especially related to atmospheric process with applications in urban hydrology, flood forecasting, damage estimation, sediment transport and water cycle change assessment using physically based distributed hydrological modelling aided by Remote Sensing and GIS. He has more than 150 publications to his credit. Recent publications include, contributions to book chapters “Challenges for delta areas in copying with urban floods (2008, in Urban Water Francis and Taylor), Climate Change: Key Uncertainties and Robust Findings, and Urban Flood Risk Assessment (2010, in Urban Flood management, Francis and Taylor) and editing the series on Climate Change Adaptation (vol. 1-4, University Network on Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research, 2009-2010). In addition to various other current professional positions, he holds a position as Visiting Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo.

Priyantha Hunukumbura
Researcher at Nippon Koei, JAPAN

Dr. Priyantha Hunukumbura is currently working as a consulting engineer at Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. Japan. He specializes in hydrology and water resources engineering. His research interests focus mainly on monitoring and modeling of hydrological processes, studying the future effects of climate change on water resources in Asian countries, flood modeling and forecasting, prediction of ungauged basins, hydrological model transferability and GIS applications in hydrological modeling. Prior to joining Nippon Koei, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Kyoto University, Japan, a lecturer at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and as a research associate for the United Nations University initiative with the University of Peradeniya in analyzing the environmental changes in central Sri Lanka with respect to climate change impacts. He holds Ph.D. in Engineering from Kyoto University Japan.

Toshichika Iizumi
Director, Energy Research Institute (ERI), Chulalongkorn University, THAILAND

Mikio Ishiwatari
Senior Adviser of Disaster Management and Water Resources at Japan International Cooperation Agency

Akiyuki Kawasaki
Professor at Institute of Industrial Sciences, University of Tokyo

Isao Kiso
Director-General, International Affairs, MEXT

Toshio Koike
Professor of Engineering at the University of Tokyo, JAPAN

Dr. Toshio Koike serves as Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo. His research interest includes water cycle and climate sciences and their applications to water resources management, which can be classified into the following three components: establishment of satellite remote sensing; development of the data integration and information fusion system; and development of the hydrological downscaling methods including satellite-based data assimilation. In addition to his position at The University of Tokyo, he also serves as Special Adviser to Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. He received his Ph.D. in engineering from the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Akihiko Kondo
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Kobe University, JAPAN

Professor Kondo got his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Kyoto University in 1988. He started his academic career at Department of Applied Chemistry, Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan as an associate professor. Then he moved Kobe University in 1995 and he was full professor in 2003. He has developed cell surface engineering and synthetic bioengineering as core technology, and promoted extensive research. In 2007, Kobe University established Biorefinery Center headed by A. Kondo as a director, and he is also leading the Biomass Engineering Program at RIKEN as a team leader from 2012. He also launched a big project “Innovative BioProduction Kobe” as vice director, which is supported by Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology, Creation of Innovation Centers for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Areas, MEXT, Japan. From 2010, A. Kondo was appointed as editor of the Journal of Biotechnology, associate editor of Biochemical Engineering Journal and editorial board members of several journals.

Sucharit Koontnakulvong
Head of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University

Takuji Kubota
Earth Observation Research Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Dr. Takuji Kubota works at the Earth Observation Research Center (EORC), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He is also affiliated with the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), Earth Cloud, Aerosol and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE) missions at the Earth Observation Research Center (EORC), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Dr. Kubota is a member of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the Remote Sensing Society of Japan, Meteorological Society of Japan, American Meteorological Society and American Geophysical Union. He received his Ph. D. degree in science from Kyoto University.

Arun Kumar
Chief Scientific Officer, Alternate Hydro Energy Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, INDIA

Dr Arun Kumar a civil engineer with specialization in water resources and hydropower engineering by education is working at Alternate Hydro Energy Centre, Indian institute of Technology, Roorkee since 1981. His contribution in the field of small scale hydropower and environmental Management of Rivers and lakes is well recognized both within India as well as internationally. He graduated from IIT Roorkee, post graduated from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, PG diploma in Hydropower development from NTNU Norway and PhD from IIT Roorkee. He has over 31 year experience of research, development, extension and teaching experience in the area of small hydropower and other renewable energy sources. He led multidisciplinary expert team of the Institute working for environmental management of water bodies like rivers and lakes and renewable energy development. He is setting up a state of art R&D laboratory for hydraulic turbine along with other faculty using the green features. He is responsible for developing 31 National Standards/ guidelines for SHP development. He was appointed as Coordinating Lead Author (chapter 5 on Hydropower) for preparing Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources (SRREN) for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – working group III during 2009–11. He has been involved as international expert in various UN sponsored projects on assessment of small hydropower and Capacity Building in Tanzania, Cambodia, Sudan and Indonesia as well as for Iran. He developed and worked with international institutional collaborators from Canada, UK, Norway, Nepal, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea and Sri Lanka. He has authored/contributed 113 Research Papers (including 39 invited), 13 National, Books/ Guidelines. He is member of ASCE, ASME, AWWA and Life Fellow of IE(I), IWWA, IWRS, HIS and SESI.

Sivanappan Kumar
Professor, Energy Field of Study, School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, THAILAND

Prof. Sivanappan Kumar received his B. Eng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from Government College of Technology, University of Madras, India; Master of Engineering (Energy Technology) from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand; and Ph.D from Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France. He was Reader at the Madurai Kamaraj University, India, and Program Research Fellow of the International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) at the University of Ancona, Italy. He joined AIT as Assistant Professor in 1995, and currently is Professor in the same institute. He served as Dean of the School of Environment, Resources and Development at AIT during 2005 – August 2009. Prof. Kumar teaches, carries out research, training, and outreach in the areas of renewable energy resource and technologies, climate change and green house gas mitigation, solar energy, cleaner production, and energy and sustainable development. He has/is supervised more than eighty masters and fifteen doctoral students, published more than forty book chapters/monographs; more than seventy five international peer reviewed articles, presented more than sixty papers in conferences, seminars and workshops, and more than thirty key note lectures. At AIT, he also has carried out more than sixty sponsored research projects, including equipment testing and capacity building programmes

Canserina Kurnia
Instructor Technical Lead at Environmental Systems Research Institute

Shoji Kusunoki
Head of the Department of Climate Research at Meteorological Research Institute, JAPAN

Dr. Shoji Kusunoki is the Head of First Research Laboratory (Climate modeling), Climate Research Department, Meteorological Research Institute (MRI) in Japan. He is engaged in the improvement of numerical weather prediction and seasonal prediction in the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). His current research activity is on climate variability using global climate models including global warming projection. Dr. Kusunoki obtained his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Science from The University of Tokyo.

Dowon Lee
Dean and Professor of Ecology at Seoul National University

Rizalinda Leon
Head of Fuels, Energy and Thermal Systems Research Laboratory and Chemical Engineering Department Chair, University of the Philippines, PHILIPPINES

Dr. de Leon engages in research and education on process development for fuel production and in the application of solar thermal energy using materials for energy transport and storage such as nanofluids and phase-change materials. Currently, she is collaborating with the Institute of Chemistry at the University of the Philippines on various ionic liquids as dispersants of nanoparticles in fluids.

Diqiang Li
Professor at Chinese Academy of Forestry

Luohui Liang
Academic Programme Officer at the UNU Institute of Sustainability and Peace

Mr. Liang holds a Graduate Diploma in Land Use Planning from School of Urban, Regional Planning, University of the Philippines in 1993, a Master of Science in Geography from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1987 and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Peking University in 1984. He is Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Mountain Science. Before joining UNU, He was a Honorary Research Fellow at Department of Land Economy, University of Aberdeen from 1995 – 1996 and a Land Use Planning Officer, at Yunnan Provincial Department of Land Resources, China from 1987- 1998. Selection of his works includes Shifting Agriculture in Asia: Implications for Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Livelihood (co-eds with Saxena, K.G.and Rerkasem, K. 2007); and “Building on traditional shifting cultivation for rotational agroforestry: Experiences from Yunnan, China” (co-authored with L. Shen, W. Yang, X. Yang, Y. Zhang, Forest Ecology and Management Vol. 257, Issue 10, 2009)

Janette Lindesay
Associate Director Education & Deputy Director at the Australian National University

Dr. Janette Lindesay is a Deputy Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute. She holds an Honours degree in geography, a Postgraduate Teaching Diploma and a Doctorate in statistical and dynamical climatology from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). Her principal research interests are in climatic variability, climate change impacts and vulnerability; her current research focuses on low-frequency fluctuations in Australian rainfall in the context of the El Niño Southern Oscillation and other large-scale climate system influences. She chairs the Atmosphere Reference Group for the ACT Region State of the Environment Report, and has been President of the Canberra branch, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. She is a member of three professional meteorological societies and serves on the editorial boards of two international journals.

Kee Shyuan Loh
Senior Lecturer/ Research Fellow, Fuel Cell Institute, National University of Malaysia (UKM), MALAYSIA

Kee Shyuan Loh received both his B.Sc and Ph.D from The National University of Malaysia (UKM) in Chemistry and now he is serving as a Research Fellow at the Fuel Cell Institute, UKM. His main research area is in development of advanced material for fuel cell applications, with emphasis on the synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite membrane and electrocatalyst to improve the performance of fuel cell. He is also conducting collaborative research with other research group in the development of bio- and chemical sensor for toxicity detection.

Eric Martinot
Senior Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, JAPAN

Dr. Eric Martinot is an internationally recognized speaker, writer, and teacher on the subject of renewable energy. He is report author of the just-released REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report, and was lead author until 2010 of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, an annual synthesis produced since 2005. He currently serves as senior research director with the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies in Tokyo and teaching fellow with Victoria University of Wellington. He also maintains research affiliations with the Worldwatch Institute, Tsinghua University, and the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association, and is chairperson of the World Council for Renewable Energy and editorial board member of the journal Energy Policy. He was formerly a senior energy specialist with the World Bank and program manager for the Global Environment Facility. He has written 70 publications since 1990 and holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kimiro Meguro
Director of International Center for Urban Safety Engineering at the University of Tokyo

Nobuo Mimura
Vice President Extraordinary and Director, Institute for Global Change Adaptation Science; and Professor, Ibaraki University

Nobuo Mimura is Director of the Institute of Global Change Adaptation Science and vice-president extraordinary, Ibaraki University, as well as a professor in the university’s Center for Water Environment Studies. His main professional interests are the assessment of vulnerability to sea-level rise and climate change, adaptation strategies and measures, analysis and prevention of coastal erosion, modelling of coastal environment and climate policy. He is associate editor for Sustainability Science and Mitigation and Adaptation Strategy for Global Change and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Coastal Research as well as various steering and planning committees. He holds a doctorate of engineering from the Urban Engineering Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo.

Binaya Mishra
Researcher at the United Nations University

Dr. Binaya Kumar Mishra is a Nepalese citizen. He received his Ph.D. from Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan where his research focused on Flood Hydrology. He has a strong background in hydrology and is familiar with flood management issues. Dr. Mishra worked in the field of water resources management in various capacities as a consultant, lecturer, irrigation engineer and researcher. After completing Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the Institution of Engineers (India), he started his career as a consultant. He received his Masters of Science in Water Resources Engineering from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Dr. Mishra has taught undergraduate students on hydrology and irrigation engineering subjects for more than five years. While working for the Department of Irrigation (DOI), Government of Nepal, he had the opportunity to work closely with various government agencies and local beneficiaries including planning, discussions, field visits, implementation and reporting of different schemes. Dr. Mishra joined the Global Center of Excellence Program of Kyoto University as a research associate after his doctoral study. Dr. Mishra has participated in various national and international conferences on water resources management and presented technical papers. His research on flood disaster management has been published in various national and international journals and proceedings. His expertise includes hydrological modeling, computer programming and GIS. During his stay at UNU-ISP, Dr. Mishra will work on hydrological modeling for assessing the impact of climate change on extreme floods.

UC Mohanty
Professor at Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Prof. U. C. Mohanty has made outstanding contribution in the field of tropical meteorology, in particular, Asian summer monsoon dynamics, tropical cyclone, numerical weather prediction and regional climate modeling. The uniqueness of his contribution in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and Technology is attributed to comprehensive analysis of special field experiments using sophisticated equipments for customization of numerical models for Indian region to simulate extreme weather events like tropical cyclones, heavy rainfall events, severe thunderstorms, snow storms etc. Prof. Mohanty received his Ph.D. in tropical meteorology from Odessa Hydro-Meteorological Institute, USSR.

Mazlin Mokhtar
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research & innovation Affairs, National University of Malaysia (UKM), MALAYSIA

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazlin Bin Mokhtar is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), University Kebangsaan Malaysia. For his contributions to communities at various levels and scales, Mazlin Mokhtar was bestowed the special medals and title awards of Paduka Mahkota Perak (PMP) by The Sultan of Perak in 2002 and Darjah Dato Setia DiRaja Kedah (DSDK) by The Sultan of Kedah in 2014. He heads the Environmental Health Sub Cluster of the Malaysian Council of Professors, and he is appointed as a Senior Advisor of the UNESCO related conferences and workshops on Sustainability Science for the Future that We Want in developing Sustainable Development Goals post 2015. In addition, he is also the founding chairman of a committee that set up the foundation of the ongoing National Sustainable School Environment Award Programme in Malaysia, and sits in the Board of Trustee of WWF Malaysia and the Selection Committee of ANUGERAH MERDEKA Malaysia (Environment).

Shigeru Nakamura
Deputy Manager of Research & Development Center at Nippon Koei

Serafin L. Ngohayon
President and Professor, Ifugao State University, Lamut, Ifugao, Philippines

Dr. Ngohayon obtained his MS and PhD in Psychology in Hiroshima University, Japan in 2002. Currently, he is a University Professor and President of the Ifugao State University (IFSU) in Lamut, Ifugao, Philippines. A dynamic and prolific leader of Philippine Higher Education, he led the transformation of the Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry (ISCAF) into the IFSU in 2009 after seven years since assuming the presidency in 2003. As Chairman of the Cordillera Administrative Region Association of State Universities and Colleges (CARASUC), he is spearheading the amalgamation and working together of all 6 state universities and colleges towards a harmonized curricular programs that will facilitate faculty and student mobility and spur academic excellence and regional research, development and extension programs aimed at making Cordillera a prime education center in Asia.

Mai Trong Nhuan
President of National University of Viet Nam

Guangheng Ni
Director of Institute of Hydrology and Water Resources at Tsinghua University

Bob Oglesby
Professor of Climate Modeling at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Robert ‘Bob’ Oglesby is a Professor of Climate Modeling at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with joint appointments in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Natural Resources. Prior to arriving at UNL in 2006, he was a senior scientist at NASA and served as a faculty member at Purdue University. His research interests include the causes of drought, the impact of deforestation on climate, and key mechanisms of climate change, both past and future, in the Great Plains. Dr. Oglesby received his Ph.D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Yale University.

Norio Okada
Director, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan

Prof. Okada is Director of DPRI, Kyoto University. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Kyoto University. His professional experience includes a 2-year stay as research scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, and one year as Visiting Scholar at the East–West Center in Honolulu, USA. His main research activities focus on integrated disaster risk management as well as on what has been coined "implementation science". He is one of the originators of the NEXUS-IDRiM Initiative, a network of researchers and practitioners dedicated to implementing integrated disaster risk management. He has received a honorius causa (engineering) from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He currently holds positions as Visiting Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University and Changchun Normal University, both in the People’s Republic of China.

Sara Opitz-Stapleton
Senior Scientist at the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET), USA

Dr. Opitz-Stapleton is a senior staff scientist at the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET), a non-profit organization that assists communities and governments on disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation initiatives in Asia. Prior to joining ISET, she conducted research for the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder on disaster preparedness and risk reduction. Dr. Opitz-Stapleton has also collaborated with el Centro de Educación, Conservación e Interpretación Ambiental on water quality and community water management issues in Puerto Rico. Dr. Opitz-Stapleton received her Doctoral in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Sudip Kumar Rakshit
Vice-President at Asian Institute of Technology

Prof. U. C. Mohanty has made outstanding contribution in the field of tropical meteorology, in particular, Asian summer monsoon dynamics, tropical cyclone, numerical weather prediction and regional climate modeling. The uniqueness of his contribution in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and Technology is attributed to comprehensive analysis of special field experiments using sophisticated equipments for customization of numerical models for Indian region to simulate extreme weather events like tropical cyclones, heavy rainfall events, severe thunderstorms, snow storms etc. Prof. Mohanty received his Ph.D. in tropical meteorology from Odessa Hydro-Meteorological Institute, USSR.

Habib ur Rehman
Head of Engineering at University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (Pakistan)

Clinton Rowe
Professor of Meteorology-Climatology of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Dr. Clint Rowe is a Professor in the Meteorology-Climatology Program of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he has been on the faculty for 25 years. His research interests are focused on the interaction between the land surface and the atmosphere. His primary tools in this endeavor are computer simulation models of the land surface and the atmosphere, although he also has been involved in several observational field programs (in Greenland and the Nebraska Sand Hills). He received his Ph.D. in Climatology from the University of Delaware.

Nihal Rupasinghe
Chairman at Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau

Osamu Saito
Academic Programme Officer at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) , Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo

Professor Saito has organized several research projects relating to building a resource circulating society in Asia, sustainability assessment and indicator systems, environmental risk management, and ontology-based knowledge conceptualization for sustainability science. Recognizing the growing importance of Asia’s environmental impacts on the global environment, economics, and human society, his recent work focuses on developing sustainability assessment methods (multicriteria analysis) and developing future scenarios with policy measures to create and maintain sound interlinkage between ecosystem services, biomass use, and human wellbeing in Asia.He has conducted onsite surveys in China (Shanghai), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City), and Malaysia (Sarawak) to investigate household energy and biomass resource use. He has also created future scenarios of these cities up to 2030 and estimated changes in energy consumption and CO2 emission for each scenario.Through his wide range background in ecological study, environmental systems research, environmental risk management, and sustainability science, he seeks to develop an integrated sustainable governance model based on environmental management and risk science for both human communities and ecosystems.

Lal Samarakoon
Director, Geoinformatics Center, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

Dr. Lal Samarakoon currently works as the Director of Geoinformatics Center of the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. He has extensive working experience in Asia—10 years in Japan, which includes five years of graduate studies and nearly 10 years with AIT. He research focuses in the application of spatial analytic techniques using GIS, remote sensing, GPS in resource management for sustainable development through teaching, research, training, and real-world application. As the Director of the self-funded Geoinformatics Center (GIC) of AIT, responsibilities include administration, personnel management, financial management, promotion, regional/international collaboration, research and development of real-world application related to geo-spatial technologies, institutional development and capacity building through training, and consulting in the region.

Kamaruzzaman Sopian
Director and Professor of Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), National University of Malaysia (UKM), MALAYSIA

Prof. Dr. Kamaruzzaman Bin Sopian obtained his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985, MSc in Energy Resources from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and PhD. in Mechanical Engineering from the Dorgan Solar Laboratory, University of Miami in 1997. He is presently the Professor in Renewable Energy at the Department of Mechanical and Material Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Currently, he is the Director of the Solar Energy Research Institute, a center of excellence for the research and development in solar energy technology. He has been involved in the field of solar energy for more than twenty years. His main contributions are in solar radiation modeling, alternative material for solar absorber, solar water heating system with integrated storage system, solar desalination, solar cooling, daylighting using solar light pipes, solar assisted drying systems, grid-connected photovoltaic system, thin film silicon solar cells, combined photovoltaic thermal or hybrid collector and solar hydrogen production system. He has published over 400 research papers in journals and conferences. He has delivered keynotes speeches at national and international conferences on renewable energy. He is the founding member of the Malaysian Institute of Energy, member of the World Renewable Energy Network based in the United Kingdom and is an associate editor of the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Cities and Society published by Elsevier Ltd. He heads several national subcommittees on renewable energy by the Malaysian government to promote awareness, market enhancement, policy studies and the applications renewable energy.

Akimasa Sumi
Executive Director of TIGS, IR3S at the University of Tokyo

Swain Dillip
Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Dr. Dillip Kumar Swain is a actively involved in teaching and research programme of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, since his joining as Assistant Professor. Prior to joining IIT, Dr. Swain worked as Post-Doctoral Fellow at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan, through Japan Society for the Promotion Science Fellowship during the year 2003 to 2005. Dr. Swain teaches the subjects: Systems Approach in Agriculture, Soil-Plant-Water Relationships, and Crop Production Systems for undergraduates and postgraduate students in Agricutlural Engineering. The research areas of Dr. Swain are Climate Change Impact Assessment on Crop Modeling and Simulation. Dr. Swain completed his Doctoral Degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, which received the Fertilizer Association of India Silver Jubilee Award in 2003 for the outstanding doctoral research in Fertilizer Usage.

Guillermo Q. Tabios III
Professor of Engineering at University of the Philippines

Kenichiro Tachi
Deputy Director of River Planning Division, River Bureau, Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Kaoru Takara
Innovative Disaster Prevention Technology and Policy Research Lab, Division of Disaster Management for Safe and Secure Society, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan

Akio Takemoto
Director, Secretariat of Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)

Prof. Dr. Akio Takemoto is Director of the Secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN). From July 2010 to July 2011, he was Project Researcher at the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), the University of Tokyo. From April 2010 to Jun 2010, Dr. Takemoto served as Director of the Groundwater Office as well as the International Cooperation Office at the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ) after serving as Deputy Division Director for international affairs and environmental impact assessment (August 2003 − March 2010). He served as the first and second Secretary of the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD based in Paris (August 2000 – August 2003). Dr. Takemoto began his career on Environment Administration (Environment Agency and Ministry of the Environment, Japan) in April 1992. He obtained a Doctorate of Engineering (Ibaraki University) Degree in 2010 and Master’s Degree of Science (Hokkaido University) in 1992. His main research field is sustainable development in developing countries, including climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Vice-Rector, United Nations University (UNU); Director, UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) , Tokyo

Kazuhiko Takeuchi is a Vice-Rector of United Nations University, the Deputy Executive Director of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), and a Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo. He has served, inter alia, as the President of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture, a special member of the National Land Development extensive practical experience in community development and local capacity building for disaster risk management as a team leader of various sustainable community development initiatives in Indonesia.Council, a member of the Central Environment Council, and a member of the Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policies Council, Government of Japan, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sustainability Science (Springer). Educated and trained as a geographer and landscape ecologist at the University of Tokyo, he engages in research and education on creating eco-friendly environments for a harmonious coexistence of people and nature, especially focusing on Asia and Africa. He is keenly interested in the restoration of ecosystems and effective utilization of environmental resources in Japan, a good example being the revitalization of traditional rural landscapes locally called Satoyama. His recent publications include Satoyama-Traditional Rural Landscape of Japan (co-edited, Springer, 2003), Rebuilding the relationship between people and nature: The Satoyama Initiative. (Ecological Research, 25, 891-897, 2010), Sustainability Science: Designing Our Future, Climate Change and Global Sustainability (co-edited, United Nations University, 2011).

Kazushige Taniguchi
Special Representative of the World Bank

Tran Thuc
Director General, Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment, Viet Nam

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thuc has almost 30 years of experience in hydrology, environmental and disaster management, institutional capacity building, policy analysis, planning, management, monitoring, evaluation and development of environmental and water resource projects. His abilities and experience include adoption and market transformation of sustainable technologies; formulation and preparation of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and action plans; partnership building as a means to achieving adoption of integrated water resources management, development and implementation of integrated multi-purpose watershed management plans; development and mentoring of environmental and water resource professionals; formulation and implementation of water resource and quality projects; and coordinating and negotiating projects in climate change and watershed management in Viet Nam. He holds a doctoral degree in engineer in the field of Hydraulics and Coastal Engineering at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand

Ir Tumiran
Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Ir. Tumiran is Dean of Faculty of Engineering in Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. He specializes in electrical power engineering and production and information sciences. Prof. Tumiran leads various research projects and engages in government’s development planning especially relating to energy sector. He is also deeply involved in reconstruction planning for the Merapi Volcano Eruption Disaster, which occurred in 2011.

Pri Utami
Director of Geothermal Research Center and Senior Lecturer on Geothermal Geoscience and Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Gadjah Mada University (UGM), INDONESIA

Dr. Pri Utami is an Associate Professor in Geothermal Geoscience and Technology at UGM, currently holding a position as the Director of Geothermal Research Centre, Faculty of Engineering UGM and an Adjunct Lecturer in Geothermal Geoscience for Geothermal Institute, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. She represents Indonesia in the International Geothermal Association (IGA) as a member of Program and Planning Committee. Dr. Utami’s research focuses on the fluid-rock interaction processes and the study of time-space changes of active geothermal systems. Her lectures comprise of the geology geothermal systems and the characteristics of their reservoirs, as well as the application of geoscientific approach in exploring and developing geothermal fields.

Tomoaki Utsunomiya
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering, Kyoto University, JAPAN

Dr. Tomoaki Utsunomiya engages in research and education in structural mechanics and marine engineering, with a focus on offshore wind and marine renewable energies. He is leading the floating offshore wind turbine demonstration project funded by Ministry of the Environment. His will is to contribute to the mitigation of Climate Change, through the realization of floating offshore wind turbines, which opens up utilization of vast amount of offshore wind energy.

Yi Wang
Researcher at United Nations University

Itaru Yasui
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN

Hiroyuki Yoshikawa
Director-General at the Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency

Abdul Sattar Shakir
Dean at Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan

Dr. Abdul Sattar Shakir is working as Professor/Dean, Faculty of Civil Engineering University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore, Pakistan. He has more than thirty year professional experience including teaching, research and consultancy services. He has published more than fifty research papers of international repute and supervised large number of postgraduate research students. In recognition of his services he was awarded Best University Teacher Award for the year 2005 by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. He has contributed significantly in various professional/academic bodies in various capacities. He is a member of the Syndicate, Senate, Academic Council and Board of Advanced Studies & Research of UET Lahore. He has also been Convener/Member National Curriculum Revision Committee (NCRC) Civil Engineering, HEC, Islamabad and Convener / Expert of Accreditation/Re-accreditation visitation teams of Pakistan Engineering Council. He is Member Board of Governors (BOG), Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering (CEWRE), Lahore & also a Director, of National Engineering Services (NESPAK) Pakistan.