Keynote Speakers

Here are the Opening Speakers, Moderators, and the Keynote Speakers in the 16th APRU Multi-Hazards Symposium.

1. Prof. Ari Kuncoro, S.E., M.A., Ph.D.

Professor Ari Kuncoro received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from Brown University in 1994. Since then he joined the Universitas Indonesia as a lecturer in their Faculty of Economics. In 2009, he was promoted to become an economics professor in this university. Throughout his career, he holds several other appointments. Among others are Visiting Research Professor at large at Brown University (USA) from 2003 till 2013, Visiting Scholar at the International Center for the Study of East Asian Development (Japan) in 2006, Visiting Scholar at the Australian National University (Australia) in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2011 and Visiting Fellow at the Royal Netherland Institute for South East Asian and Caribbean Studies in 2008. He was also consultant to World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

2. Prof. dra. Fatma Lestari, M.Si., Ph.D.

Fatma is a professor in Public Health, and now she is the Director of Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (DRRC) at Universitas Indonesia. She has the degree of PhD in Safety Science from UNSW, Sydney Australia. She is a lecturer at Occupational Health & Safety Department, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia. Her research is in the area of Natech Risk Management Laboratory Biorisk Management, Business Continuity, Disaster preparedness, Campus Safety & Health, Emergency/Disaster Management, Laboratory Chemical Safety & Security, and OHSMS at University & Laboratories. She teaches Industrial Toxicology, Chemical Hazards Sampling & Measurement, Fire & Explosion and Disaster Management. She conducted OHS and disaster research within Oil & Gas, Mining, and Manufacturer industries including HSSE Risk Assessment, Quantitative Fire & Explosion Risk Assessment, OHSMS, Emergency Response, Business Continuity, Fire Safety, Hospital Disaster Preparedness, Laboratory Biorisk Management, COVID-19 related research, Contractor Safety & Health Management System, and Safety Integrity Level & Layer of Protection Analysis. She is a member of Indonesian National Independent Team for Safety in Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas Directorate Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources since 2008 until now at which she has been involved in investigating major accidents and conducting safety audits within Oil & Gas Industries. She is also a member of National Safety Awards Evaluator for Mining Industries at which she is involved in Award assessment Team at Mining Directorate Indonesia. She is also the authors of 10 books published national and internationally.

3. Dr. Raditya Jati, S.Si., M.Si.

Dr. Raditya Jati, S.Si., M.Si., is the current Deputy of Systems and Strategy in the Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency or BNPB). He previously served as the Head of Data Information Centre and Disaster Communication in the same Agency. He received his Doctorate Degree from Utrecth University, Netherlands, majoring in Geography and Planning.

4. Dr. Christopher Tremewan

Dr. Tremewan was elected as APRU’s 4th Secretary General and took up the role from June 2011. Before heading the APRU International Secretariat, he was the Vice-President/Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social anthropology from the University of Auckland, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in political science (on Southeast Asian politics) from the University of Canterbury. He was elected a senior associate member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, in September 1991 from where he published the book The Political Economy of Social Control in Singapore (Macmillan and St Martin’s Press, 1994, reprinted 1996). He was a visiting fellow at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2003 and a visiting professor at Peking University in 2007 – 2008.

5. Prof. Dr. Riyanti Djalante

Professor Riyanti Djalante is the Assistant Director for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance at the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). She has vast experiences related to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation research and policy. She is the Lead Author of IPCC Assessment Report 6 Working Group II, IPCC Special Report on impacts of 1.5 degree warming, and the Global Environmental Outlook 6 of the UN Environment Programme. She is the scientific editor of the Journal of Sustainability Science and Progress in Disaster Science Journal. Dr Djalante has been working closely with the UN organizations, particularly UNDRR, UNFCCC, UNEP, UNESCO and UNESCAP.

6. Prof. Rajib Shaw

Rajib Shaw is a professor in Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University, Japan. He did his studies in Yokohama National University and Osaka city University in Japan and University of Allahabad and Burdwan University of India. He is co-founder of a Delhi based social entrepreneur startup, Resilience Innovation Knowledge Academy (RIKA), and chair of the board of two Japanese non-government agencies: SEEDS Asia and CWS Japan. He is the Co-chair of the Asia Pacific Science Technology Advisory Group (AP-STAG), and CLA for IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report. Professor Shaw has 53 books and more than 400 research papers in the field of environment, disaster management and climate change. More about his work can be found in:

7.  Prof. Fumihiko Imamura, Ph.D.

Prof. Fumihiko Imamura finished his PhD study at Tohoku University, Japan in 1989. He was promoted to a full‐professor of Tohoku University in 2000 and now is a director of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University since April 2014, and also is a professor of Tsunami Engineering. He is an expert on tsunami modeling for warning, mitigation planning and education/awareness. He has conducted several field surveys as leader for earthquakes and tsunamis damage investigation since the 1992 Nicaragua and Indonesia.

8. Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, Ph.D.

Prof. Dwikorita Karnawati (Rita) Ph.D, has been appointed as the Head of Indonesia Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), since November 2017, after her completion in serving as the President of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), a prominent university with 55,000 students in Indonesia. She has an extensive professional experiences and academic backgrounds as the Professor in Environmental Geology and Disaster Mitigation at UGM. Indeed, she is very active in promoting and developing the National Multi Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS), and very well-respected as the one of the key figures in the preparation of the Presidential Decree on Indonesian Tsunami Early Waning System (InaTEWS) (Presidential Decree, Number 93 of 2019).

9. Mr. Ardito M Kodijat

Ardito M. Kodijat joined UNESCO Office Jakarta in 2006. He is currently posted as the professional officer for Disaster Risk Reduction and Tsunami Information unit (DRRTIU) of UNESCO Jakarta Office. Under the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, he is coordinating the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre (IOTIC) under the International Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (UNESCO-IOC). In cooperation with BMKG he implemented the IOTIC-BMKG program on building tsunami preparedness as part of the early earning chain in the Indian Ocean countries working in building capacity of local government, Media, and the communities. He has been actively involved as trainer/facilitator for Tsunami Warning and Emergency Response SOP; Tsunami Risk Reduction Policy; Tsunami Exercises; Indian Ocean Tsunami Ready; and Tsunami Evacuation Maps, Plans, and Procedures.

10. Professor Takako Izumi, Ph.D.

Takako joined Tohoku University in Japan as Associate Professor under the Office of the President (Promotion of international disaster science) and the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) in April 2013. She also plays a role of Program Director for APRU-Tohoku University Multi-hazard Programme. She holds a Ph.D. in global environmental study from Kyoto University in Japan. She started her career in humanitarian assistance with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and involved in disaster response coordination in various countries in Asia, especially deeply involved in the recovery from the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2005 with the UN Office for the Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias (UNORC) and the earthquake in Yogyakarta in Indonesia in 2006. She also worked for the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to contribute to the preparation for the UN World Conference for Disaster Reduction held in Kobe, Japan.

11. R. Alexander Hamilton, Ph.D.

Alexander assumed his post as Regional Coordinator for South East Asia in April 2020, continuing UNICRI’s long-term support to the implementation of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative. With UNICRI since 2012, he has worked extensively with partner countries in South East Asia and Africa, among other regions, to develop strategic actions plans and to deliver capacity-building actions that have helped strengthen national and regional capacity to prevent, detect and respond to CBRN emergencies. Alexander holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) specializing in risk governance and biosecurity. He has published extensively on these subjects, and is a regular contributor to international efforts dedicated to combating biological weapons.

12. Prof. Dr. Natt Leelawat

Natt Leelawat is a Lecturer of the Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, and the Risk and Disaster Management Program, Graduate School, Chulalongkorn University. He is a Head of Disaster and Risk Management Information Systems (DRMIS) Research Group of Chulalongkorn University. His expertise include subjects such as Management information systems, Disaster and Risk Management, and Business Continuity Management.

13. Prof. Karl Kim, Ph.D.

Received undergraduate education from Brown University and Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is Editor-in-chief of Transportation Research: Interdiscplinary Perspectives; Associate Editor of Transportation Research, Part D, Transport and Enviroment; and formerly Editor-in-chief of Accident Analysis and Prevention and formerly Editor of Korean Studies. He has received more than $67 million in research and training grants from federal, state, and international agencies and organizations.  Served as Chairman, National Domestic Preparedness Consortium ( Previously served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer) of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, overseeing strategic planning, accreditation, tenure and promotion, and international programs. Holds faculty appointments in the Center for Korean Studies, and the School of Architecture. Serves on several committee of the Transportation Research Board.  Served as Chair of the Pacific Risk Management Ohana. Elected to the Board of North American Alliance of Hazards and Disaster Research Institutes (NAAHDRI).

14. Mizan Bustanul Bisri, Ph.D.

Mizan Bustanul Fuady Bisri, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) focused on Disaster and Climate Resilience. Experienced Postdoctoral Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry and in humanitarian operations setting. Skilled in qualitative analysis, social network analysis, discourse network analysis, Sustainable Development, Urban Planning, and Environmental Awareness. Strong research professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in International/Global Studies on disaster management, climate change adaptation, and humanitarian research from Kobe University and currently based in United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).