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Dr. Kalpana Chaudhari is Vice President of Institute for Sustainable Development and Research, ISDR, India, an organization that has consultative status with United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC), UN-Habitat, UN-Environment, UN-Finance for Development,FAO-Committee on Food Security, FAO-Mountain Partnership. She is Core Member of Expert Team on Disaster Risk Reduction (ETDRR) for Joint WMO-UNESCO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM). She is Lead Author and Reviewer for the flagship report on “Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020–Acting today, Protecting tomorrow” of Disaster Risk Management knowledge Center, Joint Research Centre, European Commission (EC/EU) and External Reviewer of the first work programme of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She is member of Development Team of Knowledge-Action-Networks for Ocean (Ocean KAN) and Emergent Risks and Extreme Events (Risk-KAN) of Future Earth. Kalpana is also member of Global Forum on Agriculture Research, FAO, Italy, and Member of Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, Trieste, Italy. She has 22 years experience in academic, research and training in information and communication technology and its application for Agriculture and Rural Development, Global Environment Change and sustainable development; Socio-Economic and Ecological Development. She has participated in the programs on implementation of Millennium Development Goal (MDGs)and Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), Human Dimensions of Biodiversity Conservation, Food Security, Coastal and Ocean Governance organized by UNESCO-IOC, WMO, UNESCO-MAB and UNESCO-IHP; FAO, International Council of Scientific Unions–ICSU, WCRP, LOICZ, IUGG, IAPSO and other International organizations in Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America and Europe region. return
Narcisse GAHI hold a PhD in Climate and Water Resources (2016) and a master in Water and Sanitation at Felix Houphouet-Boigny University (UFHB), Côte d’Ivoire. He joined the Department of Water and Environment Sciences and Engineering as a postdoctoral researcher in February 2018. He is also a research associate at International Water and Sanitation Centre (Burkina office) since 2015. Prior to these, Narcisse has been hosted by “Centre Africain de Recherche et de Formation (CERES)” in Burkina Faso as a PhD student where he took advantages of involving within research and development projects and served as a focal point on climate and disaster risk management. His research is connecting sciences, practices and policy together to inform decision-making, singular in West Africa. He got a cross-sectorial advanced skills in monitoring, understanding of climate and socioecological systems, developing sustainable hydroclimate services and tools and transfer knowledge to users, practitioners and policy makers, especially those related to hydroclimate risk reduction and water security. He is supporting organisations and communities (Government organisations, NGOs, communities, academic and research institutes) to jointly challenge these risks. return
Brian Golding is a highly experienced scientific leader with a unique breadth of experience and reputation in weather-related forecasting and warning research. His contribution has been recognised with the award of OBE and honorary visiting professorships at Exeter and Bristol Universities and by his appointment as co-chair of the international HIWeather project. return
Jo-Ting Huang-Lachmann works for the INNOVA project at the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), . Her research focuses on economics of climate change adaptation in cities. She has an interdisciplinary background of environmental management and climate adaptation in cities and has practical experience working with city governments. Her research area includes stakeholder engagement, climate adaptation, institutional economics and co-benefits of cities’ climate and sustainability strategies.
Being active in international science communities, she acts as the Executive Committee member of Young Earth System Scientists Community (YESS). Jo-Ting had her Master of Science in Environmental and Energy Management from University of Twente, the Netherlands; and is obtaining her PhD at the Chair of Sustainability Management and Environmental Accounting at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany.
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Sirkku Juhola is a professor of urban environmental policy at the Ecosystems and Environment Research Program at the University of Helsinki and the leader of our multidisciplinary research group Urban Environmental Policy. She is also a guest professor at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University in Sweden. Her area of expertise is environmental and climate policy. She is interested in bringing different fields together to understand challenges associated climate risks in cities. return
Dr. Emma Teresa Liwenga (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer/ Research Fellow working with the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She has considerable experience in conducting applied research especially in analysis of food security and rural livelihoods systems from the socio-economic perspective. Dr. Liwenga has further been engaged in conducting, well as coordinating climate change adaptation research, particularly Participatory Action Research to strengthen the adaptive capacity of rural communities to adapt to Climate Variability & Change within the Agricultural Innovation system under Climate Change and Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) programme under IDRC support.. Dr. Liwenga accordingly published a number of scientific articles. Among the key articles published include: Rainfall, Food Security and Human Mobility: Case Study- Tanzania together with CARE & UNU-EHS. She has further been involved in review of climate change adaptation policies on agricultural systems at regional (Eastern Africa) and as well as at national level. Areas of interest include Food security, Gender, Indigenous Knowledge (IK), Social Safeguards Climate change adaptation and natural resource management. Email address: liwenga99@gmail.com return

Gordon McBean, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Department of Geography, Western University, Canada Personal homepage

Professor Emeritus Gordon McBean PhD is Director of Policy, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Department of Geography, Western University. He was President, International Council for Science (2014-18), Co-Chair, Future Earth Program Governing Council (2016-18) and Chair, Science Committees for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (2006-11) and the World Climate Research Programme (1988-94). His research focuses on policy and governance issues of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, building on his experience as, from 1994 to 2000, the Assistant Deputy Minister, Meteorological Service of Environment Canada. Previously, he was Professor, Atmospheric-Oceanic Sciences, University of British Columbia and Senior Scientist in Environment Canada – when his research focused on the physics of the atmosphere-ocean systems. He has been a lead author in IPCC Reports, including the Special Report on Climate Extremes. He was awarded: 2015 AGU Ambassador Award; and 2015 AMS Cleveland Abbe Prize; and the 2017 IMO Prize. return
Reinhard Mechler has close to 20 years of experience on socio-economic aspects related to disaster risk and resilience, and climate change. He currently is deputy director of the ‘Risk & Resilience’ research program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He has been acting as a visiting professor at the University of Graz, as well as a senior lecturer at the University for Economics and Business in Vienna. Reinhard Mechler is a co-founder of the Loss & Damage Network, a partnership by scientists and practitioners from around the globe and is leading the research contribution to the Flood Resilience Alliance. He acted as a lead author on IPCC’s special report on adaptation to extreme events (SREX), the 5th assessment report and the report on 1.5oC global warming, and is currently a lead author on IPCC’s 6th assessment. return

Ilan, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Personal homepage

He is the Chair in the Economics of Disasters and a Professor of Economics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. 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 has consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, UNISDR, the International Monetary Fund, and ASEAN. Ilan has published around 75 refereed papers, mostly on the economics of disasters, including works on short- and long-term impacts, fiscal implications, insurance, and impact measurements. return
Mark Pelling is Professor of Geography, King;s College London. His expertise is in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in low and middle income countries. He is a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report. Mark is seconded 50% of his time to act as a Resilience Challenge Lead for the Global Challenges Research Fund, UKRI. return

Markus Reichstein, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany Personal homepage

He is Director of the Biogeochemical Integration Department at the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Professor for Global Geoecology at the FSU Jena, and Director at the Michael-Stifel-Center Jena for Data-driven and Simulation Science in Jena. His main research interests include ecosystem physiology, carbon and water cycles and their interactions from ecosystem to globe, the impact of climate variability on the carbon cycle and the role of the soil in the Earth System. He and his research group tackle these topics by combining experimental, ground- and satellite-based observations with data-driven and process-oriented models in a model-data integration approach. He has been coordinator of CARBO-Extreme, ERC Starting Grant holder (QUASOM) and PI in numerous EU-Projects. Together with D. Papale and D. Baldocchi, he is leading the current FLUXNET data synthesis activity. Prof. Reichstein has authored >185 publications including ones in high-impact journals (e.g. Nature, Science, PNAS). He has been part of the iLEAPS/IGBP Scientific Steering Committee, lead author of the IPCC special report on Climate Extremes (SREX), Working group I, and member of the Thuringian panel on climate change, and leading the Future Earth Cluster “Extreme Events from climate to society”. He serves on the Editorial board of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Global Change Biology and Carbon Management. In 2013 he was awarded with the Max-Planck Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. return

Felix Riede, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies & Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE) & Arctic Research Center, Aarhus University, Denmark Personal homepage

He is professor with special responsibilities in Environmental Humanities and Climate Change Archaeology. Born in Germany and educated the UK (Durham and Cambridge), Felix is now Director of the Laboratory for Past Disaster Science (LAPADIS). His focus lies in the deep history and archaeology of climate change and extreme events, with many collaborations across the biological and geological sciences. return
Dr. Patricia “Paty” Romero-Lankao joined NREL’s Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center in 2018 as a senior research scientist in joint appointment with the University of Chicago’s Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation.
She examines the interactions among people, mobility, and urban energy systems. Her work also focuses on crucial intersections between urbanization and risks associated with food, energy, and water systems along with related governance and the capacity of these systems to adapt to and mitigate risks.
Throughout her career, she has played leadership roles in various interdisciplinary and international research projects, resulting in several research grants and some 120 peer-reviewed publications. She served as co-leading author in one of the working groups contributing to the Nobel Prize-winning Fourth Assessment Report published by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
In addition to her international work for organizations such as the IPCC and Future Earth, she is a steering committee member of the U.S. Carbon Program and the Boulder County, Colorado-based BoCo Strong initiative.return
Dr. Jana Sillmann is Research Director at the Center for International Climate Research – Oslo (Norway) and leads the Climate Impacts group. Her expertise is in the analysis of climate extremes in a changing climate. Her work focuses on relating physical aspects of weather and climate extremes to socio-economic impacts and questions related to risk assessment and decision-making. She is co-leading activities of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Grand Challenge on Weather and Climate Extremes and a member of the scientific steering committee of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Programme. She is also Lead Author of Chapter 12 “Climate change information for regional impact and for risk assessment” in the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 1. return
Dr. Ye’s research background includes an expertise in social-economic impacts of climate changes and disaster risk governance. As the executive director of the Integrated Risk Governance Project, sponsored by Future Earth/ICSU and UNISDR, he has engaged extensively with the scientific research community, government policy makers, business sectors, educators and general public around the world on the disaster risk reduction and green development, supervising two current doctoral projects in co-benefit of reducing disaster risks and building resilient society. He has been awarded over $3 million USD in competitive research funding and has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers in the area of climate change and disaster risk governance. He is the coordinator of Global University Consortium for Integrated Risk Governance, an international education network.return

Takehito Yoshida, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) & Department of General Systems Studies, University of Tokyo Personal homepage

He is an ecologist and limnologist who studies diversity and complexity of organisms and ecosystems from the viewpoints of adaptation and system dynamics, and explores human-nature interactions and sustainability in local communities in Japan. Trained in Kyoto University (PhD) and Cornell University (postdoc), he was appointed as a faculty member at the University of Tokyo and then jointly appointed at RIHN and the University of Tokyo since 2017. In RIHN, he is leading a research project on the ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR). return