Keynote speakers for the 7th International Conference on Building Resilience 2017




Professor Sujeeva Setunge

Deputy Dean, research and innovation, School of Engineering,
RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia

Enhancing disaster preparedness by building resilience of critical infrastructure

Critical infrastructure provides life line services to the community before, during and after a disaster. Well managed resilient critical infrastructure plays a vital role in reducing the impact of disasters on the community. The decision making process for ensuring resilience of infrastructure requires vulnerability modelling of the aging systems under variable hazard intensities and interfacing the outcomes with the level of service required by the infrastructure at a given point in time. The paper presents the vulnerability modelling of critical road structures under different hazard intensities and a prioritisation model that can be adopted by the authorities for strengthening and retrofitting. Hazards covered include flood, bush fire and earthquake loading. Prioritisation of structures is undertaken through an integrated approach combining social, environmental and economic aspects of the disaster impact. The methodology can be implemented for other types of critical infrastructure as well.




Professor Mo Hamza 

Professor of Risk Management and Societal Safety
Lund University, Sweden
Postal Address: PO Box 118, SE-221 00, Lund, Sweden
Visiting Address: John Ericsson väg 1, 221 00, Lund, Sweden
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Dr. Peeranan Towashiraporn

Director, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

Bridging Science and Practical Disaster Resilience

Dr. Towashiraporn works as a Director at Asian Disaster Preparedness Center. His main area of focus is using science to address challenges related to disaster risk management, including scientific quantification and mapping of disaster risk, effective risk communication, linking geospatial technology to disaster preparedness and response, and disaster risk finance. In recent years, he has taken parts in projects to identify and map disaster risk in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. He is now leading a project SERVIR-Mekong, which is supported by USAID and NASA, promoting uses of geospatial information and analyses to address various challenges, including hydro-meteorological disasters, in the Lower Mekong region.